Busy shopping in Dubai? We envy you. Dubai has so many fantastic shopping malls and traditional souqs that shopping itself is an adventure there. Still, when you’ve had your fill of shopping, take a look at what’s on offer around Dubai. Consider taking a day trip out of Dubai to nearby locales of interest that are so exotically beautiful that you’ll be glad you make the trip! We have perfect day trip destinations for everyone – beach lovers, nature lovers, culture lovers, water sports fans, adrenaline junkies and the lot. Take a look at our suggested day trips and pack your bags today for your day of adventure outside of Dubai!
Musandam Peninsula – Oman
Less than 200 kilometers from Dubai is the incredibly scenic Musandam Peninsula, the perfect destination for nature lovers. Musandam’s rugged, mountainous coast contains deep inlets between rugged cliffs that plunge into the Arabian Gulf. Musandam is nicknamed as the Arabian Fiords, since the inlets resemble the fiords in Norway. Musandam’s mountains were carved not by glaciers but by tectonic plate movement. Be sure to cruise by the Omani town of Khasab, where you will see dolphins along the way. Also visit Telegraph Island, which once housed London-to-Karachi British cable line.
Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Yas Island is the perfect day trip destination for the adventure-lover. Here you’ll find Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and Yas Marina Circuit. If you’re a Formula 1 fan, don’t miss exploring Ferrari World, with its Formula 1 based rollercoasters, rides and lineup of racing vehicles. Ferrari World also has the fastest and the loopiest rollercoaster in the world. If you’re lucky enough to be there in time to watch a Formula 1 race, nothing better. Yas Waterworld is just perfect for the young and young-at-heart to cool off via super-thrilling rides.
Al-Ain – Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s Garden City, Al Ain is a cultural treat, with its restored fortresses, museums, and a Bronze Age archaeological site. Do visit the UAE’s oldest museum, the Al Jahili Fortress and the Al Ain Museum, which houses artifacts belonging to the Bronze Age and beyond. The Al Ain Palace Museum is the former resident of the UAE’s first president; now the building houses a fine art gallery plus photos and dioramas of traditional Emirati life. Don’t miss a trip to the Al Ain Zoo to spot various African and Arabian animals housed in a natural-style habitat. While you’re at it, do take a trip up to the summit of Jebel Hafeet, the UAE’s second tallest peak, for top views of Al Ain and beyond.
[Must Visit: Al Ain City Tour]
Jabal Al Jais – Ras Al Khaimah
A day trip to Ras Al Khaimah is just what you need when your soul demands a pick-me-up. Ras Al Khaimah is endowed with great natural beauty, stretches of golden beaches and a soothing traditional atmosphere. Jabal Al Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE, standing majestic at a height of 1,910m. Pack some camping gear and start climbing or driving up the mountain. Be sure to watch the incredible sunrise and sunset over the peaks. The mountains are rife with fossils from various eras. You’ll suddenly come across lovely waterfalls and pools in the mountains – perfect for overnight camping.
Tim’s Reef – Fujairah
If you’re into surfing or kite surfing, just pack your gear and head out to Fujairah, to Tim’s Reef. This is the only swell that breaks on the Reef along UAE’s east coast, where the Arabian Gulf meets the Indian Ocean. Tim’s Reef is one of the best surf spots you’ll find in the United Arab Emirates. Enjoy surfing to your heart’s content and then explore Fujairah’s gorgeous beaches. You can camp on or close to the beaches, and watch the magnificent sunrise over the waters in the morning.
Sir Bani Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Sir Bani Yas Island is located on Abu Dhabi’s western coast. If you’re into history, then you’re at the perfect place to learn as much as you can about the UAE’s past. Sir Bani Yas Island has over 40 archaeological sites, some of which date back to 600 AD. Take your time to explore these sites and understand a bit more about the UAE. Sir Bani Yas Island also serves as a wildlife sanctuary, under the patronage of the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Book a room in a beach resort and stay for a while in this beautiful island. You can take guided archeological tours; go mountain biking and horseback riding while you’re here. The beaches are pristine, clean and golden, so beach bumming, snorkeling and swimming are definitely on the menu.
Day trips are fun, even more so when they turn into two-day or week-long trips. It all depends on you. From Dubai, you can book a taxi; drive your own vehicle or even sign up for a day tour to explore various destinations. Just be open to the prospect, and enjoy your travels to the UAE to the fullest.