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On 29th March 2019 we won a World Travel Award for the Middle East’s Leading Desert Safari for the 4th year in a row! Considered as the Oscars of the tourism industry, these prestigious awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

The Middle East is well known for its unique desert landscape and rich culture. Popular travel destinations like Jordan, Turkey and Dubai are very attractive for global travellers who want to experience the beauty of the desert first-hand. Over the years, Desert Safaris have become a popular way for people to venture into the wilderness and discover the unique scenery. While the concept of a Desert Safari might be similar across the Middle East, the combination of our unique eco-friendly Desert Safaris and the beautiful Dubai desert has made us stand out globally to receive this award.

10 Ways Platinum Heritage Desert Safaris Stand Out

1. The only Desert Safari company in the UAE operating inside the grounds of a Royal family members.

2. One of a few Desert Safari companies permitted to operate wildlife drives in the UAE’s largest National Park, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This reserve is teeming with wildlife like Arabian oryx, gazelles, desert foxes and more.

3. We have authentic Bedouin desert camps built traditionally using natural materials like stone, wood and goat hair and operating 100% on solar power.

4. We are the ecotourism Desert Safari company in Dubai and the only tourism company to be awarded the Green Tourism award by Dubai Tourism for our sustainability efforts.

5. The only Desert Safari company in the world to conduct educational wildlife drives in museum-quality 1950’s Land Rovers and luxury Range Rovers.

6. Our Heritage Desert Safari Collection boasts the largest fleet of operating series one and series two Land Rovers. Read more about vintage Land Rovers in the Dubai desert

7. Our Luxury Platinum Desert Safaris are exclusively operated in Range Rover Vogues.

8. Only Desert Safari company in Dubai with 100% professionally trained in-house staff (not outsourced to freelancers). Our highly trained Conservation Guides can’t wait to share their extensive knowledge with you.

9. Only Desert Safaris in Dubai which serve authentic Emirati cuisine on site prepared by a Chef. We also offer cultural performances iconic to Dubai and not other parts of the Middle East.

10. We offer world-class falconry demonstrations from expert falconers.

Although we were honoured to win this award, we since found out that another category exists: the UAE’s Leading Desert Safari. We were confused about this category as it seems redundant. It’s surprising that we weren’t considered for this award even as the Leading Desert Safari in the Middle East. We still wonder how we can be the best in the Middle East but not the best in the UAE, which is part of the Middle East? It’s a bit like an athlete winning a Gold Medal at the Olympics but not being #1 in their own country.

In any case, we are still proud of our achievement and look forward to living up to our title for the fifth year in a row. Thank you to all our partners, employees and most importantly, our guests for the constant support!

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Dubai is quite well-known for its luxury and vintage car culture, and sometimes just being on the roads in Dubai can feel like you are at a supercar parade. Dubai hosts the largest automotive event in the region every year, the Dubai Motor Show which attracts around 100,00 car lovers from all over the world. Besides the other iconic car hotspots in the UAE like Emirates National Auto Museum and Ferrari World, the most photogenic cars in Dubai can be found in the desert.

The series 1 Land Rover was the very first motorised vehicle introduced to the desert and it’s claimed to be the first vehicle seen by one third of the world’s population. We chose this iconic vehicle to conduct our Heritage Desert Safaris for a number of reasons. Besides its significant connection to Dubai’s heritage and renowned reputation for adventure, the series 1 Land Rover is also extremely photogenic, especially with the backdrop of desert dunes.

The first cars in Dubai

Our museum-quality restored fleet of series 1 and series 2 Land Rovers is the largest of its kind still operating today. These were the first vehicles introduced to the desert in the 1950’s. Before that, Bedouin relied on camels and travelling by foot as their only modes of transport. The introduction of this classic vehicle was a turning point in Dubai’s history. It was our aim to recreate an experience of this significant period of history by offering the only authentic Desert Safaris in Dubai in vintage Land Rovers from the 1950s restored to their former glory.

The original desert safari! We found this old photo in a collection by Tim Courtney from 1968-1970 taken near Sabkah.
Photogenic cars in Dubai

Our vintage Land Rovers are very aesthetically pleasing and our growing collection features a range of different colours. Ricardo from COOLNVINTAGE, a bespoke Land Rover restoration company in Portugal, describes the series 1 Land Rover as the shape of freedom, the Coca Cola of cars and that when you look at them, you imagine yourself doing things. It’s this association of freedom and exploring the unknown that was perfect for the adventurous type of Desert Safaris in Dubai we wanted to create.

Best vehicle for unexplored desert terrain

Nowadays, Land Rover is a popular car brand known for its off-road capabilities and as the vehicle of choice for millions of outdoor enthusiasts. In 1948, the series 1 Land Rover was invented with the simple purpose to give Britain a vehicle that could compete with Jeep. It wasn’t long until the public fell in love with the vehicle for its incredible capabilities to traverse off road terrain.

They also became popular for those who wanted a little luxury and the ability to go anywhere. This ability to venture to unexplored territories is another reason why we chose the vintage Land Rover. With these vehicles, we have been able to drive thousands of tourists every year through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve over some of the most pristine sand dunes in the Dubai desert and to hidden oases in the private Royal desert retreat.

Iconic cars of Dubai

Vintage Land Rovers seem to reignite the explorer spirit in all of us, and the image of them traversing the desert dunes has fast become iconic to Dubai. Extremely aesthetically pleasing, it’s unsurprising that when tourists come to Dubai, they want to get their iconic Dubai travel photo with these vintage legends. The desert is beautiful and the combo with the Land Rovers creates a picturesque setting unique to Dubai for influencers, media and film crews to take amazing photos and videos. We work closely with Dubai Tourism and independent agencies to host famous travel bloggers, vloggers and nature documentary film makers who want to feature our Land Rovers in the desert to promote Dubai as a travel destination!

Let our Instagram page inspire you…

The rich and the famous seem to like these icons too. Over the years, these renowned Land Rovers have been the Desert Safari vehicle of choice for celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Will Smith, DJ Tiesto, Gwen Stefani, Phillipe Coutinho and more. Read about celebrity visits.

Sustainable vintage cars

The Land Rover Series are in demand high around the world and the availability of second-hand parts is high. The production and reusing of the spare parts is more eco-friendly than manufacturing a whole new car in itself. As with any car built over 70 years ago, these cars need to be repaired; this is what we did in order to preserve the environment further rather than taking the cars off the road, scrapping them and producing more waste.

Over the years, this has allowed us to save around 270 cars from being scrapped. Landcruiser’s and Hummers, which are typically used for Desert Safaris need to be replaced every five years in Dubai. This means that our growing fleet of 25 vintage Land Rovers have already saved 18 vehicles each from production and scrap and 270 vehicles collectively. Read about our Sustainability Mission.

For all these reasons, it’s no wonder that our vintage Land Rovers have become the ‘poster child’ of the Dubai desert! You can explore the desert in a 1950’s vintage Land Rovers on any of the Desert Safaris in Heritage Collection.

Queen Elizabeth II with a Land Rover in 1956 at the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England.

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In 2019, Ramadan in Dubai should fall between the 5th May and the 4th June, but this changes every year with the sighting of the moon as it is dependent on the lunar calendar. Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar and during this time, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting means that nothing can pass their lips including eating, drinking (including water) or even smoking. Muslims also try to abstain from impure thoughts during this holy time.

Ramadan in Dubai for Tourists - YouTube

The fast is traditionally broken at sunset, often with two dates and a drink of water. After this is Iftar which is normally a lavish buffet meal comprised of many delicious Arabic dishes. Iftar is one of the traditions observed during Ramadan and is often enjoyed with family and friends coming together to break their fast as a community. Visitors are very welcome to travel to Dubai during Ramadan – in fact, it is a great time to visit! Not only are visitors welcome to join in on the lavish Iftar buffets and celebrations that are going on in the evenings, but there is also a lot to see and do to soak up the culture of Dubai during the day.

The only thing to consider when travelling to Dubai during Ramadan is to be a little bit more respectful. This means not eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours out of respect for those who are fasting, although you can eat and drink in your hotel as normal. In terms of dress, just remember to be a little bit more conservative than usual. When it comes to clothing, you don’t need to wear a scarf or anything but just make sure you wear clothing which covers your knees and shoulders to be respectful.

Every night during Ramadan, we will be serving a delicious Iftar dinner on all our Desert Safaris in our traditional Bedouin camps in the desert; it doesn’t get much more authentic than this! At the dinner, there will also be a local Emirati who can share a few stories and teach you a little more about this special month. Come join us for a traditional Iftar experience in Dubai of lamb ouzi, lentil soup, grilled minced beef kofta and many more surprises.

For More information about Ramadan – download our free Ramadan in Dubai Guide

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One of the most effective ways to teach children something new is by providing experience-based learning opportunities. To help children learn about the cultural heritage and natural environment of the UAE we have created a fun and educational adventure in the Dubai desert. In line with our mission to protect and showcase the cultural heritage and natural environment of Dubai authentically, we created a Dubai Culture and Heritage School Programme especially for school groups that want to experience and learn about the culture and heritage first-hand in a beautiful setting in the Dubai desert.

UAE Social Studies

Students across the UAE are required to learn about Emirati culture and Dubai. We have therefore designed an experience which caters specifically to KHDA’s (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) learning outcomes contained within the UAE Social Studies Curriculum. The Dubai Culture and Heritage School Programme has been developed in accordance with these requirements and helps teachers practically and accurately educate students about the rich Emirati culture. This programme gives students the chance to retrace the footsteps of Bedouin tribes and immerse themselves in cultural activities like falconry, camel rides and traditional performances. They will also get a chance to ride in vintage Land Rovers and try local cuisine in an authentic Bedouin camp.

Moral Education

The Dubai Culture and Heritage School Programme also considers the four pillars of the Moral Education Program (MEP) and is designed with the aim to develop students of all nationalities and ages in the UAE with universal principles and values that reflect the shared experiences of humanity. In addition to cultural heritage education, the programme covers topics about community awareness and how students can become active members in their community. One of our major aims is to educate students about the importance of looking after the environment. As an Ecotourism company, we embrace all three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environment. As such, we have included elements of each of these in the programme.

The Dubai Culture and Heritage School Programme has several focus areas which give students an overview of Bedouin life and the fundamental values that define Emirati culture.

Focus Areas
  1. Desert Environment – Spot native fauna and flora and learn about desert conservation
  2. Bedouin Camps – Discover how the nomadic Bedouin lived in the desert
  3. Falconry – Watch a falcon show and learn about the significance of falconry in Emirati culture
  4. Camel Rides – Learn about the role camels played in Bedouin life
  5. Henna – Watch henna painting and learn about its traditions
  6. Local Cuisine – Learn about Traditional Emirati food and try some dishes
  7. Traditional Performances – Watch and take part in Al Alaya, yola dance etc
  8. Bedouin Storytelling – Spend time with Bedouins and listen to their stories about Dubai’s cultural heritage
Benefits of the Programme

Experiential Learning
Learners are able to learn about the cultural heritage by actually experiencing it. This interactive learning style helps learners connect with the material and deepens their understanding.

Recognition
In 2018 we were awarded the Gulf Sustainability & CSR Award for the Best Sustainability Education Programme. We are also happy to be recognised by GEMs as an approved provider.

Outdoor Learning
Learners get the opportunity to learn something outside the classroom. They get to enjoy time in nature and learn about the natural environment of Dubai.

Adult Supervision
During the programme there will be adult supervision at all times. All our Conservation Guides are professionally trained and are very knowledgeable about the cultural heritage and natural environment in Dubai. They are also first-aid certified. Our operations staff and events managers will also be on-site to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Normally teachers also join in with their class for the fun experience.

All Inclusive
The programme is fully inclusive and there will be no additional costs on the day of the experience.

Private Property
We operate in a private Royal desert retreat. This protected area is not open to the public and is very safe and secure.

The learners will have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on, valuable and interactive learning experience. The programme focuses on achieving a high level of engagement and encourages learners to participate and ask lots of questions. If you are interested to find out more about this programme, please download the Dubai Culture and Heritage School Programme or contact us: events@platinum-heritage.com.

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Falconry in Dubai - Falcon Shows on our Desert Safaris - YouTube

Falcons  are deeply rooted in  Dubai’s history, and are regarded as cultural icons throughout the UAE. In fact, they’re so highly regarded that images of falcons can be seen on street signs, local currency, and are even the national emblem of the UAE.

At Platinum Heritage, we offer a wide variety of professional falcon shows and experiences on the majority of our Desert Safaris. Our experiences range from private falcon shows, to an interactive birds of prey show, and even a hot air balloon ride with the world’s only in-flight falconry demonstration.

In this quick guide we tell you everything you need to know about falcon shows in Dubai. This will give you a better idea of the different types of falcon shows offered on our Desert Safaris.

Traditional Falconry

Traditional falconry demonstrations are offered on several of our Desert Safaris. As with all of our falcon shows, our traditional falconry provides a glimpse into the rich history falcons have within this region. You will get to see how the falconers train these majestic creatures to fly and swoop for lures. Once the falcon catches the lure in the sky, they are rewarded with their favorite snack, usually quail. After the show, guests get great photo opportunities holding the falcon on the glove.

Offered on:
Heritage desert safari
Camel desert safari

Modern Falconry

Falconry is an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years, but the techniques used have evolved greatly in recent decades.

To give guests exposure to both the old and the new, we provide a modern interactive falconry demonstration on two of our Desert Safaris. This includes demonstrations of the traditional, as well as modern techniques used to train the falcons. Hi-tech equipment like high end drones are used in modern times to keep the falcons fit.

On this experience, guests watch falcons reach speeds up to 300km/h as they fly and soar the skies around the drone. These are very interactive falcon shows, and are great for anyone interested in seeing how falconry has evolved over the years.

Offered on:
Platinum Private Falconry
Platinum Falconry & Wildlife Safari

Bedouin Falconry

Hunting with falcons is banned in most areas within the UAE, but the locals still keep them as companions, and often consider them members of the family. This bond is displayed first-hand in our Bedouin falcon show, which is a truly authentic falconry demonstration that is conducted by an Emirati falconer.

The Bedouin falcon show is part of the Bedouin Collection of experiences. This is the most traditional falcon show, and incorporates many aspects of Bedouin life into a fully immersive experience.

The falcon show is conducted by an Emirati in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. Guests travel on camel caravans through the desert and reach a point where they hop off and unroll the carpets carried by the camels as a place to sit and watch the show. This is a slightly less structured show and guests are encouraged to ask lots of questions.

Offered on:
Bedouin Experience

Falconry & Interactive Birds of Prey Show

Although falcons tend to get all the attention, there are actually several birds of prey species native to Dubai. Birds such as hawks, eagles, and even owls can be found throughout the region.

Our Falconry & Interactive Birds of Prey Shows are very engaging demonstrations that allow guests to get involved in the experience.  This falcon show is slightly longer than the other falcon experiences, and is for people who have a keen interest in not only falcons but also other birds of prey.

In addition to a standard falcon show, you also get to watch other birds of prey like Harris hawks and Desert eagle owls perform aerial tricks. You can even get the chance to fly a hawk to your own glove!

Offered on:
Platinum Private Falconry
Platinum Falconry & Wildlife Safari
Heritage Falconry & Wildlife Safari

Exclusive Falconry

Falcons in Dubai can be seen as a status symbol, with some selling for as much as 1 million dirhams. Due to this, falcons are often associated with luxury and class.

To highlight the elegant side of falconry, several of our luxury desert safaris include an exclusive falconry experience. Our Platinum Collection offers very exclusive falcon shows with small groups, and even the option for a completely private falcon show.

These falcon shows are best suited for people looking for a more high end experience, that still allows them to learn about the cultural significance of falcons within the UAE.

Offered on:
Platinum Desert Safari
Platinum Falconry & Wildlife Safari
Platinum Private Falconry

Hot Air Balloon Falconry

We are proud to be the only company in the world that offers an in-flight falcon show on a hot air balloon. Sharing the skies and balloon basket with falcons is  the most unique falconry experience in Dubai – there’s nothing else quite like it!

During this experience, you  go on a beautiful hot air balloon ride above the Arabian desert as the sun rises. At 4,000ft midway through the flight, the falcon is released and soars the golden blue morning sky circling the hot air balloon baskets. This experience provides the best photo opportunities in Dubai and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Offered on:
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon & Wildlife Safari
Overnight Desert Safari & Hot Air Balloon Flight

Why are falcons so important in Dubai?

The significance of the falcon in Dubai goes back thousands of years. Before Dubai had the amazing falcon shows that we know today, these captivating birds were actually used by the Bedouin people for survival.

Hunting for food was a part of the Bedouin people’s everyday life, and the falcon played a huge role in the way they hunted. By capturing and training falcons, they were able to hunt much more efficiently during the winter months. Falcons would help find and kill animals such as hares, birds, and gazelles, which were major food sources for the Bedouin people.

What’s interesting about the relationship the Bedouin people had with their falcons is how short lived it was. The falcons were caught and tamed over a period of weeks as they migrated south from Iran to Africa every winter. Once the weather began to warm up again, they were released back into the wild.

The deep rooted relationship the Bedouin people shared with falcons is a fascinating part of this region’s history, and experiencing an authentic falcon show first hand truly gives you a glimpse into the past.

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Our CEO, Adam McEwan recently joined Oskar on Swenglanese UAE Business podcast to discuss topics from his first lawn mowing business at age 7 in Australia to the early days of Platinum Heritage Desert Safaris in Dubai.

Like many youngsters, at the age of 18 years old Adam set off on a solo backpacking adventure. The difference was that he picked the more unusual travel destinations and backpacked through Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, India, Nepal, Mongolia and China. It was at this point when he decided that he wanted something different in life. Little did he know then that it would be running the most successful and awarded Desert Safari company in the UAE.

With a passion for travel and exploring the world, it was only natural that Adam fell into the tourism business industry. Adam shares how he ‘fell in love with the idea of providing experiences as a profession and giving people lifelong memories.’ After years of working on cruise liners around the world, a few business startups and working in the Desert Safari industry in Dubai, Adam teamed up with his colleague at the time, Bassam Chamoun to make the idea of Platinum Heritage a reality.

In the early days, the Desert Safari industry believed that the concept of authentic and luxury Desert Safaris in the UAE wouldn’t work. Adam and Bassam identified a need for something better in the Desert Safari and tourism industry in Dubai and in 2012 the first Ecotourism Desert Safari company was born. People believed that a company so different to the rest of the Desert Safari companies would never work. Because of this, Adam jokes that Platinum Heritage was born out of a series of “supposedly” bad ideas.

Some of the reasons why Platinum Heritage is different:

  • Wildlife drives in 1950’s vintage Land Rovers instead of environmentally damaging dune bashing in 4x4s
  • Authentic entertainment performed by local Bedouin instead of belly dancing as this is not part of UAE culture
  • Local Emirati cuisine prepared from authentic recipes instead of a standard international buffet
  • Smaller groups of guests instead of Desert Safaris and camps with hundreds of people
  • Traditional and enriching activities like Arabic coffee-making and camel rides instead of alcohol
  • Environmentally sustainable instead of damaging like many other companies in the industry

Everything about Platinum Heritage was something new and different to what had been done before and in the beginning it took a bit of time to get people to understand the concept. The niche was small but over the last 6 years, it continues to grow and grow.

“We always say that we don’t sell our product, we educate people about what we do – because it really is an education about why it’s more authentic, why it’s more ecologically sustainable and why that is important.” – Adam McEwan

To hear to some more of Adam’s anecdotes about his life, business, travels and Platinum Heritage, listen to the Podcast Episode – Adam McEwan.

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“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results” – Andrew Carnegie

There are a variety of reasons why companies use team building activities. Effective team building activities improve communication and problem-solving amongst the team. It is also a fun way to unite and motivate people. These activities can be used as icebreakers for people to get to know each other or to help people learn new things about their team members. It is also a great break from the typical work routine – sometimes getting outside and into a completely different environment like the desert can be very positive for a team’s dynamic and overall motivation and worth ethic.

Focus Areas for Activities:

All our team building activities are specially designed by qualified business coaches and our experienced events team to improve:

  • Communication
  • Team Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Adaptability
  • Planning
  • Building Trust & Rapport

The most important step when planning a team building activity comes at the very beginning: you must start by figuring out what challenges your team faces. Only at that point, with our help can you choose your “exercises”.

We can tailor make your team building activities from a range of more simple corporate fun activities together with team challenges such as the ‘Sand Challenge’, ‘Stepping Stones’, ‘Egg Hunt’ and ‘Blind Pentagon’ just to name a few, to more serious learning and personal development activities designed to address different office related issues such as conflict resolution, leadership and so on.

Popular Team Building Activities:

  • Build the Tent Challenge: each participant of the team will have to figure out how to contribute to figuring out how to build a tent.
  • The Bonfire Challenge: the participants will be given a set of water bucket, matches, fuel, and wood to create a bonfire.
  • Treasure Hunt: an adventurous challenge through the rolling sand dunes in vintage Land Rovers.

All our team building events will give your colleagues the opportunity to not only bond together, but also to experience the rich culture and beautiful natural environment in Dubai.

If you are considering your next corporate or team building event, please do not hesitate to contact our events team: events@platinum-heritage.com. Please visit our Team Building section for more information.

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Are you looking for an ecotourism experience in Dubai? There are ecotourism activities in Dubai, just not as many as standard touristy things to do. While ecotourism is not a concept top of mind to every traveller visiting Dubai, for some, the idea of sustainable travel is important and often the motivation behind their travel itinerary. Dubai is a hub of glitz and glamour offering endless touristic activities, and now there is another side to tourism in Dubai that is starting to emerge for the responsible traveller. Platinum Heritage is leading the way for Dubai’s ecotourism industry. 

What is Ecotourism

The International Ecotourism Society defines Ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” This is inclusive of both staff and Guests. Interpretation relates to ecotourism promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for the local culture and natural environment.

Ecotourism promotes responsible travel; travellers are attracted to this type of adventure travel as they are able to experience the culture and natural environment of a new place without exploiting it for touristic profits. Usually some of the proceeds generated from this type of travel are pumped directly back into local conservation efforts.

Principles of Ecotourism

  • Minimise physical, social, behavioural, and psychological impacts of tourism on the local people and natural environment.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness, respect and understanding.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation efforts and local people.
  • Create memorable and enriching experiences for Guests which helps raise empathetic understanding of a host country’s political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Use of low-impact operations on the environment (low carbon footprint) such as solar panels.

Benefits of Sustainable Travel

Learn about the culture

As the only ecotourism Desert Safari company in the UAE, our sustainability mission is to conserve the local culture, native animals and natural environment. Our Desert Safaris include traditional cultural entertainment and cuisine from Dubai and we employ local Bedouin who share authentic stories and experiences with Guests.

Travel for a cause

All our wildlife drives operate in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. For every profit made, we donate a percentage to conservation efforts in the area. This means that when you experience one of our Desert Safaris, it’s not only for your enjoyment as part of what you pay for the experience goes directly back to conservation.

Experience nature

Before Dubai was a vibrant city of skyscrapers and fancy cars, there was not much more to see than the desert. Despite the rapid development, the Dubai desert is still one of this destination’s biggest attractions, and you will soon see why when you witness the beauty of the rolling golden sand dunes. Experiencing the desert on a wildlife drive also gives you the chance to see and learn about some of the native animals like the majestic Arabian Oryx.

You can find out more about our Sustainability Mission here.

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Platinum Heritage is the only Desert Safari company in Dubai that is focussed on Ecotourism and has 100% in-house staff, trained extensively on conservation and culture of the region. Most Desert Safari companies in Dubai employ freelance Guides, especially during the busy season. The disadvantage of this is that many of these Guides are not well trained and often don’t have the expertise required to conduct excellent Desert Safaris. All of our Guides go through extensive theoretical and practical training headed by our resident Conservationist, Peter Roosenschoon who has years of experience in Conservation and Guiding across Africa and in the UAE.

The role of our Guides is much more than the average Safari Guide in the industry and because of this, we no longer refer to them as ‘Safari Guides’ but rather ‘Conservation Guides.’ Our professionally trained Conservation Guides are on a mission to conserve the history, cultural heritage, local culture and natural environment of Dubai. During all our Desert Safaris, our Conservation Guides share insightful information about Dubai and take you on a journey into the rich culture of its people and share stories and facts about the native fauna and flora of the UAE. During our wildlife drives, our Guests learn about native animals like the Arabian oryx and discover interesting facts about the desert flora like how the fire bush and miswak were used traditionally for the survival of the desert nomads, The Bedouin.

Our Conservation Guides learn about the following topics during their training:

  • Ecotourism
  • History of Dubai and the UAE
  • First Aid Training
  • Customer Service
  • Defensive Driving
  • UAE Road Rules
  • Desert Conservation Reserve Training
  • Flora and Fauna Training
  • Land Rover History
  • Guiding Skills & Ethics

“Being a Conservation Guide means more about conserving the environment, conserving the culture, conserving the heritage, conserving the Platinum Heritage brand and what we stand for and of course the wildlife.” – Adam McEwan, CEO

Platinum Heritage is the only ecotourism Desert Safari company in the UAE and all our efforts are to promote sustainable travel. The knowledge and expertise of our Conservation Guides is in line with our sustainability mission to preserve the cultural heritage, local industry and native fauna and flora in Dubai. Above all, all our Conservation Guides are very friendly, helpful and eager to share Dubai’s stories with our Guests!

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Are you considering a Camel Desert Safari when visiting Dubai? Do you want to know how the camels are looked after?

Camels are an important part of the Emirati cultural heritage. For centuries, these ships of the desert have served Emiratis in a number of ways. Traditionally camels are loyal travel companions and modes of transport for Bedouin traversing the desert, their nourishing milk is still considered a health elixir and camel meat provided food which was scarce in the desert. Nowadays the camel is still highly regarded and seen as a symbol of Dubai’s cultural heritage. This strong cultural connection to Dubai, makes encounters with camels very attractive for tourists.

Watching a camel race, visiting a camel farm or enjoying a Camel Desert Safari are some of the ways to understand this connection. Unfortunately, many camels are exploited by companies or individuals as merely profitable tourist attractions and are not looked after properly and overworked. At Platinum Heritage, the wellness and treatment of our camels is of high importance to us.

These are 9 ways we make sure our camels are the happiest camels in Dubai:

  1. They all live together at a lovely designated farm in the area.
  2. They are showered every day with medical shampoos – this keeps them healthy and clean.
  3. They all have medical reports and receive a doctor’s inspection monthly.
  4. They receive vaccinations, blood tests, general check-ups, and any medicine/vitamins needed to maintain their health.
  5. They are fed twice a day in the morning and afternoon and given lots of water.
  6. Their food is high-quality alfalfa grass usually used for racing camels. It is high in protein to enhance performance.
  7. Each staff member gets their own camels which they are responsible for and they take this job of looking after their camels very seriously.
  8. Our saddles are a soft spongy material which ensures that the camels are very comfortable.
  9. They have rest days and on working days they are only ridden for maximum 1 hr in the afternoon or morning.

If you would like a like to meet some of our much-loved camels like Titi and Sheila, come join us for a traditional camel experience. This Camel Desert Safari includes a 45-minute camel ride followed by other cultural activities like falconry, wildlife spotting and entertainment.

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