During my visit to Dubai, I had to take it upon myself to try the Desert Safari. Initially I thought, How stereotypical would it be for an Arab, like myself, to ride a camel in the middle of the desert. Growing up in a small town, being a called “camel jockey” or that my family was from a desert was common remakes I heard. So I hesitated a bit before booking the tour. I got over it fairly quickly and booked the tour with Orient Tour Company in Dubai.
The tour start with hotel pick up. The driver who picks you up in the SUV at the hotel will also be your driver through the desert. I asked the driver his name and he said Raj. That was probably the most we talked during the trip. We met up with 10 other vehicles from the same tour company and we drove out together to the desert. We drove 30-40 minutes outside of the city center until we a region that was completely desert.
The sand is rich in color, a reddish-brown tint that reached as far as I could see.
The driver took us off the main road and began driving through the desert. Behind us were at least 10 more SUV Land Cruisers training behind from the same tour. Our first stop was a by a small hill which gave us a photo opportunity.
Look at me, I’m king of the world lol So one would feel when walking on top of the mini sand mountain. Surprisingly the sand was not hot and felt soft under my feet. I am talking too much. Enjoy the remainder of the pictures.
You will find a lot of camels wandering about in the desert.
Below is a picture of Desert donkeys! lol
We got to stop and pet the camels. They do not bite, well nobody got bitten today.
We got to the campsite and they were offering camel rides. I was not interested in the ride but more so on my grumbling stomach. Where’s the food already?
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I am all about the food! They offered a nice barbeque dinner in the middle of the desert where camp was set up.
Also on the camp was a variety of shows & attractions from Henna tattoos, holding the falcon, drinking traditional tea, and belly dancing.
Falcons in the UAE have their own passwords and are worth 100K+. They even have their own hospitals. Below the gentleman assisted us in holding the falcon. He posed with the falcon first before handing him over.
They got me to hold a falcon too!
The tour group gathered us together in the center for traditional Tanoura dance. The guy has on a Tanoura which is a skirt that glows in the dark. His dance consists of him constantly spinning while doing a juggling act. Was a very nice show.
Below is a pic from a very good belly dance show.
Time to go home, Raj our driver took us back home (our hotels).