For those with an adventurous streak, make a beeline for the empty stretch of desert hugging the coastline outside the cities. You’ll find plenty of things to do here, from four-wheel-drive trips and dune-buggy journeys to sand boarding, hiking, and camel treks. Most people plan a desert day trip from Dubai, but Abu Dhabi and Fujairah are also excellent bases for desert sightseeing. Bedouin-style dinners are a softer alternativeif you want to experience the empty beauty of the desert.

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