If you’re willing to rise before dawn and take a mini-bus ride along a dark desert road to Nahe, a Bedouin village between Al Ain and Dubai then you’ll be rewarded with the finest views of the desert you will ever see. From the basket of a hot air balloon 4,000 feet in the air. You’ll see the sun rise of the mountains, wild animals, a distant skyline and mile after mile of multi-coloured dunes. It is also the closest you’ll find to silence in Dubai. A hot-air balloon experience costs Dhs950; Dhs800 for kids aged five to 12. www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949). Find out more about hot air balloon rides in Dubai here.To see 100 more of our favourite things to do in Dubai, click here.