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Desert Safari in Dubai

22 September 2015

There can be nothing more enticing and mesmerizing than enjoying the mystic hues of nature in a land famous for the vast expanse of sands welcoming visitors in its charm. Dubai has magnificently transcended from a desert into a land of visions and amusements catering to the interests of all coming to see the wonders of this place.

Looking for some fun and amusement, the thing that clicks to the mind is desert safari. Desert Safari has ventured up as a popular adventure in the tourism world of Dubai. Landing on the sands of the vast desert, one can encounter a number of 4 wheel drives bashing on the golden sands of the desert. Also termed as dune bashing, desert safari takes you on an off road drive merging fun with thrill.

Owing to the popularity of this adventure fun, a number of tour operators offer quite a few lucrative packages interesting those who want to seek this fun on the sands. This seven to eight hours safari bonanza does not limit itself to the bash in the dunes but comes with a package of a fun filled evening that surely cannot go for a miss.

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Age Limit

The Desert Safari does not restrict itself to a particular age limit but it is always recommended for the children above 3. If a person is suffering from some physical ailments like heart or back problems, then he should also avoid embarking the 4x4 drive. Alternatively, if the health restrictions are there, one can also enjoy the evenings on the sands amidst a number of activities offered in a combo safari package like camel riding, Quad Bike ride, henna painting etc.

Facilities Included

Pick n drop

Most of the tour operators facilitate the ride for the passengers with a pick and drop arrangement. The journey for the safari usually commences at 3:30 p.m. with the operators dropping the adventure seekers back around 9:30 p.m.

Dune Bashing

The 4x4 drive takes you on a rollercoaster ride in the desert with the wheels dancing on the sands. Once your driver finishes off with the dune bash, you can also sand board a while testing your balancing skills on the vast expanse of sand.

Traditional Shows

Keeping in mind the Arabic flavors, there are a number of traditional shows organized to entertain the people coming to enjoy the safari. There can be no better way of making the tourists acquaint with the culture than the entertaining shows.

Henna Painting

One can enjoy the aromatic hues of Henna while painting some exotic and beautiful designs or drawing a tattoo giving a new style to your look.

Quad Bike Ride

Sit on the automatic quad bikes and go for a fun filled ride on the mystic sands of the deserts. After getting the required instruction, one can amuse himself with this ride. The minimum age limit for the bike ride is 15 years and one needs to put on the helmet and the goggles before setting off for the ride. Mostly the bike ride is not inclusive in the safari package and one has to pay separately for a quad bike ride session.

Camel Riding

A number of camels can be encountered in this fun ride and you can also try your balancing skills sitting on the back of these animals and taking a memorable ride.

Traditional Bedouin Setting

After a toiling day basking in the sunny sands and dashing in the dunes, the wondrous Bedouin styled sitting arrangement gives a refreshing break to all the funs enjoyed through the trip. There are multiple souvenir shops where one can shop always reminiscing one of the memories of the trip. The melodious Arabian music being played in the background gives a soothing relief to the ears.

Barbeque Dinner

A delicious meal is in the waiting after all the fun and thrills of the day. The table is set with a number of mouth watering Arabian delicacies from the silky hummus to the smoky grilled chicken and meat kebabs. The vegetarians won’t go disappointed either with a choice of menu catering to the veggies as well. Unlimited soft drinks and mineral waters are also inclusive in the meals.

So these are some of the prominent activities that one can look forward to while planning for a desert safari trip. Owing to its increasing popularity, there are a number of big and middle as well as small tour operators who cater to a complete safari package. There are also a number of coupons and deals often floating in the market which can make you save some extra pennies from your pockets.

Some of the tour companies which provide desert safari packages are:

Sun and Sky Tourism: This is a place where one can get many offers and package deals of the choice they are looking for. The average rate of a desert safari package is around AED150 per adult and AED120 per child. The pick and drop facility is available. One can also get further details by contacting the tour company.

Uranus Travels: One can look for safari options at the Uranus Travels as well. The rates per person are around AED150. It also provides with a pick and drop facility.

Besides these companies, there are many other companies and tour operators available who provide with the customized safari packages. A number of deals are also available for the ones who wish to check on the options available before settling up to a package of their choice. The rates may vary from AED90 to as high as AED250.

So next time when planning out a weekend or a weekday venturing into something different, the option of going for a desert safari with family or friends doesn’t seem a bad idea at all. Take off for a trip far into the sands away from the hustle of the city and enjoy the golden sun rays and a day filled with some thrill and adventure with a desert safari ride.

Sakina Ora Habib

A creative freelance writer/editor living in Dubai, specializing in the areas of travel, food, education and lifestyle.

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