There are two important aspects to every place in the world— the land and the water. Dubai, being a desert, has no rivers. But it has beautiful beaches and even artificial islands to make up for that. Even from the beginning of times, Dubai had an inseparable connection with the sea, and it was the city’s lifeline. It was the main trading route and also the place where the pearls came from. Fishing was an important means of livelihood back then.
Well, that was half a century ago, and a lot has changed since then. Dubai is no longer the fishing village which it used to be. There are skyscrapers all over the city. It won’t be hyperbolic to say that it is the city with the highest number of world records. It has become the city of superlatives by unveiling many largest and greatest attractions every year.
There are two best ways to find out the real essence of Dubai. This is inevitable for those who wish to go back to its roots where everything began. You can do that in two ways.
A safari to the sands
One aspect of Dubai’s heritage is the Bedouins, though they do not exist anymore in Dubai. Even in the whole of the UAE, there are only small pockets of places where you can find original nomads, like some remote deserts in Abu Dhabi. But there are ways to experience their forgotten heritage and traditions.
With a desert safari, you can live the life of Bedouins. The safari trip first takes you to the Lahbab desert, which is a 40 minutes’ drive away from the city. The journey will be on a 4×4 SUV. Four-wheel drives are a must in the desert due to its unique terrain. Above that, the tires have to be flat to avoid getting stuck in the sand.
As you arrive in the desert, you can enjoy the view and click pictures. Once all the cars come, we form a convoy and go for the dune bashing ride over the dunes. This exhilarating drive is sure to give a surge of adrenaline in you. It lasts for half an hour with a break in between for pictures.
Next, we head out towards the desert camp. The desert camp is reminiscent of the houses used by the Bedouins. A slew of adventurous activities awaits you in the camp. Get on the camel and go for a safari in the old style or take a pictures with the magnificent falcon. You can even try the all-terrain quad bike for a little extra cash.
Another highlight of the desert safari is the dinner. The dinner features a live barbecue and a multi-cuisine buffet. As you relish the taste, you can enjoy traditional dance performances. Gaze upon the clear sky to see how magnificent it looks at the desert. You can even see the Milky Way because you are miles away from the light pollution of the city.
Conquer the sea on a luxury yacht
After you have explored the desert, then comes the sea. Dubai is a great place to embark on sea voyages. There are innumerable luxury yachts and fishing vessels. Marina is an artificial waterway where you will find a fleet of the largest yachts in Dubai. There are many wharves in Marina. It is reasonable to think that Marina was built with yachting in mind.
Waters of Dubai have fascinated tourists and seduce them to have a great cruising experience. There are many ways to enjoy cruising in the Arabian Gulf. You can rent a fishing boat and enjoy the sport while watching the brilliant cityscape. Fishing is also a great option if you have kids with you. They will probably enjoy jigging more than you do.
Luxury yachts are the way to go sailing the seas in style. Days, when the yachts were only for the uber-rich, are gone. Now you can rent yachts in Dubai for very affordable hourly costs. There are small yachts that can carry a dozen guests to huge luxury ones that can host up to 200 people. These large yachts are a great place to celebrate and throw parties. Pick the one that suits your need and budget and cruise on a yacht for a memorable day in Dubai.