Even though it is renowned for its skyscrapers, the UAE is full of beautiful destinations where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. What better way to spend the UAE public holidays and long weekends than going on a road trip with loved ones and making special memories. Wecashanycar has come up with five of the best road trip ideas that you should venture to during the long weekends and other holidays.
Hatta is one of the most favourite road trip destinations for UAE residents during the summer. This destination promises a range of outdoor activities for anyone who loves cool weather and scenic beauty. That it is located 155km away from Dubai makes it the perfect escape from the harsh summer heat. If you want to go for a simple offroading trip then Hatta is your best bet. Families often go camping and hiking on these plains. It has a few wadis which you can hike with your kids. Barbeques are allowed and can be complemented by a dip in the Hatta pools. If you are driving from Dubai you can use the E44 Al Khail Road and drive straight to Hatta. Due to its strategic location at the border of Oman and the UAE, there are several checkpoints on the road so it is advisable to carry official identification documents to avoid any trouble.
2. Liwa Oasis
Liwa Oasis is a culmination of the cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates that hosts the Liwa Date Festival that celebrates the date, the most important fruit in the desert as well as the Emirati culture. The Liwa Oasis is comprised of 50 ancient villages of the ruling families of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. If you are fond of excursions, you can visit several forts or even go for an offroading trip on the highest dune, Moreeb Dune. You should plan to make this a two or three day trip to Liwa Oasis because it is 300km away from Dubai.
3. Ras Al Khaimah
The northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is one of the top road trip destinations in the UAE because of its cool weather, scenic beauty and golden beaches. However, a road trip to RAK has much more to offer than just the dip in the sea. The Dhayah Fort and other ancient archeological sites will reveal the rich history and culture of the UAE, including but not limited to pearl. For those that love hiking, Ras Al Khaimah will be a dream come true with its famous Hajar Mountains that border Oman. There are only so many hills and valleys you can climb. You can cover the 113km from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah in one hour and change your urban scenery to lush greenery and nature.
4. Jebel Hafeet
Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in the Emirate of Al Ain and it is renowned for its green scenery and wildlife. If you are looking for beautiful scenery with hiking and UAE cultural excursions then the Jebel Hafeet is your go to road trip. Should you want to cool down after a hike then visit the Green Mubazzarah hot springs. This road trip will take approximately one hour because the Jebel Hafeet is 175km away from Dubai. The route E66 will take you through the Al Ain Highway.
For the sportier type, the Emirate of Fujairah would be the perfect road trip, offering a ton of fresh air and scenes as well as an array of activities. Even though it is 193km away from Dubai, the two hour drive is worth the time and adventure. The Hajar Mountains stretch into this Emirate and offer a number of scenic nature treks and hikes. For those who want to enjoy water activities, you can go snorkelling and enjoy other watersports in Dibba Rock.
These are just but a few road trip options for those in need of an escape from the ever busy Dubai and there are only so many UAE road trip ideas, both within and in nearby countries such as Oman. You can also read wecashanycar blog for the best offroading driving tips and the latest information on traffic regulations in the UAE.