Travel on the traditional local “transport” – a camel, which is called God’s gift to the Bedouins here. It is a very relaxing experience.
In the past, camels were used for trade and transport of goods, because thanks to their endurance, they can go for a long time without food and water. Now they are popular with Dubai guests – everyone wants to feel like a Bedouin for a while, calmly swaying over the sand dunes.
You can do this on many beaches in Dubai, for example Marina Beach. It is located on the western outskirts of the city and is considered a rural area, so admission is free. The beach here sharply turns into a stone jungle – the area is actively built up with skyscrapers. This combination of old and new creates very contrasting landscapes: the surface of the water and the white sands of the bay are on one side, and the skyscrapers and highways are on the other.
Camel safari in the desert
Camel Ride Dubai is one of the best and most traditional ways to explore the desert in Dubai. Travel through the desert in a traditional camel convoy and learn why Bedouin nomads relied on these endearing animals. Known as the Ships of the Desert because of the ease with which they gracefully navigate the desert sands, camels are the desert’s oldest form of transportation.
Your 45-minute desert journey follows in the footsteps of Bedouin travelers and takes you to a falcon show in the desert dunes. Experience an important part of Emirati culture during a professional falcon show. Watch these beloved birds fly to a decoy and reach top speeds of up to 390 km/h.
As the Arabian sun sets behind the dunes, sit back and relax as you take in the sweeping desert views. Get great photo opportunities with the falcons before heading to an authentic, dimly lit Bedouin camp in a private royal desert retreat.
Spend the night in a scene of Dubai as it was in the 1950s. Immerse yourself in culture with fascinating activities such as henna painting, live Arabic coffee and bread making, traditional performances and shisha high quality (bubbly hubbly), in our traditionally built Bedouin camp. Treat yourself to a 4-course dinner of Arabic cuisine and savor the magic of this unique desert setting under the stars.
Camel on the beach, Dubai
How to do?
- To get from Downtown Dubai to Marina Beach, take a taxi or rent a car and take Route E 11 along Sheikh Zayed Road. After approximately 15 km straight, turn at Exit 32 onto Al Naseem Road onto Al Marsa Road. Follow signs to Marina Dubai. Walk down Al Gharbi Street towards Al Mamsha Street / The Walk. You will see the beach just behind the row of restaurants and a movie theater.
- Camels sit quietly on the sand and rest, or give other tourists a ride. The instructor will show you how to ride a camel and how to behave in the saddle. They are enough peace-loving animals, so do not be afraid of them. Calm down and they will reciprocate.
- When the camel gets up, you suddenly find yourself above the ground. Keep your hand on the rails and stroll along the shoreline of the bay.
- Pickup from Dubai hotels between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.
- Arrive at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to receive your adventure pack and don your Sheila/Ghutra (traditional headscarf).
- Visit the desert dunes on a 45-minute camel safari.
- Enjoy a falcon show at sunset in the sand dunes.
- Have fun with traditional henna tattoos, living bread making, Arabic coffee making, camel rides and aromatic shisha pipes.
- Dinner includes soup, salad, starter, main course and dessert. See the map
- Enjoy Emirati cultural entertainment shows such as drumming and Yola.
- Return to the Hotel between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. depending on the season/sunset.
Dubai desert tours with longer camel rides
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve will guide you through the dunes for approximately 45 minutes. And after that, enjoy a sunset falconry show, Bedouin dinner, and entertainment. It also includes detailed commentary on desert wildlife and memorable Bedouin hospitality.
You can choose between quad biking, sand biking or other desert activities. Then there is the famous sunset camel ride. A traditional tent dinner and entertainment will follow, and many will drop you off at your Dubai hotel the following night.