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How to Do a Desert Safari in Dubai

How to Do a Desert Safari in Dubai
How to Do a Desert Safari in Dubai
AFAR Experiences Dubai is underway, and although we've only been here since Thursday evening, we've already packed a lot in. That includes talks about Dubai and the wider region's past, present, and future with bestselling author Parag Khanna and former U.S. ambassador to Dubai Michael Corbin, and a discourse on religious and cultural understanding with Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

Photo by Nick Rowlands
By nr, AFAR Staff
Nick Rowlands
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    How to Do a Desert Safari in Dubai
    How to Do a Desert Safari in Dubai
    Dubai is much more than just luxe resorts and mega-malls, and we were fortunate to take a tour of the desert with Platinum Heritage. Here's what it's like to take a desert safari in Dubai.

    Photo by Nick Rowlands
    Nick Rowlands
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    Wear a ghutrah
    Wear a ghutrah
    The traditional headscarf is known here as the ghutrah, and provides superlative protection from sun and blowing sand.
    Courtesy Platinum Heritage
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    Ride in a Land Rover
    Ride in a Land Rover
    Tours take place in vintage 1950s Land Rovers, which was the first type of car brought to Dubai.
    Courtesy Platinum Heritage
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    Enjoy the rolling dunes
    Enjoy the rolling dunes
    The desert here is a "primary school desert" of silky orange-brown sand and rolling dunes.
    Nick Rowlands
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    Observe the oryx and gazelles
    Observe the oryx and gazelles
    The reserve is home to some 400–500 desert oryx and gazelles.
    Nick Rowlands
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    Watch falcons
    Watch falcons
    The tour included a falconry demonstration, a sport that remains popular across the region and which originated as a way for Bedouins to hunt for food.
    Courtsey Platinum Heritage
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    Enjoy the sunset
    Enjoy the sunset
    Really, sunsets in the desert are the best!
    Courtsey Platinum Heritage
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    Snap a selfie
    Snap a selfie
    Cheesy selfies are compulsory.
    Courtsey Platinum Heritage
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    Visit a Bedouin-style camp
    Visit a Bedouin-style camp
    Visit an authentic Bedouin-style camp (though no-one lives in these any more) and speak with a Bedouin leader about life in the old days.
    Courtsey Platinum Heritage
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    Experience traditional crafts
    Experience traditional crafts
    Enjoy the various cultural displays, including henna tattoos & weaving
    Courtsey Platinum Heritage
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    Feast!
    Feast!
    We were fed. Oh, were we fed! Dishes included chicken kebab, camel meat stew, al harees (a kind of wheat porridge with meat), and melt-in-the-mouth lamb cooked in an underground oven.
    Courtesy Platinum Heritage