When it comes to holidaying in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the first thing that comes to mind. Of course, this financial capital of the UAE has ample of interesting things to see and do. Moreover, it has given the world some unique architectural marvels that anyone has ever seen. However, Dubai is a touristy place and so crowded that you may want to take a break and head somewhere else. Luckily, the other Emirate cities are just a few hours’ drives and there are some amazing things that you can see outside Dubai too. As all the Emirates are close-by, you can easily have a day trip from Dubai if you want to see these places. With this note, we will look at the best day trips from Dubai.
Hatta Mountain Desert Safari
The Hatta Mountain desert safari is for those who want to experience something more than the regular desert safari. Hatta is an island enclave of the UAE and lies across UAE and Oman. Flanked by the mighty Hajjar Mountains, the Hatta Safari is a great off-roading trip that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. While the panoramic views of Hatta would leave you mesmerized, there are several other exciting things to do here. During the safari, you get to visit the Hatta Heritage Village, a beautifully preserved ancient village, with its traditional life, mud houses, and museums. You would also be able to visit a museum that was built some 200 years ago and also the Hatta Dam which is popular for kayaking. This safari would give you the chance to take a break from the modernity of Dubai and enjoy the peace and calm of the village while enjoying wildlife and nature.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
This indoor amusement park in Yas Island of Abu Dhabi is an F1 themed park. Opened in 2010, the Ferrari World is loved by adventure enthusiasts and F1 fans. The park covers an area of 86,000 square meters and has rides, roller coasters and attractions for kids and adults as well. The star of the theme park is the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster on the earth, as it runs at the speed of 240 km/hour. If this is not enough for you, the Fiorano GT Challenge, Turbo Track, Mission Ferrari, etc. are some of the best roller coasters at the park. Apart from all this, the place has thrill rides, kids’ rides, and family rides, making it a joy to spend your entire day here. Also, do check out The Thrill of Rosso ride which would give you first-hand Formula 1 racing experience. Do not forget to check out the souvenir and gift shop on your way out to buy some F1 racing related paraphernalia.
If you want to enjoy a thrilling outdoor adventure, a trip to Jebel Jais is a must. Located in the Emirate city of Ras Al Khaimah, Jebel Jais is the highest mountain range of the United Arab Emirates and gives you some of the most breathtaking sceneries in the country. You can take either a car or cycle up the winding roads of the mountain. Hiking and rock climbing are also quite popular here. One of the best ways is to choose the Via Ferrata, which is a climbing route that is secure and protected with the help of aid climbers, steel cables, etc. Another advantage of choosing Via Ferrata is you get the chance to enjoy ziplining over the mountains, including the longest Zipline not only in the UAE but also all over the world. Apart from the thrill of these adventure activities, the beauty of the place would make this day trip from Dubai really worth your time and money.
Another scenic tour away from Dubai is the Musandam Dibba tour, a tiny Omani enclave. This tour requires you to get an Omani visa and you would have to undergo an immigration check at the border. Taking 30 days multiple entry visa for UAE along with an Omani visa would make your exit and entry quite smooth. The Musandam Dibba tour starts early in the morning as you have to travel several hours from Dubai to reach the border. Also, the immigration process takes time. However, undergoing all the trouble is surely worth it because you are rewarded with gorgeous landscapes and sceneries. While the coastal marine drive would bring you across breathtaking beauty, the dhow cruise from the village of Khasab would give you the chance to explore dramatic fjords. During the cruise, you would be able to see dolphins and also indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving. The Musandam Dibba tour offers peace, quietness and the chance to be one with nature. So, do visit this place, which is also known as the Norway of Arabia.
Abu Dhabi City Tour
Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, may not seem to be as glamorous as Dubai. However, the city is packed with several cultural experiences that would give you an insight into the traditional life of the Arabs. Abu Dhabi is just a 2-hour drive from Dubai and you can comfortably check out the major attractions of the city and return to Dubai by night time. Start your tour with the visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in UAE made in white marble. The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village would give you a glimpse of the Emirati life of the past. The Qasr Al Watan is the latest entry in the city and is popular for its grandeur and architecture. Some other places that you should visit in Abu Dhabi are the Louvre Museum, the Falcon Hospital, and Yas Island. The Emirate city of Abu Dhabi gives a different perspective of the UAE and hence a day trip should definitely be in your itinerary.
A low-key Emirate city, Fujairah is one of the best places to visit if you want to know about the history and culture of the UAE and the Arabs in detail. While the Grand Mosque of Dubai and Jumeirah Mosque of Dubai spell out the grandeur and glamour of the present life, the mudbrick Al-Bidiyah Mosque would tell you about the humble past of the Emirates. Apart from this, there is the 16th century Fujairah Fort and the Heritage Village. The Heritage Village has exhibits that display the life, occupation, etc. of the Emiratis in the past. After viewing all these things, you would also get the time to visit the pristine beaches that Fujairah is famous for. If you are a water sports enthusiast, you would be happy to know that Fujairah is the best place for scuba diving in the entire UAE.
If you are planning a trip to Dubai in the near future, do not forget to include these Dubai day tours so that you get a complete UAE experience. You can look out for Dubai tour packages that also offer some interesting day tours.