Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert. Once in the desert climb aboard your open-roof vintage land rover – a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions. As you travel, your guide will regale you with stories of Dubai’s past and present as well as the many customs and traditions that you’ll experience throughout the evening.
Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, looking out for wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryx, after which, marvel at the UAE’s national bird- the falcon- before sunset during the a falconry display. Make your way back to your Land Rovers and travel to the Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Make your way past the gently flickering flames of the lights that mark the entranceway, and then hop out of your Land Rover to take a seat at your shared table.
Before your meal starts, enjoy a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee, live bread making, henna artists and camel rides before a beautiful 4 course Emirati dinner in authentic goat hair tents on low Bedouin tables. The dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia, after which you can enjoy shisha and cultural dancing.
Take a seat back at your table in time for a cookery demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make local bread. Then, all that’s left to do is to feast on your 4-course dinner under the stars. Like the activities at the camp, the dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia.
After your meal, return to your Land Rover with your guide and journey through the desert back to the camp entrance. From here, board your air-conditioned van to your Dubai hotel, where your experience finishes.
• Shorbat adas (mildly spiced lentil soup)
• Fresh garden salad
• Selection of mezze including harees (cracked wheat dumplings with meat), kibbeh (minced meat and rice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-stuffed pastries), hummus and tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with parsley, mint, tomatoes and lemon juice)
• Ouzi (succulent lamb)
• Chicken kebabs
• Vegetable and ouzi rice
• Fruit salad
• Lgeimat (saffron-flavored fritters)
Your centrally located Dubai hotel
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We wanted something authentic to the region rather than the tourist gimmicks of belly dancing and dune buggies and this was it. Very educational and a heap of fun. Our guide Riaz was hilarious and very knowledgeable. Also great knowing that a portion of our fee goes towards the ongoing conservation efforts.
We had a guide "AAMIR" with Platinum Heritage who did such a good job doing a pre-tour explanation and commentary to ensure we understand what to expect during the tour.
This tour was so fun and educational! I enjoyed seeing the desert in the vintage vehicles and all of the activities were interesting and organized nicety. I have some knee issues so the relaxed pace of this tour was great for me and all were very accommodating in getting me more comfortable seating, etc. Our guide, Miryam, was wonderful - so helpful and so cheerful. I plan to return to the UAE with students and this is the desert tour that I will want them to experience!
This is a much more sophisticated and safer tour instead of climbing the dunes in those 4x4 modern vehicles. The guide speaks perfect portuguese and was very nice. Unique experience.
Dette var en fantastisk fin tur med en kunnskapsrik og meget hyggelig guide. Anbefales på det varmeste.
Wonderful experience! Fahad was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable. Falcon show was good and the desert sunset is something not to be missed. Dinner was excellent, with plenty of food. Shisa, henna tattoo and camel ride were all excellent as well. Definitely would recommend this tour!
One of the best tour guides we have ever enjoyed. Ericson is very special and hardworking. Awesome experience from hotel pickup to the end of the tour. Nice commentary enroute. Loved the falconry presentation, camel ride, vintage Land Rover, conservancy tour, dancing, dining, Bedouin camp, coffee,. Can't find the superlative to explain our satisfaction. Well done!!!
THIS IS A MUST DO DESERT TOUR!! Don't look for alternatives-Platinum Heritage Desert Tour is classy, comfortable and one-of-a-kind. It was worth every penny and exceeded all our expectations. Needless to say, it was the best day ever!! It was packed with adventure, culture and information. We were picked up by our guide Tiago in a clean and comfortable SUV and taken to the vintage Land Rover pick up point. The ride in the Land Rover was a thrill and very safe and I would say much more environmentally friendly than dune bashing since animals do reside in the sand. At each stop we were provided with ample opportunity to take photos. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable we learnt much about the Dubai desert, its plants and wildlife, the Bedouins and a history of Dubai. We were greeted at the falconry exhibition with a drink. The falconry show was enjoyable with a breathtaking sunset. We were then taken to the traditional Bedouin camp where there were even more activities, lots to eat and drink much variety and vegan options as well and loads of entertainment, including camel riding, cultural dance and music. There was excellent hospitality all throughout this tour from pick-up to drop off and very classy parting gifts. You even have an opportunity to purchase professional photos and drone videos of the experience, so consider your budget if you want this memento. Keep in mind that part proceeds from this tour goes back to desert conservation so you are positively contributing to the Dubai desert.
This tour was amazing!
Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal residence! This must-do cultural experience includes an afternoon safari through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, followed by a night of Emirati entertainment, hospitality and traditional food. Enjoy local music and dancing, cookery demonstrations and a falconry display; get a henna tattoo and ride a camel; and then relax during a 4-course set menu for dinner.