The United Arab Emirates was a little known shopping destination just over a decade ago. When we talk about UAE, the first few things that come to mind are the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Islands, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, and the Emirates’ Mall. So once you’ve visited these locations, what’s next? Is that all UAE has to offer?
The truth is, there are more hidden gems and activities to do in the UAE than shopping and visiting luxury malls and hotels. If you’ve already visited the Burj Khalifa or shopped at the big malls, we’ve come up with five things to add to your UAE bucket list that truly brings out the emirates experience.
1. Dreamland Aquapark, Umm Al Quwain
With over 250,000 square meters of fun, Dreamland Water Park is a family venue with lush green landscapes and vast gardens. Boasting over 30 water attractions, Dreamland Aqua Park also has a mini zoo, sporting ranges and facilities, and camping.
The water park is centrally located along the Umm Al Quwain marine drive, making it easily accessible to tourists coming from other emirates. You can stay back and take an overnight camping package in a cabana or tent. Enjoy a cookout with your family with a fully stocked cooler, camping gear, and an all-course inclusive stay.
2. High Altitude Mini Golf, Al Ain
One of the highest points in UAE, other than the Burj Khalifa, is the mountain range Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, the sister emirate of Abu Dhabi. The mountain houses a retro Four-star Hotel called The Mercure Grand, known for its magnificent view and a mini-golf course.
Jebel Hafeet is a well-known spot among the locals, and you can witness families come to the area for camping during the colder months. Take in the beautiful view with your family and settle in for a nine-hole course of high altitude mini golf.
3. Limestone Cliffs & Mountain Climbing, Ras Al Khaimah
Snowfalls in the desert? Yes, you heard the right. The mountain Jebel Jais located between Ras Al Khaimah and Oman is a 6,348 feet summit that experiences snowfall once in a while. The previously known visitors to this mountain range were only goat herders and royals who could access it via helicopters.
But Jebel Jais has increasingly become a famous spot for hardened hikers, adrenaline cyclists, and mountain climbers, making it a must-visit place in the UAE.
4. The Futuristic Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
It should definitely be in your UAE bucket list. futuristic city in the desert is as “wow” as it gets. From computer-guided driverless cars to low carbon footprint sustainable structures, Masdar City pushes future technology limits.
The city houses a multitude of future tech companies and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Take a drive into Masdar City and experience living in the future. Grab a bite at the vegan outlets or visit the organic food stores for some light shopping.
5. Bull-butting, Fujairah
Held every Friday, bull-butting is a sporting event that the local of Fujairah avidly follow. Bulls lock horns and the one that pushes the other the furthest wins. It is a bloodless sport and an alternate to camel racing that the local love. The venue is easy to find in the south of the city center on the road to Corniche.
UAE has turned into a major travel destination that has a lot to offer to everyone. If you are planning your trip to the UAE, then you can rely on the professional services of our team. Contact us now, our team will be happy to help you to plan your dream vacation.