Hot air balloon adventure over the Dubai desert
One of my closest friends in the UK came over to Dubai for the weekend before heading to Australia and it was my mission to make her stay unforgettable. And what can be more memorable than a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert?
Just so you know this is not sponsored post and both husband and I wanted to try ballooning anyways, so it worked out pretty well! We were picked up at 5am – the hardest part of the trip- and drove an hour out of Dubai. Surprisingly there was some fog over the dunes so we couldn’t take off in time for the sunrise, which was a shame, but we chilled in a traditional desert camp and were offered some refreshments while we watched the golden sun come up. The fog cleared pretty quickly after that and we made our way in the classic Land Rover defenders to the departure point.
There were two hot air balloons, both holding about 18 people and flown by captains who had over 16 years experience. Once the balloon was ready we climbed into the basket and practiced the safe landing pose before gently lifting up and over the sandy ground towards the blue sky above. It’s a slow smooth ride and was actually really relaxing, despite rising to over 6000ft which is 3 times the height of the Burj Khalifa!
After cruising for about an hour we landed and it wasn’t as bumpy as I thought it would be, which is a plus! We headed back to camp for breakfast and a falcon show before hopping into the mini buses and driving back to the city. It was a brilliant experience and I would definitely do it again, maybe over the safari in Tanzania? Anyways, if you want to try it definitely wear comfy clothes – like loose trousers or jeans and either trainers espadrilles to walk through the sand.
Thats one thing ticked off the bucket list!
Photography by Kip