MUST DO: HOT AIR BALLOON DESERT ADVENTURE IN DUBAI
If there is one thing everyone should do when they spend time in the United Arab Emirates, it’s going for a hot air balloon desert adventure in Dubai. Seriously. This has to be one of the coolest things I did last year. No wait, this has to be one of the coolest things I’ve done in my life. The entire experience was exhilarating. I got picked up before sunrise from my hotel in a private car and driven out to the desert where I met up with other people who were also going up in the hot air balloons (there were three in total).
It was pitch black and all I could see were stars in the sky and the huge flames lighting up the hot air balloons. The process of getting into the hot air balloon basked, which might I add holds up to 20 people, was quick. We only had a few seconds for everyone to quickly jump in, so it was a bit of a mad rush.
Once we were all in the basket, our pilot gave us a safety demonstration, we buckled in our safety harnesses, the pilot ignited the flames, which were very loud, and up, up, up we went! What I noticed straight away was how quiet it was as we ascended into the sky. It was peaceful and also slightly dizzying for those who were nervous of heights. For me? It’s was amazing! #whatheights
For about an hour, we chased the wind with one other hot air balloon in front of us, and another hot air balloon behind us. We went up, we went down, we traveled far and wide, over the National Park, we saw beautiful gazels and watched the sunrise and part through the clouds. It was magical…and an absolute must for anyone if they’re going to be spending time in Dubai.
TOUR DETAILS What: Hot Air Balloon Desert Adventure Who: Arabian Adventures Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates When: All year round, although it is weather dependent Website: www.arabian-adventures.com