Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai
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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.

Upgrade your experience to a private safari tour and enjoy your own vintage Land Rover.
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  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates , United Arab Emirates
  • 7 hours
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out of 5

Elizabeth B

A good excursion, - especially amazing to see the ibex in the desert - supplemented by friendly, pleasant, driver. Thank you, Ali Moussa!

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what to expect

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.

Sample Menu:
First course:
Shorbat adas (mildly spiced lentil soup)
• Tomato and onion salad
• Fresh garden salad

Second course:
• 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)

Third course:
• Ouzi (succulent lamb)
• Chicken kebabs
• Vegetable and ouzi rice

Fourth course:
• Fruit salad
Lgeimat (saffron-flavored fritters)

  • Sample Dinner Menu:
    • Garden salad
    • Onion and tomato salad
    • Shorbat adas (lightly spiced lentil soup)
    Meze selection:
    • Assorted appetizers such as tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with tomatoes and lemon juice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-filled pastries), harees (meat-stuffed wheat dumplings) and hummus (chickpea dip)
    Main course (choice of one):
    • Grilled chicken kebabs
    • Ouzi (lamb served with spiced nuts and rice)
    • Ouzi rice and vegetables
    Dessert (choice of one):
    • Seasonal fruit salad
    • Lgeimat (mini saffron-spiced doughnuts soaked in syrup)
inclusions and exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Wildlife Safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Henna Artist
  • Camel rides
  • Live bread and coffee making
  • Dinner
  • Emirati entertainment
  • Donation to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Sparkling date juice
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Returns to original departure point
  • A la carte dinner included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children under 5 years are not permitted on the shared tour.
  • Please note: Guides in the following languages (Arabic, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian) are only available upon request and availability
  • The Dubai Desert can get cooler in the evenings, it is recommended you bring a light jacket
  • Important Information
    On the Private desert experience, Adult pricing applies to all travellers including Children and Infants.
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.