Highlights of Dubai Day Trip
Follow me to Dubai on my new website. I’ll then take you along my adventure to see the wildlife and lodges I’m inspecting for future Safaris in Botswana, Kruger and finally, Cape Town. Before we travel together, please sign-up for my new website updates on “We Travel With A Purpose” where you’ll see my upcoming trips, and videos.
My new video, explains what I’m doing as a tour leader and travel consultant. I view this as an extension of my “Gutsy Living” adventures since my Peace Corps life in Lesotho. My goal is to share travel experiences with you and perhaps one day, you’ll want to join me on one of my upcoming trips.
One of my favorite airlines to fly when traveling to various destinations in Africa, is Emirates. Not only are they often less expensive than other airlines, but they offer better service, food and more leg room. I fly coach, and there is such a difference with Emirates compared to many US airlines, that make my flying experience seem more luxurious. They have convenient flight times, and even offer coach passengers a layover (hotel paid for) in Dubai, before connecting with your next flight to various destinations such as Nairobi (for East Africa), and Johannesburg and Cape Town (for Southern Africa.)
I arrive in Dubai at 7:30 p.m., and on the following day, I’ll get a tour of Dubai which will be my first time experiencing the half day city tour. It starts at 9 a.m., and ends at 1 p.m.
I look forward to viewing the towering skyscrapers followed by a visit to Bastakiya, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Dubai. I’ll share what I learn about the 19th-century life in Dubai, and my visit to the Dubai Museum and a stroll through the alleys of the Al Fahidi Historical District.
I’ll board an “abra”, a traditional water taxi that ferried the locals through the years across the Dubai Creek. Then a walk through the gold and spice souks, and finally a photo stop at Jumeirah beach with the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, known as “the most luxurious hotel in the world” and Jumeirah Mosque.
The second part of my day in Dubai starts at 2 p.m. I cannot wait to experience the falconry display and the camel ride. I’ll share the highlights of the Heritage Dinner Safari which ends at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Highlights of Heritage Dinner:
- Ride on a vintage land rover
- Soft drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
- Opportunity to see local wildlife
- Falconry display
- Activities in the bedouin camp: camel ride opportunity, henna tatoo, dinner in the camp, live cultural entertainment, among others
I look forward to a camel ride in order to reach the nomadic Bedouin camp, where I’ll get a glimpse into authentic Bedouin life.
I’ll be greeted in traditional fashion, with rose water, Arabic coffee, and dates. (Yummy!)
I’ll get to explore the village, constructed of traditional woven goat hair, wood, and stones; a tribute to the resourcefulness of the nomadic people. Let’s hope I have a chance to chat with Bedouin storytellers, and see the Arabian hunting dogs called Saluki’s. Apparently, Bedouin-style hunting involved the deadly combination of falconry and Saluki dogs.
This video shows how falcons are trained. Thy’re the world’s fastest animal in flight. I cannot believe they use drones to train them to fly faster for their competitions.
Land Rovers were first introduced in 1948 transforming the Bedouins life. They could finally trade, explore and survey the vast desert areas with ease. I hope to climb aboard a vintage Land Rover into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for a wildlife safari.
I invite you to follow my adventure in Dubai as I post photos on several sites, and blog when I have a moment during my one-month trip to Africa.