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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 January, 2007, 12:00am

From tranquil desert to teeming souk, the emirate of Dubai packs a powerful punch for a location so geographically manageable. A day in this glittering new playground could take in towering sand dunes, lush parks, dusty villages, mountains, beaches and, of course, magnificent shopping malls.

Here is your chance to explore Dubai from a luxurious, five-star base overlooking the business district, with direct access to the beaches and warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. The Renaissance Dubai Hotel (above; tel: 971 4 262 5555) also boasts museums, golf courses and Arabian adventure on its doorstep. And the fun continues in the hotel, with its four restaurants, pool bar, tea lounge, sauna and hi-tech fitness centre.

In a competition exclusive to South China Morning Post readers, the Renaissance Dubai is offering a three-night Discover Dubai Package for two people, including luxury accommodation, breakfast at the Sails restaurant, a desert safari complete with Arabian barbecue and entry to the spectacular Dubai Museum, housed in Al Fahidi Fort. To enter, simply write to us using the words 'Dubai', 'renaissance' and 'adventure' in the most creative way you can. For inspiration, go to, then visit, click on 'Travel Club' and complete the registration form. Entries must be no longer than 75 words. Closing date: January 17. The offer, subject to availability, is valid until January 1, 2008. The editor's decision is final. Air

fares are not provided.