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Dubai March/April 2017 LIVE - Day 6 - The Desert And The Fountains


Another early start. Really must try harder on holiday to have some lie ins!

We had a quick breakfast in the club room and then went to reception for 7.15am.

Our guide Salem arrived two minutes later. We were off but had to go and pick up another couple at a hotel in the business centre. We arrived there at 7.50 and then waited and waited and waited. I hate lateness so I was a little narked! Eventually Salem abandoned them as he had waited 15minutes past the pick ip time.

That was good news as we had the car to ourselves!

It was about a 35 minute drive to the meet zone at the edge of a conservation area. Everyone else was waiting for us! The tyres were deflated and we were off!



We had about 30 minutes of dune bashing.



It was a lot of fun. The kids were in the back of the Landcruiser and loved it!



We stopped for some photo opportunities!



These were the cars used - they had extra roll bars fitted inside in case of any whoopsies



We drove on a little and then stopped to go camel riding. I last did this in Morocco and hated it but it was easier this time and only 15 minutes!

The camel guide was a dab hand at taking photos of us!



The camels were obviously very used to the tourists - no hissing involved!



It was then time for sand boarding. I just took photos - didn't fancy face palming the sand (I am not very coordinated)!

The boys loved it - F was not so convinced!



Then it was time for a bit of fat tyred cycling. J loved this as he is a big cycling fan!



Breakfast number 2 - at 11am. Thank goodness we had eaten earlier! It hit the spot though!



On the way back we saw some gazelles..



And some oryx!



Back at the hotel at 12.30pm we had a rest before the kids and J went in the pool. Back at the room both F and J had a nap!



Afternoon tea wad taken in the club room. The egg sandwiches were very nice.



We then took the metro to the Dubai Mall. O was left again in the bookshop whilst F dragged J and I to Segaworld. Thankfully we didn't stay long and left with our wallets still intact!

We went back to O who had found 2 books he wanted (yay! ).

We then went to the foodcourt which was a bit of a disaster for me. J and O sorted themselves out and I was left trying to sort out F who is a nightmare at times when there is too much choice. I ended up not bothering to get anything as I had had enough of cajoling F yet again.



Once fed we went outside to watch the fountains. The music was Skyfall!

They are very impressive! Spookily when we called into Virgin on the way back to the metro the Arabic song we heard at the fountains last year was playing.

We got the metro back - it was packed. Now time for bed soon!


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Sounds like you had a great morning in the desert

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Thats annoying hanging about for no shows, grrrr.
What a different kind of excursion, looks fun. I wouldnt be co ordinated or brave enough to try it though !
Ah, too much food choice , I feel your pain, I had a bit of an indecision meltdown in Panera Bread - Andy was like , oh for goodness sake, pick something.. so I left in the end and was then starving !
busy busy busy . You must be shattered
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The desert trip looks brilliant, although like you I wouldn't be trying the sand boarding. I also like the look of your afternoon tea - yum. I'd imagine the Skyfall music with the fountains at night would be really dramatic.
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Sounds like you had a great morning in the desert

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It was sich an experience to actually be in the desert! We were lucky though it wasn't too hot!

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Thats annoying hanging about for no shows, grrrr.
What a different kind of excursion, looks fun. I wouldnt be co ordinated or brave enough to try it though !
Ah, too much food choice , I feel your pain, I had a bit of an indecision meltdown in Panera Bread - Andy was like , oh for goodness sake, pick something.. so I left in the end and was then starving !
busy busy busy . You must be shattered
I think I need another holiday! At least I have the weekend to recover though the boys are off to see Bruno Mars in Montpellier on Saturday so not much rest for them!

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The desert trip looks brilliant, although like you I wouldn't be trying the sand boarding. I also like the look of your afternoon tea - yum. I'd imagine the Skyfall music with the fountains at night would be really dramatic.
I thoroughly recommend the desert trip - it was about 55 euros each which I felt was a bargain!
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Wow the desert activities look so much fun, although I wouldn't be brave enough to try them, my son would love them.
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The sand buggy surfing looks brilliant Mel, so much fun! And you even managed to make a camel look cute!
You dont seem to be eating much, especially compared to me! that afternoon tea looks really lovely.
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