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DESERT SAFARI - A MUST
For travelers who have never seen the desert before...this is a must.
The best thing is to book an excursion from the hotel or one of the tour operators. They usually pick you up from the hotel around 0300pm and take you on a four wheel drive in the rolling dunes through the Dubai Desert.
They will give you time to stop and see the camels and bed wins. And later on take you to the traditional Arabian camps. The atmosphere is amazing and so relaxing. Enjoy the aromatic shisha & Relax on conformable low cushions, have your hand painted with henna, take pictures with a traditional Arabian costume. And sample the traditional Arabian food. The desert is so beautiful; I never saw so many stars in my life!!
This is some activity that I recommend to everyone.
It is lots of fun to hop in the 4x4 and ride on the dunes.
In our case, we were recommended Lama Tours and that is the agency we used but there are more and everyone of them offers different things.
Ours included a trip on the dunes and a dinner and party in a "bedouin village". Unfortunately, as it was Ramadan, the party was quite contained and some things like the belly dancing or the music were supressed.
Quite a shame but I still enjoyed it, we had a fantastic BBQ, we could have a henna tatoo and ride a camel and as I say, overall is an enjoyable experience but it is not much of a party if you go in Ramadan, so bear this in mind when you book.
The cost was aprox. 40 GBP per person.
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Dunes for dummies!
This is a popular and dare-to-do thing in Dubai.It's an adrenalin pumper,a stomach churner and thrill seeker..especially if your jeep driver is a daredevil!We hung out of our seatbelts,over our sides and our faces were inches away from the sand outside of our windows!
This is the Arabian Adventure Desert Safari tour that takes you a dune ride into the desert to watch the sun set.It's beautiful and breathtaking!
you visit a camel ranch on the way and finally spend the rest of the evening enjoying a Bedouin style buffet dinner in the heart of the desert.A wonderfully agile bellydancer entertains and amuses,while one can get henna tattoos done,talk to the falconer,or perhaps even ride a camel into the darkness....
Just enquire about this at your hotel once you get to Dubai.It's famous!
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Desert Safari...and other tours.
Anyone who has been to Dubai will most likely recommend this activity. Its, no doubt, touristy but no to miss.
Especially if youve never seen desert before and you like to get a roller coaster ride in a 4WD between the sand dunes.
The tour usually include transport to and from the desert, visit at a "beduin" camp with food, bellydancing, henna tattoing, shisha smoking, a visit at a camel farm, short camel ride at the camp and maybe there will be dune buggies available...
Here is a bit of guidance of which company to chose:
Ive done the tour twice but with different companies.
My boyfriend repeated the first chosen company, "East Tours" because of our first time experince. Our guide, and managing director, Ali Solaimani explained us about fauna and anything else we wanted to know about. He was friendly and informative.
The bellydancer was better with "East".
However, my second experience with Knight tours was less succesful. still good, just not AS good.
Reason why is that the guide hardly spoke english, it was almost impossible to ask questions he understood.
Then the company had told me a falcon show would be included - all there was was a glaring falcon, no show.
Dont expect to get a 4WD to your selves - they are filled up most of the time. If interested in doing sandboarding or skiing request it with the tour operator, and bring proper shoes.
Vegetarian food is available.
Remember that the desert can get cold at night....
Other trips to Hatta and the East Coast can be arranged, overnight safaries, horseriding, sailing and city tours.
Prices vary depending on the season. You can even bargain a better price during the summer low season.
Judge for yourself!
East Tours: 04-3555677 www.holidayindubai.com
Knight Tours: 04-2686555 www.knighttours.net.ae
Arabian Adventures: 04-3034888
Desert Rangers: 04-3402408
Sand dunes and Milky Way
If you are in Dubai any time except during the summer, make sure you plan to spend at least one day in the desert. For the most basic formula, ask you hotel concierge to get you on a desert safari. It basically involves you joining an organised tour for a day out to the desertic area South East of Dubai.
You will be picked up form your hotel by a 4x4. You will then be driven to the desert where, after a bit of dune bashing, you will have the opportunity to take pictures and basically enjoy the place. You will then be driven to a bedouin camp for the evening meal of Arabic mezze. The evening also involves a belly dancing demonstration, sheesha pipes and the opportunity to ride a camel. The most amazing moment, at least for those used to city life and temperate climates, is when all lights are switched off to enable you to see the starlit sky and the Milky Way, being away from any articficial light and under a completely clear sky.
If you want to do something more than just get this quick introduction to the desert, all tour operators have an extensive array of options to choose from, such as overnight stay in the moutains, sand surfing, etc. However, for those, they will usually require that you be in a group of at least 3 or 4 people.
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Another great thing to do in Dubai! Desert Safari...enjoy the sand and the dunes! Have fun whilst your tour guide is driving like crazy!!!
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