Something essential in your trip to the United Arab Emirates is to know its desert. For this nothing is better than the Desert Safari Dubai excursion.
To do the desert safari in dubai we were picked up from the hotel in the early afternoon, in a white SUV, a Toyota Land Cruiser. Since Japan is the largest oil importer of the United Arab Emirates, it is to be expected that they reciprocate by importing their vehicles, hence, added to the desert landscape of the country, the Land Cruiser is a great vehicle option, being the model of best-selling SUV in the United Arab Emirates.
Once in the car, reaching the desert is not a blink of an eye. A little over an hour separates it from Dubai, but it is not until forty-five or fifty minutes that you start to see how the landscape becomes increasingly arid until you leave the highway to enter a sandy road that ends in a camp , from which the first dunes can be glimpsed.
There we made a technical stop in which we waited for other SUVs that came for the excursion; when we were all there, they were numbered for security and we all left for the desert.
Desert Safari Tour In The Red Dunes Of Dubai
The excursion is exciting. I remember that at the beginning, the guy who was driving, asked us how “hard” (strong) we wanted the tour to be, if it was quiet or moved. My brother and I of course wanted it to go full throttle. This added to the fact that the guide was the youngest of the group and would have “wanted to be funny” made it tremendously entertaining.
The duration of the tour in the desert is just over an hour. But practically an hour by car on two wheels, of going down impossible slopes and of unimaginable compliments. It really looked like you were surfing the waves.
On a couple of occasions we saw how other cars that were accompanying us had gotten stuck in the sand , luckily ours passed without any problems.
Another fun thing is that when there are several cars, when you have just done something “dangerous”, like going down a super steep dune, then from below you can see how the others go down it and you are even more aware of where you have just passed.
In the middle of the tour, a stop is made to be able to touch the sand, make the little angel, take photos or whatever you want. And you were there, in the middle of nowhere, you turned 360 degrees and you only saw dunes and more dunes. You moved away a little and you were completely alone in the immensity, a great feeling of fullness. For more info about desert safari tour contact us on this link.
On the way back, near the camp where we were going to have dinner, we stopped to watch the sunset. We climbed a large dune that had the sunset right in front of us. I took a couple of quick photos and put the camera away so we could focus on relaxing and enjoying the spectacle before our eyes. Seeing the sun hide behind the desert, hiding between large sand dunes was a wonderful moment.
To go down to the camp they gave us the option of getting in the car or going down the great dune on foot. We of course chose this option. Since my visit to the Dune du Pyla in France (the highest in Europe) I am aware of how complicated it can be to go down a mountain of sand, in which at every step your leg sinks to the knee and you lose Balance. It is best to do it quickly and try not to go down doing “the croquette”.
Once in the camp, we lived an evening with dim lighting, we had a barbecue dinner, and while we enjoyed a show of traditional dances (the dance consisted of turning around on itself without stopping while taking out plates, moving clothes, etc. The man was more than twenty minutes without stopping spinning, amazing) and belly dancing. In fact they asked my mother and my brother to dance and I couldn’t laugh anymore.
A highly recommended excursion, since it brings together many points that at least for me are important: tradition, nature, views, gastronomy, adrenaline… you have to do it if you are visiting Dubai; This Dubai desert safari is one of the best experiences in the city.