A DESERT SAFARI NOT TO BE MISSED
What does a calm Friday afternoon call for? Brunch by the pool is passé. We had something a bit more adventurous in mind. And Qatar International Adventure Camp delivered, giving us a taste of what it feels like living the camp life.
We set out at around 2 pm from the Radisson Blu hotel parking area where two land cruisers were waiting to take us on a trip for which we definitely weren't prepared. It was a sunny Friday and a few of us had booked the desert safari camp trip to explore the sandy lanes and dusty roads beyond Mesaieed's very own Sealine Beach Resort. Instead of the regular Friday routine of having a good meal and relaxing on the front porch, we thought of cooling our heels by the waves whilst taking in the smell of freshly barbecued chicken wings. We packed light, knowing we would be served refreshments and dinner at the location.
Aided by the vehicle's GPS system, expert drivers drove us all over the vast desert space. Once the tires were deflated, we settled in for a ride that took us over the ups and downs of the huge dunes. Tip: Do not eat a heavy lunch.
Holding our breaths through a sudden drop down the dunes, we could hardly catch up to the energetic beat of the Arabic music playing on the radio. We sat there wondering whether the ratio of our own weights would trigger any serious toppling over of the vehicle. There was a stunning moment during the dune bashing when the two cars followed each other down a steep slope, one going forward and the other in reverse. “It does require a lot of practice,” said the driver. “We do it every week and follow a specific road. It rained here yesterday, which is why it is unsafe to go