Desert dining in Dubai
A meal overlooking the desert in its natural splendour is a highlight of the Dubai experience. Sipping cool juice as the sun sets over the majestic dunes, or tucking into an authentic Arabic meal under a starlit desert sky is the stuff memories are made of. Here’s how you can make that experience yours.
Enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience in the desert.
An unforgettable gourmet experience amid the serenity of sand dunes
Desert safaris are hugely popular for tourists visiting Dubai, and for good reason. Most feature a mix of culture and adventure with dune-bashing, followed by a barbecue dinner in a desert camp with traditional majlis-style seating. But you can also dine out at award winning resorts with views over the Arabian Desert. Treat yourself to an authentic meal under the sky with these four desert dining options in Dubai.
Platinum Heritage ↕
For an upscale desert experience, book a Heritage Dinner Safari with Platinum Heritage luxury tours. You are escorted from the city to a traditional, yet luxurious Bedouin camp in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (a protected wildlife site). Learn to cook a local dish and sample classic Arabic cuisine. Overnight safari experiences are available, too.
Platinum Heritage, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 388 4044
Arabian Adventures ↕
If an evening among the dunes isn’t enough, extend your experience with an overnight stay at one of the many luxe resorts in the heart of Dubai’s peaceful desert. The Arabian Dreams overnight safari with Arabian Adventures will take you to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve area where only limited vehicles are permitted. There, you can enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a night of ‘glamping’ (upscale, glamourous camping) in the desert. A hot breakfast and drive to see the local wildlife at dawn is the perfect way to finish off your stay.
Arabian Adventures, Emirates Holidays Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 214 4888
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa ↕
Also in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa. Considered to be one of the world’s most romantic resorts, it is also among the Top 25 Hotels in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice list.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai-Al Ain Road
+971 4 832 9900
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa ↕
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is a picturesque resort designed in the style of a traditional Arabian fort, and located not too far from Dubai’s metropolis. The on-site Al Hadheerah restaurant is an alfresco venue that celebrates fresh, delicious dishes from across the region, with live cooking stations and traditional wood-fired ovens at the ready. Majlis-style seating areas along with live entertainment, falconry displays, and an on-site heritage museum complete the experience.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road
+971 4 809 6498
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