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
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.
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.
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.
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.