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By Chris | July 27 2007
Don’t miss out on Dubai’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences
In only 20 years Dubai has reclaimed the desert and turned it into one of the world’s top golfing destinations.
There are three championship courses, one of which, the Emirates, hosts the annual Dubai Desert Classic tournament. Often the highlight of the European Tour, the event takes place each February to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Turn to ‘What to do During the Day’ to see our selection of Dubai’s must-play golf courses, each one a fusion of design and luxury with five-star clubhouses.
To visit the dunes beyond Dubai’s glittering skyline is to see something unique.
The Rub Al Khali desert is the heart of old Arabia, the origins of Dubai and an inspiration to many of the greatest explorers, including Freya Stark and Wilfred Thesiger. Beyond the Dunes is a company that specializes in making this experience as personalized and as privileged as possible. While guests are free to customize their excursions, company owner Ahid recommends a full day of exploring the dunes in one of their luxury Hummers, driven by an experienced guide. When evening comes your guide will lay Arabian rugs atop a sand dune from where you can watch the sunset, glass of champagne in hand. Then settle in the dusky dunes as your guide lays out cushions, lights candles and cooks a traditional meal of grilled meats, salad, hummus and unleavened bread.
Polo, almost since its birth, has been associated with prestige and class, and recently Dubai has been paying homage to the sport of kings.
Hosting world class polo tournaments such as the Dubai Polo World Cup on beautiful grounds, and attracting all the associated glamour and sophistication, Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club is certainly the most elite venue. Even if you are completely new to polo, Dubai’s only Hurlingham Polo Association–qualified coach Steve Thompson can teach everything you need to know to win a match. The three–day course combines horsemanship and tactics, and culminates in a team match so you can truly experience the thrill of galloping flat–out across the polo field and beating your opponent. Watching the game is, however, almost as enthralling as playing it, so on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between October and April, go to the private Desert Palm Polo Club to drink tea on the hotel’s terrace while watching this exhilarating sport.