Dubai is a daring city that has been setting benchmarks with its outstanding engineering and architecture. Before you get over Dubai’s glitz and glamour, set off for the world’s best road trips ever. The city is blessed with gorgeous nature — an unspoiled landscape, endless desert, flat terrain, mountainous areas, challenging trails, and artistic remnants.
Get ready to witness great destinations for off-roaders, casual vacationers and seasoned hikers. Here is the fast countdown to the top road trips from Dubai:
1. Abu Dhabi
This is the city that you have often confused with Dubai. It is the capital of the UAE. It is a similar version of Dubai with a more relaxed vibe and an inclination towards culture and heritage. If you are in for a comprehensive tour and want to explore both the exciting hotspots, brace yourselves for one of the epic road trips from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Put on casual attire, wear sunglasses and hop inside the car for a drive of a lifetime. In the scenic journey of 1 hour 15 minutes, you will escape the glam and immerse in the rugged vista. Once you reach Abu Dhabi, there is a wealth of activities, where the culture seekers can visit the Grand Mosque while the adrenaline junkies can go for Ferrari World.
2. Desert Safari
At over half an hour drive away from the city centre, you will reach the golden expanse of the desert. You will be sitting in a luxurious, comfortable 4*4 vehicle and gradually the lofty skyscrapers will diminish into the hilly terrain of sand. You will whiz past Dubai’s fast-paced world into the calm and un-chaotic surrounding. The desert safari introduces you to the never-seen adventurous streak. Bash the dunes, surf the sand, handle the dune buggy, watch the falconry and take innumerable pictures of picturesque orange sunset. Head towards the camel farm where you can see camels strolling and yawning. Go ahead and perch them for a wonderful ride. Stay overnight in the desert in an illuminated camp where there are live performances, cultural things and a great buffet.
3. Hatta Mountains
Around 15 minutes from Dubai, in the south-east, lined with Oman, Hatta Mountains is tucked high in the Hajar Mountains. Thanks to its cooler temperatures, that this has become a perfect getaway for summers. People love riding on roads to such an ideal adventurous spot where you can tame the rough terrain on a mountain bike to beekeeping. Either you are here to rush your adrenaline or seek a casual trip, these mountains know how to treat you right. Go hiking, visit Hatta Heritage Village, ride a horse through mountains, kayak through the lake, do archery and dozens of other adventures. You can extend the trip by staying in a comfortable hotel and dining with a view.
With a quick yet memorable ride of about half an hour from Dubai, you will land in the city of art and history. Sharjah is claimed as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998 and has completely justified the title for years. You will trace the pre-historic era in Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Arts Museum and Sharjah Heritage Area. Not just that, families can explore Central Market, Al Qasba and Al Noor Island which are buzzing with kid-approved activities like Butterfly House, entertainment park, go-carts, boat rides and more.
5. Liwa Oasis
From hiking the world’s biggest dune to staying in one of the lovely hotels, Liwa Oasis is a large oasis area in the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. As you will move forward from Dubai towards this destination, the landscape changes from glitzy skyscrapers to the authentic, wild and rugged area of Liwa. This 4 hour trip of fresh air, vivid vistas and wide-open roads will offer you the trinity of freedom. There are no signs of modern civilization in the oasis, but the complete silence interrupted by the camels’ growling. Capture the desert, dine on the terrace overlooking the garden, know about Dhafeer Fort, and enjoy the Liwa Sports Festival.
6. Musandam Tour
Musandam Tour by Rayna Tours will combine the best of both worlds, a holiday spot for someone who appreciates nature and loves hair-raising activities. You will be received from the pickup spot in Dubai and driven past some of the most iconic regions, such as including Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. After a heartfelt, long drive of over 2 hours where the wind flows by your hair and eyes gawk at the stunning locations, you will stop at Carpet Market and Masafi Mountains. Thereafter, get ready to float in the lap of nature at Dibba Harbor, where you board a dhow cruise. Travellers can spend their full day swimming, snorkelling — and if lucky you can spot dolphins as well. Get your heart racing on the banana boat ride and speedboat safari followed by a delicious lunch.
7. Ras Al Khaimah
Lying in the opposite direction of Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah is the other adventurous destination that will keep you on your toes. Take your car to the north of Dubai, and you will find a drastic change in the landscape. Soon the sand starts getting bronzed and it corners the road. There is an undisturbed emptiness as you cross by the picture-perfect roads. Brush up your knowledge of the history of Arabs, as you witness many historical buildings, preserved forts, archaeological sites and National Museum. Check out Dhayah Fort and Jazirat al-Hamra. Play adventures like horse riding, paragliding and fishing. Swing down the world’s largest biplane in Jebel Jais and hike the tallest mountain. Do not miss out on its dramatic coastline and spend a good chunk of the day relaxing by the beaches.
No doubt, Dubai is a fabulous city, but only a part of the UAE. These amazing road trips from Dubai will take you to jaw-dropping places or middle of nowhere towns.