This is a safari for those who want to "live" the real desert life! Experience desert delights like dune bashing, camel riding, a barbecue dinner & dance shows and above all, stay overnight in a typical Bedouin tent with a sunrise camel trek & breakfast.
Stay overnight in the desert in a Bedouin tent
Experince Sleeping on Nawar Bed (Bedouin style bed)
Take an exciting dune bashing drive thru the red dunes
Improve your surfing skills with desert sandboarding
Eat a barbecue dinner whilst entertained with shisha, henna, tanoura and belly dancing
View a desert sunrise with an early morning camel caravan
After being collected from your hotel in a comfortable 4WD Land Cruiser, you will journey for approximately 60 minutes to the Lahbab desert. Once at the desert, you will take 20 minutes to break before your safari starts. You can either relax here, or opt to go for a quad-bike ride while your vehicle for the off-road dune drive is prepared. You will then go for a dune bashing ride that lasts 30-45 minutes, where you can feel peculiar excitement as your Land Cruiser climbs up and slides down the sand dunes. Following this, you can try the adventure sport of sand boarding. Stand on the wooden board provided, balance yourself and glide down over the sands.
After sand boarding, you will head to Al Khayma, a Bedouin type campsite, where you will be lead to your own tent (Khayma) inside the camp. After settling in here, you can taste Gahwa (Arabic coffee), Gaymat (sweets) and dates as a sign of welcome. You will then go for a camel ride around the camp premises, and depending on the time and luck, view the sunset over the desert. Back at Al Khayma Camp, you can spend your time shisha smoking and henna painting. You can put on local Arabian cloth and pose for photos with a falcon, and at the camp center stage, a Tanoura dance will be performed. You will soon be invited for a lavish buffet dinner full of barbecue dishes, whilst at the stage, a belly dancer will keep you entertained.
Following dinner, you will be taken by camel back to a nearby camp area where a fire will be arranged for you. You will then be given a demonstration session on how to make Arabic coffee/tea, whilst you relax in the night sitting by the campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert and the dark sky above. Your desert guide will add to the fun with interesting desert stories, and when it’s time to sleep, you will return to the camp. You will retire back to your tent for a comfortable sleep atop a Nawar bed (Bedouin-style bed), complete with a pillow and blanket.
The following morning, wake up 15 minutes before sunrise to witness that spectacular view. Your guide will take you to the desert with a camel caravan that is waiting outside the camp. You will go camel trekking for about 15-20 minutes, capturing the nice view of the sunrise over the sand dunes. After camel trekking, you will return to your tent before eating a freshly cooked Arabian breakfast. Later, you will be driven back to Dubai and dropped off at your accommodation.
Know Before You Go
The duration of the tour will be between 17-18 hours depending on the season, sunrise and city traffic
Infants (below 3 years old) are not allowed in the car during the shared dune bashing
By law, pregnant women and those who have heart, back, or neck problems cannot take part in dune bashing
Tanoura and belly dancing are unavailable during the following holidays: March 22, April 13 to May 12 (Ramadan), July 30, August 20, October 29, 2020 (dates may vary depending on UEA lunar calendar)
Only a small handbag is allowed during the tour as it is not possible to keep big luggage in the vehicle during the Dunes Bashing
Casual, loose-fitting clothing is recommended in the summer, along with a jacket in the winter
Overnight stay in Bedouin tent is not air-conditioned
Not recommended to bring valuables
Complimentary pickup is available from Dubai city hotels, apartments, and Cruise terminal Dubai ( Port Rashid ). Pickup from Dubai Airport available from Holiday Inn Airport hotel. Pickup from Bab Al Shams, Al Maha resort, and Jebel Ali is available with an additional fee.
Pickup will be within 45 minutes of your selected departure time. Please be ready at the hotel lobby on time.
Kindly share your Whatsapp number for easy communication during the pickup