Jetsetter Jackie

Dubai

24 hours in Dubai: My desert safari experience

 
 

Whether you’re in Dubai just for a day layover or planning a holiday, you cannot visit Dubai and not experience the wonderful Dubai desert safari. This adventurous, outdoor excursion is packed with exhilarating activities for thrill seekers and offers a fun-filled day out for friends, couples and families. Honestly speaking, a day in the desert will leave you with unforgettable, priceless memories.

Here is my photo diary of what you should expect during the desert safari.

At 4pm, our desert tour guide picked up myself and four of my work colleagues from our hotel in a 4×4 vehicle. I am not sure why our pick up time was later on in the day as I have heard other desert tours begin at 1pm and onwards. Maybe it was to avoid us being scorched by the sun and receiving sun burn as it was 44 degrees celsius that day. Who knows?!

 

QUAD BIKING

After a 40 minute drive, we arrived in an area of the desert where we purchased a 30 minute time slot to ride quad bikes. Quad biking costs was not included in our total safari package. Some desert packages include quad bike costs. Check with the company you are booking with to ensure it’s all inclusive. Fortunately for us, our safari guide managed to negotiate a slightly cheaper deal for us. I also had to convince sellers to reduce the cost of the scarves they were selling. I really wanted the whole desert look but their scarves were unreasonably pricey. Once I payed for my scarf  and the seller fitted it onto my head and face, I then zoomed off on the quad bike for some action packed fun in the sun.

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My First Time: Skydiving

I have been desiring to go skydiving for years but never really had the funds and courage to do it until now. For this year 2017, my goal is to take more risks, travel more and do things people are afraid to do. I was rostered to fly to Dubai (with work) for a night so I snapped up the opportunity and booked the skydive with Skydive Dubai.

Skydive Dubai has two locations where you can skydive from- The Palm DZ and the Desert Campus. I booked my slot here and selected the Palm DZ location because I wanted to witness the beautiful view of the Palm and all of Dubai in its splendour.

Now I must stress that this experience was far from cheap. To do the tandem skydive and have an experienced diver film and photograph me cost AED 1,999 / £417 / $544. (I was prohibited from using my own GoPro camera to film). Without video and photos, it cost AED 1,799 /£375 / $489. It is really expensive but honestly it is worth every single penny.

To confirm your booking, you must first pay 999 AED (around £200) to reserve your slot and the remaining 1000AED at the Skydive Dubai office.

On arrival to check in, I was astonished to find so many people seated and waiting their turn for their diving experience. After handing in my printed waiver forms and paying the remaining balance at the reception, I had to wait a short while before it was my turn. I was greeted by my skydive instructor who informed me about what I would be doing. He gave me a few instructions and certain hand signals which were my cue to lift my head or legs when jumping and landing on the ground. It was pretty straightforward.

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