Visitors to Dubai in need of a respite from the soaring high-rises and gilded shopping malls can head to the desert on an overnight trip designed to show the emirate as it was 50 years ago.
Platinum Heritage's "Safari and Breakfast With a Bedouin" tour includes a drive — in a '50s-era Land Rover — through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to spot wildlife, a falconry demonstration and cultural activities such as the making of bread and Arabic coffee. Dinner is served — with a chance to sample camel meat — under the stars inside a private royal desert retreat. Lodging for the night is in a traditional Arabic tent; in the morning, an Arabic breakfast is served while a local Bedouin shares tales about desert life.
Dates: Departures Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through May 15.
Price: About $245 for adults, $190 for children ages 5-11. Includes hotel pickup, dinner and breakfast, and camp equipment and bedding.
Info: Platinum Heritage