The UAE boasts of a lot of great places that both locals and tourists should explore.
With plenty of unique things to do and exciting places to visit, it can be difficult to choose what to explore and discover first. To help you out, here are some of the best experiences you should try on your next visit to the UAE.
1. City Tours
The UAE has plenty of cities you can discover, with each offering a unique history and beauty. Most popular cities include:
Dubai is one of the most famous and sought-after cities you must visit in the UAE. It offers lots of things to do and places to visit. A Dubai city tour often includes a visit to the world-known infrastructures and destinations, such as the Dubai Creek, The Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, BurjKhalifa, Heritage Village, Jumeirah Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina, Dubai King Palace, and Palm Atlantis.
The tour usually lasts for four hours. Your pick-up and drop-off points may vary depending on the tour package you choose. But if it’s your first time to visit the emirate, it would be great to opt for a hotel pick-up and drop-off for greater convenience.
● Abu Dhabi
A typical Abu Dhabi city tour often includes a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Heritage Village and Museum, Dates Market, Marina Mall, Emirates Palace Hotel, and a drive through to the Presidential Palace.
If you are fond of cars, make sure to also obtain entrance tickets to Ferrari World.
Fujairah is located along the Gulf of Oman, surrounded by mountains. Thus, a Fujairah city tour is a great escape from the buzzing cities since it offers a superb blend of gorgeous beaches, lush greenery, archeological sites, traditional markets, and quaint villages.
You can explore the best spots this city offers in a day, which include the Bidya Mosque, Fujairah Fort, Fujairah Museum, Khorfakkan Beach, and the serene towns of Masafi and Dibba.
● Al Ain
Al Ain is known as the Garden City because of its stunning beauty that lies below the Hajar Mountains close to the Oman border. Places to explore include Al Ain National Museum, Al Jahili Fort, Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, falaj channels, the camel market, and the Jebel Hafeet hot springs.
2. Safari Tours
● Desert Safari
A visit to the UAE is incomplete if you don’t travel around the desert. Today, you can choose to explore the desert in the morning or in the evening, or even stay there overnight.
○ Evening Desert Safari
If you want to really enjoy the desert, you should book an evening desert safari tour. This is a must-try for everyone visiting the UAE.
The tour begins in the afternoon. The drive across the desert has several photo-ops towards the camel farm. The highlight of the safari is the beautiful sunset view before you head to the campsite where you can try sandboarding, camel riding, and henna painting.
After that, you get to enjoy a buffet BBQ dinner. If you are a vegetarian, have no worries because there are vegetarian dishes available upon request.
While having dinner, you will be entertained by talented fire and belly dancers.
○ Overnight Desert Safari
This safari is an extension of the evening desert safari. Instead of spending the night in your hotel room, you will experience a night in the desert under the stars. Don’t forget to bring your camera with a tripod because the night sky and the sunrise in the desert are equally breathtaking.
Before heading back to your hotel, you will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the desert.
○ Morning Desert Safari
If you have travel itineraries in the evening, this two-hour safari is a great option. Upon pick-up, you will go straight to the desert to enjoy dunes bashing. After that, you will be taken to the camp where you can try Quad biking, sand skiing, and camel ride.
Also, you can do sandboarding if you want to, but make sure to inform your tour guide ahead of time, especially if this isn’t included in your tour package.
● Hatta Mountain Safari
If you want more than a desert safari adventure, consider booking a Hatta Mountain Safari tour because this includes mountain trekking and sightseeing activities. Get to experience the UAE’s desert and mountain scenery in one tour.
Highlights of the tour include the mountains of Haijar and Hatta, the mosques and mud-walled houses of Hajar Heritage Village, and the exceptional rock formations of Jebel Maleihah and Camel Rock.
In addition to the desert and cities, the UAE also offers cruises where you can explore the emirate while riding a traditional Arabic dhow.
● Creek Dhow Cruise
This is a two-hour cruise with a romantic ambience. You get to enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival, an international dinner buffet with choices of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, unlimited mineral water and soft drinks, live entertainment, and soft musical entertainment.
● Marina Dhow Cruise
Known as a canal city in the Venetian tradition, the Dubai Marina is carved along the stretch of Gulf shoreline. Highlights of the Marina Dhow Cruise include the illuminated skyscrapers of Dubai Marina residences, the Dubai Marina Mall, the Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, and plenty of hotels with exceptional architecture.
● Musandam Dhow cruise
This is a five-hour sea tour that departs from the Dibba, a small town on the Musandam peninsula that is a part of the Sultanate of Oman. The dhow cruise includes refreshments onboard like juices, fresh fruits, water, and Arabic coffee or tea, along with a continental buffet lunch. Activities you can try include swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and a banana boat ride.
Indeed, in the United Arab Emirates, a visitor could never run out of things to explore. From cities to deserts to mountains to cruises, you will definitely have something new to try regardless of how many times you have previously paid a visit.
The UAE even continues to develop new adventures and structures to entice tourists to keep coming back. So before your travel date, make sure to search and book any of these must-try experiences ahead of time to secure your slot; you don’t want your UAE visit to go to waste, or to go back home disappointed.
Book early, have fun, seize the moment, and make sure to bring home first-rate memories!
Hafiz Umer Ali Zaib is the Social Media Specialist at Luxury Tours, a leading provider of tours, cruises and safaris across the UAE. The company’s top offerings include the Dubai Desert Evening Safari, City Tours, Dhow Cruises, Mountain Tours, Limousine Service, Discounted Tickets for theme parks and a variety of many other excursions.