1. Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and is as decadent and remarkable a destination as you might expect from the United Arab Emirates. Even better, it’s only a 90-minute drive from Dubai so it’s easy to visit in just one day. Abu Dhabi is one of the most beautiful and modern cities in the world and is also home to the remarkable Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is a key place of worship for Friday prayers. Explore the city with a knowledgeable guide as you visit the mosque and the heritage village where you’ll be able to spot the special features of the old town and the old way of life.
Despite Abu Dhabi’s status as a modern and exciting city, it is also one of the greenest areas in the region, with a generous amount of green spaces and parks to enjoy in this otherwise typically dry part of the world. It is also home to some of the most delicious food in the UAE, so stopping for a long lunch is highly recommended. Heading back to Dubai, you’ll have an opportunity to take in the breath-taking Abu Dhabi skyline as well as the man-made beauty of the Yas Islands.
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2. Al Ain City
Al Ain City is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the history of the region as it is one of the oldest settlements in the area and dates back thousands of years. The city started around the fresh water springs as a cluster of villages which has now sprung into a vibrant and green city known as the ‘Garden City’ to locals.
Make sure to check out some of the city’s history at the Al Ain Museum where you can discover ancient Arabic artefacts including manuscripts and royal treasures discovered at a nearby excavation of the city’s ancient sites. History is not just resigned to the museum in Al Ain though, there are also historic forts and villages to be explored, as well as the largest camel market in the UAE, where traders have been trading for centuries.
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3. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
If you're looking for high-octane thrills, look no further than Ferrari Wold Abu Dhabi where you'll experience more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides as well as getting to see an incredible range of vintage and modern Ferraris up close. One of the best things to experience at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is undoubtedly the Forumla Rossa – the world’s fastest rollercoaster which reaches speeds of up to 240kph! Ferrari World is a short 50 minute drive from the Dubai Marina so it’s a very simple trip to make for a day out from Dubai.
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4. The East Coast
If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip from Dubai, look no further than a scenic drive along the East Coast to Al Dhaid through the Hajar Mountains. Away from the hustle and bustle of modern Dubai, you’ll discover fruit plantations, oases, mountains, wadis (steep valleys) and even tiny fishing villages that will take your breath away.
In the old village of Dibba, take in the views of the Indian Ocean as you stop for a traditional laid-back Arabic lunch. The day winds down with a dip in the ocean before returning to Dubai in the luxury of an air-conditioned coach – ideal in the hot weather!
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5. Sharja City
Sharjah is the Cultural City of the Arab World, elected by UNESCO to evoke and celebrate the beauty of the region’s history. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why it was chosen as the location of the UAE’s largest place of worship – the King Faisal mosque. This half day city tour includes a stop at the beautiful mosque before the tour continues on to the Al Majarrah souk, with its unique golden dome and mosaic dedicated to the 12 signs of the zodiac.
There will be plenty of opportunities to take home a part of the AE with you as you stop at the iconic Sharjah Blue Souk, where you can purchase precious stones, jewellery, spices and even rugs and antique homeware before making your way back to Dubai.
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Planning a trip to Dubai? Make sure to check out all these excursions and all the great attractions you can find in this amazing city right here on our Dubai destination pages.
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