Experience life as a Bedouin nomad, making a life in Dubai’s unforgiving desert. See how these people herded, hunted, camped, and thrived in this fun, cultural desert safari.
‘Bedouin’ stems from ‘Bedu’, the Arabic term for a ‘desert dweller’. While most people in ancient times settled near rivers, the Bedouin chose the freedom of the open desert. Here, they relied on their ingenuity and grit as they overcame the harsh climate.
Your journey starts in the morning, as you’re driven out to the Dubai desert (in air-conditioned comfort). Then, you’ll leave your modern amenities and mount a camel. Ride the “ship of the desert” for 15 minutes, until you arrive at your destination: a nomadic Bedouin camp, presenting a glimpse into authentic Bedouin life.
You’ll be greeted in traditional fashion, with rose water, Arabic coffee, and dates. Explore the village, constructed of traditional woven goat hair, wood, and stones; a tribute to the resourcefulness of the nomadic people. You’ll have the chance to meet and chat with Bedouin storytellers, pet farm animals, get up close with the Arabian hunting dogs called Saluki’s and learn about Bedouin-style hunting, and how the deadly combination of falconry and Saluki dogs became their main means of hunting. You will also be able to watch the world’s fastest animal in flight in a spectacular falconry presentation.
Our professional Conversation Guides will explain how to prepare your own traditional Arabic meal called Foul Medames, complete with traditional Arabic Ragaag bread and luqaimat, a delicious dessert, all the while enjoying the traditional dances performed by young local Bedouin. You are welcome to join in with them! In authentic Bedouin style, breakfast will be served on a large platter on the floor so you can enjoy this fun and social tradition.
See how Land Rovers, first introduced in 1948, transformed Bedouins life, as they could finally trade, explore and survey the vast desert areas with ease. Climb aboard a vintage Land Rover into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for a wildlife safari, stopping and seeing how the native flora and fauna were used for survival.
After your morning cultural experience, air-conditioned cars will return you to modern Dubai, the next chapter of the Bedouin life.
Experience an authentic glimpse into Bedouin History
Sample traditional Bedouin Breakfast while meeting a local Bedouin
Enjoy a wildlife safari in 1950’s vintage Land Rovers
George – United Kingdom
We recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Platinum Desert Safari Tour. Wow! From start to finish, my mind was blown at the efficiency of the company and the highest quality of hosting they delivered us. I could not recommend this company enough, everybody we met was so friendly and inviting, the activities were unique and the whole afternoon/evening ran like clockwork. Also, the food we ate during our tour was impeccable and authentic local/national cuisine.
Melanie – Dubai
Living in Dubai for almost 10 years and just now did the tour with Platinum Heritage, I’ve been missing out! The tour was perfect from the beginning till the end. Next time I have visitors, for sure I book again!
Jaclyn – USA
Our safari experience was beyond our wildest dreams! We truly enjoyed learning about the desert, wildlife, and cultural traditions! This was an experience you usually only see on TV, but we got to live it! Your trip to Dubai will not be complete without this safari!