Dubai Premium: Overnight Camp with Red Dunes and Camel Safari

Overview

Most visitors only head into Dubai’s desert for a few hours but on this excursion, you can sleep under a blanket of stars in the middle of red dunes. Experience what it’s like to live in the desert and enjoy several activities including dune bashing, sandboarding, and camel riding. You also get to sleep overnight in a Bedouin-style tent and bed and enjoy traditional Bedouin meals.

Highlights

  • Watch a sunset and sunrise over the golden sands
  • Tuck into a tasty dinner complete with live cultural shows
  • Enjoy several photo opportunities with a desert background
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

 

Included/Excluded

  • Morning Arabic breakfast
  • Morning camel trekking (15-20 minutes)
  • Shower room facility without towels
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Nawar bed (Bedouin style bed)
  • Rogag (Arabic bread) and Chai (Arabic tea) at night
  • Night desert guide
  • Overnight stay in Bedouin tent
  • Barbecue buffet (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available)
  • Gaymat (sweets), Gahwa (coffee), and dates
  • Unlimited mineral water and soft drinks
  • Al Khayma Desert Camp visit (shared camp)
  • Tanura, Nashaat dance show, and Ladies Khaliji Dance
  • Shisha pipe (hubble bubble flavour) in the shisha area
  • Arabian makeover with falcon photos
  • Henna painting (for ladies only)
  • Camel feeding and sunset photo stop
  • Camel ride experience (can be repeated)
  • Sandboarding
  • Dune bashing (30-45 minutes)
  • English-speaking licensed driver
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned 4WD
  • Pickup and drop-off at your select hotel/location
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Quad bike/dune buggy activities (optional)
  • Towels

Tour Plan

What to expect

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

You will be picked up from your hotel in a luxurious 4WD Land Cruiser and driven to the Lahbab desert for around 60 minutes. You will take a 20-minute break once you arrive in the desert before beginning your safari. While your vehicle for the off-road dune trip is being readied, you can either relax or go for a quad-bike ride. After that, you'll go on a 30-45 minute dune bashing excursion, during which you'll experience a strange sense of adrenaline as your Land Cruiser climbs up and slides down the sand dunes. After that, you can try sandboarding, an adventure sport. Standing on the given wooden board, balance yourself, and glide down 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 a 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 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.

Pickup details

Complimentary pickup is available from Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman city hotels and apartments. As well as from Dubai Cruise Terminal (Port Rashid). Pickup from Dubai Airport is available from Holiday Inn Airport Hotel. Pickup from Bab Al Shams, Al Maha Resort, Jebel Ali, and Sport/Motor City is available for an additional fee. Pickup will be 45 minutes prior to your booked time, depending on your location.

Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes Sunglasses Sun hat Sandals Sunscreen Comfortable clothes Warm clothing
  • Not allowed : Luggage or large bags
  • Please note that if your skin is sensitive to henna, it is advised not to do it
  • Not recommended to bring valuables
  • Overnight stay in Bedouin tent is not air-conditioned
  • Casual, loose-fitting clothing is recommended in the summer, along with a jacket in the winter
  • 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 Tanoura and belly dancing are unavailable during the following holidays: March 22, April 23 to May 23 (Ramadan), July 30, August 20, October 29, 2021 (dates may vary depending on UEA lunar calendar)
  • By law, pregnant women and those who have heart, back, or neck problems cannot take part in dune bashing
  • Infants (below 3 years old) are not allowed in the car during the shared dune bashing
  • The duration of the tour will be between 17-18 hours depending on the season, sunrise and city traffic
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather.
  • If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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