By: Josh's Photography
We couldn’t leave Dubai without experiencing the Arabian Desert. And with limited time available, we chose a tour with GoDubai on the night that our flight was leaving for Perth – that’s cutting it fine.
After doing research online, booking the tour over the phone was a pretty straightforward process (US$62 per adult and US$52 per child). But when it came time for the scheduled pick-up, we waited in the hotel lobby… and waited… and waited. Finally we received a call from the tour company who said the driver had been waiting for us for 15 minutes and we should go outside to meet him. We checked outside and around the hotel, but no driver. After some dialogue back and forth, it turned out the driver was at the wrong hotel. After this first mishap, the rest of the tour ran much smoother.
The drive out into the desert didn’t take too long, and before we knew it our 4x4 was pulling off the highway into an unmarked section of sand dunes. It seemed a little strange, and our driver only provided minimal directions on what was going on, but we went with the flow.
The driver met with other a couple dozen other 4x4s at this secluded secret desert location. We took the chance to jump out of the car and stretch our legs, taking in the amazing desolate panoramic view. It felt like being on the moon. There was desert as far as the eye could see. The warm hues in the sand contrasted with the bright azure tones of the sky broken by wispy white clouds. It was quite a spectacular sight.
Once everyone was accounted for, the 4x4 drove into the seemingly-uninhabited desert in single formation. Caius wanted to get front-row seats so he sat on my lap at the front of the car. Strapped in, he was ready for what I could only describe as a desert roller coaster. There were ups, downs and even sideways slides traversing the towering dunes. All of this was against a bright amber sky that melted into golden vanilla. A spectacular visual ride, with commentary by Caius along the way.
The kids found more entertainment in jumping and sliding around the steep dunes and playing with the sand. Erin got into the mood by throwing herself down the hill.
The night wrapped up and we were all dog-tired so we retreated quickly to the car to meet our driver. To our relief I found my phone under the car seat and the reunited gadget received a special cuddle. The ride home was a blur between snoozing and watching the blurring highway lights. I did manage to wake up to catch a glimpse of the unmissable Burj Kahlifa, standing out of the cityscape, dwarfing the towers around it. The coming weekend also heralded the UAE’s National Day which celebrated the founding of the country 42 years ago. We spotted locals parked along the highway having a BBQ of sorts – sitting around campfires in the desert and letting off fireworks. What a fun and unique way to get into the swing of the long weekend, Dubai-style, and a fitting way to finish up our whirlwind week in one of the most incredible cities in the world.
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