Hatta has always been a popular weekend getaway for people in the UAE. The mountains, rocks and clear waters make for a relaxing retreat away from the city. The HattaWadi is also great for an adventurous off-road trip. Adventure seekers can hike and climb around the rocks, take a dip in one of the many pools, and explore some of the caves that can be found if you are feeling brave. If you make it all the way here, it is also worth visiting the Hatta Heritage Village to take a peek into the region’s history and traditions.
Located at over 1200 meters above sea level, Jebel Hafeetis the UAE’s second highest peak. Located in Al Ain, this popular retreat is usually a busy attracted frequented by both residents and tourists. Visitors can also take a quick detour to visit the nearby hot water springs and lake at Green Mubazzarah. The driveup the mountain is breath-taking as the ancient landscape awes you with its simple beauty. Naturally, the best time of the day to enjoy the most stunning views is either at dusk or dawn.
This natural island sanctuary is as close to nature and wildlife as it gets. The Arabian Wildlife Park has over 10,000 animals which you can see in their natural habitat. Apart from the safari, you can go on guided walks, hiking, biking or kayaking here. There’s a luxury resort where you can unwind and enjoy the many amenities that are available.
Ras Al Khor is a protected wetland that attracts more than 20,000 birds of 67 species from around the world every year. The hundreds of flamingos that live here have become iconic of this sanctuary. Special spots have been created to view the birds without disturbing them. The sanctuary is located within the city and is a perfect place to visit during the winter.
The KhorKalba wetland is also home to many rare birds and fauna. It is a great place for birdwatching enthusiasts and anyone who wants to explore nature. It also has mangrove swamps in which you can take a boat ride with the local fishermen and explore the maze of waterways between the mangroves. KhorKalba also a great place to camp and go for a hike.
This protected area in the HajarMountains is a place where you can explore wildlife and the beautiful, mountainous terrain of the emirate of Fujairah. The wadi also has some sites of archaeological significance for anyone interested.
WadiWurayah makes a great spot for camping, trekking and off-road driving. There’s even a little waterfall and lake to cool off in. If you are lucky, you might even come across the endangered Arabian leopard which we are told is quite a beautiful site!
In the greenest city of the UAE, you will find a jungle of date palms swaying in the breeze and the peaceful sound of flowing water channels.
The Al Ain Oasis transports you away from the big city and is a perfect spot to relax and also see a bit of the country’s history and heritage.
Al Ain has over seven natural oases you can visit.
This strangely named island is a great place for snorkeling and casual scuba diving. The island is surrounded by a coral reef, making it a great meeting place for many species of marine line. You might be lucky enough to encounter a reef shark, turtle or sting ray as the marine life here is diverse. End the day with a barbecue at Sandy Beach. Hotel accommodation is available nearby, making this a perfect spot for a relaxing weekend getaway. And just in case you were still wondering, the island does indeed resemble the comic strip character!
This oasis is one of the largest in the region. There are many hotels and resorts where you can stay here and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this region, or opt to go on an unforgettable camel or horse ride through the desert. For the adventure seekers, Liwa boast some of the highest and most challenging sand dunes to tackle by 4WD, dune buggy, or bike. Many people still live in the villages here, so it is a good place to explore UAE culture as well.
There are seven islands in Umm Al Quwain, and Al Sinniyah is the largest of them. The islandis a marine sanctuary, home to many bird and wildlife species. The best way to explore the islands is by boat via the Madaarcreek . You can find a tourist centre nearby that offers accommodation and boats for hire.