For the love of a Desert Safari

keeping warm with the fire

keeping warm by the fire

I just got back from a short trip to Dubai which was a pit stop on the way to Madinah and Makkah to perform Umrah. I traveled with my husband and 2 of our friends. We stayed in Dubai for 3 nights but it was a very short trip because we arrived Friday night and left Monday morning. In Dubai, our itinerary was jam packed with things to do because, well there’s so much to do! Dubai is such a new city. Everything is extra beautiful, extra over the top and extra lux. But my favorite parts of Dubai was the old city of Dubai- Dubai City of Gold also called the Gold Souq.

Dubai City of Gold

Dubai City of Gold

 

The old city of Dubai reminded me of Pakistan and the walled inner city by the Wazir Khan Mosque (I blogged about my trip to Pakistan and you can read all about it here) but a cleaner and safer version of it. It was 1 dirham (about 27 cents) to get there by boat and it was so enjoyable that we did it twice. The Gold Souq was a great place to buy souvenirs, clothes, and small odds and ends. Being a New Yorker, the feeling of safety you felt in Dubai was unparalleled; Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world.

couple selfie inside one of the shops at the Gold Souq

couple selfie inside one of the shops at the Gold Souq

 

The absolute highlight of my trip was the desert safari hands down. We booked it in advance through: beyondthedunes.com and it was a private tour. The rest of the tours are in groups. We thought it would be a great experience for just the 4 of us and the guide and it definitely was. We were picked up by Ahid himself. He was in charge of everything and he’s a one man show. The desert safari included everything. He does everything from picking us up, to sand dune bashing, sand boarding, to setting up the tents, and preparing the meals and setting up the fire.

ATVing- my first time

ATVing- my first time

Our first stop was the ATVing, then we did sand dune bashing with Ahid in control of driving and after that we did sand boarding. I posted a ridiculously funny video of me sand boarding and it is up on instagram. While sand dune bashing we saw Arabian Oryx which is a rarity. These animals were almost extinct and now there are only about 1100 living in the wild. We saw about 10 in the desert that day.

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

cartwheels in the sand are always necesary

cartwheels in the sand are always necessary

 

 

tents set up in the middle of the desert

tents set up in the middle of the desert

Ahid setting everything up

Ahid setting everything up

 

candlelight dinner

candlelight dinner

The dinner was perfection. There was spicy wings, chicken kebabs and lamp chops accompanied with humus and different sauces, salads, and bread. We devoured the whole meal which was so fresh and delicious.

all of use huddled by the fire

all of us huddled by the fire

It was slightly cold but being seated on the cushions by the fire, you could hardly feel the cold. I even took a nap under the stars in the night sky in the desert. It was so peaceful. If you are ever going to Dubai I can’t recommend this desert safari tour enough. Our entire trip was a hectic rush because we wanted to make ample use of our time and during the desert safari we were finally able to fully relax and enjoy the true beauty of Dubai and experience the desert as it should be enjoyed.

 

about to do a cartwheel, or just posing awkwardly

about to do a cartwheel, or just posing awkwardly

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Khaki style pants in neon orange: Gap purchased on sale for $8

Jeweled velour hoodie: Express

Summer scarf: Loft

Shoes: Crocs, perfect for the sand because the shoes are completely washable

 

(All pics were taken with my Iphone so it’s not the best of quality but we didn’t want to be burdened with an actual camera in the desert. Also, I wish I took more pics but we were enjoying ourselves and the serenity of the desert that even these few pics I had to remind myself or someone else to take it.)

Thanks so much for reading. I’m so embarrassed that I have not blogged in almost 2 months but work and life has taken over the last few months. I’ve been extremely busy and I’m so sorry for the lack of posts. Last month marked my one year blog anniversary! I don’t believe its been an entire year. I really wanted to do a post on my reflections of the past year but this trip and work consumed my life the last few weeks and I truly just did not have time. My apologies.

 

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