Four-wheeling and desert parties!
Flying Emirates Air for the first time to Egypt, we had the opportunity to stop over in the UAE for a couple of days. I love a stopover and nowadays try to fit them into my travel plans as often as I can.
Dubai is the perfect stopover. It provides a glimpse into the Arab world, a taste of the Mid-East. With all of its oil money, the city is modern, clean, and beautiful. We ate well, did some shopping, and took an educational tour of Jumeirah Mosque; but the best thing about Dubai is its proximity to the desert.
We had always heard of the dune-bashing tours with the touristy tent party at the end, and here was our chance to try it. Yes, it was touristy. The “Bedouin” camp was definitely set up just for tourists. That’s okay, it was fun!
Our dune-bashing tour took us to a couple of wadis, through a portion of Oman, eating a feast of a lunch full of mezes and kebabs somewhere on the road, and of course sand-boarding and four-wheeling through the desert. By the time we reached the tourist camp, we were ready to relax and enjoy the show.
As it turns out, we were the first ones there. No one else showed up for almost an hour. The owner of the tour company used the four of us to try everything out, get our photo taken, eat all the foods, hold the falcon, even a quick camel ride, basically do it all before anyone else came. Serendipitous and a blast, my daughters had just had the best tour of their lives. They loved it!
For a one day tour, it was a perfect and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a stopover. We used Knight Tours; they picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel and we were out with them for about 14 hours. It was great!
Have you been to any of the Emirates? Have you done a desert or dune-bashing tour?