Captivating Camel Trekking in the UAE – All Aboard the “Ships of the Desert”!

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Known as the “ships of the desert”, camels are very much a part of the UAE’s heritage and provide an ideal way to explore its vast deserts. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning camel trekking in the UAE.

Image Credit: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Deserts for Camel Trekking

There are several key areas in the UAE that you can enjoy this activity. In Dubai, places like the Al Sahara Desert and the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve are popular. Alternatively, in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara offers camel treks in the largest sand desert in the world, the Empty Quarter.

Choosing the Right Times

Be it a Dubai or Abu Dhabi desert tour, choosing the right time for camel trekking is important. Most excursion providers will generally schedule it for early mornings or during sunset; apart from beating the harsh midday sun, these times are great for photography be it during sunrise or sunset.

Spotting Wildlife

Part of the thrill of embarking on such a trek is the chance to see some of the region’s wildlife in their natural habitats. Amongst the creatures, you may come across are the Arabian oryx and the falcon which are the UAE’s national animal and bird respectively.

Additional Experiences

Depending on the package, camel trekking in the UAE also comes with other adventures too. This can include a visit to an authentic Bedouin camp, quad bike rides or dune bashing in a 4WD which all add to the experience of an unforgettable “voyage” via camels on a sea of sand.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

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