An enjoyable way to see the huge sand dunes of the UAE’s inside and get a feeling of our ancestral hospitality would be to go on a desert safari tour. There are several operators you can use or you could just rent a car and a driver. If you choose to do it alone, ensure that you are prepared. The desert is, well, abandoned. You don’t need to get stranded out there by yourself.
If you pick a tour, a driver will pick up your party in the city at about 3pm and drive you an hour from town into the desert. First, you’ll have the ability to mingle with a few tame, friendly camels. Then, under the beauty of sunset, it’s dune-bashing time. Do not worry, it’s not as violent as it sounds. Bashing simply means driving up and around the slopes, kind of like a being on a roller coaster. Your driver will make a brief stop that you lose your lunch (kidding!) And shoot some pictures. At the peak of the dune, lots of men and women try sand boarding.