Leave your central Dubai hotel in your air-conditioned 4x4 and set off into the empty desert that surrounds the city.
As you travel, listen as your guide explains Dubai’s transformation from fishing village to gleaming metropolis in just a few decades, and watch how the light gold sands of the desert change color, shifting first to dark browns and then to deep reds.
Then, head off-road into what’s known as the Lahbab area of desert, famous for its rolling dunes. Admire the surreal beauty of the desert and hold tight as your driver heads for the biggest slopes. Then, feel the adrenalin rush as your 4x4 ascends and skids down the sandy heights — feeling the sands slip under the wheels is a serious thrill!
Afterward, stop to take photos of the desert sunset as it casts the dunes in dusky golds and oranges, and then continue to a Bedouin-style outdoor camp nestled amid the sands.
Walk into the lamp-lit camp and enter a beautiful Bedouin tent. Sink into the cushions and enjoy an Emirati welcome of Arabic coffee and dates, and the offer of an aromatic shisha (water pipe).
Then, enjoy your choice of the complimentary activities on offer. Ride a camel, try sand boarding, get a henna tattoo — and if you wish, ride a desert buggy (additional cost) over the sands.
Later, sit down to a delicious barbecue dinner under the stars. Dig into grilled meats, salads, main courses and desserts served with sodas and mineral water, and if you wish, purchase additional drinks (own expense) from the cash bar.
During and after dinner, enjoy a host of live Arabic music and entertainments, including belly dancing and tanoura folk dances, with whirling dervish-style dancers performing eye-popping costume transformations as the spin across the floor.
When the time comes, ride back to Dubai in your 4x4 where your experience ends with a hotel drop-off.
Please note: During the month of Ramadan (June 6 to July 6, 2016) this activity will not include Entertainment and alcohol will not be available.