Dubai Balloon Adventure

Imagine gliding silently across endless dunes, tiny camels far below you and the sun rising from behind the distant mountains over the border in Oman.  Photos and commentary from my first ever balloon trip.

I love the desert, the serenity and the dunes moves me like no other landscape so I was thrilled that my first ever balloon trip was over a beautiful piece of desert, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.  Read all about my Dubai Balloon Adventure here and enjoy the photos below.

Dubai ballooning

Inflating the balloon, it was good to get some warmth from the flames to counter the pre-dawn chill

Two balloons were flying, the other one took off first and floating gently away above the dunes

Two balloons were flying, the other one took off first and floated gently away above the dunes

Although it was mostly sand below us, there were some settlements and some farms, the bright green contrasting dramatically with the red-tinges dunes

Although it was mostly sand below us, there were some settlements and some farms, the bright green contrasting dramatically with the red-tinges dunes

We also passed over some camel farms as the camels enjoyed breakfast

We also passed over some camel farms as the camels enjoyed breakfast

 

Look out of the basket at 1000 metres up and onto the blue blob that is the other balloon far below

Looking out of the basket at 1000 metres up and onto the blue blob of the other balloon far below

I loved towards the end of the flight when we got low enough to see the beauty of the contours of the dunes - and, unfortunately, to scare the hell out of the gazelles below us!

I loved towards the end of the flight when we got low enough to see the beauty of the contours of the dunes – and, unfortunately, to scare the hell out of the gazelles below us!

Felling deflated, the other balloon after landing

Felling deflated, the other balloon after landing

Feet firmly back on the ground and time to say hello to some wandering camels

Feet firmly back on the ground and time to say hello to some wandering camels

Post balloon flight, at one with the desert again

Post balloon flight, at one with the desert again

My balloon flight was courtesy of Balloon Adventures Emirates.  Many thanks to them for an unforgettable experience.

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