Adrenaline Junkies Find a Fix in Dubai

There are plenty of things you can do in a desert that have nothing to do with sand or sun: skiing, water-skiing, canoeing, trekking, scuba diving, golf, safari, horse racing ... Well, not in every desert, perhaps. But you can do all that in Dubai, which, as more than half a million Asians a year are discovering, is the world's new adventure sports Mecca.

Since the sheiks struck oil in 1966, they have driven Dubai toward the future with a high-octane fury somehow appropriate in a country sitting on one of the world's fuel tanks. In just over a generation, the...

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