While traditional cycling through sand only leads to spinning tires and an inevitable wipeout, extra-wide bicycle tires allow smooth sailing in the treacherous terrain. The hobby known as fat biking features tires just over 12 centimeters wide equipped with large forks to handle sandy landscapes. Keen on taking the customized bikes for a spin? The sport has just debuted in the U.A.E. with rates from US$48 at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, the first resort in the Middle East to offer fat biking as a guest activity. The hotel’s surrounding peaks of the Empty Quarter make ideal grounds for the up to two-hour sessions that tour guests through routes of seven to 10 kilometers of stunning Arabian desert. Ironically, the sport started more than 100 years ago as a means to transport citizens of Alaska through snowy conditions. Trained guides accompany riders who are not only handy in the case of a flat, but also to highlight the intricacies of the desert’s fauna and flora.
For more information, visit Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (Qasr Al Sarab Road 1, Abu Dhabi; 971-2/886-2088; doubles from US$490).