Dubai has been the prevalent choice for most tourists because of the diversity
that it caters to the visitors. More than the unique architectural designs and
high-rise buildings, Dubai also has a lot to offer when it comes to the natural
sceneries, shopping needs, and more. It also has stunning beaches like that of
the beaches that you see in the Caribbean. But there’s one thing that sets Dubai
apart from the rest of the world – its desert. Now Dubai reinvented and found a
way to make this flaw an asset. Desert safari is now one of the most popular
ways to increase tourism in the emirate. Desert safari is the best activity in
Dubai for tourists who visited not for the joy of exploring the historical sites
or beautiful natural areas of Dubai, but for those who seek a different
thrilling adventure that can only be experienced in the emirate of Dubai.
Desert safari is rapidly gaining its popularity in Dubai and everywhere else in the globe. As a matter of fact, it has been featured in several international TV shows and commercials like the Amazing Race Season 5. If you think that a desert safari will only bore you and burn your skin, better think again. There are a lot of activities that can be done here. Different travel agencies have created unique itineraries for your desert pleasures.
One of the best activities during a desert safari in Dubai is called Dune Bashing. This is like riding a roller coaster in a theme park or white-water rafting, only five times better. As a visitor, you will only be a passenger and someone will operate the 4x4 vehicle for you. You will have a sailing-like experience in the amazing high dunes of the desert. The vehicle for this desert safari activity must be driven by an expert tour operator. If not, you will have a greater chance of being stuck in the sand and that is not worth the money that you paid for. The whole duration of Dune Bashing may last for 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour.
One optional activity that you may do, while having a Dubai desert safari, is sandboarding. There’s not much difference between sandboarding and snowboarding except the place where it is being done. However you will already spend half of the day for this desert safari activity and the rest of the day is not enough to explore the interesting dunes of Dubai. Once you sign-up for snowboarding, you will be given necessary safety gears such as elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet.
Other activities include sunset photography, henna painting, camel ride, buffet dinner and more. Most tours would end by 9:30 in the evening, and tourists will have a free ride going back to their hotels. But for those who are having an overnight dessert safari you see the highlight of all desert safaris. After a long and tiring day you will have your dinner under the traditional Bedouin tent. There will be huge comfortable cushions were the guests will seat. The dinner includes local fruits, barbecued lamb or chicken and the locally made Dubai coffee which the emirate is proud of. This would look like a small feast where there is a great combination of food and music. And in traditional Arabic feasts, belly dancers are the main entertainment for the guests. Luckily, the emirate of Dubai is one of the few places in Middle East where belly dancing is authorized. This is another way of the emirate to draw tourists and alike. Guests may join the dancers and they may be taught the traditional way of dancing and celebrating in Dubai.