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Dubai Desert Safari & Arabian Night

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This is the second part of my Dubai Diary series, my favorite part of the trip. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed that day.

One of my life goals is to visit to desert ever since I watched the song in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam right after Aishwaray Rai said goodbye to Salman Khan. I, too, want to do the same thing (not saying goodbye to the woman I love, but to stand alone in the desert). The desire grows bigger and bigger with more Indian songs and travel blogger stories about it.

The journey to the desert was a long and boring one. I sat on the front seat while the middle seats were occupied by a questionable family trio. When we finally arrived, the guide got down to flatten the car tires, which apparently needed to be done to ride into the desert.

The ride into the desert was AMAZEBALL! It was an adrenaline pumping type of fun and for someone who doesn’t dare to ride a roller coaster I could see myself doing this all the time while simultaneously feeling fancy about it.


I saw this guy or rather he saw me first and struck a pose for the camera. We stared at each other for good minutes, hopefully by mutual admiration instead of him questioning my fashion sense.

Sprite Ad

This is one of my favorite pictures of our Dubai trip. I took the picture sneakily, which to think back must have been a little disturbing from the point of view of the people sitting who could see what I was doing. Not that it mattered, for me, it’s an ad worthy snap. Wonder whether I could submit it to Coca-Cola. Yeah, I have been told I can get carried away at times.

Henna painting Arabian night

There was henna painting session. The lady who was working on my hand was gorgeous. I asked her name. Shaina. I then tried to make conversation with Shaina, but she didn’t seem to be in the mood to chat at all. Maybe she had a long day, so I let her be. We sat there in silence until it’s done. Thank you Shaina, I love it!

Henna Arabian night

Btw, that’s my current favorite watch. It’s a limited edition fossil designed by Eley Kishimoto. Don’t be fooled by the Japanese name (like I did), it’s a London based company. I adore it and had someone to thank for forcing me to get it. Now that I have posted a watch picture with a short explanation, I am going to tick the fashion blogger box going onwards.

Camel ride Arabian Night

We rode the camels. It was a very short ride, nothing like how it’s glorified in the movies. I should cut down TV consumption time, since the line between the reality and make believe is getting blurry and blurry. Also, the camels looked tired, though I couldn’t figure it out whether it’s really the case or that’s just their normal facial expression. All these didn’t stop me from buying the over charged photograph of us riding the camels. That picture is now proudly displayed on our fridge door. Have you ever ridden on a camel before? 

Still on camel topic. They also sold camel candies and ice cream. Since I not an animal milk drinker, I knew better not to start with camel’s.

The dinner was great mainly because they have free flow of wine*, which is the only thing I could recall “eating” that night, which is also why there won’t be any picture of the food on this post.

Sisha Arabian Night

We also had a Shisha session. This was Mama Geek’s first Shisha I might add. She seemed to enjoy it, although very much refused to admit it. As for me, after a few puffs, I was already in a happy buzz*.

Belly Dancer Arabian Night

Even though the best part of the night was the ten minutes of complete darkness to star gaze, the belly dancing definitely was the peak of our Arabian night. I have seen belly dance before, after all I worked near the Arab street for years and we used to chill after hours with a glass or two* at one of the Middle East cafes. But this lady, haba haba.. She was the BEST belly dancer!!

I have two minds about enjoying belly dance. On one hand, I am mesmerized by belly dance moves and I love watching the ladies doing it, energetically and sensually. But on the other hand, I feel super uncomfortable when I see people ogle at the ladies who are performing. We are suppose to enjoy the belly dance as a part of the culture, instead of looking at them with our jaw open and saliva coming out. Is it just me or does anyone else share the same irks-ness?

After the dance and a couple more white*, we went back to our hotel. After reading so much about Dubai desert safari, I am glad I got to experience it. It’s my favorite part of the Dubai trip. So, please don’t miss out Arabian night or desert safari when you visit Dubai. It’s great fun. And if you been to Dubai before, tell me, what do you love the most about it?

*This post somehow portrays me as an alcoholic. I am not. I just really, really like to alcohol.

Link up: Travel Tuesday.

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  • Your henna was gorgeous! We were invited to a wedding in Dubai a couple of years ago but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to work. I hope to make it there one day though! Thanks for linking up on Travel Tuesday 🙂

  • I’ve never been in a desert but I want to go! And I know I’ll be all super touristy and ride a camel and everything. I had a serious thing for Arabian culture some years ago, so I’m pretty sure I will enjoy… one day. Glad to hear about your excitement back there! 🙂

    Tihana // Wandering Polka Dot

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