Dubai Desert Safari

If you visit Dubai and decide to put together an ultimate wish list, put the Platinum Heritage Dubai Desert Safari tour in the top spot. Three words to describe the experience – seriously incredible, amazing!

The tour was without a doubt the highlight of my Dubai adventure and I’m please to share with all some of the photos I captured in the desert.


Dubai Desert Safari


Dubai Desert at evening

Desert Safari Selfie


Dubai Desert Safari


On Saturday evening, the Nuffnang Bloggerati group and I took a step back in time and experienced Dubai as it was 50 years ago.

Looking the part in a traditional ghutra (a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf), we departed in super-chic vintage Land Rovers into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The vehicles toured the dunes for a 45 minute session of fast, fun-filled exploration through the United Arab Emirates’ arid land.

I shared a Land Rover with fellow bloggers Khalil (Food Porn), Rachel (Sesame Ellis) and Dani (The Home Journal), as well as Nuffnang crew David and Dom.


Dubai Falconry

Dubai Falconry at sunset

Dubai Desert Sunset


Learning a few tips about the sparse plant and animal life from our hilarious and energetic tour guide (who kept the 6-person group entertained throughout the duration of the evening), the safari wrapped up with a live falcon demonstration and watching the sunset through the scenic dunes. The falconry was breathtaking, and the bird of prey sure wooed the crowd with a spectacular and low-swooping flight performance.

Next stop was the Bedouin camp, lit with the flickering flames of traditional lamps and nestled inside a private Royal desert retreat. The camp was our destination for the evening’s scrumptious authentic dinner as well as cultural activities including live Arabic dance performances, aromatic shisha pipes, Arabic coffee and a bread making display.


Cheers to the Dubai sunset

Desert Safari sunset


In the moonlight, I had so much fun at the Bedouin camp, enjoying a short camel ride and having a gorgeous henna tattoo applied to my right hand by a very talented Emirati woman.

On the menu for our ‘under the stars’ dinner were traditional meals; recipes handed down from generation to generation. The feast included a camel meat casserole, slow cooked lamb, hummus, chicken kebabs and a variety of rice dishes.


Royal desert retreat feast

Getting a Henna Tattoo - Dubai Desert

Henna Tattoo Hands

Dubai Bedouin camp

Camel Riding Dubai



The experience was probably up there with one of the most unique and incredible things I will do in my life.

I’ll have to return one day to enjoy it all over again with my loved ones.




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Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


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