The United Arab Emirates has enjoyed a rising profile over the past decade thanks to its construction boom. While skyscrapers, indoor ski slopes, massive malls and man-made islands have stolen the headlines, much of this Arabian nation remains untouched desert, a storybook-like land of fine sands, dunes and camel caravans.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two most visitor-friendly emirates, have embraced desert tourism. While 4x4 tours are popular in Abu Dhabi, it is also possible to travel by camel, camp in the desert or even take a sightseeing flight in a hot air balloon. The landscapes of the UAE include mountains and rivers, providing those who want to experience the nature of this area in depth a diverse set of attractions to explore.