The Desert

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Bab Al Shams Resort, Dubai

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The Desert
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By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#8 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of The Desert

Go and see the sand for yourself, then relax in a desert resort.

Seeing as you're in the Middle East, it'd be rude not to see some sand not connected to a beach resort. Although Dubai may seem like a maze of highways, once you head out away from the coast you're soon surrounded by sand dunes, with the odd camel scattered here and there. It's fine just to have a drive around for while as the roads are all well-maintained, but if you've got time I recommend finishing things off with a trip to Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, a rather spectacular Arabian-themed resort in the middle of nowhere about 40 minutes from Dubai and a great place to unwind one afternoon to watch the sun go down. Relax with a drink in the rooftop bar, it's all quite magically and the perfect antidote the fast-pace of Dubai. And if you simply can't drag yourself away, the rooms aren't too expensive either. 

Price advice: 

It's free to enter Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, but you'll probably need to buy some food or drink in one of the bars if you want to stick around. 

More information on The Desert:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
National park / nature reserve, Viewpoint
Address:
Bab Al Shams Resort, Dubai
Telephone:
04 809 6100
Website:
http://www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Dubai/Jumeirah-Bab-Al-Shams/
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
All day.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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