Spend an evening at the one and only Al Khayma Desert Camp to experience the bygone Bedouin life. Revisit those good old days with Shisha smoking, Henna tattooing, barbecue lunch/dinner, local Tanoura as well as Belly dance shows.
This Dubai desert safari tour will familiarize you how fascinating was the old desert life!
Our Safari Captain will pick you up, from the hotel or selected location, in a 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser. You will then be taken to the Lahbab desert. In that one hour drive, learn how the present cosmopolis Dubai was originally a village first and the way it transformed to a trendsetting city. As you arrive at Lahbab desert, take an initial break at the rest area for about 20-25 minutes. There you can take rest, avail bathroom/toilet facilities, meanwhile, your land cruiser gets its tyre pressures adjusted for the desert safari. Even as other convoys join your gang, you can go for an optional Quad Biking.
Soon the adventures begin with dune bashing at Dubai desert. Go for a dune drive through the peculiarly shaped red dunes at Lahbab. After 30 to 45 minutes of dune bashing drive, keep your thrills alive with sand-surfing along the dunes (sandboarding). Afterwards, we will proceed to Al Khayma desert camp.
At the Al Khayma camp, you can see Camels in a group - ready for a ride. As you enter in the camp, our safari captain will show you the slots (where main camp activities take place) and you will be lead to a table inside/in front of your tent (Khayma). There will be an unlimited supply of soft drinks in your tent where you can try out Arab attires (Abaya and Kandora - for ladies and gents). Get welcomed with Gahwa, Gaymat (Arabian coffee & sweets) and dry dates. Refresh yourselves before you move on for the next activity- Camel ride.
It’s now time for a ride atop ‘Ship of the desert’. You can experience the camel ride in a group which can be repeated. Also, watch the sunset from the camp’s dedicated sunset dune. Get these beautiful scenes captured with your cameras. You can use the free time to explore the Al Khayma camp with a lot of Bedouin activities including the must-do activities of Dubai desert- Henna tattooing, Shisha smoking, trying out Arab attires Abaya/ Kandora as of a local Arab citizen, meeting up with a Falcon expert and posing with that majestic bird.
Now it’s time for some evening entertainers! The Tanoura dance will be performed at the centre stage initially. Soon you will be invited to a barbecue dinner buffet. You are free to taste the desserts provided after the dinner with barbecue dishes. Belly dance would be the very next entertainment show.
Rest is the relaxation time for you. The camp lights would be turned off completely to set a typical desert night ambience for you when the entertainment activities are finally over. Relax or refresh yourselves by meditating. Watch the vast sky, the lucky ones can spot a few stars!
Finally, you will be dropped off to the hotel/ selected location.
Official holidays, and national and religious occasions
Date (Gregorian calendar)
Tuesday 1 January 2019
Israa Wal Miraj
Wednesday 3 April 2019
Half of Shaban month
Saturday 20 April 2019
Beginning of Ramadan
Monday 6 May 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Saturday 25 May 2019
Lailat Al Qader
Saturday 1 June 2019
29 and 30 Ramadan
Monday 3 June 2019
Eid Al Fitr
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Arafat (Haj) day
Saturday 10 August 2019
Eid Al Adha
Sunday 11 August 2019
Hijri New Year
Saturday 31 August 2019
Monday 9 September 2019
Sunday 3 November 2019
Saturday 9 November 2019
Saturday 30 November 2019
National Day 48
Monday 2 December 2019
Desert Safari Safety/ insurance:
Reviewed by Clarence, ItalyNovember 13, 2018
When my sister mentioned that they are planning a desert trip, I also joined them. Omg..it was a lifetime experience. It was really cool being in that sandy land. The activities we did were really funny. My favorite one was dune bashing. I had never done this ride previously. Though I was little scary at first like I was holding tight on the handles, it turned into fun quickly. Al khayma camp was more like reading an old Arabian story. It was more luxurious than ever expected. One put henna tattoo on my hand, how talented artist, no doubt! It was lovely to sit and see how fast they are putting designs on hands. Falcons were amazing. I was excited to hold this bird on my hand. Our guide took crazy snaps. If you are a bird lover, do it definitely. Camel riding was superb; that experience ranks high on my list. I got enthralled by the belly dancing. Not to mention the dinner! Truly an experience not to miss.
Reviewed by Alisha, New ZealandNovember 12, 2018
A highly executed trip to Dubai because every one of us wants to explore this location. The desert safari pictures from different sources increased my level of enthusiasm. Everything was nice and all family members are eager to know about desert life. Everything was special for us and it was the first time experience, for us the most interesting part of this tour was the Al khayma campsite experience. Tasting BBQ and other Arabian dishes are good enough to keep in memory. We got a VIP treatment from the tour authorities thanks for your concern and we will come back to Dubai, no doubt we will opt for you guys!!!
Reviewed by Sawle, HungaryNovember 11, 2018
This evening trip left us in awe
Reviewed by Kiara, DenmarkNovember 11, 2018
My husband and I had a beautiful experience in Abu Dhabi desert and it was a life-changing experience. Definitely, I will carry all the memories of the campsite for the rest of my life. I felt that the Bedouin campsite is specially created for us and we discovered all the truth relating to desert life.
Reviewed by Clare, United StatesNovember 10, 2018
For a long time I was longing for this journey to Dubai, the only one destination I was looking for is desert. Really my intension is to make my day completely an adventurous one and I had done it. Holding a falcon near to my shoulder is interesting but its beaks are still frightening to me.
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