Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Dubai Day 3: Desert Safari

Helloo we're off to Iceland today so why not talk about our hot summer holiday?

When we booked Dubai, I stated that I did want to spend some time just chilling by the pool and not spend all our time out and about exploring. We made that mistake in Sorrento last year and although it was amazing we came back more tired than before we left. So the plan was one day by the pool, the next out and about and so on.


However, an evening desert safari felt like a good compromise. It meant we could spend most of the day by the pool until we got picked up around 3ish and then we could do some exploring. 

I found the trip, by chance, through Trip Advisor (I'm always a bit in awe of their marketing and personalisation, but that's another story!) and booked it straight away. 


Dubai desert safari


It was really easy to book and their communication throughout was really great. We were picked up and then it was quite a long drive out, with two other couples, to the desert. At the rest stop, we went to the toilet (not the nicest experience, I'll be honest) and were coerced into buying a traditional scarf for Andy!


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


Then the tires were deflated a bit and we were off, hand break turning and hitting top speeds across the sand dunes as the sunset. Incredible. We stopped halfway and got to take photos. At this point, I wished I had some better shoes than my flip flops as they kept getting caught under the sand and falling off. But the view was absolutely spectacular. 


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


We then got back on the jeep, and were a bit unclear as to what we were doing next! I'd read that our trip included a camel ride and dinner but I expected that to happen in the desert! Instead, we were taken to a traditional desert camp where we ate curry sat on cushions on the ground, watched a belly dancer and Tanoura Arabic dance (quite bizarre!) and I got to ride a camel for all of 1 minute! 


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


I think because I had no idea how the whole experience would go I didn't build it all up too much in my head and as a result, it was the most amazing experience that I will genuinely never forget. 

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