The Abu Dhabi Bedouin adventure remains one of my top travel experiences to this day. We were picked up at the hotel in a fleet of SUVs (about twenty of us were taking the trip), and they drove us a few hours away into the Abu Dhabi desert. We had little idea of what was in store. With no explanation, all the cars pulled over and let the air out of their tires. We got back on the road, and picked up speed. Before we knew it, we were DUNE BASHING. It looked like a scene from Breaking Bad. One SUV would chase another up a huge dune, and launch off the other side. Not for the faint of heart...or stomach. Our lucky car was the first to get stuck. They slapped together rigging with some rope, and after a few minutes we made it out of the hole, and were on the way to our next stop.
CAMELS. I'm still not sure if this was a camel farm or not, but we stopped near a herd of twenty or so camels. They were chilling, eating, and had little notice of us, but we couldn't have been more excited. We hugged, pet, and fed them. They reciprocated by slobbering on us, and providing a lot of **** for us to dodge on the ground.
Our next stop was the camp. We arrived to what ended up being a HUGE open air tent set up. It was surrounded by dunes, with nothing to see but sand in every direction. We filled the few hours before dinner with sand surfing, henna, four wheeling, meeting birds of prey, sipping traditional teas and coffees, and running up and down the dunes like lunatics to catch a glimpse of the most incredible sunset.
Dinner consisted of a huge buffet filled with traditional dishes, as well as some more familiar options. We sat down on pillows to eat, and a show began. Belly dancers filled a raised platform in the center, and we were pulled onto the stage to join the dance party. It was a blast.
After dinner, they brought out shisha and bottles (and bottles) of wine. It was an incredible, crazy night under the stars. We woke up with the sun, laid out in sleeping bags across the stage, and ran up the dunes to catch the first glimpse of the new day.
I CAN NOT recommend this sort of experience enough. I have had friends take similar trips in Morocco, and have heard of them in several other spots as well. If you're looking for an adventure, hitting up a bedouin camp should be next on your list.