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7 Best Day Trips from Dubai

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Dubai offers one of the best sightseeing options within the city as well as out of the city. Take a short break and come out of the world of luxury hotels, world-class malls and experience the beautiful landscapes in the outskirts of Dubai or even beyond. There is so much to explore and hence it is really difficult to collate all these day trips from Dubai in one list. What we have done is to make a short list of the best day trips from Dubai which you can indulge in. Let every traveler have their own story to tell. You can mix and match as per your preferences, duration of stay and stamina.

  • Private tour to Abu Dhabi

It would take you approximately 9 hours to discover and explore the top tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi. A full day private tour to the glittering capital of UAE from Dubai offers so much for travelers. This Abu Dhabi sightseeing tour from Dubai can be done in a cozy minivan. Get to know this world-class city of mosques, glass skyscrapers, museums and malls. Get a deep insight into the Abu Dhabi’s rich history and heritage by visiting the must visit places like the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, Sheikh Zayed Mosque – one of the largest mosque in the world, the dhow shipyard, and a recreated Bedouin camp. There are several craft studios, replica souks and desert exhibitions which you can be a part off to spend your day in Abu Dhabi. Some other popular tourist attractions include the Corniche and the Emirates Palace, which is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Enter the world of Ferrari at the Yas Island. You can even get a private guide who can help you customize your itinerary as per your requirements. Such short trips from Dubai are surely going to give you several priceless moments.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

  • Day Trip to the Musandam Peninsula and the Dhow Cruise from Dubai

The Musandam Peninsula is also known as the “Norway of Arabia”. You will be in awe seeing the coastal and mountain views as you move into Oman and head for Khasab on the Musandam Peninsula. Now you can relax and sit back to enjoy the priceless moments as you sail on the dhow boat cruise passing through the rock peaks, pristine blue waters, and fjord-like inlets. If you focus well, then you will find plenty of dolphins around. You can stop at Telegraph Island and enjoy a swim or snorkel. Get a local guide along as you move along to get insights about the place and the rich history associated with it. This 6 hour Dhow boat cruise is surely going to refresh and revitalize your senses. Do carry your passport as the Musandam Peninsula is not a part of UAE, it falls under the sultanate of Oman.

Musandam Dibba

  • Ferrari World Day Trips from Dubai

Enjoy the western style fun like never before in the UAE. It has so much to offer than a mere showroom and a museum. The Ferrari World is a humongous amusement park and there is something in store for everyone across all age groups. For younger kids, there are Ferrari-themed amusement rides, a gallery of the famous sports cars from the past, present and the future, 4D exhibitions which gives you an opportunity to be in the driver’s seat and much more. Open daily from 11am to 10pm, the Ferrari world is located in Yas Island and you need to changes two buses, one from Al Ghubaiba green line metro station and the second one from Abu Dhabi Main Bus Station. These shuttle buses would drop you right at the entrance of Ferrari world. You can hire a guide along with the entrance fee. This short break from Dubai is surely going to give you several click moments and memories to cherish. After all, not every day in your life, you get a chance to sit in a Ferrari.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi Seaplane Flight from Dubai and return transfer

This journey will approximately take you 6 hours, but each minute is surely going to give you lifelong memories to cherish. You board a shared Cessna seaplane from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and enjoy panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands, the magnificent Yas Viceroy hotel, the sparkling coastline of the Arabian Gulf, F1 Grand Prix circuit and the Ferrari world on the Yas Island. You would be landing on the water and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Ferrari World. After a scrumptious meal, you can enjoy various rides at the Ferrari world, post which you take a return road transfer to Dubai. Let the kid in you break free as you enjoy the various rides in the Ferrari world. It is a totally different feeling altogether as the whole world is beneath you.

seaplane tour

  • Al Ain Garden City Tour from Dubai

Fondly known as the Garden city of the UAE. You will enjoy the beautiful desert views along your journey towards the Hajar Mountains which is located near the Oman border. The Al Ain Museum uncovers deep roots and insights about the city’s Bronze Age. Other key tourist attractions to visit are the camel market and zoo, which is home to the rare white tigers. The hot springs are definitely worth an experience and enjoy the amazing views from the top of Jebel Hafeet, the highest peak in the UAE. Wind up your journey with the mouth-watering buffet lunch at the Al Ain Hilton hotel. You can request for an adult infant seats for children at the time of booking. There is some walking to be done and your driver will not be able to assist passengers for boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations.

Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain

  • Desert Safari and Drive

If you are an adventure lover and have always imagined of being a part of the trackless roller coaster ride, then the Desert safari is your destination. You can enjoy the beautiful views across the desert either in a 4×4 terrain vehicle or on a quad bike whichever suits your requirements. There are several tour operators offering various packages and the price would vary depending on the inclusions in your package. The sunset is simply mesmerizing and amazing to watch. Do not forget to get your camera along as there would be plenty of breaks for clicks and sightseeing. As the vehicle moves past the desert, it leaves a silken trail and it is beautiful to watch. The journey ends with the scrumptious dinner buffet along with a group of belly dancers enticing your moods. You can either enjoy the night under the moonlit stars or driven back to your hotel or accommodation site. One of the best short breaks from Dubai which you can indulge in.  

dubai dessert safari

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride over Dubai

You got to have a heart of steel to experience the panoramic views of the Dubai skyline and the entire city over a Hot Air Balloon ride. The ideal time to start is early in the morning before the heat soars up the temperatures. The Aviation Authority of UAE has strict regulations for Balloon flights which ensure the safety of the passengers. There are several tour operators who offer various packages and the price would depend on the inclusions of the package you select. We recommend you to hire a photographer to click your photographs as you enjoy the amazing beauty from the top.

hot air balloon dubai

About The Author

Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”
  • Purba Chakraborty

    Very informative post, Neha 🙂
    Good to see a new writer in TSS.

  • Interesting. I would add some trips to Fujeirah and Khor Fakkan to this list. These are some amazing beaches

    • Thanks Ami. I am always happy to meet people who share common interest

  • Agree with Maniparna, the post is very informative and descriptive.

    • Thanks Ravish. Happy to know you enjoyed reading it

  • Nice article Ms. Neha, very informative… 🙂

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