Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Dubai – more that hotels and sand islands

A little outside our normal range, we thought you may be interested in things to do in Dubai. While the urban area has attractions, so does the surrounding desert.  Here is an article from the BBC. We can of course provide help with hotels in Dubai.

04 March 2011 | By Elyse Moody


Chicku and Pintu, camels employed by Planet Tours in Dubai. (Elyse Moody)

About 30 kilometres southeast of Dubai, our white Toyota Land Cruiser veered off the highway. The driver, mild-mannered Abbas, hopped out of the car at an Emarat petrol station; a hissing sound escaped as he let the air out of all four tires. Slamming the door shut, he cranked the car, briefly reverted to the highway, then jolted 90 degrees to the right, charging straight and fast into the desert. Our SUV zipped over the dunes as if it were a jet ski on the Gulf, as Abbas blasted Rihanna and Kanye on the radio. The adrenaline-fuelled adventure makes a welcome break from a week filled with meetings.

Dune bashing – off-roading in the desert – is one of many convenient side trips in and around Dubai. For business travellers, who compose a hefty percentage of the 15 million annual visitors the city aims to attract by 2015, excursions offer a chance to see more of the surrounding country than its conference rooms and hotel chains. Whether you have a few hours or a full day to spare, adventurous, relaxing and immersive escapes lie no more than an hour away.

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