Dubai may be filling up with malls and high rises over the last 10 years, however, if you venture just a few minutes beyond the city center you will be surrounded by sand dunes.
There are two main ways to see the desert:
Desert Safari - this consists of being driven by a bus, or for the slightly more adventurous, in a 4x4 vehicle over the dunes themselves,called dune bashing, to a desert camp. The camp is complete with restroom facilities as well as a full service restaurant that will feed you a traditional meal while watching the sunset. While there, you can also take part in a variety of activities ranging from a camel ride, holding a falcon, henna painting, sand boarding (depending on tour operator) and even taking your pictures in traditional garb.
While we were in Dubai, we had decided to take a hop on hop off bus tour which came with a free sunset desert safari, but were driven there in the big red bus itself.
|Desert safari welcome - Arabic tea and dates|