AFAR Experiences Dubai is underway (learn more here), and although we've only been here since Thursday evening, we've already packed a lot in. That includes talks about Dubai and the wider region's past, present, and future with bestselling author Parag Khanna and former U.S. ambassador to Dubai Michael Corbin, and a discourse on religious and cultural understanding with Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding.

Dubai is much more than just luxe resorts and mega-malls, and we were fortunate to take a tour of the desert with Platinum Heritage. Here's what it's like to take a desert safari in Dubai.