15 Best Day Trips from Dubai
Dubai has captured people’s hearts and interests worldwide with its jaw-dropping development and architecture. From tall buildings to enormous malls to excellent amusement parks, there is nothing that Dubai does not have. Still, if you have been living in Dubai for a long time or have been holidaying in the city for some time, you may want to take a short break. There are several places around Dubai that you can visit just for a day. Here are the 15 best day trips that one can take from Dubai.
One of the most popular and most iconic tours in Dubai is the Musandam Dibba tour. Right from the cruise journey on the Omani wooden dhow, everything about the tour is splendid and breathtaking. While driving to Musandam Dibba, you get to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hajar Mountains. On the dhow, you can either enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the place or indulge in some fun activities like banana boat riding, fishing, snorkelling, swimming, etc. A scrumptious buffet lunch is also part of the Musandam Dibba experience.
Just two hours’ drive from Dubai city center is the United Arab Emirates’ capital city, Abu Dhabi. The biggest Emirate of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, is a culturally rich city. While there are numerous places to visit and things to see in Abu Dhabi, a must visit the Grand Mosque. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the city is the largest in the UAE. Apart from this, the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, Observation Deck at 300, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Marina Mall, Louvre Abu Dhabi, etc. are some of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi.
Hatta is another incredibly beautiful place some 125 km from Dubai that makes for the perfect one day trip. Endowed with mighty mountains and gorgeous turquoise waters, Hatta is truly a paradise on earth. When it comes to things to do in Hatta, you would be spoilt for choice. Visiting the Hatta Heritage Village, having a barbecue picnic at the Hatta Hill Park, enjoying kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding at the Hatta Dam, hiking through the wadis of Hatta, taking a dip in the Hatta Rock Pools, etc. are some of the best things to do here. Though you can do some of the mentioned things yourslef, some tour companies offer budget friendly hatta tour packages from Dubai.
Although Yas Island is a part of Abu Dhabi, you can easily spend an entire day here. Yas Island is home to several amazing attractions: the Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari World is an F1 themed amusement park with some of the most thrilling rides and even the fastest rollercoaster in the world. Yas Waterworld is one of the best and the biggest water parks in the UAE. Then there is Warner Bros. World, an indoor theme park with rides and attractions based on Warner Bros. movies and characters. Apart from all this, Yas Island also has a beach, a FI circuit, and a shopping mall.
Ras Al Khaimah
Flanked by the Hajjar Mountains on one side and the Persian Gulf on the other, Ras Al Khaimah exudes a raw beauty that is difficult to find anywhere else in the UAE. It is the perfect place to go to if you want to enjoy natural beauty without comprising on the city’s comforts. The city has some of the most beautiful and serene beaches in the country. Apart from this, there are several important monuments here as well. However, the star attraction of the place is Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the UAE. While the view from the top is amazing, adventure lovers can also go ziplining at the Jebel Jais Zipline, the longest zipline in the world. If you wish to explore the Ras al Khaimah like a local, renting a car is highly suggested.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island is a natural island located in the southwest of Abu Dhabi. Spread around 87 square km, Sir Bani Yas Island is known as one of the top sustainable tourism destinations in the world. Although the island offers many family-friendly activities, luxury villas, boutique hotels, historical sites, etc., the place’s main attraction is the Arabian Wildlife Park. In fact, it is the largest wildlife reserve in the region and is home to more than 17,000 animals that roam around freely. A wildlife safari here would give you the chance to see gazelles, giraffes, Arabian oryx, cheetahs, hyenas, etc.
An oasis in the middle of the desert, Al Ain (the spring) is located in the route between UAE and Oman. Life in Al Ain dates back to the Stone Age and the place is surrounded by natural lush greenery, something that you would not be able to see anywhere else in the country. As the place is so deep-rooted in history, you would find several museums and forts here. One of the best things to do here is to drive up to Jebel Hafeet, the second-highest mountain in the UAE, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
Umm Al Quwain
An hour’s drive from Dubai lies Umm Al Quwain, the second smallest emirate of the UAE. Although the city is not popular for its tourist attractions, UAQ is a great spot for a day trip from Dubai. As UAQ has not undergone heavy urbanization, it would give you an idea of how Dubai was once a modest fishing village. The best thing to do here is to indulge in recreational activities like sailing, skydiving, and falconry. If you are interested to know about the history and culture of the emirate, a visit to the UAW National Museum is a must. There is also the Dreamland Aqua Park, which is a fun water park for kids and adults.
Another lesser-known emirate of UAE is Fujairah, which is located 1.5 hours from Dubai by road. The emirate is not at all touristy but has some hidden gems that you must see if you want to know the region’s history and culture. One of the most important places to visit in Fujairah is the Al Bidyah Mosque. Built-in the 15th century, it is the oldest mosque in the country and a far cry from the extravagant mosques you would find in the UAE. Apart from this, there is also the Fujairah Fort, which is a 16th-century fort. It would be best to visit Wadi Al Wurayah, a natural reserve, which houses the only waterfall in the UAE. Fujairah Heritage Village and Madhab Spring Park are also places worth visiting in Fujairah.
Located some 30 km away from Dubai, Ajman is a developing city of the UAE. Although it does not have too many attractions compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Ajman is home to a pretty long stretch of white sand beach, where you can lounge the entire day. What’s best is that it is a rather sleepy city, giving you the chance to relax and enjoy the peace and quietude of the beach. If you want to explore the city a bit more, the Ajman City Center, the Ajman Museum, Al Naseem Nature Reserve, etc. are places you can visit.
Sharjah is quite popular as the Cultural Capital of the Arab world and the Art Capital of the UAE. The city has some of the best museums that preserve the region’s history, culture, traditions, and heritage. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Arts Museum, Sharjah Heritage Area, Sharjah Fort, Sharjah Aquarium & Maritime Museum, etc. are notable attractions of this emirate. You must also check out Sharjah’s Central Market (Blue Mosque) for shopping and its intricate blue tile work. Also, do take the time to visit the Mleiha Archaeological Center, where you would get a glimpse of the region’s historic Bedouin culture.
The desert safari Dubai takes you away from the city’s excitement to the peaceful and calm atmosphere of the desert. The desert safari usually begins in the late afternoon and ends at night. The time you spend in the desert is filled with adventure, entertainment, and some good food. Adventure enthusiasts would love dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding in the desert. You also get to see some marvellous belly dancing and Tanoura dancing performances. You can also extend your stay in the desert by opting for an overnight desert safari in Dubai.
Wild Wadi Park
Technically, Wild Wadi Water Park is in Dubai. However, you can easily spend an entire day at the oldest water park in the city. Located next to Hotel Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah, Wild Wadi has some of the most exciting and thrilling rides, slides, pools, and other attractions. While you would have an amazing time on the record-breaking rides and slides at the water park, your kids would love Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, a huge playground complete with slides and a giant tipping bucket. Wild Wadi also has a surfing simulator, giving you the chance to practice your surfing moves.
Jumeirah Archaeological Site
Hardly anyone knows about the Jumeirah Archaeological Site located right within the city. Founded somewhere in 1969, the Jumeriah Archaeological Site takes you back to the Abbasid era in the 9th century. Although there are no structures here, the area was home to mosques and residential buildings in the past. Several ancient treasures like coins, pottery, tools, etc. were found here during the excavation. If you are an archaeologist or researcher or someone who loves history, visiting this place would be an ideal way of spending the day.
The pal-shaped island in Dubai’s Jumeirah area has everything to keep you busy and entertained for the entire day. Consisting of 16 fronds, this humanmade archipelago is the largest human-made island on earth. Home to luxury villas, high-end hotels and restaurants, and amusement parks, there are plenty of things to do here. Some of the things that you can check out here include visit Aquaventure Waterpark and swim with the sharks at Hotel Atlantis the Palm, indulge in paddleboarding, having a scrumptious brunch at one of the cafes or restaurants, pamper yourself at the Talise Ottoman Spa, or go skydiving to enjoy the gorgeous, bird’s eye view of the city.
Overall, there is no dearth of places to visit for a day if you want a break from the busy city of Dubai. Hiring a travel agent or company to plan your day trip would make it hassle-free for you.