[TRAVEL] – Dubai Part II – Dune Bashing & Camel Ride

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Dubai is a great city for shopping and exploring. But because of the unique buildings, flashing neon-lights and green flower beds Dubai possesses we sometimes tend to forget that this Arabian city is located in the middle of a dessert. In this post I’m sharing with you my dune bashing (racing through the desert in jeeps) and camel riding experience.

Watch my Dubai Haul + Vlog Sneak Peek to learn everything about shopping in Dubai and read my Dubai Part I post to find out all you need about the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain. I didn’t have enough pictures of the Dubai Souks (old markets with gold and spices), but we did do a lot of filming there so you will get to see this in an upcoming video on my youtube channel. And please subscribe if you like what you see!

Dune Bashing

Dune bashing family in dessert Dessert Sitting on sand dune
My boyfriend Chris is all about adventure. If it was up to him we would probably be living out of a tiny backpack while traveling the world as nomads. When we decided to go to Dubai, he was bombarding me with crazy stuff to do in the desert. One of these things was racing through the desert in jeeps aka dune bashing.

Lets be honest: I was quite hesitant about going as I have a bad case of motion sickness.  But I’m glad Chris convinced me. Racing through the desert while screaming at the top of your longs, because you’re sure that the jeep is going to tip over any second (which is doesn’t) is a once in a lifetime experience. In the front of the car with the airco as cold as possible it was durable even for someone with motion sickness.

Camel Riding

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We went dune bashing as part of a desert night safari, which costs around 50,- euro a person. For this price you also get dinner at a desert camp while being entertained by dancers, can do henna painting and can go camel riding. The last being a lot more scary then I thought it would be. I never quite realized how big camels are and how grumpy they can be (which I completely understood having to carry all those annoying tourists – including myself – around…). And it’s extremely hard to not fall off when your camel gets back into a sitting position with you on it’s back!

All of the events I mentioned above and more is capture on video. I’m not sure when exactly we will be done editing the video, but I promise that it won’t be too long so please keep an eye out for it. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more of my travels please follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I post pictures on a regular basis.

With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. 24/10/2014 / 14:23

    Wauw, wat een mooie foto’s! Dubai staat nog steeds op mijn lijstje om eens te bezoeken. 3 jaar terug had ik al een ticket geboekt, totdat ik erachter kwam dat ik zwanger was. Ik heb de reis toen geannuleerd, maar ik wil er nog steeds graag een keer naartoe!

    • 24/10/2014 / 14:33

      Wat een leuke connectie met Dubai heb je! Het is echt een hele leuke stad om te bezoeken (ook voor kinderen), helemaal leuk dat je mannetje nu mee kan. Ik raad echt aan om in januari te gaan vanwege de mega sale die dan is (en het is ook wat koeler dan!).

  2. 23/10/2014 / 19:10

    So much sand! Ah same motion sickness here, a really bad idea to go whale watching for 5 hours (worst time, but did see awesome whales). Didn’t you continue to find sand everywhere after this day? 🙂

    • 24/10/2014 / 13:52

      Whale watching sounds so cool! But I totally get what you’re saying, my motion sickness is probably the worst on a boat. I was actually surprised that I hardly found sand at all after that day!

  3. 23/10/2014 / 15:24

    What a cool trip!! One of my best friends live there so I really nee dto plan a trip and visit her!! 😉

    • 23/10/2014 / 15:26

      You totally should! I heard January is a great time to visit because of the temperature and the insane sale going on!

    • 23/10/2014 / 11:31

      He Elle thanks for your comment. You can leave your link but promoting your new post goes a little too far. Therefore I removed that bit of text.

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