Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

If you’ve been dreaming of skiing and suntanning in the same day, drunk on $5k bottles of Cristal, Dubai is your opulent paradise.


Desert Safari

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Desert Safari

One of the best aspects of visiting a country that is partially covered in desert is the desert safari. Desert Safari is a thrilling ride which includes dune bashing, night camps, Arabic-style entertainment and a large buffet. It is both adventurous and relaxing (and you thought those two things could never come together).

Platinum Heritage

Platinum Heritage provides the most luxurious and authentic desert safari experience that you are likely to never forget. They have different collections and offers available to best suit what you want. Platinum Heritage is one of the best ways to experience and witness the beauty and serenity of a dessert at night.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Luxury Desert Dinner

Their Platinum Collection is their most basic collection. It includes a thrilling ride in a luxurious Range Rover, followed by occasional stops at Desert wildlife conservatories. Here, you can book a ticket to enter the conservatory and spend a half hour gazing at the Dubai wildlife in their natural habitat. They also make stops at oasis, so that you can see first-hand what a mirage looks like to a desert traveler.  Near the oasis, they also offer a uniquely styled Bedouin breakfast with traditional food items like dates, coconut sweets, hummus, lamb meat and Arabic bread.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Heritage Collection

The Heritage Collection is one step up from the Platinum Collection. Being an ardent history lover, this is the offer that I took. In the Heritage collection, the occasional stops in the safari are made at historical sites and museums located inside the desert. It’s enthralling gazing at the historical cites in the sort of pleasurable quietness that you only find in a dessert. You can spend one night at a vintage Bedouin camp that is equipped with the best bathroom facilities and a luxurious Bedouin tent- it’s the perfect way to experience the life of a Bedouin while staying true to your twenty first century lifestyle. They provide tailor-made activities which can include camel rides, falcon spotting, henna art, belly dancing, hookah smoking, etc.

Besides these, Platinum Heritage also offers a wedding package for all those of you who wish to spice things up Arabic style and host a wedding or proposal in the desert. And trust me, it’ll be equal parts quirky and adventurous.

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 56 Comments

  1. Avatar of Ariel Myers

    Ariel Myers

    Dubai is really awesome. Really rich county. you can tell just by the clean streets and high-end buildings. Such luxurious country.

  2. Avatar of Rubby Hankins

    Rubby Hankins

    Dubai is one of the best and most beautiful places in the world. It has world tallest building” Burj Khalifa” which has 163 Floors and you can look at the entire city, the best time is sunset its called Prime hour.

  3. Avatar of Geraldina Lee

    Geraldina Lee

    Dubai is the place where I enjoyed my best time with my friend last year. Their structural view and saw the sea-beach is just mindblowing. I am a great fan of Dubai.

  4. Avatar of Francis Walton

    Francis Walton

    I know Dubai is one of the best city to Travel, but still, I do not go there. But I hope to travel there with my friend as soon as possible. This article makes me more crazy to visit Dubai.

  5. Avatar of Cody Pierce

    Cody Pierce

    Thanks for the article. Dubai its a place of magic, a place for entertainment and adventure, a lot of activities for children and whole lot of fun to go with family and friends, desert safari is just amazing car ride; bounce is a must go and for food and shopping 🙂

  6. Avatar of Deborah Henry

    Deborah Henry

    It is a very well written blog and a whole lot of information put together in one place. After reading this it has eased many jitters I was having. I am definitely going to refer this to plan my upcoming trip to Dubai! Thanks a lot again!

  7. Avatar of Kimberly Thompson

    Kimberly Thompson

    Great guide! Wish it was published a month ago. Last month on a visit to Dubai, we went out to Babs Al Shams for cocktails, dinner and a beautiful sunset. It was a nice escape from the concrete jungle of Dubai and it was only 45 minutes away by private car. Next trip, we are staying out there for a few weeks. ?

  8. Avatar of Lin Del Rey

    Lin Del Rey

    Love the article! I too am a solo female traveler. I have a question not necessarily about safety or harassment but about regulations. I heard that you have to be a certain age to be able to stay in Dubai if you are alone. I’m 24 years old and would like to go to Dubai but am I allowed to enter and stay in Dubai if I don’t have anyone with me the whole time?

    • Avatar of Paakhi Bhatnagar

      Yes of course you are. There’s really no truth in that. I think Dubai is a very safe place to travel, especially solo. Tourism is one of their main sources of revenue and they take tourist safety really seriously.

  9. Avatar of Jae Medina

    Jae Medina

    Very good read with lots of insider info someone might not be able to find in a typical guidebook. Excellent tips! I will certainly be paying attention to these on my upcoming trip to Dubai ?

  10. Avatar of Kaitlyn Barrett

    Kaitlyn Barrett

    Great advice for having a beautiful trip to Dubai. As on coming month I am going for a trip to Dubai with my friends group. I hope your tips will be helping us to have memorable days out there.

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