Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Arabian Dreams [Part 2/3]: Desert Safari

The stay in the United Arab Emirates continues, and in the second part I want to show you a special trip: a Desert Safari. The trip starts at your hotel. Around 10 you get picked up by the team who organizes the safari and the journey into the desert starts. A whole afternoon can be spent here, and the price of admission includes lunch and free drinks throughout the day. But this is not a tame drive into an oasis as you will quickly learn...

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This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:


Photos taken by: Jasmina Donko and Amer Cemalovic

Photos edited by: Mersad Donko

The Adventure Begins...

An air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle arrives and picks you up from your hotel lobby. The thrill begins as your driver takes you up and down the golden sands of Arabia before stopping on the highest sand dune, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful view. Here you can experience the thrill of sandboarding, (think snowboarding but down the dunes). It’s an activity for the adventurous and is unique to this region.



The cars are ready for the drive. But the journey is not for the faint of heart. The cars speed up the dunes, come to the top, and slide down into the valley. The journey to the oasis lasts for about an hour and is definitively an experience.


Part of the experience is riding camels. Here in the desert you will see them being fed and well taken care of. There is also a special place where they are held, sleep and just relax. Riding them is a special task as well, and you shouldn't expect a smooth ride. But the workers there will help you along the way.

In the Desert

You are taken to an authentic Bedouin campsite complete with a henna designer, local attire and refreshments. There you can take a camel ride and travel as ancients did in the past, perhaps following the very same trails. 


Upon returning back to the campsite there will be a  barbeque dinner as the stars come out and an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating routine to Arabian music. But getting lost in the sand dunes is equally fascinating.




There are many photo opportunities here in the dunes, and even on a cloudy day like this one, during Jasmina and Amer's stay, you can get away with some really dramatic shots from the desert.




End of Part Two
To be continued...

38 comments:

  1. Fantastic photos. I hope you'll come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/visiting-saint-kitts.html

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  2. I spent a day Dubai (some time ago); It wasn't so impressive - dusty, and hot....Have to go and check it again ;-)

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  3. I did that in Dubai

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  4. Wow - that is a lot of sand! Love the Bedouin camp!

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  5. Deserts have their own charm dont they?

    PhenoMenon

    http://throodalookingglass.com/2015/03/jolly-good-experience-birdly/

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  6. i have no doubt they had fun!

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  7. What a fun experience! I'd love to ride a camel.

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  8. Cool. Schöne Eindrücke. Liebe Grüße

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  9. Oh, what fun indeed!! I would love to go there, but your pics are the next best thing!! Thanks as always for sharing, Mersad!! Hope your week is going well!!

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  10. you might guess before i say it that the camels are my favorite photos. i would love to see them. i will leave the sandboarding to others but would like to watch.

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    1. Sandboarding does sound fun to me, but i do realize it's not for everyone :D

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  11. Wer einmal die Wüste erlebt hat der weiß was es bedeutet. Ganz tolle Fotos.

    Viele Grüsse

    N☼va

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  12. Both similar to, and very unlike a snow landscape

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  13. I'd hate to get REALLY lost in the sand dunes!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday

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  14. Those sand dunes are absolutely amazing!

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  15. What a fascinating place! It sounds like and adventure and a dream to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Another fantastic post. I have a special love of sand dunes like this so these photos really spoke to me. It sounds like an adventure I would love.

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    1. Yeah it does. This time of year is especially great since the weather is not too hot, and you can really enjoy being there. At least that's what my sister told me.

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  17. looks like you are not dressed to be lost in the desert.

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  18. Hi Mersad, congratualations for conquering the desert, haha! Those are wonderful landscapes as usual, but i am looking for the shot of the belly dancer!

    I was there a few years ago too, when i still don't have a DSLR. How i wish to have more chances of shooting like you did. Maybe we also visited the same dining area, and i appreciated the sunset that i was not able to get a good photo. Oh how i wish to be back this time, with a tripod and a camera.

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    1. As I said this is my sisters trip, and there was a shot of the belly dancer, but unfortunately they dim the lights a lot, and the image didn't turn out good, and that's why I couldn't include it here.

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  19. You take the best trips!

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    1. This trip was actually taken by my sister Jasmina, I just edited the images for this latest three-parter. But, yes the trip is great, and I guess that's why I decided to show it on the blog.

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  20. Great photo story! Looks like you had some very attractive models.

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  21. wow! That looked great fun. Wonderful photographs of the dunes, the people and the camels

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  22. Mersad...wie cool! Ich wußte gar nicht, dass Ihr auch da ward! Die Wüste ist so ein toller Ort! Deine Fotos machen mich ganz wahnsinnig ;-D! Beste Grüße! Anne

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  23. What an amazing trip! I love the shots of your friends among the dunes. Really cool.

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  24. That's pretty amazing - what an amazing trip for them!

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  25. wonderful....thanks for the little peak into desert life.

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  26. must have been a great adventure! nice photos!

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  27. I have to admit I don't always agree with you, but in this case you really hit the nail on the head.
    desert safari

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  30. Very clearly define about the desert safari and Dune Buddy... Nice blog!

    The most popular desert safari dubai is center of attraction for many tourists and it includes dune bashing , sand ski, BBQ dinner camel ride and also pick and drop service from the hotel.

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