Bedouin breakfast and ballooning in DubaiDubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai might be a short stopover for most but that doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to the confines of a luxury hotel.
Floating at sunrise over the pristine dunes of the Arabian Desert is only part of one experience you should consider; combine falconry, a desert vintage Land Rover safari, delicious Bedouin breakfast, camel ride and you have the perfect day in Dubai.
The morning starts an hour before the sun rises and the air is still and tranquil. As the balloons climb above the Dubai Desert the views of the Hajjar Mountains and Oman are stunning. Gently drifting at around 10,000 - 15,000 feet a falcon (Dubai's national bird) entertains the group with its flying prowess and obedience circumnavigating several balloons to return at full speed to snatch a piece of meat from it handler's glove. As the balloon slowly descends onto the soft dunes, a team of vintage Land Rovers awaits to chariot you across the bumpy sand to the Bedouin breakfast that awaits.
Upon arrival at a lavish traditional majilis you'll enjoy a five-star a la carte breakfast including shakshuka, salmon, halloumi cheese, fresh fruits and chilled mint tea. After breakfast to aid your digestion, you'll partake in a little camel ride out on the dunes. Forget shopping and the malls experience Dubai from outside the hotel!
- Floating 10, 000 feet above the Dubai Desert at sunrise
- Witnessing the falcon show mid-air
- Being driven across bumpy sand dunes by vintage Land Rover
- An sumptuous Bedouin breakfast at a tradition majilis
- Riding camels in the Dubai Desert
- It can get pretty toasty out in the desert, July being the hottest month with temperatures hovering around 40°C
Hot air ballooning, vintage Land Rover desert drive and Bedouin breakfast from US$360.