Dubai Desert Safari – Part II – Belly Dancing BBQ!

So after a gruelling trek through the desert and some pounding sand duning in the jeep we headed to camp for some dinner and entertainment, all inclusive in the package of course.

We were pretty starving by the time we got there as it’s not recommended to eat before the sand duning as you’ll most likely get none of us had eaten since breakfast.

Out of 5 cars I think we saw someone sick in all of em..including ours 🙁

When we arrived we got to have a quick ride on a camel, only for 10-15 metres or so just to get a taste of the experience, it’s really not very comfortable and seems quite high..much higher than a horse and a lot bumpier! The worse part is when the camel kneels down for you to get off…beware men you might lose your chance to have kids if you aren’t prepared at this point.

Yes indeed, it’s a bit of a ball crusher.

Camel Ride

After that we all sat around the huge rug in the middle and munched on something like naan bread whilst smelling the BBQ we would be eating later.


Patiently waiting for the BBQ.

Patiently Waiting

Cooking the food for us..


Ah finally the food is done.


It was a good mix, some salad, 2 types of rice, houmous, flat bread, naan bread, a few types of stew and some bbq meat (chicken and lamb).

Ah then the star of the show emerged, Julia!


Every male over the age of 3 was mesmerised (and drooling).


Some audience participation!


Shaking her thang.


I would have liked to have changed lens for the night shots…but no way I’m changing lens in the middle of a desert!

At the end we smoked a bit of Shisha and headed off back to the appt (Shisha in Malaysia is better IMHO), it was an amazing afternoon/evening and I recommend it to everyone.


I’ll probably do it again one day if I get the chance.

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Desert Safari – Dubai – September 2006




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14 Responses to Dubai Desert Safari – Part II – Belly Dancing BBQ!

  1. flanegan September 21, 2006 at 2:59 am #

    belly dancer??
    the dancer reminds me of Akon’s song… 😀

  2. Matthew September 21, 2006 at 4:40 am #

    wish i was there, love it 🙂

  3. suanie September 21, 2006 at 9:15 am #

    this one better or the one at jazz festival better?

  4. CarolineL September 21, 2006 at 9:30 am #

    Did you go to the Souk in Jumeirah? It’s between Mina A’Salam Hotel and Al Qasr Hotel.

    In the souk, there’s Meat Co. restaurant which serves the best steaks around. And its chinese restaurant, Zheng He’s, is a Top 60 best Chinese restaurant in the world. Surprisingly, the master chef is Malaysian =)

  5. Kat September 21, 2006 at 9:48 am #

    The sand dunes looked amazing. Must stop in Dubai for a few days now next time I’m flying with Emirates.

  6. James September 21, 2006 at 11:44 am #

    The worse part is when the camel kneels down for you to get off…beware men you might lose your chance to have kids if you aren’t prepared at this point. Yes indeed, it’s a bit of a ball crusher.

    Looks like an awesome holiday. The camels are probably much more gentle than those bulls in the American bull riding comp. 🙂

  7. KY September 21, 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    and you never go up and dance?

  8. Kelvin September 21, 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    this place doesnt look like it has wifi

  9. ShaolinTiger September 21, 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    suanie: This one of course 100 times better.

    CarolineL: No, I managed to get the gold souk and the souk in Diera, I didn’t really go to Jumeirah at all, too far away. The fact the chef is Malaysian doesn’t surprise me at all, most of the best food I’ve had in the world has been in Malaysia 😉

    Kat: Yah I definately recommend it, it doesn’t cost much either and Emirates can set you up with the hotel etc.

    James: Well the trip sucked in general but the last 2 days were great and the desert safari is just fantastic!

    KY: Nope.

    Kelvin: It barely has running water or electricity..

  10. Dabido (Teflon) September 21, 2006 at 8:42 pm #

    My belly can dance for longer … I just need to move it a little and it jiggles for hours … um … don’t imagine that at home folks! 🙂

  11. Naim September 22, 2006 at 3:24 am #

    you set me up!!!!!11

  12. Terenceg September 22, 2006 at 11:21 am #

    Bro, i bet you felt exactly like IAN WRIGHT from discovery 🙂

    feels good to travel around the world

  13. ShaolinTiger September 25, 2006 at 1:16 am #

    Dabido (Teflon): I think I’ll pass on seeing that man..

    Terenceg: Yah awesome stuff, didn’t have to eat any camels balls or anything weird tho.

  14. leecs October 15, 2006 at 11:08 am #

    haha i was at the same place before on year 2001.

    still fresh in my mind.. 🙂

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