A drastic change of scenery is available just outside of Dubai, only a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Leaving the urban area, you will quickly arrive in the desert. Here you can sail the golden dunes aboard a 4x4 or buggy and enjoy the vastness and tranquillity of sandy landscapes. Need a thrill? Many tour companies will improvise a little session of ‘dune-bashing': accelerations, decelerations, and cornering twists worthy of the best amusement parks.
For the even more daring, a quad adventure, camel riding, biking, and surfing on the dunes provide an additional adrenaline charge. For a more calm and elegant visit, opt for the Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours that let you ride about in vintage Land Rovers or on mountain bikes with fat tires to scale the dunes. Later take a short rest to recover from your emotions, and then sip a mint tea while gazing at the sunset or try the shisha, an Oriental pipe, before enjoying a Bedouin dinner under the stars.
Ask your hotel concierge about the various tour packages on offer. Some even arrange the opportunity to bivouac in the desert for a night or more.
Funtours Desert Safari Dubai
1st/F, Rm # 4, Al GarhoudCenter,
PO Box 114242
Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours
O123, 3rd Floor, Oasis Centre
Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 (0)4 2830889
+971 (0)4 3884044