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