Travelogue – Dubai Desert Safari
Since starting of my Dubai trip I got to hear about Desert Safari. Many people around advised to go to this on weekend. My first two weeks (& obviously weekends) went in settling down, digging down project details (obviously that was first priority!!) And getting used to program. So first two weekends I invested in Hotel room settling down and solidifying the job scope, boundaries & documentation stuff.
First week of December ’07, everything about project was apparent and I was ready to go out n N’joy. I opted to grab the first chance; this weekend was 3 days long. I rested on first moment. Second day morning I ringed up traveling agent office and reserved the safari seat. I had been waiting eagerly until day since safari was scheduled to begin at 4 pm. Driver ringed up around 2.45 in noon, substantially earlier than scheduled time of 3.30 pm. Taking a look at the Car itself I figured my trip was likely to be among the best travelling experiences I’d had. 🙂
We began our journey after completing up “introduction ceremony” with each other. Meanwhile 4 more people joined us for excursion. Being first to be picked up I had grabbed the front seat in landcruiser which later proved to be the best place in Safari. With front chair you receive the clear huge view of desert facing you and the best chance to shoot video and superior pictures of other cars in “cafila” as well. Also you get a chance to interact with motorist easily to know more wherever required.
What’s the name of the place?” Mohammed could speak okay English if not good. AL Awir was the title of this place we were visiting. 30 Kms away from Dubai, this is the place where real desert starts and stretches it’s boundaries up to much parts of UAE and touches OMAN.
We reached the place after half an hour travel on highway. It was a little break of 10 minutes in base camp for this particular tour organizer where approximately 10 landcruisers got together to begin the actual DESERT RIDE. The tyre pressure of cars was reduced to cope up with all softness of the sand.
The landcruiser started cruising in desert against immense immunity being made by softness of sand. Soon the monstrous machine picked up high speed with its durability and we were riding on desert sands down and up, on small n large waves, diving deep from the top of the waves and climbing up little sand hills. It was altogether nice experience together with bit of excitement. The only thing I missed was; I could not drive the machine myself!
Soon we reached the desert resort where dinner and belly dancing show was organized. Welcome beverage was Traditional “Kahwa” and tea. Kahwa is sort of black coffee. Me being coffee freak, enjoyed 4 – 5 cups of Kahwa w/o sugar in 2 hours duration. People began relaxing a bit and moved for mehandi and “SASHA”. Sasha is conventional Arabian flavoured smoking pipe very similar to Indian HUKKA.
After a while, Arabian style grilled meat and poultry kebab were served along with some Indian veg meals. I was surprised to see the limiting utilization of Indian food over Arabian and western food.
Half an hour passed by, individuals were relaxing after dinner and Belly Dancer’s birth was declared and in a flash, even before people would begin to comprehend what is happening; the belly dancer arrived on stage wearing glowing red Arabian belly suit and she literally took the stage by storm.
After storming the stage nonstop for almost 20 minutes, belly dancer quickly disappeared from the stage how she had came; in a flash.
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