They pick you up from your hotel between 3:15pm – 3:45pm. Ali got to us 3:50pm which was alright – we headed east-wards towards the desert (passing Dubai Outlet Mall), stopping at Al Wista Supermarket for ten minutes for a toilet break. Lots of tourists bought the arabic headware (which I should know what it’s called but I’m a bit lazy to google it now hehe), for 20DHS. We passed.
We got to the open desert around 5pm or so. And boy, was it hot. Probably around 35-37degree Celsius. And the ‘breeze’ was really hot too. Felt like you were in a big, big, big, open oven, haha. A million photos later, we got back in and then the sand dune bashing journey started. Ali was absolutely superb. I don’t know how long it lasted, must be more than half an hour. It felt like was never going to end, haha.
We got to the campsite when it was starting to get dark. Very beautifully set-up I’ll say with arabic carpets laid out in the centre, and tables and pillows for us to sit on. Felt like you’re in Aladdin.
For the next 45mins or so it’s free-time. You can choose to go camel-riding (it’s a lot higher than you think :P), try Sheesha (somehow felt different to the ones they have along Bukit Bintang), pose in the local costumes (we spent ages in there, best fun lol), and try henna design (didn’t have time for that, next time!).
There’s unlimited water and soft drinks – sprite, coke, fanta orange. There’s beer and the likes, but you’ll have to pay for it. Then the belly-dancing starts and she was really, really good, and very beautiful. The crazy one was the spinning guy, I can’t remember what the dance is called but he puts on this 25kg skirt-like thing and starts spinning and starts playing with these props and then the lights on his skirt comes on and it’s just absolutely jaw-dropping awesome. After this the audience gets the chance to try on the skirt-like thing and spins, lol
Dinner was buffet-style and yum. Two lines, men and woman. You go through the covered area and it’s all rabbit food, and at first you think hmm where the heck is the meat? I piled my plate with the greens because after a whole afternoon of sun, you really feel like salad and fruits. Then you pass this other area and they put on 4 pieces of meat on your plate and you’ll be like, how am I going to finish this.
Ali dropped us home around 10pm or so. Let me know if you’re coming and I’ll help you organize this. Worth every dollar and more 🙂
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