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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Some girls wanted Barbie’s Malibu Dream House; I wished for a tent and camel. My wanderlust was first inspired by documentaries about the nomads who traverse the Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, outside Abu Dhabi. Which is why I was especially intrigued by the opening of Asia-based hotel group Anantara’s 206-room Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort (doubles from $462), in a sheltered wadi edged by ocher dunes. Trade-route artifacts sourced from local souks—bedouin jewelry; hammered-brass vessels—help to create a place for me to live out my childhood fantasy. —Shane Mitchell

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