Experience life as a Bedouin nomad, making a life in Dubai’s unforgiving desert. See how these people herded, hunted, camped, and thrived in the ultimate cultural 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 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. 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
Jacqui W – Australia
The overall experience was a definite highlight of our trip to the UAE and the Company was extremely professional and engaging.
Judy M – England
Absolutely one of the best tour experiences. My husband found this tour from the Tripadvisor top activities recommendation, and the high ranking really did not disappoint!
Sanneke H – Netherland
It was a great experience, certainly one of the (if not THE) highlights from our vacation. We will surely recommend your tours to all of our friends and family