Do you love adventure? Then a Desert Safari is a must for you while you are still in Dubai. This is a thrilling and memorable journey filled with excitement. Normally Desert Safaris are conducted as group tours for the simple reason that along with the excitement; there is an element of risk involved. The Desert Safari is also sometimes referred to as Dune Bashing because it mainly involves Bashing through the high sand dunes.
Though you (if you are an experienced driver) can plan to drive a 4WD (Four-wheel drive, 4WD, or 4×4 vehicle e.g. Land Cruiser) alone, it is always better to engage a professional desert safari tour operator in Dubai. They have well trained drivers who can take you safely through the dunes. Most of the Tour Offices have professional and licensed drivers who are trained in First aid. The vehicles used also have additional safety measures to prevent passengers from getting injured. Moreover most of the vehicles going on a Desert Safari are insured. And of course the best part in joining a tour package is you can be relieved of the tensions of driving and can sit back to enjoy your trip.
Once your tour is organized, your tour operator will pick your group at a fixed time and then will travel to a common meeting place where he will join in with other vehicles. This is a normal tradition followed wherein all the vehicles travel together for the Desert Safari. If your tour is arranged in the evening, the next stop will be to watch the Sunset which is absolutely breath taking .You can be assured that your camera will be engaged fully during the ride. Normal tourist photography is allowed, though it is considered offensive to take photographs of Arabic Women.
Then you will be taken to your main camp site. Here the tour organizers will offer you a wonderful barbeque and you can fill yourself with all the delicious food you care to have. Other entertainments include Camel rides, dune bashing etc. Popular spots for dune bashing in Dubai are – Hatta near southern Dubai, Liwa desert, and area reaching out to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. Alcohol will be provided on request and that too after paying for it. Belly dancing is yet another attraction provided in the camp. After having your fill of fun at the camp, there is the trip back through the Desert which will indeed be unforgettable.
Depending on the desert safari package, you can go in for options like
- Morning Desert Safari
- Evening Desert Safari
- Over night Safari
- These programs are not at all recommended for pregnant women and Infants.
- People suffering from Heart ailments, back injuries and other serious conditions are advised not to take up this Tour.
- Wear Comfortable clothing as per the seasons prevailing, lightweight summer clothing/jackets for winters and evening trips.
- Good quality sunglasses
- Suitable Head gear to avoid Direct Sunlight.
- Avoid jewelry or expensive watch and cell phones
- Don’t drink lot of water before the trip
- Have a light meal before the trip as it will be uncomfortable if your stomach is too full.
- Wear slippers instead of shoes.
- Travel light
Common Highlights of all Tour packages
- Hotel Pick up and Drop
- 4×4 vehicle transport
- Camel rides
- Beverages (Soft drinks and water)
- Sand boarding
- Barbecue dinner
- Henna decorating
- Belly Dance performance (except during Ramadan)
- Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates
- Shisha(the famous Arabic water pipe)
- Traditional costumes
Some of the popular Tour Operators:-
Arabian Adventures Dubai
Head Office Dubai 1st Floor, Emirates Holidays Building Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates PO Box 7631 Tel: +971 4 343 9966 / 303 4888 Fax: +971 4 343 9977 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Smart P.O. Box: 40861, Dubai, U.A.E Tel +971 4 223 7373 Fax +971 4 294 2240 Email: email@example.com For Bookings call Mr. Hameed at + 971 50 517 7800 Wesbite: http://citysmart.ae/DesertSafari.htm
Lama Tours HEAD OFFICE: Al Sayegh Building, Second floor, Office Complex Oud Mehta Road, P O Box 20808, Dubai, and UAE Tel : +971 4 3344330 / 3357676 Fax : +971 4 3344232 / 3357111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.lamadubai.com/
Gulf ventures HEAD OFFICE P.O. Box 1515 dnata Travel Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: (+971 4) 404 5880 Fax: (+971 4) 404 5877 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.gulfventures.com
Arabia Horizons Tours 807, Golden Business Center Airport Road (near Honda showroom), Deira, Dubai UAE P.O BOX: 115815, Dubai, UAE Tel: (+9714) 294 6060 Fax: (+9714) 294 6069 Mobile (24 hours): +971-(0)50-5402520 or (0)50-5402580 Website: http://www.arabiahorizons.com