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Kumsi

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AS SALAAM WAALAIKUM!!!! all the way from the UAE to my dearest INDIA DRIVE family….:D

 

It has been only 5 months months since I have moved to Dubai, but OHH HELP ME GOD!!! It feels like ages. I miss home in Hyderabad, I miss food in Hyderabad and most importantly, I miss driving in Hyderabad. A big shout out to all my dear friends of the India Drive group. I cannot wait till I get to meet you all again and go on yet another drive.

 

Though I have been away from all the action, the whatsapp group and the app are surely a great way to keep a tab on all the latest happenings. I am envious of all the guys who made it to the Kolisagar trip. A night under the shimmering skies is one of the things not many can experience these days considering the urban setting we are all in and the pollution. Some of the pics were truly spectacular.

 

Coming to my point for today, while I was moving out of Hyderabad, me and the moderators (@Gowtham Varma and @Satya Sagar) were joking around with an idea of having a UAE chapter to the India Drive group with me trying to be my patriotic best here in UAE with my India Drive propaganda….:D After almost three months of unbelievable driving lessons and a battery of tests, I finally managed to get a driving license here in the first attempt....and I have been told it is an achievement to be proud of. I am yet to buy myself a separate set of wheels to go road tripping on my own....so till then I get to tag along my sister and my brother in law whenever they go around places. 

 

My sister and her family have been extremely generous for letting me stay with them in their beautiful home right bang in the middle of Dubai and imagine my delight to find that my brother in law is a fellow driving enthusiast and even he loves cars like I do…😊 They have been generous enough to drive me and show me some good places during the weekends, which I feel are worth sharing with everyone on this forum. Considering Dubai is just a three hour flight away and thanks to the no frill airlines, quite an economical international travel…. I would have said destination too, but the cost of living here is insane. But, if you can save up for a while and stretch your pocket a bit, DUBAI is the place to visit for 10 days of PROPER FUN

 

Not a great photographer, but this beautiful city and my the sweet camera on the galaxy s7 has brought out the best in me.....Till the time I venture out on a proper road trip, I intend to keep adding photos to this post.

 

These pics are meant to be eye candy for all travel and car lovers, some of the places covered must be on your things to do or places to visit list if you plan for a trip to Dubai....also, please give me a shout out if you do plan a trip..people tell me I play a damn good host...:D ;)

Enough of the blabbering,I will do the photos do the talking.Hope you all like it.

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Dubai Creek

A boat ride across the Dubai creek is fun thing to do after you have visited the local Souq (market) area. The market is an exuberant and lively place filled with shops selling spices, dry fruits, incense, perfumes and other Arabian collectibles.....definitely worth your visit....

 

You also have a few boats with restaurants on them which ferry you along the creek for a couple of hours in the evening while you enjoy a delightful time with friends and family over dinner....I haven't gotten a chance to experience that yet.....will definitely post a few pics once I have....

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DESERT SAFARI

One thing that you cannot miss while you are in Dubai.

 

While a barrage of companies and travel agencies offer desert safari trips, only a few of them ensure that your time and money is well spent. You have options of choosing from a Land Cruiser and a Hummer.....time & duration of the desert safari....and also the exclusivity of the camp in the desert....You can go around with a normal group....or have one entire camp for yourself, if you go in a large group....

 

A normal and the most recommended package involves AED 200 per head (equivalent to INR 3600) where a car comes and picks you up at 3:00PM in the afternoon from your place of stay and drops you back at the same place at around 10:00PM in the night. 

 

Your car joins a convoy of 15-20 other cars at a staging area like shown below and then heads to Dune Bashing followed by a couple of hours at a camp in the middle of the desert, where you are treated to some Arabic food, Sheesha (hookah) if you like to try and some folksy dances and performances. All  of this included in your fee of AED 200 per head. 

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DUNE BASHING

 

Warning: This is not for the faint hearted or people with motion sickness. When you are in the passenger seat of a Land Cruiser during the dune bashing, you are hanging on for dear life. 

 

Dune bashing is done only in Land Cruisers or Hummers....and the drivers must have a special license for doing so....Let me put it this way, if driving in real life was a game, we are playing with the difficulty level set at "EXPERT"....these drivers operate in "GOD" mode......:) 

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Al-Qudra

 

An oasis located around 70-80kms away from Dubai is a beautiful location to go for a late afternoon drive during the weekend or an overnight camping trip. Small ponds of water scattered across a large patch of land with clear horizons in the background makes a great spot for watching the sun rise and set....

 

It is advisable to pack your food and drinks (non alcoholic strictly) from your home / hotel as the limited options around this place might not be to everybody's liking. 

 

You find people from all nationalities and all age groups visiting this place to spend a good time and just escape the hustle bustle of the city. A good place to visit during October while the temperature is the most comfortable. Summers are crazy in the middle east and so are the winters.

 

Though you find people driving down to this place in Sedans and hatchbacks as well, it is advisable to get yourself a 4 x 4 to be safe, just in case...;)

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Those pictures are eye candy.
Excellent write-up Kumsi, very inspiring.
Waiting for more adventures.

Please keep updating the post.

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47 minutes ago, driveking said:
Those pictures are eye candy.
Excellent write-up Kumsi, very inspiring.
Waiting for more adventures.

Please keep updating the post.

 

Thanks man....will try and keep posting.

 

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Wonderful write up @Kumsi #following this post for more pics..!! Special mention to your "God Mode" wordings, :):) makes me wait to get in to those beastly LC's 

 

Believe me it is great fun, I have a couple of videos too in which i barely managed to capture the dune bashing from the passenger seat.

I am trying to edit it, will try and post them soon.

 

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Beautiful pictures kumsi.
You have great writing skills, I can see passion in each every word you have penned down.

 

4 hours ago, Kumsi said:

I finally managed to get a driving license here in the first attempt.


Congrats!
I heard getting a license in Dubai is nightmare. 

 

Questions?
1. Indian(tourist) driving license is valid in Dubai?
2. International driving license is mandatory to get Self drive?

3. How expensive are self drives like Toyota LC. (per day)

4. Best time to visit Dubai?
5. Can we take rental on those dunes?

We shall definitely come down to Dubai :)


 

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Beautiful pictures kumsi.
You have great writing skills, I can see passion in each every word you have penned down.
 

Congrats!
I heard getting a license in Dubai is nightmare. 
 
Questions?
1. Indian(tourist) driving license is valid in Dubai?
2. International driving license is mandatory to get Self drive?
3. How expensive are self drives like Toyota LC. (per day)
4. Best time to visit Dubai?
5. Can we take rental on those dunes?

We shall definitely come down to Dubai 

 


thank you for your kind words...

Getting a license in UAE is a nightmare for people who do not have prior experience in driving...or people who are not accustomed to good practices like indicating, maintaining lane or using mirrors....otherwise it is not so unreasonable as people make it out to be....just that there are a battery of tests involved and this takes a lot of time...hence the frustration....especially for expats from the Indian Subcontinent......

To answer your questions:

1. If you want to drive in Dubai during a tourist visit, you need to have the International driving permit. International driving permit is not valid if you are here on any other visa except a tourist visa / temporary visit visa. However, I would advise that people with no prior experience of driving experience outside India must not attempt to drive here.....rules are very different and strict....fines are enormous and not to mention, it is very dangerous....Public transport is awesome....we might as well stick to that during short visits.

2. Yes. International driving license is mandatory to get a self drive. Not sure if the International driving permit issued by the Indian RTA qualifies as sufficient for the same. I will do some research on this and give you an update.

3. Dubai offers you a whole spectrum of cars to choose from for self driving.....right from a kia picanto to a ferrari or a lamborghini.....prices vary from as low as 80-90 AED per day to 2500-3000 AED per day.....a land cruiser would be somewhere around 500-600 AED per day (* AED in today's rates would be approx = 18 INR)

4. Best time to visit Dubai would be anytime between September to March.....when the sun is not beating down on us.....every september Dubai has an expo called Gitex which is like Thanksgiving sale for electronics....the expo held for 3 days is surely a thing that you don't want to miss if you are a gadget freak and are looking to buy some cool new toys....

Also, for the past 4-5 years, the New Year's eve fireworks show at the iconic Burj Khalifa has become a spectacle and one of the most awaited annual events in the world....so, if you can stretch your budget a bit, and make smart reservations, it will make for once in a life time experience.

5. Desert Safari and dune bashing is strictly for drivers with the license to drive in those conditions. There is a separate training program to learn driving on sand...and you can apply for it only after you have been driving in the UAE for a minimum of 5yrs.

The closest experience you can get is riding a quad bike / ATV at the desert camp during the desert safari trip. Charges for which are over and above the AED 200 for the safari.

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Amazing pictures [mention=30]Kumsi[/mention] Do we have to Hire a car to do the dune bashing or can we rent any for a self drive?
 


It is a package....offered by a few companies.....you pay 150-200 per head in case of 1-2 people or around 600 for 5-6 people.....the land cruiser will come and pick you up from your doorstep and drop you back after the trip... you cannot drive on your own..

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Lovely photolog @Kumsi The dune bashing pictures look like one extreme adventure. I am going to be present there soon... Is there a night stay on the sand dunes?

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On 8/12/2017 at 7:28 AM, sagar said:
Lovely photolog [mention=30]Kumsi[/mention] The dune bashing pictures look like one extreme adventure. I am going to be present there soon... Is there a night stay on the sand dunes?

 


Thanks sagar.....yes...there are a few agencies who offer night stay options too.....charges might vary based on whether you want it to be completely private or semi private.
 

 

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On 8/11/2017 at 4:55 PM, Kumsi said:

To answer your questions:

Very helpful information :)

We shall come down some day, get ready to host us.:ph34r:

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