Ever since Dubai came on the world map as a tourist and financial center the government of Dubai has been making many efforts to make the stay of visitors to this area memorable. One of the most popular tourist activities of Dubai is the Famous "Dubai Desert Safari". The desert safari is similar to any other safari like to a forest or natural park. The only difference is that it involves cruising through the desert. The desert is made of sand which rises in small hillocks called dunes. These keep shifting with the direction of the wind. In addition desertstorms are also common when the sand is churned all around and visibility is reduced to zero.
The desert safari thus has to have a special type of vehicle that should be able to move on the sand. Only a 4x4 wheel drive vehicle can serve the purpose. The most common used vehicle is the 4x4 Toyota land cruiser in these Desert safaris.The vehicle is roomy and with AC on does not get heated in the hot desert.
The tour operators all follow a similar regime as far as desert safaris are concerned in Dubai. In case, you have booked for a desert safari then on the day you are to travel get ready in a set of loose clothing and do keep a hat handy. Also, keep some sunburn cream. You will invariably be picked up from your hotel or place of stay in the morning. Safari teams of 6 tourist travel together in the vehicle,
After pick up all the vehicles assemble at an assembly point. Remember no single vehicle ventures into the desert alone. The cavalcade of the vehicle will then drive into the desert. This by itself is a thrilling experience as the vehicle will go up and down in thedesert dune. The drive is something that can only be experienced. Most probably the safari party will then converge to desert camel farm. You can then get out and have a look at the camels popularly called the ship of the desert. You could even have a short ride on the camel. Here you will also have the sand scooter and riding it in the desert is a great challenge and fun as well.
The next halt of the safari is at a desert Bedouin camp. Such camps are specially made to cater to tourists and have basic tourist amenities like washrooms, electricity and telephones.
The stay at the Bedouin camp could be anything from 2 to 4 hours and dinner will be served. The standard fare after dinner is a belly dance .Most girls are not locals and assorted girls from Lebanon and even India do the belly dance. This is a lilting dance with a lot of sex appeal and sure to please the visitors. Foreign woman can also have henna and mehndi (Henna) patterns applied on their hand and hair.
The end of the belly dance signals the end of the safari trip and the vehicles will drive you back to the place they had picked you up. The desert safaris are now very commercialized .But despite this, a visit to Dubai without a desert safari is something to relish and not be missed. The Dubai sand or desert safari tour price ranges from $ 50 to $65 per person. This price includes picking up and drop, food and refreshment as well as camel rides, and application of Henna and mehndi for the foreign women. The duration of the safari is anything from 6 to 10 hours.