When you think of the Middle East, you think of camels. And one of the biggest draws for people visiting Dubai is the opportunity to ride a camel by booking a desert safari. At the same time, however, there are some concerns on the part of people who have never ridden a camel, since these animals have the reputation for being stubborn. In addition, they are imposing mounts – camels are big and even when lying down, their backs are still four feet off the ground.
However, there is no reason for concern. Tamed camels are actually used to having riders on their back and don’t spook easily, unlike horses. Once you are on their back, they will simply accept that you are there and it is surprisingly easy to ride them. All you have to do is hold on to the saddle when the camel sits down and gets up. In addition, you will be accompanied by an experienced handler to ensure your safety, but this is just a precaution and you will likely not need his help.
When you go to the desert safari, you should wear long pants and socks for your comfort. The socks will help prevent itchiness due to irritation and the long pants are for modesty’s sake since the pants will ride up to your calves due to the movement of the camel. In addition, bring sunscreen. Even though desert safaris are scheduled during early morning or late afternoon to avoid the time when the desert sun is at its hottest, things can still be pretty hot.
When you mount the camel, he should be seated or next to a scaffold. Put one foot on the stirrup and then lift the other over the camel’s hump. Make sure you do this in a single motion to avoid falling. Then hold the reins and act confident. The camel can sense when its rider is comfortable and relax accordingly. When you have to dismount, let the handler order the camel to be seated before you get off.
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