A DESERT SA­FARI NOT TO BE MISSED

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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

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