Dubai and Beyond – Top Dubai Day Trips and Weekend Excursions to add to your travel list

Travel to Dubai

Inarguably, the UAE’s tourism charisma is dominated by Dubai. The emirate is the best destination to visit in the United Arab Emirates; there is no doubt about it. It allures tourists with its record-breaking feats and iconic landmarks. However, UAE has many attractions that get easily camouflaged by Dubai’s prominence. Fortunately, all the emirates of the UAE can be mixed and matched in an itinerary to offer a complete Arabian experience. Obviously, there is no way one will not visit Dubai on a UAE holiday. However, you can easily club a few attractions from Dubai’s outskirts and neighbouring emirates as day trips or long excursions from Dubai. Here are a few places you can easily include as excursion voyages to your Dubai holiday and extend your vacation to a comprehensive UAE vacation.  

Day Trips from Dubai 

Dubai city is grand, chic and extraordinary. But it is also a bustling, modern metropolitan and after some time the scenic views can get too urbane and monotonous. Wander out to the edge of the city and you are greeted with an enormous expanse of golden dunes or rugged mountainous terrains.  

Dubai Desert 

Dubai’s desert is a fabulous escape from the city’s bustling life. The Arabian desert also transform into an adventure playground for those who would like to add a touch of adrenaline rush to their Dubai trip. There’s lots to experience in the Arabian desert; you can easily spend half a day, full day or even spend a night in the Arabian desert. The scenic drive from the city to the outskirts itself is filled with amazing dramatic sceneries. You can start early morning for hot air ballooning over the golden dunes in mellow sunshine. For adventure junkies, zoom into the desert on a desert safari adventure where you can turn the desert into your favourite playground and enjoy dune-bashing, quad-biking, sandboarding and much more. The evenings in the desert are gorgeous and as night falls, the ambience gets sheathed in tranquility accentuated by Arabian folklore and melodious music. You also have the option to extend the experience into an overnight stay in the Bedouin-styled tents. Anyone who visits Dubai should absolutely venture out to witness the sheer splendour of Dubai desert.   

Hatta Mountains 

Hit the road and take a long scenic drive to Hatta Mountains from Dubai. The Hatta Mountains lies on the west of Dubai city borders and it takes about an hour and a half to reach this gorgeous nature enclave. One of the best reasons to visit the Hatta Mountains is that it is cooler than Dubai City and an excellent spot for outdoor adventures. The serene backdrop of rugged mountain terrains is a marvel to view. Once you reach Hatta, you are spoilt for choices if you love outdoor adventure. Hike around fascinating scenic trails and gear up for thrilling mountain biking and ziplining adventures. For nature lovers, the Hatta Dam offers a solace amid turquoise waters flanked by mighty cliffs. Enjoy some time kayaking in the calm waters and tranquil surrounds and spend the day exploring the Hatta Hill Park and Hatta Heritage Village. 

Weekend Excursions from Dubai 

It hardly takes a couple of hours to reach these excursions from Dubai. The adventure that follows after the long drive will be an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.   

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi 

For a weekend excursion, Abu Dhabi is the first choice as a destination to visit from Dubai. The neighbouring emirate offers a mishmash of cultural and contemporary elements. However, presently Abu Dhabi has garnered the attention of globetrotters with its fantastic theme parks at Yas Island. For family holidaymakers and adventure lovers, Yas Island welcomes you to explore the first-ever Ferrari theme park in the world – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The attraction is colossal, giving a chance to its visitors to experience the Ferrari opulence and thrill. Another popular theme park is the Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi which fuses the magic of movies with exciting rides and shows. Chill out and beat the heat at Yas Water World – Abu Dhabi’s finest waterpark and one of the best in the Middle East. A popular leisure island in Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is a vacationer’s paradise and offers a myriad of recreational experiences within one island.  

Musandam Oman  

A long scenic drive of around 3 hours through Sharjah, Um Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah and you reach one of the most stellar landscapes of Middle East – Musandam, Oman. Surrounded by Arabian and Omani waters in two sides and flanked by majestic mountain terrains, Musandam in Oman is a gorgeous exclave that offers stunning fjord-like inlets and picturesque canyons and is often referred as ‘The Norway of Arabia’. The destination is particularly famous for Musandam Dibba tour which offers a dhow cruise through the stunning turquoise waters along with some mild watersport adventures like boating and snorkelling. The picture-perfect scenery is a refreshing change from Dubai’s city panoramas.   

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah 

A popular adventure hub in the Middle East that is fast catching the attention of the world is Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah. Jebel Jais is the highest peak in UAE and is part of the Hajar Mountains. Recently, the mountain landscape has been transformed into an outdoor recreational zone where visitors can enjoy scenic hikes and witness stellar panoramas of the mountain terrains from various levels and viewpoints. Jebel Jais is also home to the world’s highest zipline adventure and is one of the finest camping spots in UAE.  


These excursions are some of the best places to visit from Dubai for wanderlusts, especially those who have explored Dubai’s premier attractions and looking for something new and exciting. If you have seen the gleaming iconic landmarks of modern Dubai, cruised on a Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina and experienced the rustic charms of Old Dubai, then look beyond and discover these amazing destinations, each of which has something unique to add to your UAE holiday. 


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