Travel down Dubai-Hatta highway toward the desert and you’ll spot Mars on Earth here in the form of the aptly named Big Red sand dune, locally known as Al Hamar.

It’s a highly popular spot for locals and travelers with thrills and adventures brewing in their minds; the 100-meter high dune provides the perfect arena for dune bashing, sand boarding, and other extreme activities. Not much of a daredevil? You can still entertain yourself by watching the adrenaline junkies duke it out.

But, Big Red sand dune is more than just a playground for desert sports enthusiasts. The dune’s deep hue, a natural curiosity brought by the high iron oxide content, makes for a mesmerizingly eerie background as you explore this great expanse. Just remember to bring water and be here early in the morning to avoid getting sun-scorched!

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