Take a break from Dubai’s breathtaking skyscrapers and go on a journey full of excitement into the legendary Arabian Desert. Book any of the half-day, full-day or overnight safari tours and experience the thrills that will leave you coming back for more. You’ll be surprised to discover various activities that you can enjoy among the endless dunes.
The tour starts with a roller-coaster ride across the treacherous dunes in powerful 4x4s. Hold on to your seatbelt while the expert driver slowly climbs a tall mountain of sand, suddenly accelerates at the top and takes a sharp dive down the dune cliff. Dangerous as it may sound, it’s absolutely safe and the adrenaline rush you feel through your body makes it all worthwhile.
If you have a taste for speed, a head for heights and an enthusiasm for an unusual sport, then strap on your skis and enjoy the descent down the steep but harmless sand dunes.
Take a ride on ‘the ship of the desert’ and experience how the Bedouins travelled in ancient times. While atop the camel, watch the evening sun cast its orange glow on the picturesque rippling sands, which indeed is an unforgettable sight. Exploring the wadis Along the way, explore the wadis(dry river valleys) that are formed by streams flowing down from the Hajjar Mountains. Within the enclave of the dry desert, you’ll suddenly notice rock pools that are filled with water and surrounded by greenery all year round. Nature is truly at its surprising best here.
Take a glimpse into the village life of Arabia as you walk through the narrow alleys of the Bedouin village. Observe how elderly women dressed in traditional clothes are engrossed in milking cows and sheep outside their tents, while children play nearby. The village is famous for its Qahwa(Arabic coffee), Labneh(cheese) and its exquisite silver Bedouin jewellery, which make excellent souvenirs.
After the adventurous safari, retire to the camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits you. Relish a scrumptious barbecue buffet in the mystical Bedouin tents. You can also get yourself tattooed with intricate Arabic henna designs. Enjoy the foot-tapping traditional music while watching breathtaking displays of Arabian falconry. And as the full moon bathes the dunes, lie back under the canopy of stars to make it the perfect end of a beautiful day.
To have a comprehensive view of this magnificent city, book any of the tours that are offered at regular intervals of the day.
On this tour, you’ll stumble upon Dubai’s contrasting quarters. Observe how the city has transformed its desert dunes into iconic skyscrapers. Take a journey down yesteryear at the Heritage and Diving village, Sheikh Saeed’s House, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, traditional souqs and dhow-building yards.
Stroll around the wide passageways of Dubai’s world-class shopping malls, where thousands of international and regional brands await you. But if you are looking for some great bargains, then walk through the charming alleys of the legendary Arabian souqs, where the shopkeepers attract your attention to their wares. As you walk past the glittering splendour of the world’s biggest Gold Souq, you’ll be convinced that Dubai is indeed the ‘city of gold’.
An imaginative way to see Dubai is aboard the traditional wooden dhows. As the dhow slowly glides through the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea, take in the splendid architecture across the creek.
The largest bird sanctuary of the region at Khor Dubai is home to 400 species of birds and is definitely a photographer’s delight.
If you have a head for heights, step into a helicopter and get a breathtaking view of Dubai’s skyline from high above.
Take a 1-hour drive from the city and get a fascinating view of the mountains. Notice how each curve and bend in the road reveals a stunning landscape. Halt at the Hatta Fort, which was built from mud bricks, mountain stone and palm trunks and fronds. Walk through the wadis and take in the exhilarating view of the greenery and wildlife around. Later, visit the 200-year-old Hatta Heritage Village and the Juma Mosque that stands amidst the palm groves.
As you enter Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, be amazed with the number of beautiful mosques among the towering skyscrapers. Some of the must-see attractions are the Petroleum Exhibition, the White Fort (original home of the rulers) and the dhow building yard. End this tour with a dazzling view of the sunset at the Breakwater Point. Al Ain tour Known as a Garden City, Al Ain is a desert oasis, where caravans stopped over since time immemorial. For a peaceful experience, stroll through the oasis of Buraimi, followed by a stopover at the Ain Al Fayda Resort built around natural hot springs. Or go on an exciting trip to Hili Fun City, the amusement park. Also visit the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium, which is home to the largest collection of animals in the region, including penguins and the endangered Arabian Oryx. For a spectacular sunset view, drive up the winding road of Jebel Hafeet – the UAE’s highest mountain peak.
To discover the North of Dubai, go on a tour of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. Be impressed by various attractions like the Sharjah souqs, Ajman’s dhow building yards and museum, Umm Al Quwain’s agricultural strip – Falaj Al Mualla, and Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Zeba Palace.
Explore the scenic east coast of Dubai, which includes two main centres – Khorfakkan and Fujairah. As you drive past the mountains, stop by the beautiful city of Khorfakkan and take a refreshing swim in its blue waters of the sea. Admire the ancient architecture of the Badiyah mosque – the oldest in the UAE and the old fort of Fujairah. Then walk into the village and experience the unique culture of Arabia.
So whether you want a thrilling experience or a moment of tranquility, you are sure to find it all in the multifaceted city of Dubai.
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