8 Great Day Trips from Dubai
Dubai is a wonderland for adults. It has everything, from the tallest building in the entire world to world-class facilities. It is a playground within the rather strict UAE and is where adults can go to have fun and enjoy themselves in luxury incarnate.
It is not, however, the only place you can enjoy on your visit. By taking a trip outside of the city, you can enjoy so many incredible adventures and experience the authentic culture of the UAE.
Firstly, plan your day trips (which are listed below). Once you know where you want to head to, hire a car at the airport so that you can easily get from one place to another. After your transport is booked, be sure to pack essentials and wear appropriate and comfy clothing.
For those who are unsure about how to spend their time in Dubai and are looking for trips that’ll impress their adventurous side, here are the very best trips for culture enthusiasts.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an absolute delight to behold and a must for anyone who is visiting Dubai. It is well within a day trip range, and as one of the UAE’s major modern landmarks, it is a must as well.
Go to see incredible contemporary architecture that has exemplified and highlighted the traditional Arabic design that makes this mosque so unique and captivating. It is lavish, with gold, marble, ceramics and crystals, and is a triumph for the entire Middle East. At only 132km, this palace of marble is well within reach with a rented vehicle, and once you are there, you can tour the entire mosque (so long as you get there during its opening times, which differ on Fridays).
Visit the Desert
Another day trip outside of Dubai isn’t that far at all. In fact, it is to the desert that lies just outside of the city. Walk alone the sand dunes, take incredible photographs and have fun – there are many activities to keep you entertained.
You can go camel riding if you are feeling traditional, or you can skip the tradition altogether and get a 4 wheel drive vehicles or quad bikes to smash along the dunes and have a thrilling time. There is also sandboarding to try out, too, if you want to take your love for waves to land.
The Musandam Peninsula is the perfect relaxing getaway from Dubai, and has some amazing landscapes to match. About a 2 to 3 hour drive away, this destination is full of mountains and dramatic coastlines. Similar to Norway in terms of its fjords, the peninsula is an absolute must for those who want to see dramatic sights and explore the world. To really enjoy the sights that these Arabian fjords hold, take a cruise and enjoy the sights from the water.
This garden city is full of cultural experience for those interested in the land and its history. It has museums galore and a well-restored traditional fortress that you must see on your trip. Go and enjoy a Bronze Age Archaeological Site, the Al Jahili Fortress, which is home to the oldest museum, and of course the Al Ain Palace Museum, which is a fortress of fine art.
There are even places to go for families, such as the Al Ain Zoo, which even offers a full safari experience to those who want to see wildlife up close and personal.
Wadi Adventure Park
About an hour and a half away from Dubai is the Wadi Adventure park, which is an entirely manmade destination perfect for those who want some thrills. Here you can kayak, surf, enjoy white water rafting on their very own course, go wakeboarding, and, of course, enjoy a nice dip in a pool.
For those who need a break from the water, this park also features rock climbing, zip lines, and obstacle courses. This makes it perfect for everyone, from families to singles, to even couples.
The Hajar Mountains rest between the UAE and Oman, and if you are looking for a road trip of a lifetime, then this is the best place to go. You will get incredible views of the landscape, of wildlife such as gazelles, and of course, be able to stop off at the Hatta Heritage Village shop, a fully restored ancient site. This way you can get the thrills, see the landscapes, and even learn about Emirati traditional life. If you have time, also aim to make a stop to the colourful market at Masafi.
167km away from Dubai is Fujairah, which is ideal for those who want nature and history all rolled into one. The mosque here, the Al-Bidyah Mosque, is the oldest in the UAE and has been around for hundreds of years. It is also home to the golden Fujairah Fort and Heritage Village, where you can wander around completely reconstructed streets that showcase how people used to live and even gives courses and experiences on traditional Emirati life. When your historical day is over, head to the beach, which is one of the prettiest in all of the UAE, and perfect for snorkelling or diving.
Finally, make sure to visit Ferrari World, which is so much more than just a plain old museum filled with the best Ferrari’s in the world – though, of course, that is certainly one of its highlights. No, Ferrari World is the world’s largest indoor theme park and has so much to do for everyone that you would be amiss not to visit. Here you can enjoy roller coasters, a Formula 1 racecourse, and even audio-visual attraction rides.
UAE is so much more than Dubai, so when you want to get out there and experience the sand dunes or visit a world-class museum or water park, pack up your car and head out. If you aren’t one to plan out these day trips yourself, then book a tour and head out with them instead. There is so much to enjoy outside of the city, and no trip will be complete without at least venturing out once.