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Desert Survival Team Building by Executive Oasis International, Toronto

Survive, thrive, & grow even in the midst of turbulence.

Desert Survival: In Search of the Golden Camel

Executives, is your team navigating the challenges unleashed by COVID-19 and the forecasted economic downturn?

As your team races up and down desert dunes, the experience is reminiscent of the roller coaster performance of the economy and the stock market. This highly effective simulation will help your team:

  • uncover new markets market niches to replace those in decline
  • identify new applications for existing products and services
  • function as a cohesive unit even when working remotely
  • chart your course in the face of change and uncertainty

For over 15 years, Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building firm, has helped corporate teams in the Middle East thrive in a turbulent market.

Available in: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jordan

Please Note: This is a fully facilitated business team building simulation, not a leisure or recreational safari.
Desert Survival

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Availability – Desert Survival


Since 2007, Toronto-based Executive Oasis International, has been facilitating this stranded in the desert simulation in Dubai, Oman, and Abu Dhabi.

In Jordan, this programme is offered as The Search for the Lost CIty (Petra). Contact us for details.

We are now pleased to offer it closer to home in the USA.

Storyline desert

The Storyline

Desert Survival: In Search of the Golden Camel

It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime for you and your team….a wild ride up and down the sand dunes followed by a relaxing camel trek and camping out overnight under the stars in the desert….but, you couldn’t resist going for it.

A mad, roller coaster race on the sand dunes, laughter, a sense of exhilaration….and you’re lost. You’ve lost your money, your identification, your passports and your airline tickets. You have enough food to last 3 days. You’re stranded in the desert, struggling to get back to civilization.

You’re not too worried. Your guides told you that, they’d send a search party to find you.

Team Challenges Desert

Your Mission

To get home, you have to raise the money for your airfare and to replace the supplies you’ve lost. The only way to survive is to take stock of your situation, make your plans and take action.

You’ll forage for food, identify a product that you can manufacture in the desert to raise money, and design a marketing strategy that you can implement upon rescue. You’ll compete for valuable prizes to help you implement your plan.

  • Follow the clues and use GPS equipment to find the golden camel.
  • Exchange it with Bedouin camel handlers for a ride back to their desert camp.
  • Thank your hosts by watering their camels.
  • Pitch your tents.
  • Relax under the stars.
  • Start a fire.
  • Cook breakfast.

After breakfast, you pull out the Desert Survival package that your Bedouin guides gave you and you begin to design your strategy using idea chains, storyboards, flow charts, and force fields.

After you’re rescued, you are whisked to a beach oasis where you will have an opportunity to debrief your experience and apply lessons learned to your business.

Team Challenges

Team Challenges

  • GPS challenge
  • Orienteering
  • Fun with dune buggies (optional)
  • Bedouin Tent pitching Challenge
  • Camel Safari (recommended)
  • Camel watering relay.
  • Firestarter Challenge
  • Outdoor cooking Challenge


Your facilitator will take you through a 1/2 day pre-briefing to ensure that the links between your desert survival experience and the daily challenges your team faces are clear. Your facilitator will debrief the experience with your team to help you mine your experience for insights that team members can take back to work and use immediately.

Logistics desert


The initial 1/2 day briefing can be conducted at a hotel or at your office. All teams will relax during a sunset picnic on the dunes. You have the option of camping out in the desert or returning to your resort after a sultan’s feast under the stars.

…uncertainty regarding the duration and severity of the pandemic has put companies in crisis mode, and most CEOs have found themselves overwhelmed by a sudden and sharp decline in their company revenue, an unprecedented stress on their cash, and the whole workforce waiting for guidance and reassurance.

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What our Clients Say About Us

Desert Survival

Akhtar Zahid, General Manager Blue Nile Dairy Company Ltd. The Dal Group of Companies (Sudan)

The purpose of our retreat was to achieve a number of objectives: Understand some of the barriers to successful team communication. Realize the different styles each of us employed in our daily work. Develop quicker and more focused tools on brainstorming. Identify techniques to realizing and then managing obstacles. Think about current business issues and develop plans to work them through. Have some fun! The above were all achieved… I have no hesitations in recommending Executive Oasis International to any interested companies.

Akhtar Zahid
General Manager, Blue Nile Dairy Company Ltd. The Dal Group of Companies

Sharon Stoneley Manager M.I.C.E Carlson Wagon lit travel South Africa

…very organized, knew what she was doing professionally

Sharon Stoneley
Manager M.I.C.E Carlson Wagon lit travel South Africa

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