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There are innumerable things to do for the whole family - plenty of sun, shopping and sports coupled with a healthy dose of history and culture.
While you may not find the Tate gallery or the Louvre in Dubai, there are a number of galleries here that exhibit art and traditional Arabic artifacts.
The Dubai Art Society was established in 1976 but only became popular when it reinvented itself in 1980 by moving to newer premises and, later, in the mid-1980s, renaming itself as the Dubai International Art Centre. Today, it is prominent in the thriving local art scene. At the same time, Ras al-Khaimah's Fine Art Association Centre is active in promoting the artistic skill of young artists in this northern emirate.
The Courtyard and the XVA Gallery are worth visiting and are examples of some unusual architecture.
By the way - At the XVA gallery you can paint your own canvas, dine on traditional UAE food, chill out in rooftop rocking chairs and gaze over the mosque tops to the lights of Bur Dubai
Camel racing is followed by a freshly cooked campfire breakfast? a grand way to start your day! During the months of October - April, Camel Racing is a major sport in Dubai. The track is located on the outskirts of the city at Nad Al Sheba (behind the Metropolitan Hotel).
At the race track on the edge of the city, visitors can view the exciting proceedings from the grandstand, wander around the paddocks, and buy camel "accessories", including blankets, rugs and beads from the nearby market.
Additionally, camel rides are available at various heritage sites, and also within the city of Dubai during the much famed Dubai Shopping Festival.
Trips to the desert in groups can be a great way to explore the desert and also know other people and find out a little bit more about the Arabic culture. Safaris are generally half day and can include an overnight stay in one of the Bedouin tents.
1. Wadi-Driving - This is a popular pastime with both residents and visitors. This involves exploring the wadis or dry beds of streams that flow after winter rains from the Hajar mountains.
2. Dune driving - Driving in sand can be a thrilling experience by itself and this combines the excitement of a roller coaster ride with the challenge of remaining mobile on the shifting surface. Courses in sand driving are available, with four-wheel-drive vehicles provided, along with expert instruction.
3. Sand-Skiing - Those with a penchant for speed, a head for heights and enthusiasm for an unusual sport will enjoy sand-skiing down the dunes of the Dubai desert.
4. Desert Feasts - Safaris are made more pleasurable by culminating into an evening with spectacular sunset views followed by a traditional Arab barbecue under the stars. You can even tailor your evening to your need and round it off with some great Arabic music and belly dancing, the smoking of hubble-bubble pipes and often a display of falconry.
By the way - On the Hatta safari you can drive through deep trenches where you will see million year old mountains of different arrays of color offering a spectacular view of the region.