Travelogue – Dubai Desert Safari
Since beginning of the Dubai trip I must hear about Desert Safari. Many people around advised to go for this on weekend. My first two weeks (& obviously weekends) went in settling down, digging down project details (naturally that was initially priority!!) And becoming used to schedule. So first two weekends I spent in Hotel room settling down and solidifying the project scope, boundaries & documentation materials.
The first week of December ’07, everything regarding project was clear and I was ready to head out n N’joy. I opted to catch the first chance; this weekend was 3 days long. I rested on first moment. I was waiting eagerly till day because safari was scheduled to begin at 4 pm. Taking a look at the Car itself I figured my trip was going to be among the best travelling experiences I ever had. 🙂
We started 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 afterwards proved to be the very best place in Safari. With front chair you receive the clear big view of desert facing you and the best chance to shoot video and superior pictures of different cars in “cafila” as well. Also you get an opportunity to interact with motorist easily to know more wherever required.
I began bugging Mohammed with questions: “Where are we going? What is the name of the place?” Mohammed could talk okay English if not excellent. AL Awir was the name of this place we were visiting. 30 Kms away from Dubai, this is the area where real desert starts and stretches it has boundaries up to far parts of UAE and touches OMAN.
We reached the place after half an hour travel on highway. It was a small break of 10 minutes in base camp for this tour organizer where around 10 landcruisers got together to start the true DESERT RIDE. The tyre pressure of automobiles was reduced to cope up with softness of the sand.
The landcruiser started cruising in desert against immense resistance being created by softness of sand. Soon the massive machine picked up high speed with its durability and we were flying on desert sands down and up, on little n large waves, diving deep from the top of the waves and climbing up little sand hills. It was altogether great experience along with bit of enthusiasm. The one thing I missed was; I couldn’t drive the machine myself!
Soon we reached the desert hotel where dinner and belly dancing series was organized. Kahwa is sort of black coffee. Me being coffee freak, appreciated 4 – 5 cups of Kahwa w/o sugar in 2 hours duration. Sasha is traditional Arabian flavoured smoking pipe very similar to Indian HUKKA.
After a while, Arabian style broiled meat and poultry kebab were served together with some Indian veg meals. I was amazed to see that the limiting utilization of Indian food over western and Arabian food. Even Rajma Rice and Dal was accessible!!
Half an hour passed by, individuals were relaxing after dinner along with Belly Dancer’s birth was declared and in a flash, even before people would begin to understand what is happening; the belly dancer arrived on stage wearing glowing red Arabian belly lawsuit and she actually took the stage by storm.
After storming the point nonstop for almost 20 minutes, belly dancer quickly disappeared from the stage the way she’d arrived; in a flash.
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