My magical place: In the desert, our author found Dubai far away from all artificiality – for a moment

There I am standing in this glittering world, where the facades of high-rise buildings reflect the sun while their attics disappear into the clouds.

My magical place: In the desert, our author found Dubai far away from all artificiality – for a moment

There I am standing in this glittering world, where the facades of high-rise buildings reflect the sun while their attics disappear into the clouds. Where expensive cars drive on wide streets and huge banners advertise luxury watches. And where half-naked influencers pose for the next reel, while women in hijabs hold a scent ceremony or prepare for evening prayers. Even the picturesque palm gardens and refreshing waters in Dubai are artificial.

Is there an authentic, original Dubai? To find out, I drive an hour out of the city of superlatives. In the foothills of the Rub al-Khali desert, in the Al Marmoom Reserve. The nature reserve near Saih as-Salam, a habitat for camels, gazelles and desert dogs, extends over 400,000 square meters and accounts for around ten percent of the total area of ​​the Emirate of Dubai. Hoping for some authenticity, I book a guided desert tour. And experience a big show.

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