A desert safari is great for exploring the world beyond Dubai city, so why stop at the confines of a four-wheel drive? From camels to skis, the rolling dunes and rippling sand are accessible through any means of transport you can imagine.
Dubai is known for its variety of things to do, and this is no different in the heart of the desert: traditional villages, dune bashing and camel rides await all those who want a unique, fun-filled opportunity.
It’s hard to remember that the desert may be a harsh environment under its endless sky: orange sands change colour with the moving sun, while fireworks of colour explode with the sunset. Local guides will show you hidden creeks and canyons, and ensure you see the desert in all of its finery.
Dune bashing has to be Dubai’s biggest selling point in the desert: take to the dunes in any assortment of four-wheeled vehicles, and let your stomach soar as you leap from steep dune edges, and plunge sideways down the soft sand. Choose from jeeps, quad bikes and buggies – and just make sure you aren’t susceptible to car sickness!
Prefer to get a bit closer to the sand? Swap snow and sea for sand, and try your hand at sand skiing or surfing. Tear down near-vertical slopes, and get your heartbeat racing with these exhilarating extreme sports. With soft sand to cushion every fall, trip or stumble, there’s nothing to fear – except missing out.
If you prefer something more sedate, visit the Bedouins and experience their nomadic way of life. From belly-dancing to falconry, you’ll be able to take a step back in time, and see how people adapted to the ways of the desert. Overnight camps let you see the desert in all its glory: from spectacular sunrises, to shimmering sand and explosive sunsets. Enjoy Arabian food, and camp under the stars in traditional Arabian tents.
While you’re still lost in ancient Arabian culture, let a ship of the desert carry you: the camel. These stately beasts represent all there is to do with desert life, and no trip to the sandy dunes is complete without a ride, swaying on the back of a camel.