Dubai is a city of wonders! It has the world’s tallest building, the only 7-star hotel in the world, the breathtaking man-made islands and the list goes on. Apart from that, there is nothing which characterizes Dubai as much as the huge and extensive desert does. The golden dunes, camels, desert camps and there is so much more to explore in Dubai’s desert. This is actually why you have to book a desert safari on your visit to Dubai.
Many tourists coming to Dubai only want to tick off the must-do-activities on their bucket list which are highlighted by famous blogs or magazines. However, a true traveler wants to get an insight into the destination they are visiting and explore off the beaten tracks that bring real essence of the place.
Here in Dubai, all tours are designed for international tourists to grab their attention and entertain them. But Dubai desert safari is one thing that connects the history as well as the old Arab (Bedouin) culture of this region. Commonly, people visiting Dubai are regularly left with the idea that Dubai is all about high rises, man-made islands, immense shopping centers and 5-star hotels. This is not enough as there is quite a lot more to investigate.
History of Bedouin Lifestyle
The foundations and cultural roots of Dubai are frequently overlooked. The past of Dubai is different from what you can see today. Some old Emirati people feel glad to tell the fascinating stories of their past life as Bedouins and living hot desert environment. About 40 years back Bedouin villages existed where currently the high raises stand. Getting an understanding of their life as camel ranchers, nomads and merchants are exceptionally engaging to listen to and to inquire more about it!
Conventional Emirati Entertainment
Belly dancing is a common dance form in this region which was performed in the past days for entertainment. However, the UAE government is in the process to ban the performance as it doesn’t reflect their true cultural practices. But it is only in the desert safari that you can watch a belly dance performance by a female artist showing skills with knives and swords during the dance. Emiratis have numerous conventional dances to appreciate like the tanoura dance – an Egyptian dance form which is also a part of desert safari entertainment. There are also some performances such as Khaleej Dance, Yola dance and a welcoming stick dance – Al Ayala. You can witness all these performances in different desert safari tours.
Dinner with Local Cuisines
Bedouins used to have quite basic meals because resources were limited and food items used to get spoiled due to the scorching desert heat. The bread was essentially made of flour, water and salt as it was simple to make and lasted quite a while in the heat. Dates were utilized widely with coffee and in numerous sustenance because of its high dietary benefit. Traditional dishes for the Bedouin included whole roasted Lamb, a dish cooked underground in hot coals for a day so it was delicate and juicy. Camel meat was additionally enjoyed once in a while on special occasions. These dishes are delectable to try! Therefore, you will find all such and more traditional dishes like hummus, kebabs, chicken tikka to name a few, in the buffet dinner included in your Dubai desert safari package.
Significance of Falconry in Arab Culture
We’ve all observed the photos on the internet of Arabs holding falcon in their hand. They can be worth as much as a million dollars and you see them on the UAE currency as well as the and street signs all through Dubai. Essentially birds of prey implied survival and were the hunting allies of the Bedouins. There were no markets nearby so hawks used to bring food for their masters by hunting down birds and small warm-blooded animals. Bedouins caught falcons every year to enable them to hunt. However, the Falcons would be discharged before the summer as they wouldn’t endure the warmth and re-got on their transient ways next year. Therefore, there is a falconry photography session in the desert safari in which you can wear traditional Arabic attires (Kandura and Abaya), hold the falcon in one hand and pose for a memorable picture.
Camels Used as Mode of Transportation
Camels were not only a mode of transportation from one place to another place in the desert, but they were also a source to get milk. Bedouins also used them for their entertainment with camel racing and had their meat when difficulties were out of hand. Camels are greatly adored by Bedouins and on account of their value, they were given as dowries in weddings. Have you at any point had the pleasure of riding one? If not, a desert safari is your great chance to ride the ship of the desert – camel which gives distinctive experience. The camel ride brings a lot of fun, you will find climbing on and off the camel’s back very different and exciting.
Land Rover Drive in Golden Sands
Utilizing Vintage Land Rovers on a desert safari is not a random decision. Back in the days, Land Rover was originally introduced in the UK market in 1948 and at the same time, they were also introduced in this region which is now known as Dubai and the UAE. These exemplary vehicles changed life for the Bedouins dramatically. It becomes conceivable for them to investigate the far areas as this vehicle could handle the high dunes just like camels do. This allowed bedouins to travel between different villages, investigate the region and discover sources to get oil. Nonetheless, with the advancement in the region, this practice is not common any more. But to give you an experience of driving over the rough desert sand, there are incorporated a dune bashing session in desert safari that gives an exhilarating experience. In dune bashing/dune drive, the driver utilizes his expert driving skills and take you to high and low dunes in high speed that you get a feel of riding in a roller coaster.
Bedouin Life and Desert Safari
Desert safari is a great activity in which you can comprehend the history and significance of camels in this region, the old lifestyle of Bedouins, old sources of entertainment, desert activities and a great mix of traditional food suitable for veg and non-veg. Get a fun look into this rich past and perceive how the Bedouins endure. Take a camel ride in the desert and figure out how the Bedouin hunt with falcons. In the overnight desert safari, you can enjoy an Arabic majlis around a bonfire where Bedouin tell the old stories and their way of life that still endures.