There have been many sites, magazines and writings on and about Dubai. My visit in November, 2013 doesn’t encourage me much to write about Dubai, plus I was busy with new adventures. However, the best things happened about Dubai and in Dubai was my time spent with my two beloved nephews, Alan and Ping.
In between my attendance in a trade show, the three of us managed to squeeze valuable times venture out as far as staying a night in the desert. Upon our first day in Dubai, we decided to go on the famous desert safari. Where most of the tourist took the night desert safari, we decided to spend a night in the desert, and it ended that we were the only three, other than the night staff.
The desert safari started with our driver picked us up at the hotel around 3pm in a 4×4 vehicle. We made stop at a small fun park for some desert ride. Alan and Ping definitely enjoyed the new experience, while wearing the Arabian famous headgear for man, Keffiyeh that made them looks like princes.
After a short fun ride at the desert, to wash away any sand residue, we were driving to some rocky-mountain-dry-and-deserted village for a “swim”. When I read this on the tour agent’s website, the idea seems good and I imagined that it would be so fresh and refreshing to be able to “swim” in the desert, not until we reached the destination. Judge it for yourself in these photos.
Coming from more than 5,500km, we have the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the Arabs at the Hatta Heritage Village. The Hatta Heritage Village is located in the Hajjar Mountains and provides a perfect example of villages of the past. Coming into existence in the 16th century, the Hatta Heritage Village features breathtaking architecture and a style which few have ever seen before. The mosque and houses within the Hatta Heritage Village were originally constructed from materials readily available at that time. Some of the materials used to construct the buildings included items such as mud, palm tree trunks, reeds and stone. The finished product is such that it makes individuals stare with awe imagining the craftsmanship and time it took to construct such buildings. Also included within the village are two watchtowers and the Hatta Fort.
With two detour, we were ready for the famous, adventurous, fun, roller coaster ride and dune bashing. I have to say that our driver was good. He drove us into the desert, together with many more vehicles within vision, our responsibility was only to shout for the exciting ride. At the end of the dune bashing, the sunset was just irresistible beautiful. I would say this is a must for everyone visiting Dubai. (The ride was too bumpy, I wasn’t able to take any picture!)
Driving into the sunset, it’s good to give our buttocks a rest by driving on flat road for a while before we head to the desert safari campsite for more fun that included camel ride, henna hand drawing, traditional dance, BBQ dinner and lots of desert air.
The whole night safari programme ended around 9pm, and everyone left the campsite except the three of us who have chosen the “OVERNIGHT” desert safari. The campsite amenities were accepted, the temperature was dropping fast. We have our quick shower to clean up and change, and what’s next??? Twelve hours before our next morning pick-up, with no modern gadget to play with and minimum lighting, that’s a long wait. Instead, we were having such good time playing football on sand with some of the overnight staff. That was not in the itinerary but pleasant surprise! This is what I call “adventure” too.