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.
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