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Dubai tours

Sand skiing

Arabian Adventures operates a 'Rides and Slides' tour combining camel rides with sand skiing. Rides on the original 'ships of the desert' offer a totally different perspective on Dubai's desert landscapes. A half-hour journey in a traditional caravan introduces tourists to Dubai's traditional way of life, before throwing them back into the 21st century with the exhilarating sport of sand skiing.

Tel: +971 4 303 4888.

Boat tours

Arabian Adventures offers a variety of cruises on Dubai Creek, while Alpha Tours operates evening dhow dinner cruises, which take two hours. Alternatively, tourists should go down to Dubai Creek and charter a traditional abra (water taxi) for a short river tour lasting 60 to 90 minutes. The length of the tour and the price should be agreed in advance. Otherwise, visitors can just ride one across the creek to the other side (journey time - five minutes).

Tel: +971 4 294 9888 (Alpha Tours); +971 4 214 4888 (Arabian Adventures).

Dubai excursions

Desert trips

A popular activity from Dubai is to explore the sand dunes in a 4-wheel drive. This whimsical natural environment is home to a surprising number of animals and plants that have adapted to the extreme desert environment. Visitors should not hire their own vehicles, as desert driving can be dangerous for the inexperienced. Arabian Adventures run regular tours and can combine a trip with desert dinners in recreated Bedouin camps.

Tel: +971 4 214 4888.

Hajar Mountains

Located 100km (62 miles) east of Dubai, the spectacular Hajar Mountains run along the border with the eastern Fujairah emirate and neighbouring Oman. The best way to explore the steep canyons and soaring peaks is by 4-wheel drive. Highlights include the many wadis (dry river beds), which often collect rain or flood water and offer the chance to cool off, and the hill town of Hatta, which has been recreated as a mountain oasis. Alpha Tours offer tours of the region.

Tel: +971 4 294 9888