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Camel safari, Dubai desert, UAE

Desert & Mountains

Visit Dubai's Desert & Mountains

Introduction

A holiday in Dubai is not complete without at least one excursion beyond the beach and the city into the desert interior. Wadi and dune ‘bashing' - driving through dry riverbeds and across towering sand dunes in a four-wheel drive vehicle - is a great way to experience the beautiful Arabian sands. Quad biking and camel safaris are other popular desert activities.

Rising up from the desert plateau are the rugged and rural Hajar Mountains, the highest range in Arabia. Bedouin villages, camels farms and picturesque canyons replace the high rises of the city, revealing an altogether different side of the UAE.

Halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is the oasis town of Al-Ain, the United Arab Emirates' so-called ‘Garden City'. It's a swathe of palm plantations, fruit and vegetable farms and green lawns in the middle of the dusty desert. It's been a settlement since the Bronze Age and was, in more recent times, home to the UAE's founder, Sheikh Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Top itineraries in Desert & Mountains

Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels with desert resorts that seem plucked from the Middle Eastern folk tales of The Arabian Nights.

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Top places to stay in Desert & Mountains

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Contemporary tented camp

This luxury resort, styled as a Bedouin encampment, won the much-coveted World Legacy Award (Nature Travel) from National Geographic Traveller and Conservation International. Each tent-covered suite has its own terrace and infinity pool and is decorated with rare hand-crafted artefacts and antiques.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Contemporary resort

Escape the heat with infinity pool views of a stunning desert landscape as you make use of the excellent facilities and exciting excursions of this indulgent retreat.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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