The safari cost us about 200 dirham each (about RM168). Pick up was at hotel by the tour company in a 4WD. There were 3 of us in the car and we shared with a family of 3 (minimum 6 pax) - John, his daughter and granddaughter. We rode out from Abu Dhabi to Al -Ain which took about 1 hour. John used to work in the UAE many year ago and he shared with us that Al-Ain was the old capital of Abu Dhabi and used to be Summer administration and come winter, the administration moved to Abu Dhabi. Finally, it was decided that the administration moved to Abu Dhabi.
Along the highway to Al-Ain, we saw many trees on the right and left side f the road. John told us that Syeikh Zayed the ruler had planted those trees. Each tree has its own water outlet which hydrates the tree. A massive undertaking to keep Abu Dhabi green.
|Then we reached our first stop at a camel farm. There were a bunch of camels feeding on dried grass. we were told that they were females and males were kept in a nearby cage as they are quite volatile and likes to bite and spit on people.|
|Females are docile enough and I was able to pet its body. She doesn't mind it though. The fur wass rough like carpet.|
|The reason for the stop at the camel farm was to cool down the 4WD engines|
|Look at the smooth desert with its fine grain sand. There are some plants but it will soon wither and die.|
|We reached base camp after more than half an hour of dune basing|
|Entrance to the base camp (view taken from the inside)|
|Yours truly at table for all the travellers|
|Behind our table was the stage for the entertainment|
|With Emily, John's grandaughter|
|Henna tattoo on my arm. Stayed there for two weeks!|