Your Dubai holiday doesn’t end with the city, alluring though it is. There are numerous day trips that you can take from the metropolis, including nearby cities like Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, as well as natural marvels like deserts, valleys, and historical ruins. Such excursions can serve as exciting breaks from the shopping and mall-hopping that you’re bound to do in Dubai. Here are the best places to visit around Dubai in 2019:
The capital city of UAE is full of irresistible attractions like Ferrari World, a Ferrari-themed amusement park, and Yas Waterworld on Yas Island, and Heritage Village, a preserved Arabian village with traditional souks and artisans practising pottery and glass blowing. On a day tour of Abu Dhabi, you will also visit the breath-taking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the world, Emirates Palace hotel, a luxury retreat that redefines grandeur, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. And did we mention that you can reach the city by a 45-minute seaplane tour from Dubai?
Distance from Dubai: 140 km
There are myriad ways to soak in the unique beauty of the Arabian Desert. Go on a hot air balloon ride at daybreak to see the golden sunlight kiss the tips of sand dunes. As an added luxury, you could watch a falconry and camel show from a height of 4000 feet. Dune bashing in a high-power desert buggy or 4WD is a hair-raising experience we highly recommend. Or you could ride through the desert on camels and watch traditional dances as you tuck into a gourmet open-air dinner.
Distance: Usually an hour’s drive from the city center
The archaeological site of Mleiha lies in Sharjah, and you could travel back in time at the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, where tombs, forts, and relics of the Palaeolithic era tell tales that you rarely hear. Later, you could paraglide from one of the lofty peaks in the region and take in the splendour of the desert.
Distance from Dubai: 75 km
Set against the backdrop of the ragged Hajar Mountains, Hatta Valley is the ultimate destination for adventurers. Rent a bike and traverse the 50 km long Hatta Mountain Bike Trail, or embark on a 9 km walking trail that takes you to Hatta Heritage Village, and onwards to Hatta Dam, where you can traverse the cyan waters with kayaks and pedal boats.
Distance from Dubai: 135 km
Jebel Jais, Ras-al-Khaimah
Jebel Rais is the highest peak in UAE, and an adventurous mountain pass takes you there. Situated in the city of Ras-al-Khaimah, Jebel Rais offers some stunning zip-lining experiences, as well as spectacular viewing points.
Distance from Dubai: 160 km
This city near Dubai is characterised by acres and acres of date palms and atmospheric desert oases. Al Ain Oasis is listed on the World Heritage Sites, and used to be a stopover in the caravan route. An ancient irrigation system, a palace museum, and a picturesque fort are some of the attractions in the city of 147,000 date palms.
Distance from Dubai: 150 km