A Night in the deserts
Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
17Trip End Mar 18, 2011
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Where I stayed
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
We exited the museum and wanted to head over to the Dubai creek
Once at the hotel, we pack up our stuff and checked out. Left our luggages at the hotel concierge and went over to the pick up point for our overnight desert camping trip. The guide who is supposed to pick us up was already waiting for us, despite us being 10 mins early. Soon we were heading out of Dubai and into the desert area. The drive to the desert conservatory was about 1 hour. As we were driving long the parameter of the conservatory area, our guide pointed out a desert oryx gazing by the fence. Too bad my camera has insufficient zoom to capture the oryx. I was fascinated by the desert landscape once we were inside the Dubai Desert Conservatory. I have not been to a real desert, and this is the first time I have seen a desert other then those images on TV and internet. We pulled up to a convey of vehicles, where it seemed to be the gathering place of some sort. Hordes of tourists are already in the sand, taking pictures and running in it. I got out of the car and ran up to the nearest sand dune to take a closer look at the desert.The wavy sand on the sand dunes, caused by the wind that often blow across the deserts was amazing. Running on the sand is a different experience. My feet was constantly sinking into the sand, it is actually quite fun. Once the guide had deflated the tyres of his vehicle, we went back onboard for the next part of the trip - sand dune bashing
After some 30 mins of sand dune bashing, we were driven to this large camp site for dinner. The entrance marked the words "Al Sahara", I guess this is the name of this artificial camp constructed purely to do tourist business. This is where we will be having our dinner for the night. We walked around the camp site, everything looked very fake to me. Oh well, it would be fake since the sole purpose of this camp is to entertain tourists. We found seats by an Irish couple, and we started to chat. The Irish couples are very friendly, we chatted about the places we have been to, our countries. This is the part I liked about traveling, you get to meet and talk to people from all over the world. Dinner was served shortly, first appetizers then main meal and then desserts. There was a belly dancing show after the dinner. It felt like some cheap production as there is only 1 dancer. I didn't liked it because I find it boring. I have seen better belly dancing. Having said that, I do admire the stamina of the belly dance, who was able to dance non-stop for about 30 mins (perhaps more)
We left the dinner camp for our camp site where we will be spending the night at. Our tent is already pitched up the moment we arrived. Our guide told us he saw a baby falcon earlier on when he was pitching the tent. He said the falcon can be sold for as much as 30,000dh! My friend and I climbed to the nearest sand dune and watched sunsetting. Watching sunset in the desert was rather refreshing. This is a good photographic opportunity, as the day turned into night, the moon replacing the sun to illuminate the desert. Soon star began to blink in the night sky, we spent some time trying to take pictures of the night sky and identifying the various constellations. I can only recognize 2, the Big Dipper and the Orion. We were experimenting with our camera, trying to take good pictures of the stars in the sky. The desert in the night was cooling and emitted a sense of mysticism. After taking pictures, we sat on top of a sand dune, chatting under the blanket of the desert night starry sky. It is a very rare opportunity to be doing this and indeed felt very relaxing. It is a nice feeling. As the guide was waiting for us to retire into the tent before he goes to bed, we got off the sand dune and headed for our tent. As the night went on, the desert wind turned from cool to chilling. I was not well prepared for the desert nights, and did not get too much sleep. Nonetheless I tried to get as much sleep as I could, hoping the sun shine would come sooner to heat up the desert once more. Despite being ill-prepared for the desert nights, spending a night in the desert is a rare chance for a city-dweller such as me. If not for my friend's suggestion, I would have gave this rare opportunity a miss.