OMAN MUSANDAM PENINSULAvia Yasser El Derbashy
Nicknamed the Arabian Fjords due to its similarity to the fjords of Norway, the Oman Musandam Peninsula is one of the most beautiful wonders in the natural world, known for its clear waters and inlets. The best way to explore this wondrous location is to take a cruise from the town of Khasab in Oman. The possibilities for an afternoon well spent are endless, as many tour operators offer dhow cruises along the fjords, allowing you to go for that dip you've been dying for all day.
GCC citizens enjoy visa-free entry into Oman, while EU, Australia, Canada, US citizens, and South Africa citizens qualify for e-visa and so do South African passport holders. If none of the above applies to you, refer to the Consulate General of Oman in Dubai. Make sure your UAE travel insurance is valid for Oman, if not, World Nomads comes highly recommended by most travellers.
Location: 194 kilometers north west of Dubai
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Transportation from Dubai: Most people opt to drive their own cars or hire taxis to take them the whole way from Dubai to Khasab, and while that certainly does seem to be the most comfortable way to roll in, it is not your only option. One thing you can do is to take the Dubai bus and get off at the Deira City Center Bus Station, then switch to the Dubai Deira Terminal and get off Ras Al Khaimah airport, where you can either catch a plane to the Khasab airport or hire a cab to take the other half of the way.
THE LOUVRE ABU DHABIvia crocoludo
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula and arguably one of its finest art spaces. The museum opened last year as part of a 30-year agreement between the UAE and France that cost the city of Abu Dhabi over $1 billion. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, seeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi is its own reward, and it is certainly an experience worth leaving Dubai for a day.
Location: Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi
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Hours of Operation: 10 AM to 8 PM
Contact Number: +971 600 56 55 66
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Cost: 31.5 AED – 63 AED
Transportation from Dubai: To get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you can either drive, hire a taxi (which would cost upwards of 600 AED for both ways), or you can catch a bus for 25 AED from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station or the Ibn Battuta Metro Station in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. You can then take a taxi to the museum.
ZAYED GRAND MOSQUEvia Christina Chui
The Zayed Grand Mosque is another architectural gem worth seeing in Abu Dhabi. The mammoth structure is one of many superlative qualities: one of the largest mosques in the world, featuring the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet, and one of the largest chandeliers around. The mosque is open for visitors of all faiths, except on Friday mornings, when Muslim worshippers congregate for Friday prayers.
Location: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street
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Hours of Operation: Saturday – Thursday: 9 AM – 10 PM; Friday: 4:30 PM – 10 PM
Contact Number: +971 2 4191919
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Transportation from Dubai: To get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you can either drive, hire a taxi (which would cost upwards of 600 AED for both ways), or you can catch a bus for 25 AED from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station or the Ibn Battuta Metro Station in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. You can then take a taxi to the mosque.
AL AIN via Charles Roffey
Home to Jebel Hafeet, the UAE’s second highest mountain, as well as the country’s oldest museum, Al Ain Museum, Al Ain is the perfect getaway for arts and culture fiends. Al Ain also holds the Al Ain Oasis, the UAE’s first World Heritage Site. Famous for the countless palm trees framing it, Al Ain Oasis is said to have been a vital stop on the caravan route through the Arabian Peninsula in ancient times. Another spot worth your visit in the historic oasis is the Al Ain Palace Museum, which was once Sheikh Zayed’s residence.
Location: 150 kilometers south east of Dubai
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Transportation from Dubai: To get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you can either drive, hire a taxi (which would cost upwards of 600 AED for both ways), or you can catch a bus for 25 AED from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station or the Ibn Battuta Metro Station in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, there you can catch take another bus to Al Ain for 25 AED.
YAS ISLAND via Ferrari World
Yas Island is why so many visitors to Abu Dhabi lose their way home. It’s that amazing. The entertainment, leisure, and shopping hub is home to some of Abu Dhabi’s best hotels. One of the best tourism projects in the world, Yas Island offers a multi-faceted and all-encompassing experience – from the Yas Marina Circuit, which holds a world-famous Formula One track, to amusement parks catering to all ages and interest, like the auto-themed Ferrari World amusement park, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, and the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.
Transportation from Dubai: To get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you can either drive, hire a taxi (which would cost upwards of 600 AED for both ways), or you can catch a bus for 25 AED from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station or the Ibn Battuta Metro Station in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station, there you can take the 190 Buss Route, which will take you straight to Yas Island.
via Andy Hayes
Fujairah is one of the most interesting places in the UAE, home to Al Bidyah Mosque, which is believed to be the country’s oldest mosque, dating back to the 15th century, according to some archeologists. The beaches in the area, which line the coast of Oman, are some of the most beautiful in the country, so are the diving and snorkeling sites in the UAE. Fujairah’s Snoopy Island is a favorite among the UAE’s aquatically-inclined visitors.
Location: 170 KM north east of Dubai
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Transportation from Dubai: If you don't feel like driving, take the E700 bus from the Union Bus Station in Dubai to Fujairah for 25 AED.
SHARJAHvia Wajahat Mahmood
Sharjah is as convenient as it gets in terms of day trips from Dubai, at just 30 minutes away from the metropolis. Sharjah is mainly an art destination, holding not one, not two, but three popular museums: the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, the Sharjah Heritage Museum, and the Sharjah Art Museum.
Location: 30 KM north of Dubai
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Transportation from Dubai: Head down to Dubai's Union Bus Station and take the E303 bus to Sharjah. As always, the fare is 25 AED.
JEBEL JAISvia Ahmed Jadallah
The UAE’s northernmost emirate, Ras Al Khaima is yet another stunning coastal destination, but its most fascinating feature is by far Jebel Jais, the country’s tallest mountain. The area has recently been equipped with seven viewing decks, positioned close to the summit of the Jebel Jais Mountain. It is also home to the world’s longest zipline, which will see actual humans flying 1,680 meters above sea level atop the mountain.
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, 5557778
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Cost: depending on the activity
Transportation from Dubai: The cheapest, fastest, and most comfortable way to go to the Jebel Jais area is to drive your own 4WD. But if for any reason you can't or won't drive, you can take public transportation to Ras Al Khaimah, usually by bus, and there you can take the shuttle from Ras Al Khaimah City Center to Jebel Jais, as part of a newly launched service by local authorities there.