Dubai

Dubai Camel Desert Safari, Traditional Meal & Heritage Activities

Badge of ExcellenceDubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 7 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Enjoy a camel ride in Dubai and an Emirati dinner at a Bedouin-style camp on this desert adventure. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned minivan and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Then, take a camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy a falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration, and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by Arabian dancing and music.
  • Dinner-in-the-desert experience with round-trip transport from Dubai
  • Enjoy a camel ride to a Bedouin-style camp within a royal desert retreat
  • Savor a delicious 4-course banquet followed by traditional music and dancing
  • Watch falconry, bread- and coffee-making demonstrations, and get a henna tattoo
  • Relax with a hotel pickup and drop-off service from central Dubai

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A step up from standard desert trips, this offers a longer-than-usual camel ride, and dinner at a luxe camp.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4-course dinner with water and juice
  • Falconry, Henna, Live bread- and coffee-making, Emirati entertainment
  • A Sunset Falcon Demonstration
  • A camel caravan of 45 to 60 minutes
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

02:30 PM

Pickup details

We pick up from any hotel in Dubai. Please indicate your Hotel in the comment section if not found from the options. Pickup from a residence or an apartment is possible if booked in a private vehicle. Pick-up times will vary throughout the year based on sunset times. Please use the following schedule as a guideline when planning your day and preparing for pick-up October – February: 14:00h-15:00h March – May: 14:30h-15:30h June – September: 15:00h-16:00h A confirmation of your exact pick-up time will be communicated to you via e-mail or a phone call around 13:00h on the day of the excursion. Should you not hear from us, please contact us.

What To Expect

Begin your experience with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Settle inside your air-conditioned minivan and relax as travel into the desert.

Meet your camel convoy and enjoy a leisurely ride on a camel. Enjoy the views as your camel lumbers across the sands: you soon understand how these hardy herbivores provide ideal transport for nomadic Bedouins. 

Then, arrive at a Bedouin-style camp inside a desert retreat owned by the UAE royal family. The compound stands amid rolling dunes and is illuminated by flame torches, giving it a truly Arabian feel.

As the sun sets, watch a falconry demonstration. Admire the speed and elegance of the falcons as they answer their handlers’ commands and swoop for lures. 

Stroll into the dunes for photos of the sunset and enjoy a range of traditional desert activities inside a rustic-style Arabian tent. Sip Arabic coffee, get a henna tattoo, and learn to make Arabic breads during a step-by-step demonstration.

Next, settle at a low Bedouin table for a 4-course feast of typical Emirati dishes with sodas and mineral water. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Following dinner, choose to smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe) and watch a display of traditional dancing and music under the stars.

Return to Dubai in your minivan and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The Dubai desert can get cooler in the evenings during winter, so we recommend you bring a light jacket and closed shoes
  • Two guest per Camel
  • Maximum weight is 150kg
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not suitable for children below 5 years old
  • The camel ride is only in English
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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.

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FAFRA_J
Staff very efficient an friendly. We enjoyed every part of the program, included the food. Time passed very quickly. My daughter 12 y.o. and her girlfriend 14 y.o., as well as me, liked it very much. We highly recommend that tour which combines fun and culture in a friendly atmosphere.

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Camel ride was such a cool experience for my 13 yr old!
kamh1029, Feb 2024
One of the highlights of our 10 dates spent in Dubai! Totally recommend the 45 minute camel ride & the falcon demonstration was great as was the food which was plentiful! Some people chose to stay overnight which I’m sure was a nice experience. Would recommend this outfit!
The best
Ivone_G, Jan 2024
As usual this is the best company for safari! Super well organized and amazing service!!!!! You will not be disappointed
A Must Do with Heritage!!
Eunice_H, Dec 2023
Danish and Shaquelle. I could not ask for better guides. Patient, made us feel at ease and catered to our every need. Shukran to them both. I especially enjoyed the Camel Ride, sampling the foods and watching the entertainment. Nothing was rushed.
TOP Dubai Experience!
Terris_C, Dec 2023
Top drawer from start to finish! THE highlight of our time in Dubai. The camel ride was wonderful... the falconry amazing... the feast was incredible (come hungry - so many amazing dishes!)... and the stars breath-taking. Better than all that tho - all staff were warm, welcoming and very knowledgeable. Logistics crisp all around. HIGHLY recommend!!!
A Must Do in Dubai!!
Erika_M, Dec 2023
Mehdi was our guide and he was fantastic! We were not expecting such a well put together tour. We honestly didn't know what to expect. We thought we would just do a desert safari and end with a snack at the end and be on our way but everything from the camels being so sweet and friendly to the camp sight at the end with all the coffee, food, drink options being so well thought out, we would absolutely recommend this activity. We might even do it again the next time we come back to Dubai! Overall, great experience!
Surpassed our expectations
Melissa_D, Dec 2023
Ravi was an excellent tour guide—arrived on time, explained various aspects of living in Dubai, and ensured a great experience. So enjoyed the long camel ride and dinner under the stars
Superb
MariaJohoanna_T, Nov 2023
The driver was very informative and helpful. He had provided extra care to my mother who is experiencing difficulty in walking. The camel ride was superb. It makes you feel back in those time. The camel handler was very attentive. Place and facilities superb
Amazing
Tracey_P, Oct 2023
Totally amazing and so well done. Stunning day in a magical spot. Would totally recommend this experience.
I would give it a 6
marshahamer, Sep 2023
Perfect! We had a great experience. Would highly recommend!. Excellent customer service. Exceeded our expectations.
Fabulous and Authentic
Yvette_T, Sep 2023
It was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed everything about this excursion. The camel ride was serene and quiet. The picturesque landscape was amazing. The dinner and it’s interactive shows were fabulous. Our guide, Javon was kind and knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend this excursion.
A must do Bedouin Experience in Dubai!
Arna_L, Sep 2023
I like to experience culture and traditional activities when visiting a new country. And this is what you get on this tour!! The experience started right from the pick up. Ravi picked me up from my hotel on time in a nice clean air conditioned car and made sure I was comfortable. From there we headed into the desert, all the way identifying and explaining certain points of interest. I had chosen the camel ride for my tour, so once we arrived there was no time wasted. We were given our water bottles and head scarves and we were on our way. Beautiful and amazing experience with the sun going down over the desert. Lots of beautiful photos and wildlife spotting. After the camel ride, was the falconry show with Summer the falcon and a delicious juice and tea. Then it was time to jump into the ranger rover to camp for our night time entertainment and amazing 4 course meal! The food was fantastic and the entertainment was great. All of the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. This tour is certainly well worth the money and your while!! A traditional Bedouin experience!!
Can’t recommend enough!!
Courtney_C, Aug 2023
Couldn’t have loved this more!!! Incredible team of kind, informed, entertaining hosts! The food, the comfortable drive, the camel riding experience, EVERYTHING felt well planned and catered to our needs! We had an INCREDIBLE TIME! Made the best memories! Thank you!
The camel ride was...
Jenny_B, Jun 2023
The camel ride was amazing - pretty hot - but so peaceful. The food at dinner just kept coming and it was lovely to taste traditional Arabic food. Would highly recommend this trip.
Truly an amazing...
Asia_G, Apr 2023
Truly an amazing experience , when coming to Dubai you have to try it. Hospitality was great as well & food !
Great experience
Rene_M, Apr 2023
Great experience, Ibrahim was very good and informative. Learned about the culture. Would recommend the jeep tour then the camel.
You can't do better!
Christine_D, Apr 2023
Our guide Monesa was wonderful and very knowledgeable and informative with an engaging personality. The camel ride was thrilling, dinner delicious and the entertainment most educational.
The camel ride and meal...
Christopher_S, Mar 2023
The camel ride and meal were among the most memorable experiences I’ve had on any holiday, and it was a great opportunity to learn and understand more about UAE culture
Excellent :)
Odinakachi_C, Mar 2023
This tour was AMAZING!! Everything from the pick up, the ride to the dessert and the drop off at the hotel was smooth and very organized ! . I had my mother with me who is a senior citizen and I was trying to find a desert experience without the dune bashing . I am so thankful I found this tour company. The camel ride was excellent , mind you we were riding the camels for a while across the desert . They even assist with taking pictures . They also have a professional photographer and video personnel who takes photos and puts together a video of your whole experience and also a drone !! . My advice , purchase the pic and video package you will not regret it . The food and show at the desert camp was also great including the falcon show . The bathrooms at the camp were also clean . do yourself a favor BOOK THIS TOUR !! You will not regret it .
First class tour
Kathleen_N, Mar 2023
The camel ride was amazing! Highly recommend. Perfect from start to finish! An hour drive from hotels and worth every minute. My camels name was Lolly and she was a star!!
Excellent experience
Elizabeth_B, Feb 2023
A great experience from start to finish. The hospitality and food exceeded expectations. The camel ride was a once in a lifetime experience. The staff took excellent care of us.
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