[Dubai] Desert Safari & Sand Dune Bashing!

When we had enough of the glittering metropolis that is Dubai, we decided to head out into the wilderness… in a comfortable Land Cruiser of course!

This was one of the things I looked forward to the most in Dubai. We booked through Arabian Nights Tours who was highly recommended by Lil One Of The Ashes (check out their article here: Arabian Nights Tours). At the appointed time they pick you up at your accommodation and off we went to bash some sand!

The desert safari we were going to was located in the next Emirate called Sharjah, so it initially involved a bit of driving on the highway. I was a little apprehensive about having our daughter shake around in the car while dune bashing. She was a bit scared at first but enjoyed it nonetheless. Just remember, when you think that the hill looks a bit too high, the car would actually go there!

A brief pit stop before we head into the wilderness
A brief pit stop before we head into the wilderness
A convoy of Land Cruisers off to bash some sand dunes
A convoy of Land Cruisers off to bash some sand dunes
A cool ad for Land Cruisers?
A cool ad for Land Cruisers?

By the time the sun was setting, we were in a good part of the desert away from crowds so we could take some clean desert photos. Out came the selfie sticks!

The undulating desert landscape
The undulating desert landscape
The sun setting over the desert
The sun setting over the desert
No sign of humanity here
No sign of humanity here
Some footprints (probably mine!) on the desert
Some footprints (probably mine!) on the desert
The calm desert at sunset
The calm desert at sunset

When we finally arrived at the safari there were activities you could do… camel riding, holding a falcon, trying out some traditional clothing (you know I’ve done a fair share of that already!), quad biking on the sand and henna tattoos (for the ladies!). Dinner was eventually served, it’s a buffet free for all style where you can try different kinds of Arabic dishes among other barbecued dishes.

Before dessert was served, we were treated to some awesome traditional tanouri and belly dancing! Sorry I didn’t take any decent photos of the belly dancer!

Tanouri dancing... very mesmerising!
Tanouri dancing… very mesmerising!
Tanouri dancing... very mesmerising!
I don’t know how he can spin non stop for about 20 minutes!

After dinner was finished, it was time to go home. It was a gentle ride home, no dune bashing in the dark! Quite honestly, I would have enjoyed staying the night in the desert so I could watch sunrise. Maybe next time 🙂

You can find more Dubai articles below, thanks for visiting!
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5 comments

    • Sandals should be ok. In fact it might be easier since you only need to slip them on and off! The safari is not physically strenuous and playing in the sand dunes is only a short stop during the drive to the safari camp for dinner.

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