To find a completely isolated spot, away from all the city noises and traffic, pack up and head for Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, 60km up the Al Ain Highway. Wildlife-watchers can spot the occasional oryx, as well as lizards, sand cats and gazelles – but they’re often out at night so they’re hard to see. The sand is generally a beautiful orange-brown colour and very soft. Sunday is normally the best day to go, as by then the litter has either blown away, been covered by sand or cleared up. 04 303 4888, www.arabian-adventures.com.To see 100 more of our favourite things to do in Dubai, click here.