Desert loving: 5 activities to do in Dubai’s sandy pastures

Desert life way back when there were no highways nor concrete buildings was very different. Imagine just trudging from one camp to another and all you can see is sand, a lot of it. This is why I find the Middle East amazing. They're like survivors. They stopped being nomads and settled down. And they settled down in style. Look at all the posh villas and building not only in Dubai, but all around the Middle Eastern region. They literally built their city from the ground up.

But are they forgetting their roots? Of course not. If you happen to be in any of these sandy countries, try these desert activities so you can imagine what it was like for the Arabs before and experience the desert life, the genuine one.

1. Ride through the desert waves

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

Well, not to shock you right away and still remain protected by the comforts of an SUV. Go conquer the desert insider a 4x4! I don't want to spoil anything for you but let's just say, it's like riding a boat going through a really rough sea. Or like a roller coaster ride without the finesse and predictability.

Name:
Desert Safari Dubai
Address:
Travel & Culture Services, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 4 262 8889
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Be daring and brave the sands on a quad bike

Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism – Desert Safari Provider in Abu Dhabi, Foursquare.com

So riding inside a 4x4 does not excite you and you want direct contact with the sand. Well, today is your lucky day. You can rent a quad bike and go up and down on your own. Just don't forget to cover up, you don't want to be tasting sand in your mouth the whole day.

Name:
Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism - Desert Safari Provider in Abu Dhabi
Address:
Al Nahyan Camp opposite Al Wahda Mall (Jawazat Street), ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 2 445 2644
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Ride in between humps

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

The first thing that comes into your mind when someone says desert is probably a camel. They just go together like two peas in a pod. So if you want your desert adventure complete, you must, and I say this with conviction, you must ride in between those humps. Don't let your fear get the better of you.

Name:
Desert Safari Dubai
Address:
Travel & Culture Services, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 4 262 8889
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Camp out, Bedouin style

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

Desert Safari Dubai, Foursquare.com

You really won't know how the Bedouin life was if you wouldn't camp the way they did back then. But of course, recreating the same scenario won't be exactly the way it is. Bedouin camps now have belly dancers, great food, glamorous tents, and all that jazz. Besides, you're paying for the experience now.

Name:
Desert Safari Dubai
Address:
Travel & Culture Services, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 4 262 8889
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Camp at your own risk

Al Warqa Desert – بر الورقاء, Foursquare.com

Al Warqa Desert – بر الورقاء, Foursquare.com

If none of the above experiences convince you that you're genuinely reliving the Bedouin/Arab desert experience, then this probably will. Get your own gear and camp in the middle of nowhere!

Name:
Al Warqa Desert - بر الورقاء
Address:
Dubai Academic City Rd. (Tripoli St.), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Have fun and experience the desert. These tours are most likely safe, as the Middle East do have high safety standards when it comes to taking care of their tourists. But if you want to do it on your own, just always be prepared and have the safety numbers with you, in case your car gets stuck under.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?