Since beginning of the Dubai trip I got to listen to about Desert Safari. Lots of people around counseled to go for this on weekend. My first two weeks (& obviously weekends) moved in settling down, digging down project details (naturally that has been first priority!!) And getting used to schedule. And so first two weekends I invested in Hotel room settling down and solidifying the project scope, boundaries & documentation materials.
The first week of December ’07, everything regarding job was clear and I was ready to head out n N’joy. I opted to catch the first opportunity; this weekend was 3 days long. I rested on first day. I was waiting eagerly until afternoon because safari was scheduled to begin at 4 pm. Driver ringed up around 2.45 in noon, substantially sooner than scheduled time of 3.30 pm. Looking at the Toilet itself I guessed my trip was going to be one of the best travelling experiences I ever had. 🙂
We began our journey after completing up “introduction ceremony” with each other. Meanwhile 4 more folks joined us for tour. Being first to be picked up I had grabbed the front chair in landcruiser which later proved to be the very best spot in Safari. With front seat you get the clear huge view of desert in front of you and the best opportunity to shoot video and superior pictures of other cars in “cafila” as well. Moreover, you get an opportunity to interact with motorist easily to learn more wherever required.
I started bugging Mohammed with questions: “Where are we going? What’s the name of the place?” Mohammed could talk okay English if not good. AL Awir was the name of this place we were visiting. 30 Kms away from Dubai, this is the place where actual desert begins and stretches it has boundaries up to much parts of UAE and touches OMAN.
We reached the location after half an hour travel on highway. It was a little break of 10 minutes in base camp with this particular tour organizer where approximately 10 landcruisers got together to start the actual DESERT RIDE. The tyre pressure of automobiles was reduced to cope up with all softness of the sand.
The landcruiser started cruising in desert against immense resistance being created by softness of sand. Shortly the massive machine picked up large speed with its strength and we had been flying on desert sands up and down, on little n large waves, diving deep in the top of the waves and scaling up little sand hills. It was altogether nice experience together with bit of enthusiasm. The one thing I missed was; I couldn’t drive the machine myself!
Soon we reached the desert hotel where dinner and belly dance show was arranged. Kahwa is kind of black coffee. Me being coffee freak, appreciated 4 – 5 cups of Kahwa w/o sugar in two hours duration. People started relaxing a little and moved for mehandi and “SASHA”. Sasha is traditional Arabian flavoured smoking pipe very similar to Indian HUKKA.
After a while, Arabian style broiled chicken and meat kebab were served together with some Indian veg food. I was surprised to observe the limiting utilization of Indian food over Arabian and western food. Even Rajma Rice and Dal was available!!
Half an hour passed by, individuals were relaxing after dinner and Belly Dancer’s birth was declared and in a flash, even before people would begin to comprehend what is happening; the belly dancer arrived on stage wearing glowing red Arabian belly suit and she literally took the stage by storm.
After storming the point nonstop for nearly 20 minutes, belly dancer quickly disappeared from the point how she had came; in a flash.
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