DUBAI – Night 3 – Desert Safari

If you want to indulge in the desert culture, book a desert safari. We booked ours with Arabian Adventures and took the Sundowner Safari. They took us into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and experienced the traditions of the land.

A baby antelope.

A baby antelope.

Sleepy camel.

Sleepy camel.

The first pit stop was taking pictures with camels and learning the way of the falcon and his prey. The handler educated us on the life and hunting methods of the falcon.

Camel "relaxing" in the heat.

Camel “relaxing” in the heat.

The handler and his falcon.

The handler and his falcon.

The falcon with an antenna to keep track of him.

The falcon with an antenna to keep track of him.

As he let him free from his shackles and blinders, the handler spun a rope with a smaller bird attached at the end of it around his head. When the falcon tried to claw at the prey the handler would yank it away. Who doesn’t like a little bit of a tease, right? The handler did this a few times until he finally let the falcon pin its prey down for a nice meal.

The handler swinging the prey around.

The handler swinging the prey around.

Covering his meal.

Covering his meal.

Afterward, we took another pit stop for sunset pictures in the dunes.

Capturing the sunset.

Capturing the sunset.

After mobbing it for a while more, we arrived at what Brad liked to reminisce as SERE camp. Here is where the traditions of the desert came alive. You could hold a falcon, get your own henna design, ride a camel, and dress an Arabian garb.

Holding a falcon.

Holding a falcon.

Getting a henna tattoo.

Getting a henna tattoo.

The tattoo.

The tattoo.

Camels are tall creatures.

Camels are tall creatures.

A cute camel pose pic!

A cute camel pose pic!

Pretending to smoke hookah.

Pretending to smoke hookah.

Arabian garb.

Arabian garb.

Once the sun fell, dinner was served along with an “entertaining” belly dance show. I will admit, this was the most interesting belly dancing I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m used to an altered more “seductive” style in the states, but this was definitely an awkward moment. It seemed more of a possessed type of dancing. Haha.. it be crazy.

Middle Eastern belly dance.

Middle Eastern belly dance.

After the dance they had a moment of silence and turned off all the lights for everyone to see the stars above. I caught a man walking with a flashlight that turned out to be a pretty neat pic. Overall, it was a great night spent with Brad experiencing something new!

A moment of silence in the dark.

A trail of light in the moment of darkeness.

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