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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Clockwise from left:
Al Noor Mosque, Sharjah;
camel tour of the Arabian
Desert; Al Ain Oasis.
Venture outside the cities for Arabian culture, oasis wonders and Bedouin glamping.
A Night in the Desert
Cruise the dunes in a vintage Land Rover,
watching for leggy oryx sprinting across
the sand. Arrive at a romantic Bedouinstyle tent with traditional musicians and
dancers. After dinner, do some desert
stargazing through the camp telescope,
with an astronomer on hand to orient the
heavens. Wake early the next morning for
a hot-air balloon ride with a falconer on
board, as you watch the sun rise over the
Al Hajar Mountains.
Explore a seemingly endless sea of date
palms (the number is actually about
147,000) in the oasis of Al Ain on a
day trip from Dubai. The United Arab
Emirates' first UNESCO World Heritage
site, the plantation features a centuries-old
irrigation system. The town is also home
to the Hili Archaeological Gardens, with
Bronze Age monuments dating back some
Discover the finer points of Arab history
on a day trip to Sharjah. The Emirates'
third-largest city is considered its cultural
capital; the Sharjah Museum of Islamic
Civilization contains more than 5,000
artifacts, and the Al Noor Mosque is one
of only a few that welcome non-Muslim
visitors. The Sharjah Art Museum features
an impressive collection of Arab artists,
including the renowned Palestinian artist
Your Virtuoso travel advisor can arrange these exceptional experiences and more.