Desert Safari Dubai
When we think of doing a Desert safari dubai, the most traditional always comes to mind: you are inside a car while you go on a journey among wild animals such as tigers, lions, among others. But the truth is that there are other modalities.
And today I come to talk about the safari that takes place in the desert. In this, you will have different sensations than you could feel in the first. Here we find the emotion in other activities that, in some way, are less ‘wild’ but will not leave you indifferent. I am telling you about the one I went to during my trip to the United Arab Emirates.
The ‘Desert Safari Dubai‘ are excursions that you can take online or hire directly there. I recommend that you compare prices because they all usually include basically the same: dune bashing, camel ride, henna tattoo, and all-you-can-eat buffet, including shisha and accompanied by belly dancing. To all this, you can add other activities if you pay an additional price, such as a quad ride through the dunes.
Cost of Desert Safari Dubai
In my case, in my hotel, there were two companies that organized it, and in one it cost twice as much as in the other and included the same. So be careful and don’t get ripped off 🙂 It cost us AED 180 per person (= 45 euros).
The Desert Safari has two modalities: in the morning or in the afternoon. I recommend the second one since in the morning I imagine it will be very hot to be in the desert. But this already depends on each one and the time in which you do it.
The company takes care of picking us up at our hotel with a car that we also share with other people (maximum 7 plus the driver), and takes us directly to the meeting center where hundreds of people will be there for the same reason. At a specific time (in my case around 5.30 pm) the dune dashing begins with a duration of around 40 minutes.
Later they give us a little time to take photos in the desert. The sun was setting so the photos came out very nice but, in turn, against the light. I have to confess that the dune dashing scared me, I couldn’t keep my eyes open! because it made me very dizzy.
Then they take us to the ‘camp’ they have organized. These excursions also include a camel ride before entering. I inform you, but you know that promoting this type of activity is not responsible for tourism. So everyone is free to choose …
The day begins to come to an end but first, we will enjoy a tasty Arabic buffet dinner accompanied by belly dancing and other performances. While you have dinner, you can get closer to doing the typical henna tattoo * on your hand. I love them!
Traditional cultural shows
* “Mehndi” or “Mehandí” is the name in the Hindi language of tattoos known in the West as “henna tattoos”, with which women decorate parts of their body traditionally as a wedding ornament and in religious celebrations. It is obtained from a plant called Lawsonia alba Lam and its natural color is reddish-brown, but pigments are added to change its color.
It is in common use in India, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, the Middle East, and North Africa. Over the years it has gained a lot of popularity in most western countries, so little by little its meaning and origin were falling into oblivion. The designs that are made with henna are many and each one has its meaning, but above all, they evoke fertility, spirituality, and marriage. Once painted and as time goes by it darkens until it reaches its natural color. This occurs by a simple oxidation process.
The ‘camp’ for me was without a doubt the best of the safari since, as they say, the best way to get closer to culture is through food. But of course, it is not only that. The whole place was decorated in an Arabic style which makes us feel like one of the others. The tables are low and you sit on the floor with cushions. The food was delicious and the drink was also included.
Finally, we wanted to smoke a little shisha but they already started saying that it was time to go back to the hotel (8.30 pm). Although I think they were quite poorly organized and the time spent on each activity was poorly calculated, the overall balance is very positive and one of the best experiences of my life. It was unforgettable, I would repeat it without a doubt and I recommend it 100%.
And you, do you dare to go on a safari? You can book your desert safari dubai from here.