As we reach the crest my tummy turns somersaults uncertain of what terrifyingly steep drop will be on the other side. Giggles and yelps follow as we slide down and down, skidding sideways as we go. And then we are heading up again at a crazy angle. Just as I’m thinking ‘Surely we’ll topple over’ I notice the roll bars. Is that good or bad? Good – if we do roll the bars will stop the car’s roof crushing us. Bad – that they think we might need the roll bars in the first place on this desert safari in Dubai.
Dune bashing on a desert safari in Dubai
We’re dune bashing near Dubai. It’s both exciting and rather scary. Dubai lies in the Arabian Desert, a vast expense of fine sand made mostly of crushed shells and coral, with the dunes growing more immense in the east where they are tinged red with iron oxide. We’re all taken by surprise at just how far these 4x4s can be pushed, at any moment expecting to be stranded belly up, like a turtle. The ride is exhilarating and the views dramatically breathtaking. Ramzi, our driver, has been terrifying tourists, dune bashing in Dubai, for some 14 years and we are in very safe hands.
The views make us gasp or more than one occasion as the dunes stretch into the distance, seemingly neverending. As the sun sinks low in the sky, the sand almost glows in the golden light. It’s a not-to-be-missed sight, so don’t forget the desert that surrounds the city when planning what places to visit in Dubai.
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As the sun sets we have the option of riding a camel or even sliding down the dunes on a surfboard followed by an Emirati dinner beneath the stars while a belly dancer, turns, twists and shimmies in a swirl of colour. The music is hypnotic. The highlight of the evening though is, without doubt, the ride to get here, a thrilling drive across the infinite desert sands.
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