If you’re a thrill-seeker at heart, head out to the desert for a real taste of Arabia. Just 45 minutes from the city centre, you can sign up for a dune bashing or a desert safari experience. Most tours offer pick-up from your hotel and half-day or full-day excursions.
Dune bashing, a national pastime, involves driving a 4x4 vehicle out into the sand dunes for an adrenaline rush accompanied by stunning views. If you have a bit more time, many companies offer other activities that include sand-boarding camel rides and traditional Arabian BBQ served in a Bedouin-style camp. Here you can also experience traditional henna painting, and catch a belly dancing or whirling dervish dance performance while escaping the city.