The desert safari adventure is a common tourist experience in Dubai. The city is built on the desert that’s why this is one of the major things you can experience while exploring this part of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Desert Safari Adventure
March 17, 2013
Desert Safari in Dubai
We had an Entertainer Book (which is book with coupons and discounts) and we used one of the pages for this adventure. We got two tickets for the price of one (AED 200) which was already a great deal.
Basically, the desert safari experience in Dubai includes sand dune bashing, camel riding, and a barbecue dinner where you can watch a belly dancing show.
sunset in Dubai
Drive to the Starting Point
Our call time was at 3:30pm and we proceeded to the meeting area where a van picked us up. It took less than an hour to get to the starting point of the safari experience.
Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world
We transferred to an off-road vehicle as we were to start the sand dune bashing activity. We were to head to the campsite, but hop on a land cruiser for an exciting ride.
Sand Dune Bashing
The driver played loud Indian or Arabic music and put the speed on full throttle. He stopped at times and then hit the accelerator again. He swerved the vehicle and with the different slopes in the sand dunes, you have to hold on tight and pray that the car won’t topple over.
bashing sand dunes
We were with a Thai couple who weren’t prepared when the driver swerved the car and went downhill.
It was nice that the music complemented the drive. But I felt nauseated trying to hold my camera to capture the moment. I turned off my camera to focus on other things, less I wanted to throw up on the driver’s backseat.
Riding a Camel
We reached the campsite and the sun started to set. I saw other tourists lining up to ride a camel. There were only 2 camels at the time that could accommodate the travellers on that day. However, it was already enough since the camel ride actually lasted for less than 2 minutes. The animal was just guided to walk on a circle.
meeting a camel and riding one
After the camel ride, we were advised to head to the campsite as everyone else was gathering in the camp for the belly dance show.
However, wanting to spend more time in the sand, we stayed behind and took more photos outside. The sun was already setting and it was beautiful to finally be at the desert.
small feet, big feet
I jumped around and rolled over sand slopes just because that’s how I am when I’m able to travel to a new destination. That is, I become hyper.
How high can I get?
I’ve been to the the sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam, but this felt a little different. I realized that I’m actually in the Middle East!
Gathering at the Campsite
We entered the camp and saw a lot of tourists on that afternoon. We all gathered and sat in front of a round stage. Freebies included were tea and coffee, and some refreshments. While waiting for the show to start, there are a few other services being offered. There’s a local bringing a falcon for picture-taking with a fee. You can also try wearing a candura (for men) or an abaya (for women) and have photographs taken wearing Middle Eastern dresses.
We took a table on the last row since this was the only one available. If you want to get front tables, better be early.
inside the campsite
Before the show was about to start, it was time for dinner! They gave us the go signal to line up at the buffet table tp get local food. I didn’t know what I ate and the lights were dark so I couldn’t see the food clearly. I remember the grilled chicken tasted real good. That’s why they ran out of the dish easily.
Tanoura and Belly Dances
The show started with a Tanoura Dance where a guy performed with an unusual costume. This is an Egyptian Heritage dance and the performer wears a colorful skirt. He has a couple of props while spinning around and around. He spun so fast that I got dizzy just watching him.
Tanoura Dance in Dubai’s Desert Safari
Afterwards, the belly dancing came next. There were a couple of tourists who gave tips to the dancer while she was performing. They were handing out the money and heading to the stage. They were told off for doing so as they should let the woman finish her performance without any interruptions.
The program ended after that and we got back to our van that took us home.
Cost: 200 Dirhams per person
The desert safari adventure in Dubai was a welcome experience. I was able to see a more touristy side aside from the city environment which is all about work. The whole experience felt rushed. Though I realized that it was because we only had less than six hours overall.
Regular Desert Safari Activities:
- Dune Bashing
- Camel Riding
- BBQ Dinner
- Photographs in Local Dress
- Enchanting Belly Dancing Show
- Tanoura Dance
- Arabic Tea & Coffee
- Softdrinks & Refreshments
Pick-up is at 3:30pm and drop off at 9:30pm
I was told that there is a better safari experience and that is if you go a little beyond the city. This is where the sand is redder and there are fewer plants. I will be blogging about it in another post. Definitely I had more fun in that area compared to this. But for a quick Dubai introduction, this experience was already enough.
Check out my other Dubai articles here:
- Dubai Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights
- My Dubai Desert Safari Adventure Experience
- First Time to Ride an Emirates Boeing 777 Plane
- Now Blogging in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai, UAE: Driving a Desert Buggy in Lahbab, Sharjah
- Dubai, UAE: Swimming in Wadi Al Qahfi
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