Dubai Red Dunes Safari
Smoking the 'Sheesha' or 'Hubbly Bubbly' is a typical Arabian experience not to be missed. Various mild and fruity flavors offer a tingling sensation. Ladies particularly enjoy adorning their arms with exquisite patterns of "Henna" (leaf) tattoo.
While we relax on the carpet and cushions. A delicious BBQ is prepared under the star-lit sky. Later, an enchanting belly dancer appears, tearing apart the darkness of the night. She dances gracefully and rhythmically, keeping pace with the increasing tempo of authentic Arabian music. Excitement rents the air as the audience try to match her steps. Tanura Dance performances will liven up the evening. Delicious BBQ buffet dinner is served right on time, unveiling a feast of Arabian and international delicacies.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Service animals allowed
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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We enjoyed the dune bashing part of the safari, but other features of this afternoon/evening were disappointing. First, our driver came to pick us up at our hotel 20 minutes earlier than we had expected. We had to get everything together is a big rush and then he was very annoyed that we kept him waiting. We then went to pick up another group and headed to the desert only to sit around for 45 minutes. So... what was the attitude about upon pickup?
Once you get to the desert area, there is little to do but sit and wait without many places to sit and the only distraction are several small local shops or pay to take out an ATV. Sand boarding was not offered. Once we got started in the SUVs, the actual drive in the dunes was thrilling and fun. Viewing sunset from the dunes was beautiful.
After the drive, we were taken to the BBQ camp. Be prepared for lots of pressure to "upgrade" everything. For example, you must pay more to sit on a seat with a back and to sample any other flavor than the strawberry with the shisha pipe. If you want to try on the traditional costume, you have to pay extra to try on any garment other than the black robe and hood. The entertainment consisted of three shows, only one of which had anything to do with Bedouin culture from what I could tell. An explanation of the traditional culture would have been appreciated. The brief camel ride was fun and you could pay more for a little longer ride. Hardcore sell to purchase photographs taken when camel riding.
Anyway, I think this event could be much improved if it focused more on the traditional culture, raised the price a little and provided more quality without hawking and pressure to buy more/better experience. It seemed much more about making money than providing a meaningful experience for participants.