Places To Visit In UAE.
If you are coming to Dubai there are Places to visit in UAE. Good news is UAE is small & all these places can be visited in maximum 2 days as they all are accessible from Dubai. UAE has so many places to visit than just Dubai’s high rises & fancy malls. These gems are only mainly visited by locals & are truly treasures of UAE. I have listed a few places that you must Visit when in UAE. Also mentioned on how to get to these places & the best time to visit UAE. This could be a one day trip for you can your family.
Hidden Treasure No 1: Al Qudra Lake.
* Getting to Al Qudra:
Sitting in the middle of the desert about 45 mins drive, 52 Km from downtown Dubai (Sheikh Zayed Road) follow the D63 road all the way to AL QUDRA LAKES. Once you see the pit stop “THE LAST EXIT”, you know you are almost there. then follow the cycle track to the left of the last exit which will lead to your 1st Hidden Treasure.
* What Is Al Qudra Lakes?
Al Qudra Lakes are man-made clusters of lakes, the water of which is sourced from rains & desalinated water. A cluster is divided into East Cluster & West Cluster, however, there is no signage indicating the same
* What To Expect In Al Qudra?
As I mentioned earlier there are no signs indicating the EAST & the WEST cluster, according to the maps the EAST side of the CLUSTER is habitat to Desert Foxes & Oryx. The WEST side of the CLUSTER is home for geese, swans, flamingos & rabbits. Speaking of maps the GPS works absolutely fine at this isolated Hidden Treasure. The lake’s water is beautiful, turquoise green & it is an ideal place to watch the sun setting in the desert while you are in the man-made maze of the lakes.
* Things To Do In Al Qudra:
Al Qudra is a great picnic & camping spot. I personally prefer the evenings, as they are much cooler. Bon Fires are not allowed & remember to stock up for your picnic as there are no facilities around & also remember to clean up after your self.
* The Last Exit:
Just in case you decide to drive to Al Qudra for sightseeing on your way back, you can stop for a quick bite at The Last Exit. The Last Exit is all about food Trucks & is open 24/7. Right from Pizzas to chicken wings to Burgers & from milkshakes to Dubai’s Popular Karak Chai are perfect mid meals.
* Best Time To Visit:
Al Qudra lakes are popular amongst the locals all year round. As it is a great get away from the busy city in 45 mins. The winters are definitely cooler & the evenings & nights are popular all year round as the chances of encountering the wildlife is very high. There are NO ORGANIZED TOURS for this treasure. The only way of getting here is through renting a car or maybe taxi. This place gets quite magical for sunsets. Have a look for your self. Pictures are clicked by iPhone X, bought one from Amazon no professional camera.
* Places to Bon Fire:
Anywhere between the 1st & 2nd roundabout after crossing the E611 highway on D63 Al Qudra road. In the night you will evidently see people bonfire. Wood for the bonfire is readily available at the most gas station through winter. Al Qudra is also one of the 12 Places to Visit for Free in Dubai.
Hidden Treasure No 2: Hatta Dam
* Getting to Hatta Dam.
The town of Hatta is the easternmost frontier of the Emirate of Dubai. Located in midst of Hajar mountains, has two roads accessing it.
Route 1: E-44 highway (Hatta Road) – this is a shorter route leading straight from Downtown Dubai to Hatta and covers a distance of approximately 100km. However, a 10 km stretch of this highway sits in Oman territory, making access for foreigners a bit of a hassle, as you may require all relevant documents to cross an international border, like Passport, Oman visa (if you require one) and car insurance that covers Oman.
Route 2: E-102 ( Sharjah-Kalba Road) – the longer route of about 140 km, but hassle-free for everyone, as this road runs only through the United Arab Emirates. Hence, only standard documents required viz., Driving License, Registration and Insurance.
Once you see Hatta Fort ( image below) on your left, take a right turn from the roundabout, the road narrows and heads to two dams. Both close apart and must visits.
* What is Hatta Dam?
The Hatta Dam is a natural catchment area of rainwater and creates a stunning view of turquoise green lakes amidst rocky mountains. The last 50 meters of the drive makes you climb an incline with a gradient of 45 degrees then revealing a hidden natural wonder.
* What to expect and things to do at the dam?
During winters, it is a great spot to picnic and kayaking. The town of Hatta itself is fairly self-sufficient with a shopping centre and few eateries around.
NOTE – NOT MANY PUBLIC TOILETS ENROUTE, BUT MOST GAS STATIONS HAVE 1 AND THE ONLY SHOPPING MALL IN HATTA HAS TOILETS.
* Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit is definitely winters. During the day the temperature is between 25 to 30 C. There ARE ORGANIZED HALF DAY TOURS that run to this area. Prices are between 250 to 300 AED/person. (70 USD) Car rental for a day from hertz 5 seaters would cost you around 150 AED/day (40 USD) In short 5 people can experience & enjoy for the price of one with all the freedom to stop anywhere you like. Fuel is dirt cheap in the whole of middle east. Taxis are expensive in Dubai. ( NON PEAK hours approx. a 20km ride will cost you around 55Aed that is 15USD)
12 Places to visit for free in Dubai. To know more check the link.
Hidden Treasure No 3 – Jebel Hafeet
* Getting to Jebel Hafeet:
Located in Al Ain, the easternmost frontier the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, a 160km and two-hour drive from Downtown Dubai on the E-66 highway (Dubai – Al Ain road), the last 10km of which takes you through a paved and windy road climbing the mountain of Jebel Hafeet. Parts of the drive through the E-66 highway takes you through some stunningly peach and orange colour scenic desert, the glimpses of which one might have seen in Fast and Furious 7 and StarWarz – The Force Awakens. Also for Bollywood lovers, the last race between the brothers in the movie Race (part 1) was shot in the windy roads of Jebel Hafeet.
* What to expect in Jebel Hafeet?
The paved road climbing up the mountain featured in the Overdrive magazine as one of the top 10 motorable roads in Asia and is definitely very scenic. There are parking lots at all photo points and the top of the mountain, there is an eatery, toilets and children play area. People usually come here to witness the sunset and city lights of Al Ain city on one side and Oman on the other, after Dusk.
NOTE – BEWARE OF HONEY BEES AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.
* Best Time to Visit:
Winters is the best time to visit the mountains. The temperatures are between 25 to 30 C during the day. There ARE ORGANIZED FULL DAY TOURS that run to this area. Prices are between 430 – 450 AED/person. (115 USD), which also covers the Al-Ain zoo, the tickets over the counter price would be 25AED/ Person(6 USD). Car rental for a day from Herts 5 seater would cost you around 150 AED/day (40 USD) In short 5 people can experience & enjoy for the price of one with all the freedom to stop anywhere you like.
Hidden Treasure No 4 – Jebel Jais
* Getting to Jebel Jais:
There are 2 major highways. Il just describes the best one as this one will beat the Sharjah city & the crazy Sharjah traffic. Follow the E311 (Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road) All the way to Ras Al Kiamah (RAK). Follow signs to Jebel Jais. Expect windy roads as you get closer to the mountains. The roads are however in very good condition.
* What Is Jebel Jais?
Jebel Jais is the highest motor-able road in The UAE. Also, it is the highest peak in the Hajar mountain range. Typically the temperatures are 10C cooler than at sea level.
* What to expect?
Scenic Drive through mountains.
* Things to do there:
This place is great for overnight camping, carry your own gears. great place to picnic & Bbq provided you carry your own BBQ. Jebel Jais is now gaining its major popularity as it flaunts the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE WORLDS LONGEST ZIP LINE. (2.83km Long zip line). Check the link attached to the video.
* Best Time To Visit:
Winters is definitely the best time to visit. There ARE ORGANIZED TOURS from RAK. Price/person is 375AED (102 USD). Car rental for a day from Hertz 5 seaters would cost you around 150 AED/day (40 USD). Cost for Zip Line/ Person is 370 AED (100 USD).
Hidden Treasure No 5 – Ras Al Khor Scantuary.
Just meters from the bustling city of Dubai you will spot these PINK FLAMINGOS stealing the show. I would rank this under a natural wonder. As these flamingos migrate during winters. Looks like Dubai is a Huge HUB for the flamingos too.
* How to get there: The bird watching areas are located at the eastern and southern perimeters of the sanctuary and are accessible through the interchange of E66 & E44. Follow Google maps.
* What to Expect: Billions of Beautiful Pink Flamingos.
* Best Time To Visit: November Until Feb.
* Entry Charges: Free
I cannot emphasize enough on how much you can save by renting a car in UAE, as there is GPS coverage throughout the country. Especially if you are coming to Dubai. All of these are easily accessible & with-in reach from Dubai. Considering you have 5 days in Dubai you can actually visit the above HIDDEN & least visited by tourist TREASURES, during the day & enjoy the evenings & the Dubai city during the night. Dubai is very LIBERAL when it comes to its nightlife, music, Bars & Pubs. You can read more about DUBAI NIGHTLIFE & its MUSIC, BARS & PUBS.
If you are travelling with kids family there are loads of fun places to visit in Dubai.
I Hope You have enjoyed reading. I hope the above adds to the memories of your travel diaries. Please feel free to leave a comment or a picture if you happen to visit these places. I would like to be a part of your tour through the pictures. Enjoy your trip & safe travels.