Easy Day Trips from Dubai

The Emirates is a treasure trove of wonders, so when in Dubai, let your customers know to take the opportunity to explore its surrounds. There is so much to see and do beyond the city!

Outside of the theme parks, opulent hotels, clubs and magnificent Burj Khalifa, there is a plethora of hidden gems to discover.

Here’s our guide to the best day trips in some of the neighbouring Emirates.

Abu Dhabi

Why We Love It

The capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi is a city full of wonderfully unique activities, and it’s only 90 minutes away from Dubai! Filled with modern architecture, historic mosques, shopping experiences, thrill-seeker adventures and the famed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track, it’s a great option for a day out. Stay for a day or opt for a fantastic family weekend break.

Things to do:

The Louvre

9200 square metres of galleries. The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating the spirit of openness between cultures.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the world's largest mosques, and the only to bring a culmination of cross-cultural architectural influences from Emirati, Italian and British with design elements from Turkey, Morocco, Egypt and beyond.

Yas Island

Stroll the marina, splurge at the luxury mall, climb in the ultimate adventure hub, indulge in exceptional dining, explore the home of Formula 1's racetrack, tee off at the award-winning golf course... what isn't there to do at Yas Island.

Saadiyat Beach Club

Along the glorious Arabian Gulf, Saadiyat Beach Club is the perfect place to relax for the day. Guests can sunbathe by the infinity pool in their private cabana, whilst enjoying contemporary dining on offer.

Planning a Visit

Travel Time from Dubai

90 minutes

Great for

Fun & Adventure

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Hatta

Why We Love It

Hatta is a great option for those who love the outdoors. Bordering Oman and backed by the Hajar mountains, Hatta is a popular spot to visit during Dubai’s summer months thanks to its cooler temperatures. Your customers can enjoy mountain biking, hiking mountain peaks and even kayaking through the dam. Bikes and canoes are available for rent from local vendors. Hatta is 135 km southeast of Dubai.

Things to do:

Hatta Wadi Hub

Surrounded by the mountains, the hub offers a whole host of adventures and activities, from zorbing to the adventure ropes course.

Hatta Honey Bee Garden

Hatta's best kept secret. Get on a beekeeper suit and head into the peaceful garden to learn everything that anyone wants to know about bees.

Paddle Hatta Dam

The iconic image of Hatta, with its piercing blue waters against the orange mountains. Hire a kayak, pedal boat or water bike and admire the stunning Hatta from the water.

Hatta Heritage Village

Mud, reed and stone buildings occupy the area of this traditional village. Explore where the ruler used to reside and wander through the impressive rooms and courtyard.

Planning a Visit

Travel Time from Dubai

90 minutes

Great for

The Great Outdoors

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Fujairah

Why We Love It

One of the most popular getaways from Dubai is Fujairah. Located on the East coast of the UAE, Fujairah charms with its majestic mountains and secluded beaches. It’s the perfect place to snorkel with marine life and camp in the desert. Just 100 metres away from the shore is Snoopy Island, a great jumping off point for snorkeling and diving. Here, visitors will be able to see schools of colourful clownfish and even turtles! There are local dive centres offering boat trips and shore dives to popular dive sites like Dibba Rock and Coral Gardens. Fujairah is located 165 km northeast from Dubai.

Things to do:

Hajar Mountains

The majestic mountains offer a myriad of adventures. Hike around the mountains for spectacular views or jump on a 4x4 tour over the terrain.

Ain al-Madhab Hot Springs

A natural underground spring which pumps the warm sulphuric water. Perfect for relaxing after busy day of sight-seeing. *Men and women bathe in separate mineral pools.

Al Bidyah Mosque

The oldest mosque in the UAE is a respite from the skyscrapers. A uniquely built mosque with four layered domes and a central pillar surrounded with local flora and market stalls.

Snoopy Island

A hotspot for water sports with a plethora of marine life. Kayak, paddle, dive or snorkel to catch a glimpse of sea turtles, sharks and rays as they swim the warm waters.

Planning a Visit

Travel Time from Dubai

70 minutes

Great for

Relaxation and water activities

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Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

Why We Love It

The furthest north you can get from Dubai. An hour away from Ras Al Khaimah, you’ll find the tallest mountain in the UAE. Jebel Jais is 1934 metres high and is part of the spectacular Hajar mountain range. Your customers can take a scenic drive up a winding mountain road, enjoy the view at 1500 metres or try the Jebel Jaiz Flight Zip Line, the world’s longest. Jebel Jais is 160 km northeast of Dubai.

Things to do:

Hiking

With 6 unique trails and a 30km round-trip, the hike up Jebel Jais will take visitors through towering cliffs of rocks and through local villages.

Viewing Deck Park

The perfect place for a more laidback experience. With 7 viewing decks, look over the superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Mountains.

Flight

The World's Longest Zipline as certified by the Guinness World Records, thrill seekers will soar at speeds of up to 150kph in approx. 2-3 minutes.

Jais Sky Tour

Zip from platform to platform over a total distance of 5km with a series of 7 ziplines. Fly through the sky at 60kph enjoying panoramic and bird's eye views of the Hajar mountains.

Planning a Visit

Travel Time from Dubai

124 minutes

Great for

Unique bucket list experience

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