OVERVIEW

Known as a labyrinth of luxury high-rises and deluxe shopping malls, the United Arab Emirates might not seem like the ideal destination for the average outdoorsman or the off-roader. Take heed, adventure travelers; just because you chose to live it up at a seven star hotel, doesn't mean you must eat caviar by the pool all day. (Or at least not every day.)

In the UAE, you can find yourself white knuckling the steering wheel of a Formula One race car or careening down mile-high sand dunes in a 4x4 jeep. Remember, almost anything is possible here, even snow skiing in the summer. So kick off your Jimmy Choos, strap on your hiking boots, and get ready to explore.justify;"