Continuing with the namesake of the popular movie franchise, here is the rest of it.
Every time I have mentioned a new family get together or a venture, it has become a tradition where I am left behind and my parents continue with my plans and I am stuck with the tag line “Ooops!! Sorry beta. Next time, promise!!” So this time I literally threw a tantrum of an epic proportion. And this was the result of it.
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari
This has been highlighting my to-do list for a while and I was so glad that I was able to do it safely in Abu Dhabhi. Do not try to be a brave, noble sour and attempt to do this alone. Register yourself with tours and travels group like united arab emirates tours. They will explain how to go about it and also maintain the safety factor. They will charge you 250 dirhams per person, which is around 4250 indian rupees. Sounds expensive I know, but the overall experience was excellent. And they include pickups, food, beverage, rides, belly dancing everything in it.
After picking you up from your choice of destination, all the tour cars will meet at one point where they reduce the air pressure in the tubes to ensure a smooth ride over the sand dunes and to prevent explosion of tires due to heat and friction (or whatever the physics logic entails :P). Once the deed is done, we make a pit stop at the camel breeding site. Extremely smelly and poopy area let me just emphasize that!!
The impressions that we had during our school days regarding sand dunes will be completely abolished when continue with your safari journey. Dune bashing as it is known as, is an exhilarating activity which will literally make your stomach go through an upheaval. So a friendly advise, do not go for desert safari on a full stomach. And a professional medical advise, if you are of the faint heart or suffer through asthma, I will not recommend this for you at all. I almost emptied my stomach after the dune bashing was completed and we reached the camp.
The camp is a beautiful resting place where you can refreshen yourself and facilities are also available for those who are interested to go for sand boarding or bungee riding or even camel riding. I wanted to try out sand boarding but unfortunately some of the boards didn’t have a reliable foot straps and I didn’t want to risk an ankle sprain over there at that point of time. My mom mentioned that last time there were falcons at the camp. Unfortunately I didn’t come across any this time. So keep an eye out for that!!! The food will be served sharp at 7 pm as the sun goes down, followed by a taste of Arabian Sheesha if you are willing (which surprisingly my parents encouraged me to try out 😛 ;))
After a delightful dinner in Arabian style, the much anticipated entertainment of the night, traditional belly dancing was finally brought forward to the audience. I swear I am gonna start that as a new project now. The intense abdominal exercise and discipline is way too tempting not to do so. I actually took more videos of the dance act than pictures, but I give the lady full credit for being so marvelous.
The camp will break down by 9 and you will be gracefully taken back to your respective cars with refilled tubes. It’s a bouncy ride back home until you come across the main road. But it is a definite fun ride.
I have been meaning to go to the place for over a year now, but due to my shopping excursions I have always canned the idea. This time I was pretty adamant about it. And I thank my stubborn self for it. What a beautiful monument/ hotel. The front half of the monument has been converted into a luxury hotel accessible to the tourist whereas the main residential place is not allowed for the tourist. Let pictures explain the architectural marvel of the building.
I shall continue with the namesake franchise on my next visit. But until then… enjoy and do let me know 🙂