I can escape to the desert at any time

Dubai is a city that has risen out of the sand, and sometimes it’s great to rediscover its origins. I love the fact that you can drive in pretty much any direction away from the ocean, and before long you’ll reach the rippling dunes and emptiness of the desert. I find it’s a welcome reminder of where I am in the world, and it’s a joy to think that we have such a vast ‘playground’ on our doorstep. Don’t have a car? I recommend Arabian Adventures for tours (04 303 4888).

Hfu Reisenhofer
Guides and supplements editor