Living in London means I very rarely see things aside from buildings, roads and lots of cars. One thing that I love about the Middle East is that there are places for you to get away from all that and really experience some actual nature. Qatar, in particular, has a lot of desert space. It does seem to go on forever. When offered the chance to take a convoy of cars, to go off-roading through the desert and the sand dunes, I jumped at the chance.
There were seven cars (a Hummer, a Range Rover, a Pajero, a Wrangler, amongst others) in our convoy. Because the desert is so vast and empty, people usually go in convoys of at least 3 cars, so that you don't get lost and so there's support if any cars get stuck in the sand.
It was definitely an experience of a lifetime. The sand dunes went up and down, resulting in some pretty cool driving. I, unfortunately, wasn't allowed to drive (thanks dad), but my dad and brother drove our car, and it was really fun. Imagine a really long roller coaster, where the car isn't connected to anything, so there's a chance of the cargetting into a few accidents. There was a lot of going up and down and as the sand was really soft, the driving was really unsteady. There were a lot of curves, and even some driving vertically and sideways (as in the sand wasn't straight, but sideways).
Soon after my brother took the wheel, our car got stuck. Apparently, it's not a proper trip unless at least one of the cars get stuck in the dunes. And ours definitely wasn't the only one to get stuck.
It was a good idea to go in a big convoy, as when we got stuck, all the guys from the other cars came running with their shovels and muscles to help us out and dig us out (the guys were all pretty attractive, which definitley helped the situation).
Don't let these pictures deceive you: the car was pretty wonky. My door wouldn't open as it was being opened upwards.
After driving for another half hour or so, we got to our destination, which was a lovely little strand of water, where we all parked up, got a portable BBQ's running and had a litle picnic.
It was really hot. I don't think I've ever been in such strong heat before, and I loved it. Although, I did end up with a small case of sunstroke that evening, it was worth it. I know everyone at home was complaining about the cold, so I did feel really happy to be chilling in the sun and sea.
(wearing New Look t-shirt and bottoms)
And when it got too hot, it was fun to just sit in the boot of the car:
We stayed a few hours and as we were packing our things, we saw the most surreal thing. A jeep drove by, and in the passenger seat, with it's head out the window, was a little Cheetah!! I've only seen Cheetah's at the zoo, so seeing one sit casually in a car was definitley out of the ordinary. It had all of us pointing and going 'OMG, did you see THAT?'
Just before we head off, there was a chance for everyone to show off their driving, by going down a very steep sand hill.
I wish I was in the Hummer for this, but it was definitely fun driving down in no matter what car (my mum would disagree). It was really scary and I was holding on for dear life.
The drive back through the dunes was spectacular. There were all the fun bumps that were around when we were coming, but the sun was setting as we were heading back, and this gave us some absolutely breathtaking views.
This was such a fun experience, and would recommend it to all of you guys to do. Just be really careful if you're driving, make sure there are loads of you going and drink tons of water!!!