Our desert safari with Emirates Adventures Tour company began with a hotel pick up and a 45 minute drive to the edge of town. There, local drivers met to lower their tire pressure in preparation for the trek ahead. With nothing more than sand and sun for as far as the eye can see, we were suddenly on a thrill ride like no other. Not long before dusk, a caravan of Land Cruisers drive full speed, zigzagging across sand dunes, stopping only once before our final destination to capture sunset as the sun sinks slowly into the umber hills.
At a traditional Arabic camp site we were entertained for hours with a variety of activities--sand surfing, quad and camel riding, henna painting, cultural dance performances and a BBQ buffet dinner.
As the evening slowed and bellies filled, it was advised that we take in the moment to observe the stars and brilliance of the night sky above. The stillness and void blackness of the universe dotted with twinkling light brought goose bumps. The desert sky was stunning. It was a most unforgettable time.