The Balloon Adventures experience is so much more than just a hot air balloon ride. Floating at sunrise over the pristine dunes of the Dubai desert is something you will never forget. Your bucket list experience continues with a drive on vintage Land Rovers through the desert to reach an authentic heritage desert camp nestled in a Royal desert retreat. Your ultimate desert adventure ends with a gourmet breakfast and if you wish, a short camel ride. After an unforgettable morning in a magical setting in the desert, you’ll return to Dubai with your appetite for adventure fully satisfied!
Before the sun rises we will pick you up from your hotel to travel to the take-off point in the desert – not more than a 45-minute drive from the city. As you arrive, the ground crew will be preparing the balloon envelopes and baskets. After a quick safety briefing, you will gather around your basket while your Pilot begins the thrilling process of inflation. You will climb into the basket and before you know it, you will begin to peacefully float off the ground and ascend into the sky.
As you float up in the sky, the hues along the horizon begin to transform into beautiful shades of yellows and oranges. Depending on which direction you are facing, you will see the Arabian sun rising behind the Hajar mountains over the desert dunes. 4,000ft in the sky is one of the best places in the world to witness the beauty of the sunrise. Look out for Arabian oryx, gazelles or wandering camels in the sand dunes below. Every balloon flight is approximately 1 hour long.
One of the most exciting aspects of hot air ballooning is the landing! Depending on the winds, you will have a new adventure every time as the landing is always different, and in a different location! The Pilot will scout the vast desert for a suitable location and tell you it is time to attach your safety belts and embrace the landing position a few minutes before the balloon touches the ground. Will your balloon tip over? That is half the fun! You can also watch our other balloons land at the same time and take photos in the desert where we land. Then get taken to the next part of the adventure where your vintage Land Rover awaits!
The adventure doesn’t end there! After your once-in-a-lifetime experience of the desert from up above, get ready to travel through the dunes in vintage Land Rovers to an authentic Heritage camp in a Royal desert retreat. These 1950’s Land Rovers were the first motorised vehicles introduced to the desert and have been resorted to their former glory.
Now that you have explored the desert from the sky in a hot air balloon and on land in a vintage Land Rover, you will get the chance to experience the desert in the most original way: on camel back. Enjoy a short camel ride in the desert on the outskirts of the Heritage Bedouin camp and discover why these animals are so iconic to Dubai.
New adventures always work up an appetite! Arrive at an authentic heritage camp to enjoy a 5-star à la carte breakfast in the heart of the desert. Relax in this beautiful setting and enjoy a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict, shakshuka, salmon, caviar, halloumi cheese, fresh fruit, cold cut platters and more served to your table. Before heading back to the city, explore the authentic camp built out of natural materials like stone, wood and goat hair or sit back and relax in the traditional majlis. When you are ready your driver will take you back to the city.
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For only 100AED more per person, you can add on wildlife safari with the award-winning Platinum Heritage, at checkout.
After breakfast, embark on an adventure in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on a wildlife drive in vintage Land Rovers. Spot native animals like Arabian oryx and gazelles and learn all about the fauna and flora of the Dubai desert. Your Conservation Guide will share stories of the desert and how this thriving ecosystem survives. You will soon see how the desert is teeming with wildlife! Drive on set tracks through the golden sand dunes and stop along the way at a Ghaf tree forest.