The glass and steel behemoths of Dubai try their hardest to hide the city’s foundations, but any open space not drenched in water will soon betray its desert origins. And Dubai is one of the best places to discover the great empty expanses which cover much of the Arabian Peninsula. Modern transport, expert guides and a broad menu of experiences mean that anyone with at least a couple of days in Dubai should factor in a trip to the sands.
It couldn’t be easier: get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned 4×4 and soon the built environment is behind you, leaving nothing but the awe-inspiring dunes rolling past your window and into eternity. There are photo stops along the way, and remember few things are as certain as a sunny day in Dubai, so the sharp light and rich colors of the desert will be yours for the snapping. Depending on your schedule, there are morning, afternoon or full day trips, or even an overnight stay to experience the wonder of a desert sunrise.