Dubai is undoubtedly the most popular destination in the Middle East. Tourism has contributed tremendously to its economic growth also. The city with its sparkling skyscrapers and luxurious lifestyle has caught the attention of the whole world.
There is one more thing that works in favor of Dubai, its proximity to the other Emirates. This makes it possible to visit other fabulous destinations, just as short trips from Dubai.
See what else can you include in your Dubai travel, once you have covered what’s in the city.
Hatta Dam is the most popular option for day trips from Dubai. Two hours away from the city, Hatta lies in the Hajer mountains. The main attraction of the region is the abounding fun and adventure activities. The Hatta Dam is still and serene for kayaking im the turquoise waters. There are donut boats, pedal boats and water bikes you can use here. Hatta is also an excellent location for mountain bikers.
If you are up for hiking, there are various routes ranging from a distance of 3 km to 8 km to choose from. You can hike till you reach the Hatta Heritage village showing the life of Dubai a few hundred years ago. The complex includes a mosque, watchtowers, a fort and various shops set in traditional market style.
Yas Island is in Abu Dhabi but is only one hour away from the west of Dubai. So if you are visiting Abu Dhabi, then you can pass this along the way. Make sure to stay a day in the Yas island to enjoy it to the fullest.
So Yas Island has three giant theme parks inside. The Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, and the latest
Warner Bros World. Each of them is extravagant, filled with fun rides, that are sure to give you an adrenaline rush; the latter two are entirely indoors.
Don’t be too fast to erase the picture of the calm waters and sandy beaches when you heard the term island. There is also a private resort beach which you can access if you are staying at one of the hotels inside. There is also the Yas Marina where you can indulge in a cruise along the waters of islands in Abu Dhabi.
The Ferrari World is for anyone who has the craze for cars and speed. This enormous air-conditioned atrium has a whole crazy urban set up inside it, including the fastest roller coaster in the world, the Formula Rossa. .You will experience a thrill you never thought possible in theme parks here. You will go from 0-240 kph in a few seconds in the roller coaster, and then there are numerous other rides too.
Yas Mall is another property here for those who get the rush from shopping.
If you feel that Dubai city couldn't get you the insight into its culture exactly, take a trip to Al AIn, around 150 km from Dubai. The most interesting aspect here is the Al AIn Palace Museum, a spectacular building that has all the stunning elements of Islamic architecture.
You will be transformed back in time inside this massive complex of buildings and its courtyards. The palace also known as Sheikh Zayed Palace shows you where the Sultan lived and how he did. The structure is made of vernacular materials and is conserved in excellent standard.
There is also the Al Ain Classic Car Museum, that could intrigue those who love vintage cars.
Oman is another beautiful part of the Middle East. Towards the tip of the Arabian peninsula, there is the mountainous part that juts into the Strait of Hormuz, creating a very spectacular form of nature known as the Musandam Peninsular.
You would be crossing the borders of UAE when you reach here, so do not forget to take your passports with you. You will have to pay the UAE exit fee and Oman visit visa fees.
While taking Musandam trips from Dubai, you have to cover a little bit further. There is a beautiful harbor there, where dolphins live. You can either just take a look in a motorboat or do a bit of scuba diving, depending on the time you have. Nearby is the village of Khasab, an escape from the rush of cities with a few resorts, a castle and a museum. This is also an ideal spot if you want to camp overnight on the beach.
Visiting the desert is to be on the top of the checklist of things to do in Dubai. One way to enjoy the desert is to take the hot air balloon ride over it, passing through the clouds and mountains. You can find a few operators offering this service including Balloon Adventures Dubai.
You might want to reserve one before you go and they will pick you up at the hotel. It is a mesmerizing experience you don’t want to miss in Dubai. These rides are offered usually in the months of September to May.
Ras Al Khaimah is about an hours drive away from Dubai and is almost like its satellite city. The one thing you should try here is the Zipline. If you are thinking why would you want to go to another city just to get on a zip line, let us correct you. This is the world’s longest zip line that flies over Jebel Jair Mountains.
You have to drive another hour from Ras Al Khaimah to reach Toro Verde Zipline. There is also a park there, and in high season, it tends to get really crowded. So you might have to start early to get a head start on the queue after reaching there. The zip line is safe for everyone, and there is a provision for two people to zip side by side so you can share the thrill.
If you didn't think there is enough to do in Dubai, now you are going to be drowning in options. So plan your trip adding more days to your itinerary before you confirm cheap flights to Dubai. Get your booking done at FareDepot to get the best rates for the cheapest international flights and lastminute flights.