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Desertbound

One of the things that attracted me to Dubai was the chance to go into the surrounding desert. I booked onto an overnight desert safari tour which was great fun...

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I went 'dune bashing' (driving up and down big sand dunes in a 4 by 4), rode camels, had the chance to dress up in typical Arabic costume, saw a show put on by local dancers and smoked shisha, it was a great experience. There was a barbecue dinner included and, since everyone else had only booked onto the day tour, I got a desert tent all to myself to sleep in with breakfast.

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Dune bashing in the 4 by 4

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View of the desert from the window

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One of the jeep drivers

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Food time...

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Sunset over the Desert camp

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Uh oh here comes trouble... "Sir would you like to hold this falcon?"

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The music and dance show was a trip in itself...

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Incandescence

To the shisha tent...

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I came across a group of people performing a bizarre ritual - jumping over a series of bonfires...

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This friendly Iranian guy was on hand to explain that they were celebrating Iranian new year, never would have guessed that one...

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Night camel riding

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My personal tent for the night

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Breakfast in the desert

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The morning after the night before

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Heading back to Dubai

This was somewhere over the dunes on the way back to Dubai. The driver got out to take some air out of the tyres (to improve traction) and an evocative song came on on the radio. I thought it was a very atmospheric moment...

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Back to civilisation

Posted by Neil1983 16:32

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