Call time was 8:30am and I felt sleepy as I was in the closing shift the previous day. We went to our meeting point near Al Fahidi Metro Station so we could begin our Hatta Mountain Safari tour. The first activity was seeing the desert sand dunes of Lahbab, Sharjah City.
I was informed that the location of our previous desert safari tour wasn’t as grand as the place we were to visit. I wasn’t expecting much, else I would regret it if they are not met later on.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Driving a Buggy Lahbab, Sharjah
April 30, 2013
ATV on the sand
looks fake eh?
Change of Scenery
Driving outside Dubai, I noticed the change of environment. From busy buildings to a bare sandscape. It amazes me how Dubai has transformed into a cosmopolitan city from a blank desert in a span of only three decades.
Looking past the vehicle dashboard, I could see the sand freely covering parts of the road. We stopped in one of the desert shops, thinking that we were going to buy food for the tour. It turns out that this was the desert dune stop.
We could see many sand buggies for vacationers who want to try driving these vehicles on the vast desert sand. Fortunately for us, we were the only visitors at the time and made it look like we had the place all to ourselves.
Driving a Buggy on Sand Slopes
Considering that there were no other persons around, we rented a buggy for 30 minutes, for 350 Dirhams (ouch), and had a blast driving through the sand. Actually, I had too much of blast that one of the attendants rushed on a sand buggy to stop me from stepping the pedal on full throttle.
We were driving on slopes and there were steep ones that it seemed like the vehicle was going to topple over. Not wanting to end up in the hospital, we listened and I only hit the accelerator on flat surfaces.
the attendant took off after warning me not to go crazy on the wheel
do the buggy
Our tour guide was smiling saying that he saw me swerving fast and bashing the sand hard. I really had fun during that time.
We took some more photos of the place because it felt like the location was photo-shopped. Even if we were actually on the desert, it didn’t feel like the set-up was real.
destroying the pattern, hehe.
crazy about the sand
The activity center has a small go-kart race course, camel rides for rent and even horse riding. They also have a few animals and souvenir shops. It’s a recreational area for those wanting to experience the desert.
It was time to head back to the car, but had I remove my feet from my shoes to take the sand out. There was a lot!
I experienced the Dubai Desert Safari in an earlier time, but I noticed the difference between that common tourist activity compared to going to this location which is farther from the metro. This place is a lot better as there are lesser plants and more sand! You can really feel how vast the desert is from here.
desert of Lahbab, Sharjah
Tour Guide: Shahzad Ahmad
Mobile Number: +971 56 2318281, +971 52 7866550
We hopped on the vehicle and proceeded to driving to our next destination.
To be continued…
Check out my other posts about our Hatta Mountain Tour here:
- Dubai Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights
- Dubai, UAE: Driving a Desert Buggy in Lahbab, Sharjah
- Dubai, UAE: Swimming in Wadi Al Qahfi
- Dubai, UAE: Quick Stop at the Hatta Mountains
- Dubai, UAE: Hatta Heritage Village Tour
Check out my other Dubai articles here:
- My Dubai Desert Safari Adventure Experience
- First Time to Ride an Emirates Boeing 777 Plane
- Now Blogging in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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