Any jaunt to Dubai would not be complete with a desert safari. Local tour operators have fine tuned the Bedouin desert experience into a check list of tourist activities: 4x4 dune bashing, camel rides, sand boarding, pictures in traditional ‘costumes’, BBQ dinner, shisha, henna painting, and belly dancing and (usually in that order). The whole experience is canned and cliché but has to be done for any trip to Dubai to feel complete. Despite the canned nature of the experience, the view of Dubai’s glittering skyline from the surrounding sand dunes at sunset somehow manages to outweigh the kitsch factor. Contact MBTek or Mercury Tourism for more information.
By Baxter Jackson, AFAR Local Expert
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