The Wayfarer (mnfaure) wrote,
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Dubai desert photos

Sadly, the promised desert safari was the biggest letdown of the trip. I was sold on the voyage with the idea of going to meet real nomads, in a real setting. What I got was tourist trap with a "strip mall" that made me think of Clines Corners in New Mexico on the road to Albuquerque. In other words, not good. Live and learn and try not to get ripped off next time.

But I did get to see a camel spit out its throat, so I guess all was not lost...




Tourist trap
Tourist trap

We stopped at this "strip mall" of tourist trap boutiques so that we could let some of the air out of the tires for the dune bashing.
 
Friendly face
Friendly face

I was amazed at the number of people who were willing to let me take their photograph. Strange thing, however, is that two pictures seemed to be their limit. If your settings aren't quite right the first two times, too bad for you.
 
Dromedaries
Dromedaries

Pit stop to take pictures of penned up dromedaries. The desert safari was not what I was expecting at all. :-<
 
Is my throat red?
Is my throat red?

This is about the way I felt about the whole desert safari thing. What a letdown.
 
Dune bashing
Dune bashing

Roller coaster meets sand and 4X4s...That's dune bashing.
 
Desert tree
Desert tree

Not too easy to photograph quoi qu'il soit when you are zooming by in a bouncy 4X4.
 
Desert safari
Desert safari

Aside from the good food, talking with a few gentlemen from Dubai was probably the highlight of the desert safari. On the whole, the safari was one big letdown. Um, have I said that already?
 
Belly dancer
Belly dancer

There was one dance that was a nod toward typical dances of the region. Half-naked women and Egyptian music aren't really very authentic to say the least.
 
fisheye portrait
fisheye portrait
 


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