On Saturday afternoon we were picked up at our hotel in downtown Dubai by our Indian driver in a very smart Toyota Lancruiser. We then drove for about an hour, stopping to pick up some other folks who were also booked on the ‘desert safari’. One of our fellow travelers was Farhan who was Bangladeshi, brought up in the USA (spoke with an American accent) but now lived in Abu Dhabi.
I decided to try the old joke. Farhan, do you know that the people in Dubai don’t like the Flinstones?” “Oh really?” he replied with a quizzical look “Yes it’s true” I continued “The people in Dubai don’t like the Flintstones but the people in Abu Dhabi do!” Farhan thought this was hilarious and couldn’t wait to share.
We stopped at a parade which had a few shops, joining more white Toyota Landcruiers and some Hummers. We were advised to stock up on water. There were guys selling Arab head dresses at 200 AED a pop (about £40). They pounced on you as you entered the shop and wrapped the garment expertly.
Then it was off to the desert, by this time in a convoy with what seemed like hundreds of Landcruisers. We stopped at the edge of the desert as the drivers all got out and let half the air out of the tyres. What followed was the best roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on.
We swooped, skidded and slid, up over and across the sand dunes in dramatic and at times quite scary fashion.
After a while we stopped for photos.
Then another drive and a stop at our desert restaurant/theatre. Some tried a camel ride.
Then there was a meal during which we were entertained by a dancing display:
This excursion was probably the highlight of the week and cost only around £40 including everything. It’s a must for anyone visiting Dubai.