If you happen to be in Dubai, don’t miss the chance of a desert safari tour! Trust me; it’s one of the must-do activities in the emirate. Although Dubai features a good number of activities (aside from shopping), it’s a bit limited when it comes to outdoor stuff.

I surprised Sri on her 25th birthday with a trip to Burj Khalifa, followed by an afternoon desert safari. We never expected that much fun and undoubtedly the drivers were very well experienced navigating the 4x4s through the steep  dunes.

We stopped at two lookout-points and proceeded further to a desert fort imitation where an all-you-can-eat buffet, camel riding, ATV biking (for a surcharge) and dance shows awaited us.

So, if you planning an action-fuelled afternoon in Dubai, here are our impressions of a stunning and well-organized desert safari:

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Getting ready!

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That’s a hill of the introductory category.

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That’s more advanced (look at the first car).

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Yep, it gets steeper and steeper!

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Our driver!

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Told ya’ – the ‘pro’ category

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What happens if you’re surrounded by too much sand? Well, you get occasionally crazy!

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 Break time!

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Chillin’ with the drivers.

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 The sand was incredibly fine.

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Leaving the dunes for the desert fort. As you can see, other operators use buggies, Hummers or ATVs.

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Granted, the fort looked a bit unspectacular.

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Sri rode a camel for the very first time.

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All-you-can-eat – or better: who can eat more Chicken Shawarmas!

Landcruisers

The Toyota Landcruiser seems to be the most reliable car out here.

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If you get the chance – try it!

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This dude was spinning around himself for 10 minutes (reportedly a Lebanese dance)! I tried it at home and was knocked out after 30 seconds.

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 Ending a fabulous birthday with a well-deserved shisha!

Have you been to Dubai? Done a desert safari? Or do you know the story of the Lebanese dance? Let us know in the comments!

Smart Travels,

Kian

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