Top 10 Places To Visit Near Dubai in 2022

Abu Dhabi Boat Tour Top Spots Dubai

Dubai offers endless entertainment, activities, sights and sunbathing however there’s much more to experience in the neighbouring Emirates. Dubai is just one of seven Emirates that comprise the UAE (United Arab Emirates), each Emirate has its own character and attractions. There are striking cultural and architectural feats like the Louvre and Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi as well as immersive attractions that offer a dive into local history such as the pearl farm in Ras Al Khaimah. There are also countless outdoor adventures to be had in Hatta – there really is something for every taste and budget.

With so much to see and do, Top Spots Dubai has rounded up a list of the ultimate day trips from Dubai. Discover our top ten things to do near Dubai.

1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Known as an international cultural destination, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world attracting millions of worshippers and visitors each year. The mosque’s impressive design has been created using almost entirely natural materials. Its aesthetics take influence from various cultures and communities including traditional Islamic, Mughal, and Moorish approaches to design.

This Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out for several reasons. It has several record-breaking features including the biggest carpet in the world, produced by Iranian carpet weavers, which can be found inside the main prayer hall. The same room also encloses the third largest chandelier in the world.

Remember: a mosque is a place of worship. We recommend that you refer to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre website ahead of your visit to discover appropriate dress codes and etiquette.

Tip: Get to know the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in all its glory with a guided tour. Lasting for approximately 45-minutes tours take place morning and afternoon.

2. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Paris’s most prestigious cultural institution, Musée du Louvre, has an impressive partner in Abu Dhabi, known to be the first universal museum in the Arab World.

It’s a must-see for art and cultural appreciators. Louvre Abu Dhabi is home to significant artworks and artefacts that date from the Palaeolithic era to the present day. Here you can encounter some of the world’s most notable artworks on loan from the collections of institutions such as Musee d’Orsay, Musee du Louvre and Centre Pompidou.

Tip: Leave some time to step outside and take in the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s impressive architecture which was designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel.

3. Full Day Tour, Abu Dhabi

The UAE’s capital is packed with major attractions both traditional and contemporary. As well as the sights mentioned on this list such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Yas Marina Race Circuit and Ferrari World there is also a range of other major attractions in Abu Dhabi such as the Emirates Palace hotel, the bustling corniche, and the heritage village to explore. If you’re short on time the best way to get the most out of Abu Dhabi is by booking a full-day tour.

Tip: For a bespoke experience that ensures that you get to see exactly what you want accompanied by insider’s knowledge book a private tour guide, Top Spots Dubai is in touch with the best in the industry, contact us to book your private tour guide.

4. Yas Island Theme Parks: Ferrari World, Warner Bros World, Yas Waterworld

Promising fun for all the family, Yas Island is home to three theme parks that cater to different tastes and age groups – Ferrari World, Warner Bros World, Yas Waterworld.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is themed around the famous red sports car and is the largest indoor theme park in the world. This one satisfies the thrill-seekers with the world’s fastest rollercoaster amongst other rides. For car enthusiasts, there are also special karting experiences, racing simulations and chances to drive a Ferrari.

At Warner Bros World animation comes to life. This family-friendly theme park brings Warner Bros favourite characters from Bat Man to Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny to life over themed areas including Bedrock and Gotham City. There are 29 exhilarating rides to choose from as well as live entertainment.

Yas Waterworld is an Emirati-themed waterpark that encloses 45 exciting rides and slides and attractions for every age and spirit of adventure. Those that like to surf can try out the world’s largest surfing sheet wave while there is also the world’s largest six-person tornado water coaster and an infant pool to entertain the little ones.

Tip: Multi-day and park tickets are available so that guests can access all three of the theme parks at a discounted rate.

5. Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace Tour, Abu Dhabi

Qasr Al Watan is an operational Presidential palace that opened to the public in 2019. The building continues to host foreign dignitaries. Here, visitors can discover the local traditions and practices that have contributed to the UAE today.

Step inside and discover intricate Arabian-style architecture and design elements while treading the hallways and discovering the palace’s rooms and special exhibits. The building’s dome encloses an impressive chandelier crafted from 350,000 pieces of crystal.

Don’t forget to book ahead. All visitors are required to demonstrate an advance booking before being allowed to enter the palace’s grounds.

Tip: Continue to discover Abu Dhabi like royalty and combine a visit to Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace with afternoon tea or dinner at the neighbouring Emirates Palace Hotel located on the Abu Dhabi corniche.

6. Boat Tour, Abu Dhabi

Enjoy Abu Dhabi from the water by booking a boat tour. The UAE’s capital city has a spectacular skyline, best photographed from the sea. Boat tours give guests the chance to take in some of Abu Dhabi’s major sights offering a new perspective and avoiding the rush of tourists on land. Operators offer up several different options that navigate routes that reveal the Emirates Palace, Yas Island, Maya Island, and the Abu Dhabi Corniche as well as historic sites including the Fisherman’s Village and Jazeerat Al Sammiliyah forts.

Tip: Remember to pack your sunscreen and a bottle of water to stay hydrated while at sea.

7. Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah

One for adventure seekers. Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah is the world’s longest zip line at 2.83km-long. To reach the starting point, drive 30km up the striking Jebel Jais Mountains and take in the views from the observation deck, then get ready for the adrenaline rush. Set off from an elevation of 1,680m above sea level, strapped into the harness and following your safety induction of course. As you fly along the zip wire you’ll reach speeds of up to 160 kph! The zip line is divided into two sections with a short stop on a transparent floored platform midway so that you can catch your breath! There is a GoPro rental service on-site so that you can capture your flight across the Jebel Jais mountains.

Tip: Guests are required to bring their original passport or Emirates ID as identification.

8. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Each year the Yas Marina Circuit hosts the famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One motor racing event. When it’s not racing season visitors can still take in the spirit of the race. For F1 fans or those keen to learn more about the sport site tours are available while race track driving experiences are the most memorable way to get to know the track. Racecar track days include multiple thrilling vehicles to choose from while there is also the option to book a motorbike track day.

Tip: Make a day of it and book dinner at one of the many restaurants on Yas Island, there are options to suit all budgets and tastes from Italian fine dining at Cipriani to the casual sports bar, Stars ‘N’ Bars.

9. Suwaidi Pearls Farm, Ras Al Khaimah

Offering a taste of the UAE’s pearl diving history, the Suwaidi Pearls Farm, located in the Al Rams fishing village, cultivates Gulf pearl oysters using locally sourced molluscs. Visitors are picked up by a pearl diver’s boat and depart upon a journey across the mangroves. During the tour guests discover tales of the Arabian pearl divers and get to grips with their diving tools and techniques as well as the science behind cultured pearls.

Tours take place morning and afternoon. There’s also an option for guests to pre-book snacks or lunch.

Tip: Make a day of it in Ras Al Khaimah, the Emirate is geared up to entertain adventure seekers with its terrain that accommodates watersports, mountain hiking, desert as well as options such as paragliding.

10. Hatta, Dubai

A day in Hatta has something for everyone. Head there for a taste of outdoor living, local culture and adventure. The mountain-lined community is part of the Emirate of Dubai but with an entirely different pace of life and aesthetic to Dubai city centre. The surrounding mountains and wadis make Hatta an ideal spot for hikers and those keen to enjoy adventurous sports from kayaking to paragliding, mountain biking and horse riding.

For those keen to absorb the local culture pay a visit to Hatta Heritage Village and the Hatta Ancient Tombs. Hatta has also become a hub for eco-tourism. Spend the night in the Hatta caravan park or opt for the glamping option and stay in specially designed domes that offer spectacular views of the night skies. The best way to dine? Your own private BBQ.

Tip: Hatta has less infrastructure than Dubai’s city centre, come prepared with any medical supplies, sports equipment or food and beverages that you might need for a day of adventure.

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