I am super exciting to be siting down and writing my first blog post about our time in Dubai.
Admittedly it was three months ago – sorry! Anyway, on our first full day we decided to tick off a bucket list dream – dune bashing in Dubai.
Some research had been done before visiting Dubai but we still hadn’t booked a tour before landing in the UAE. Mainly because most of the tours I had found were either group tours or super long, all day tours that were really expensive. We knew all we wanted was a private car to drive us through the desert and allow us to stop every so often to get some good photographs and drone footage.
We are simple travellers!
There are loads of options online that include evening dinners and falcon shows but this really wasn’t for us. We wanted a nice morning exploring so we could spend the afternoon taking full advantage of the pool and the afternoon tea at Shangri-La Hotel; our choice for our stay in Dubai.
In the end, we found the Dubai Private Adventures; a company that offered a variety of private tours. We booked the tour 4pm the day we landed and by 9am the following day, we were in the private 4×4.
Our driver Arum, who knew a lot about Dubai and the growing architecture of the area, drove us to the desert, asking us what type of activities we wanted to do that morning. We explained that we wanted to fly the drone and experience the desert and he offered lots of additional activities that we gave a miss. If you are the adventurous type, you may wish to try the sand boarding options.
En route to the desert, Arum stopped by a local camel race track, where we were able to go near the camels and watch the training. It was a very hot morning already and I genuinely wonder how on earth a camel races in that heat!
We also spotted the national animal; the Arabian oryx. Arum stopped near a fenced area so we could go and get some photographs. I learnt very quickly that flip flops were NOT the footwear of choice for desert walks!
Before entering the desert area, Arum stopped to get the 4×4’s wheels deflated. It is in this area you can use the bathroom, purchase any snacks or drinks you want or pay for additional activities such as Quad Biking. As part of the tour, you can also choose a camel ride and pay for an extend ride if you wish.
After a quick stop, we headed into the desert and it was better than I imagined. Arum sped around the dunes, swirling and whirling left and right. It was better than any theme park ride we had been on.
He stopped frequently to allow us to get our photos and drone footage and was happy to take photographs of us, posing and jumping around.
After a few hours in the desert, we started heading back. OK so this is where I must be honest.
I threw up.
It was super windy by 11am and inside the car was getting warm and stuffy. Plus, I was the ridiculously stupid traveller who didn’t drink any water all morning whilst IN THE DESERT! Seriously Katie!
Anyway, I was feeling dizzy and had to ask Arum to stop whilst I dashed out the car and threw up all over the Arabian Desert.
That was NOT on my bucket list.
On the way back to the hotel, Arum was fantastic. He provided cold water for us both and explained the different projects Dubai was undertaking along with random facts about some of the hotels and buildings.
He was a fantastic guide and I couldn’t recommend this company more. These morning tours cost $199 and bookings can be made on their website. The tours generally run from 7am to 11am but we asked for a later pick up so we could have a bit more of a lay in!
So that was our day dune bashing in Dubai! Have you ever experienced dune bashing? Where should we try it next? Let us know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading!