30 Mar 2015

Desert Safari in Dubai

No trip to Dubai is complete without a desert safari, where you experience the vastness of the Arabian Desert. There are plenty of desert safaris on offer so you can enjoy the landscape, and get a taste of local culture, mix with Bedouin communities, go on camel rides, henna on your palms, and all!
What to expect?

  • There are many adventure activities like going on a dune buggy ride or sand boarding you can take part in. You can operate the dune buggy on your own; worry not you will be given instructions and safety tips to do so. Sand boarding is one of the most popular sports. All you need to do is strap on a board to your feet and slide down the slopes of the desert.
    Dune Buggy Ride in Desert(Photo Courtesy: http://www.trythistravel.com)
  • If your love for adventure has still not been quenched, you could take up quad biking. You will be given simple instructions as part of your training, apart from safety gear.
    Quad Biking in Dubai Desert(Photo Courtesy: http://www.nainatourism.com)
  • Love camping? There are plenty of spots off the city, where you can set up camp and enjoy the star-studded sky over the desert.
  • You can also visit a camel farm, and go on a camel ride, for after all, what’s a desert experience minus the camel!
    Camel Farm in Dubai(Photo Courtesy: http://www.ingulfed.com)
  • Attend a Bedouin belly dance show and soak in the local experience. For added fun, wear the traditional Arabic attire, and you are all set!
  • Want to enjoy local food and drink? Worry not, most often your safari tour operator has a BBQ organized for you. You can choose from a nice selection of Arabian dishes, and also enjoy Arabic coffee and some dates. Post-dinner, try your hand at the shisha or the hookah, if you so wish!
    Desert Safari with BBQ (Photo Courtesy: http://www.desertsafaritours.com)
  • Just so you can show off your experience of the desert to your friends and co-travellers, get your palms painted with henna! A Tanoura dance performance with whirling dervishes would be the icing on the cake of your desert experience.
  • Falconry is a traditional sport of local communities, and there are tour operators who will give you a glimpse into the same.
  • An experience you should not miss is a visit to the wildlife safari that is part of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which has species such as the Arabian Oryx or the desert monitors.
    Wildlife Safari in Dubai (Photo Courtesy: http://www.getyourguide.com)
  • Typically, desert safaris start late in the afternoons so as to beat the heat. It is best to avoid the summer months if you wish to travel to Dubai. No matter what, stock up on sun block, a hat and a shawl as it gets cold in the evenings.
When to visit

Temperatures are high in Dubai during summer, so the best time to visit the place is during the cooler months, between November and March. Accommodation is not much of an issue, and if you plan well, you can book yourself in one of the Dubai hotels in time for your visit. There are a range of budget options when it comes to hotels in Dubai, and if luxury is your pick, then Dubai is just right for you.