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Desert Adventures #InAbuDhabi

The Desert is a place of beauty and mystery. On my 1st day in Abu Dhabi we were whisked off on our Desert Adventure. We were picked up by our friendly driver in a 4×4 before we headed off into the sand dunes.
The Arabian Nights Village, were our hosts that evening. Nothing could have prepared us for the evening ahead. The journey to the village took over an hour and thirty minutes. All I could see was sand dunes with a few camels walking along. My first thought was imagine if were got stranded here , no one would find us for days as we were the only van on the desert highways. The radio belted out Radio 1 pop songs while we continued this roadtrip.
4x4 convoy waiting for Dune Adventures
Finally we saw signs of life and a what seemed like a very protected village with the high walls and two watchtowers. Three beautifully decorated camels sat outside welcoming us to the Arabian Nights Village. On arrival we were greeted with welcome drinks and told that shortly we would be going on our dune bashing adventure. A convoy of 4×4 vehicles were getting ready for us and this meant tyre pressure was been let out. I had some idea of what dune bashing would be but not the full picture. The drivers are fully qualified to handle the desert terrain and even take bets as to which driver will end up having a sick person onboard. Our driver won and no it was not me that was sick.
Watching the vehicles ahead of us bounced around the dunes almost like a jumping castle, made me glad that I was strapped in safely. From the high dunes to the deepest dunes our driver took us there.The van was filled with lots of screams ,laughter and silent prayers.
Desert Sunset Pose
But in the end when we stopped to take our sunset pictures the ride was so worth it. The sand was incredibly soft that I took off my shoes and walked barefeet feeling at one with Mother Nature. It was incredible seeing the sand dunes around us and our foot prints disturbing the natural patterns of Mother Nature’s art work. It was then time to head back to the village for an evening of entertainment.
Dusk at the Arabian Nights Village
Camel Rides were next on the list but the girls including me were not too keen. Instead we wandered off into the village and got Henna patterns done. Sand dune surfing is also part of the activities on offer. Over night accomodation is also available at the village. As the sunset began to disappear the beautiful crescent moon showed up in the sky among the stars. The temperature dropped rapidly and I was glad to have carried my lightweight cardigan and a scarf.
Henna /Mendhi
The middle of the village was set up with a stafe and carpets covered the soft desert sand. On the floor seating which is very popular in Arab and Indian counteries was our open air eatery for the night. Structured cushions and low tables created a very intimate feeling. Traditional music as well as a belly dancer formed the entertainment for the evening.
Dinner was a buffet of traditional Emirati dishes which included grilled meats and a variety of side dishes. We tucked into this meal while enjoying the traditional Arabian entertainment.The highlight of the Desert Adventure came after dinner.
All the lights in the village were switched off. I felt like singing Simon & Garfunkel Sound of Silence. The desert was incredibly silent with a soft breeze. We all looked up at the night sky and marvelled at the beauty of the stars. Everyone wanted to spot a shooting star so they could wish upon a star. The perfect end to our Desert adventure twenty minutes later the lights were switched on and our fantastic driver was ready to take us back to the bright lights of the big city. I felt leaving the Arabian Nights Village as if I had stepped back in time and was apart of an Arabian Nights storybook adventure.
For more information on the Arabian Nights Village check out www.arabiannightsvillage.com
Have you ever experienced the desert ?
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51 thoughts on “Desert Adventures #InAbuDhabi

  1. H Verushka, interesting experience!
    I’m curious whether this was purely a touristic event or were there a lot of local people who live in Abu Dhabi there as well? We get little perspective on this place other than that it’s a rich place that’s doing a lot of development and trying to attract international businesses and talent, and we see the marketing materials they put out with huge shopping centers and expat communities (when recruiting professionals). Did you go for pleasure or business? What did you think about the rest of the country outside the rich modern shopping center commercial center?

    1. Hey there.This was a media FAM trip.I have been following this specific place on Social Media and see that it is advertised to locals as well there were several locals people in attendance. We did a lot of the city which seems to be extravagant but it is still old Arab. We did not visit the malls only Ferrari World.
      I love the Arab world so I enjoyed it there.

  2. Wow! I can only imagine the first impression, it can really be felt through the way you wrote the post the impact the experience had on you, I’d say it is something unforgettable, it was really interesting reading about this maybe in the future IΒ΄ll visit!

  3. Your desert adventure sounds a lot like the same type of adventure I had in Wadi Rum. It was truly an amazing experience sitting in outdoors in carpets just watching the sky for shooting stars. I also had the same thought as you as we were touring around- if we got lost I am not sure if anybody would find us! I enjoyed our desert adventure a lot and look forward to trying the desert adventure in Abu Dhabi when we make it there.

  4. The desert safari is definitely one of the recommended things in UAE. It is so much fun. And thrilling too. Loved your Henna design πŸ˜€

  5. Hello Verushka,
    I would like to say that you never stop making us feeling jealous with your travel, and its truly amazing. I have this secret fantasy in the desert, like I’m wearing this long flowing, colorful dress and have my picture me taken right there in the middle of the desert, at night time and daytime.. Hahaha it is still in my bucket list.
    Thank you for sharing, dear!

  6. The dessert is amazing. The sand looks so soft. I’m sure dune bashing would have been complete fun! Thanks for sharing. It makes me regret not having enough time to visit the dunes when I was in Dubai last year.

  7. I think I would go for the sand dune surfing. This day trip you’re doing sounds like a very planned activity, not sure I’d go for it myself, but it’s good they let you experience the stillness and darkness of the desert at the end. It wouldn’t be a complete trip to that part of the world without experiencing the desert in some way.

  8. This is a great piece! The Emirates are on my bucket list as I really want to explore the culture, modern architecture and land as a whole. Most people think of Dubai and not so much Abu Dhabi from what I gather, but Abu Dhabi looks very interesting too! Thanks for this perspective!

  9. I remember going on a desert safari years ago. But I would not mind taking another one to refresh my memories. It seems you had a great time and its nice to catch up some deseet flavour in the middle of nowhere.

  10. I really wanted to experience the desert when being in Abu Dhabi…but unfortuantely I had a problem to a feet and I didn’t manage to go. Hopefully next time!!!

  11. I have a stopover in Abu Dhabi next month and I was tempted to book a long one so that I could do one of these tours. Finally I went for a shorter option because of how expensive the visa was… But seen your photos… I’ll reconsider next time!

  12. Verushka, this sounds like an amazing adventure!
    What could be more beautiful than a sunset in a desert?
    I also visited the desert in UAE and that experience was unforgettable!

  13. Wow.. That sounds like a real Arabian Nights tale πŸ™‚ Reminds us of our visit to Jaisalmer for the new year. The camel ride and the new celebration with traditional folk dance and the local cuisine. Desert always sounds mysterious and beautiful isnt it.

  14. I have experienced the desert, but never in the Middle East. I am planning to go to Morocco this December, and I think I will actually ride a camel there. Mother Nature certainly did an incredible job with that beautiful sunset!

  15. I’ve always been fascinated by the desert, yet I’ve never experienced it. I’d love to go, and I’d have to say I wouldn’t skip the camel ride πŸ˜€ The dinner in the heart of the village sounds amazing!

  16. Recently my sister and her family had gone to Abu Dhabi. When she told me about her experience in the Arabian Nights village, I listened in amazement. The same kind of amazement I feel right now when I read your post. This sounds something that I really want to do, especially the dune bashing. And I would also want to stay there for the night instead of heading back to the city, if that is possible πŸ™‚

  17. I’ve always wanted to visit Abu Dhabi: it sounds like you had a wonderful and unique experience that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon! P.s. love the photo of you on the sand dune!

  18. I was in Abu Dhabi recently, but only as a day trip from Dubai, where I go often to visit family. A couple of years ago I did an almost identical desert outing from there,. It was the highlight of our trip and so much fun.

  19. What an amazing experience! That sunset with the palm trees looks so magical! This is definitely going on the bucket list.

  20. I dream about spending some time in the desert somewhere. Your trip sounds like a lot of fun. I would have done the camel ride and probably also the sand dune surfing.
    All things I have never done before.

  21. I have spent time in the desert but that was in Arizona and it is much different. I would love to do a desert tour in UAE.

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