While it’s perfectly possible, and indeed highly recommended, to visit the desert for a few hours from your city or beach base it’s far better to leave the bright lights behind and stay a night or two.
Forget the gold you can buy in the souks, the real sparkle is amongst the undulating dunes of the desert. It’s magical to rise early and watch as the sun’s first rays hit this golden land. It’s equally a sight to savour when it dips over the horizon and the night sky impresses with thousands of twinkling stars.
Aside from simply absorbing the unique environment, there’s no need to be completely idle. Go on a thrilling four-wheel drive dune bashing ride, enjoy horse riding or camel trekking, perhaps try your hand at archery, hop on a fat bike or even give sand boarding a go.
The desert is also home to a host of natural creatures including Arabian Oryx, gazelle, lizards, red foxes, falcons and sand cats.
GMT +4 hours
The transfer time from Dubai airport to Dubai Creek and Deira is approximately 10 minutes.
Dubai enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between December to February temperatures average in the mid-20sºC, rising up into the 30s from March to April and again from October to November. While the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40ºC), it’s one of the few destinations when it’s cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays, whether travelling with children or not.
A Tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels and apartments in Dubai. Details will be advised at the time of booking.
During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.