The SIA Brat – In Dubai, United Arab Emirates
[Out In The Desert]
I’m slow to catch on to trends and only recently became more Instagram savvy. The result? I gained some new followers on Instagram! All just because I added hashtags with the caption of my Instagram photos. That got me a lot of attention from people who live in Dubai. Uh-huh, yes, we have established that I’m slow on the uptake. Anyway, to commemorate my newfound “Instagram-skills” I’ve decided to give the Instagram Travel Thursday a go as well.
The bulk of my Instagram revelation came about because of the photographs I took in the Dubai so I thought to do an entry for My Week In Dubai – February 2014 series. This and my Abu Dhabi posts are way overdue anyway.
So on to my entry.
I didn’t bring my bulky DSLR camera to Dubai with me. You see, I was travelling with the boyfriend and his family and I didn’t want to seem showy. Lugging around a DSLR tends to elicit a huge response from people so I didn’t want to have to explain my need for a bulky expensive camera when most people just use their iPhone, or in the case of the boyfriend and his mum, a too-large-for-my-puny-hands-type-Samsung-phone. So I had to be content with my iPhone 5S.
Snapping photos with my iPhone also meant that I could easily open my Instagram app and post away, which I did. And truth be told, I’m glad I left my DSLR at home. Having 2 cameras to shoot with can be a pain some times. Taking it out, putting it back in, and taking it back out again is really a huge hassle. But the main reason I was glad I only shot with my iPhone was because it allowed me to spend quality time with the boyfriend and his family instead of spending too much time fiddling with my DSLR.
And the photographs didn’t turn out too bad.
Well, you have a look and be the judge of that I guess.
We were part of an entourage of about 40 cars. We got picked up from our hotel and were driven to the desert. But before we started the desert safari, the cars had to have their tyre pressures released. After that, our journey into the desert began. It was a very bumpy ride. Much like a roller coaster. So if you go on a desert safari drive, remember to buckle up and hold on tight!
After many horrid blurred photographs, I finally managed to get one usable photo of a 4 wheel drive going up a sand dune from our vehicle. While trying to get the perfect shot, a few times, I almost lost my grip on the iPhone! Thankfully it didn’t fly out of my hands and into the windshield.
When we finally got to the first dune, I didn’t want to move for fear of disturbing the beautiful patterns made by the wind. The sand was so soft! And when you bury your feet in the sand, it’s actually pretty cold! I thought the sand at Surfer’s Paradise was soft! But the sand in the desert is even more fine than those found at Surfer’s Paradise! Looking around me, these beautiful sand dunes remind me of how tiny and insignificant we are. And then the fear of getting lost in the desert comes crashing down on me.
Our friendly guide told us that the desert winds cause the sand dunes to move around in the desert so they all need to reestablish where the sand dunes are whenever they have a tour on. Now I am the curious and worry-wart sort, so I asked our driver and guide how did he know where he was going. To me, all the dunes look pretty much the same! But apparently, my guide and his fellow colleagues can actually tell the dunes apart! He had, after all, over 15 years of experience doing these tours in the desert. Satisfied with his response I started to relax and enjoy the desert safari experience more.
Ours was an Evening Desert Safari tour so we got to watch the sunset in the desert. It was totally worth it! I couldn’t take my eyes off the setting sun. Magic hour comes and goes quickly. And soon, my teeth were beginning to chatter and I was starting to feel really cold really quickly. That’s the desert for you. Hot in the day, cold in the night. We all piled back into the 4 wheel drive and went to the campsite.
I didn’t get any photographs of the campsite because it was really dark and really cold. My fingers didn’t want to leave my pockets even if my heart wanted to capture the moment in pictures. But it’s okay. I remember.
There were music and dancing. We had a sumptuous barbecue dinner. And a lovely performance by a belly dancer. How the pretty belly dancer could wear those skimpy outfits in the cold desert night was beyond me. I drank Arabian coffee just to keep warm. I also got a henna tattoo for the first time. The camel they had at the campsite was just for photo taking so none of us got the chance to ride a camel. But my favourite part of the night was lying back on the rugs staring at the stars up above.
We were in the middle of the desert. No bright city lights to distract ones eyes from the beauty and brightness of the stars above. It was breathtaking. I braved the bitter cold wind, went out onto the rug, laid down on my back and looked up. I would have stayed out there longer if not for the fact that I didn’t want to alienate the boyfriend and his family. I didn’t want to be rude. But if I could, I would have starred at the stars all night. Until we had to leave. Maybe next time I’ll opt to stay overnight in the desert!
My Dubai adventure doesn’t end here. I’ll post more about my Dubai trip soon so look out for more entries in My Week In Dubai – February 2014 series.
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