The world’s capital of luxury tourism, The United Arab Emirates especially, the city of Dubai, has gained the reputation of being traveler first international choice. A country of Sheikhs and wealthy locals who own the most expensive cars, attracts people from all over the world, for both business and pleasure.
From the tallest building on Earth to a ski resort and just ridiculously unique constructions everywhere, Dubai is already famous for having the most of everything. But there are many things apart from glittering malls and expensive hotels. Here are some underrated gems of UAE that you should definitely check.!
1. Al Qudra Lakes, Dubai.
Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai are man-made clusters of lakes, the water of which is sourced from rains and desalinated water. And hence they are among the interesting places in Dubai. The few manmade lakes which compose the oasis is with no doubt the perfect picnic spot for a quiet day. And the most exciting part about the oasis is the dozens of birds; flamingos and swans that live in the Qudra oasis, it’s literally the most exciting thing to see there.
Best time to visit: Winters are definitely pleasant and a lot cooler, the evenings and nights are popular all year round as the chances of encountering the wildlife is very high.
2) Umm al Quwain Wetlands
Here, you can try and imagine what the Arabian Peninsula might have looked like before it became a desert. The best way to explore these wetlands in the UAE’s smallest emirate is to grab a boat or kayak, and navigate the quiet mangroves and water channels to explore this beautiful and thriving lagoon that has survived despite the surrounding areas of the Arabian Peninsula turning into sandy rock.
The best time to visit Al Quwain is from November to March. If beaches are on your mind then plan your visit in October, March, or April when the weather is hot but in a pleasant way.
3) Wadi Shawka, Ras Al Khaimah
Known as the “Stairway to Heaven”, Wadi Ghalilah is located in the very north of the UAE. While off-roading gets visitors so far, it's best explored on foot, with endless shawka pools littered within the rocky wadis. The terrain is varied; climb through the rocks, hop over the shawka pools and you'll find yourself surrounded by palm trees and verdant bushes.
The best time to travel for Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) is from late October to mid-April, with November, December, and March being our favorites.
4) Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi.
Situated in Al Ain, the easternmost frontier of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The well-paved road ascending up the mountain is also featured in the Overdrive magazine as one of the top 10 motorable roads in Asia and is definitely very scenic. The best place to witness the sunsets and city lights of Al Ain city on one side and Oman on the other, after Dusk. Jebel Hafeet also hosts quite a few best resorts in UAE with a view of the mountains.
Best time to visit: The weather here is a lot cooler than the rest of the country at all times. Winters are the best time to enjoy the beauty of Jebel Hafeet.
5) Snoopy Island, Fujairah
Resembling the fictional character Snoopy, sleeping on his doghouse, this island off the coast of Fujairah is marine bliss. Thrill-seekers should head to the sparkling turquoise waters for a fun-filled afternoon of kayaking or explore the abundant marine life below the surface, marveling at the surrounding, majestic coral reefs. After a day by the water, retreat to one of the coastal hotels, the nearest being Sandy Beach Hotel and Resort, or get a true taste for nature and camp on the sand.
The best time to visit Fujairah is between the months of October and March where the temperature falls to around 25 degrees Celsius.
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