When to go
March, April, May
I went during April, which is time of year when the temperature isn't too hot or cold.
Our driver told us that the water levels will be higher near the dunes if you go during other months, so that's something I would look into prior to going to Al-Attia Sand Dune. When I was there in April, the water levels were very low and some of the dune valley's were completely empty.
I took this photo at sunrise. A general tip when shooting sand dunes is that the best time of day to take photos is when the sun is lighting up one side of the dune so that the other side is darker in contrast (sunrise/sunset).
Visiting the Al-Attia Sand Dune will most likely be a long excursion. I recommend bringing food and water so you're full and hydrated all day.
Using a 35mm lens allowed me to capture the portrait, as well as the landscape. If the lens was longer, it wouldn't be able to include the detail of my face.
In order to get this perspective, I stood close to the camera and then worked with my clothing so that it complemented the landscape—it almost blends into the dunes!
On the same note of blending into the landscape, I think it looks best to dress your model in muted, monochrome clothing.
Make the most of the area while you're there. Hike the Al-Attia Sand Dune, swim in the water of the Inland Sea or dune bash in a 4x4 around the area. This destination is for the adventurous, so get ready to have some fun!