Sweeping sand dunes across stark orange earth, the untamed desert that surrounds Dubai is the very opposite of the city. A dramatic shift from the city’s ever-ambitious, futuristic buildings, the Arabian Desert offers necessary respite from Dubai’s thriving core. Indeed, the raw beauty of the desert remains a healthy reminder for visitors that, no matter how many technological advances there are, Mother Nature always reigns supreme. Bedouin-style campsites dotted throughout the landscape offer a rare insight into how the first desert-dwellers lived, while most trips to Dubai’s desert also include 4X4 drives, camel rides, sandboarding, and even the odd belly dance. There’s no denying it, for an Aladdin-style adventure, a Dubai desert safari is just the ticket.