Dubai - dessert safari

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Being hot as it was in Dubai and the fact that nearly all the attractions involved a shopping mall, I went to the Wild Wadi Water Park in the morning. It was really a lot of fun because, in addition to the numerous huge waterslides, they had this surfing pool with powerful jets of water to replicate strong waves. I spent a large chunk of time in there and can happily report that I can now stay upright and avoid having the water wash me away within the first minute!

I had a dessert safari lined up in the afternoon. This involved taking a land rover and going all out in the dunes for the first section. There were numerous occasions where I swore the car was going to flip right over! I think I’ve finally seen an SUV pushed to its limits, and would challenge anyone claiming they NEED an SUV just to drive on paved roads! After that, we got a chance to rent ATV’s and go dune-bashing ourselves, and that was some of the most fun I’ve ever had! Driving on moving sand and over dunes is a completely different driving experience and I actually got airborne a few times hurdling over large sand dunes.

That evening we ended up at a camp where all the safaris met up to enjoy some traditional food and some belly-dancing performances. Because it was in the middle of the dessert, it was pitch black as soon as the lights went out. The stars were so close I swear you can reach up and touch them!

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Giant Burj al Arab
Giant Burj al Arab
Fun in the waves
Fun in the waves
Dune safari
Dune safari
Driving in the dunes in unreal
Driving in the dunes in unreal
New friends on the safari
New friends on the safari
Dune bashing at its finest on my o…
Dune bashing at its finest on my …
No trip to the dessert is complete…
No trip to the dessert is complet…
I admit...cant quite pull off the…
I admit...can't quite pull off th…
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