Best Day Trips from Abu Dhabi

Best Day Trips from Abu Dhabi

Best Day Trips from Abu Dhabi

With its rich heritage and culture, stunning desert landscapes and enthralling experiences, Abu Dhabi makes for a perfect vacation for families and bachelors alike. The capital of U.A.E is nothing if not exciting with its adventure parks, sparkling islands, and ultra luxurious accommodations such as The Emirates Palace. For art lovers also, the city is anything but disappointment with its first universal museum Louvre Abu Dhabi being opened recently, a much appreciated and adored architectural masterpiece on its own. Even though it’s a tourist paradise, Abu Dhabi isn’t one of those cities who leave their culture, something you can easily experience by strolling around the Dhow harbour, or in its local souks haggling with the vendors.

Abu Dhabi offers a great range of activities to do like visiting the absolutely beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or maybe the popular adventure park- Ferrari World which hosts the highest and fastest roller coasters. But U.A.E being a small country comparatively, there are plenty of amazing things to see around Abu Dhabi that are barely a drive away. So if you are planning to stay in Abu Dhabi for a considerable time, you must also include the following places for the ideal day trips from the city:

1. Al Ain

Located around 2 hours away from Abu Dhabi, The oasis city of Al Ain is set amongst natural springs and plantations, earning it the title of “Garden City”. Surrounded by the rugged peaks of Jebel Hafeet, it is one of the oldest cities in the world, making it the only site in U.A.E to be a part of UNESCO World Heritage List. An entirely different world from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, Al Ain is void of avant-garde skyscrapers, ultramodern malls, or brands whose names cannot even be correctly pronounced, which is precisely the reason why it feels more culturally authentic. The ancient city is an ideal location for families due to its top attractions- Hili Fun City, Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain National Museum, and its impressive public gardens sprawling throughout the city, bringing respite from hot parched streets of this desert. Parallelly, if you have an adventurous bone in you, then you can drive up the mountain to the top of Jebel Hafeet and relish the view from the top! The best way to reach there is to take a bus from Abu Dhabi which will take 2 hrs, or you can hire a taxi too that gets you there in about the same time.

2. Liwa

Far from the civilization, Liwa Oasis is a cluster of villages and farms clinging to the edge of Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter). Enjoy pristine desert surroundings, deepest silence only broken by the growl of camels in the middle of this vast and expansive desert whose end cannot be seen. Representing the most wild, pure, and authentic feel of the Arabian experience, Liwa is nation’s favourite retreat to get in touch with one’s roots. It may seem mundane at first but don’t get fooled by the endless dunes, as Liwa hosts some of the best desert adventures to get your adrenaline rushing, with options like desert safari, dune bashing, sand boarding, quad biking and much more. If you are automobile enthusiast, then you must visit Car Museum, A place housing all kinds of cars ranging from vintage to modern under one roof. This day trip is perfect to gain some perspective and acknowledge the tremendous development U.A.E has achieved. You can reach Liwa by bus from Abu Dhabi in less than 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a car that covers the same distance in barely 3 hours.

3. Fujairah

The business and commercial hub of Emirates, Fujairah is a modern and industrious city separated by the ragged peaks of Hajar Mountains from the rest of U.A.E. For tourists, it’s a great respite from hustle and bustle of city life of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while for locals, it’s the most frequented spot to spend their weekends in. Fujairah is famous for its beaches and resorts and is considered to be the best for snorkelling and scuba diving in all of U.A.E, which makes it a must visit city for every water sports enthusiasts. The sandy and pristine beaches here provide a good site to lay back, relax, and soak up in the sun in a quiet and calm environment. Apart from this the city is full of restored historical attractions like The Al-Bidyah Mosque, Fujairah Fort and Museum, Sheikh Zayed Mosque which makes this a great place for the avid explorers. The quickest way to reach there is via car that takes about 2.5 hours, while buses would get you there in approximately 4 hours’ time.

4. Dubai

Dubai is the first thing in mind for anyone visiting U.A.E. With a distance of only 90 minutes away from Abu Dhabi, it also makes for a great day trip. A melting pot for different cultures and brimming with ultra modern and high-tech architecture and technology, Dubai is all set to break your perception of the Middle East. There is no dearth of activities you can enjoy here no matter what your interests are; it is designed to keep you occupied and entertained. Marvel at the tallest building Burj Al-Khalifa, or visit The Palm Islands (islands literally in the shape of palm trees), amusement parks for families, sizzling beach parties, or sheesha lounges at every corner, the place has everything a traveller can hope for. It is also the ultimate shopping destination with both local souks filled with spices and handicraft markets, and huge malls like The Dubai Mall with every global brand and thousands of retail stores. Dubai has pushed its limits into greatness with achieving what no other country could even think about trying, and has thus made itself a haven for tourists and locals alike.

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