This was a trip I had done as a child many years ago, but I really wanted to do it again at an older age so I could appreciate it fully. Plus it gave us a break from endless walking around the city!
We got picked up from our hotel at around 4pm and headed off into the Arabian Desert with two other couples and our driver. Once you’re out of the city, there’s really not a lot to see apart from the odd sand dune or pylon. It really allows you to see what Dubai was like before the city was built.
After a short stop for a toilet break we hopped back into the jeep, crossed the road and then went off-road until we got to the mega sand dunes. We had a quick five minute break to take photos, and then before we knew it we were being hurried back into the car before speeding off over each dune at god knows what speed. Despite the odd terrifying vertical drop, it was literally the most hilarious experience.
After about half an hour of racing around the desert, we stopped again to take sunset photos, and we also tried traditional Arabian coffee.
By this point it was almost 6pm, so we hopped back onto the jeep and whizzed across to our final stop. We arrived to what can only be described as a camp area, lit with a few huge glaring lights, as by this point the sun had completely disappeared. We looked around the little stalls, I got a henna tattoo and we rode a camel before sitting down on a sandy cushion to enjoy a two course Arabian meal with traditional entertainment.
It was such an incredible experience to do the sunset desert safari. If you’re heading to Dubai, make sure you book a place on one of these tours! Our tour was booked through Dubai Desert Safari.