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Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities, and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

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Eat and sleep under the starry desert sky at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this overnight experience from Dubai! After traveling through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by open-roof vintage Land Rover, settle in for an evening of traditional Emirati food and entertainment in the grounds of a royal residence. Enjoy local music, cultural entertainment, cookery demonstrations and a falconry demonstration; get a henna tattoo and ride a camel; and relax during a 4-course banquet under the stars. After sleeping overnight in an Arabic tent, enjoy an alfresco breakfast and then return to Dubai.
Highlights
  • Feel like a Bedouin during a night at a Dubai desert tented retreat
  • Sleep in a tent after a wildlife nature reserve safari by Land Rover
  • Includes campfire dinner, camel ride, food demos, falconry, and dance shows
  • Breakfast at camp and convenient return transfers from Dubai hotels included
What to Expect
Experience the desert at night like a true Bedouin on this overnight expedition from Dubai. After hotel pickup, travel to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and enjoy a wildlife-spotting drive by vintage open-top Land Rover. Watch for animals such as the Arabian oryx, gazelle, and desert rodents as your driver-guide fills you in on the desert's natural world and traditional culture.
Then, head to a Bedouin-style camp for an evening of entertainment and cultural activities such as falconry displays, cooking demos, and live dance shows, all along with a 4-course dinner under the stars. Sleep in an Arabian tent with a comfortable mattress, blanket, and pillow, and wake the next morning for breakfast before your return transfer to Dubai.
Itinerary
Day 1: Dubai – Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (D)
Start your overnight experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert aboard your open-roof vintage Land Rover, a mode of transport used extensively in 1950s desert expeditions.
As you travel, listen to your guide’s stories about Dubai past and present, as well as the many customs and traditions that you’ll experience throughout the evening.

 Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on an Africian-style wildlife safari, looking out for Arabian gazelles and oryx, and then stop in a Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat.
Make your way past the gently flickering flames from 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, a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee and sit back to watch flamboyant dancers performing to traditional Emirati music, or perhaps take a wander around the camp.
Pose in the sand dunes for a photo as the sun goes down, watch a bread-making demonstration or gaze at UAE’s national bird – the falcon – during a falconry display. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture even more, why not get a henna tattoo, smoke a shisha pipe (Arabic water pipe) or even try the traditional mode of Bedouin transport — a camel.


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, sit around the bonfire and gaze up at the stars, and then make your way to your Arabic tent — complete with comfortable mattress, pillows and blanket — nestled inside the camp. Settle in and enjoy sleeping overnight in the heart of the desert!


Overnight: Arabic camp in the desert


Day 2: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai (B)
Wake to a beautiful sunrise in the morning and to the scent of strong Arabic coffee brewing and to see your breakfast being cooked. Then, feast on traditional breakfast bread with balaleet (sweet noodles) and chabaab (pancakes), washed down with Arabic coffee, of course.
You will also hear fascinating tales first-hand from a local Bedouin who will be joining you for breakfast. 

After your flight or breakfast, meet your driver and bid your friends in the desert camp a fond farewell before traveling back to Dubai. Then, finish your experience with a drop-off at your hotel mid-morning.
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Reviewed 13 May 2019

Our entire trip was planned around the full Moon. Safety was our primary concern, so we booked with the best, Platinum Heritage. It was luxury all the way. We got picked-up by Tobias, our guide. After we reached the desert, we transferred to a 1972...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank MusratMou
MABELBIH, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2019

Hi MusratMou, Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We started our Overnight Safari because so many of our guests didn't want to leave and wanted to sleep under the...More

Reviewed 20 April 2019 via mobile

Abid, James and Etrat were all amazing guides! They are very keen on explaining everything about the desert, the food and everything that we encounter with during the trip. They were also very kind to go the extra miles to accommodate us. The weather was...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank CarmenHYSo
MABELBIH, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi CarmenHYSo, Thank you for the amazing review and our team were pleased to have you on the Overnight experience. Thank you for the compliments towards Abid, James and Etrat, they would be pleased to read your review. Thanks once again for the recommendation. Best...More

Reviewed 16 April 2019

It's difficult to know where to begin! If you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience then book with these guys. From beginning to end they made sure I was welcome and happy. I booked the 'Overnight Desert Camp Experience' and could not recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Adam M, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2019

Hi Joseph K, Thanks so much for your review. We are delighted that you could label this as highly enjoyable and professional, it is always special when our guests leave such heart warming comments of their experience and in particular when they appreciate our sustainability...More

Reviewed 1 April 2019

We booked the overnight desert safari with Platinum Heritage because 1) we weren't interested in dune bashing, 2) we wanted an desert overnight option and theirs is in a conservation reserve, and 3) it was highly recommended by a friend. We weren't disappointed in their...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank gloriap446
Reviewed 28 March 2019

So...visiting my sister in the UAE has been such a blessing! As a part of her lovely itinerary was the overnight desert camp safari. Definitely a highlight. Our tour guide, Joele (sorry if I spelled wrong) was a great host - knowledgeable, professional and helped...More

Date of experience: March 2019
3  Thank lonnetta
Adam M, Guest Relations Manager at Platinum Heritage, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2019

Hi Lonnetta, It’ s always good to know that our knowledge we try to pass on is easily understandable and enjoyable! When we hear that our safari was the highlight of someone's visit, we are so happy that we have been able to leave a...More

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