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Day off: Best Dubai day trips for the Al Hijri New Year

As the UAE celebrates Al Hijri New Year, picked out below are must-see attractions, best places to eat and hidden gems from each of the locations, brought to you by travel experts

1. Dubai Day Trip to Sharjah

Must See Attraction: The new leisure and tourist Al Noor Island is a stunning location, where art and culture meet natural beauty. The family destination on the Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah, Al Noor Island houses exotic butterflies, artistic sculptures, maze garden, magical illuminations, and literary treasures.

Best Place to Eat: Paper Fig in the Muwailih area is a short drive from Dubai. A fresh, new Emirati concept, visit for delicious artisanal desserts and savory dishes from their seasonal menus.

Hidden Gem: Souq Al Arsah is one of the oldest markets in the UAE and a gathering place for generations of traders. It’s now a covered market with air-conditioned alleyways featuring solid wooden doors, beautiful coral brick walls, and hanging lanterns.

2. Dubai Day Trip to Ajman

Must See Attraction: Spend some time viewing wildlife at the Al Zorah Nature Reserve. One of the most popular things to do in Ajman, travelers can see pink flamingos and mangroves.

Best Place to Eat: A restaurant serving Turkish influenced cuisine, Sultan Saray is a popular choice for visitors.

Hidden Gem: Take a trip further into the landscape of Ajman with a visit to the inland enclave of Al Manama.

3. Dubai Day Trip to Ras Al Khaimah

Must See Attraction: Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the UAE, is home to the world’s longest zip-line – a bucket list attraction for the UAE and the world. The zip-line is putting Ras Al Khaimah firmly on the map as the region’s leading active adventure tourism destination and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting this beautiful, lesser-known Emirate.

Best Place to Eat: Al Fanar Restaurant & Café is a traditional Arabian restaurant and is the perfect place to stop, either for lunch or dinner, to enjoy a true taste of local Emirati cuisine.

Hidden gem: With a backdrop of steep mountains, the bay of Dhayah has always been a very fertile area and people have settled there as early as the third millennium BC. Today, it is crowned by a fortress built during the 19th century on the foundations of much older structures. It is the only hilltop fort still existing in the UAE and offers a fantastic view of the lush palm gardens, the sea, and dramatic mountains.

4. Dubai Day Trip to Abu Dhabi


Must See Attraction: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a breathtaking sight with walls of pure marble, decorated with colorful stones. Regarded as an architectural wonder and a symbol of the UAE, it is a key place of worship. It is visible from each of the bridges that connect Abu Dhabi island to the mainland. Hire a car and you can be here in one hour and 20 minutes.

Best Place to Eat: On the 63rd floor of the Etihad Towers, in the Ras Al Akhdar area i, Quest is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the UAE. Expect modern fine dining, drawing together dishes from across Southeast Asia.

Hidden Gem: Take a Dubai day trip to Abu Dhabi and develop a richer understanding of Emirati culture by visiting the Heritage Village. This fascinating open museum holds workshops demonstrating traditional skills like pottery and spinning.

Make the most of the long weekend this week and consider hiring a car with travel experts to explore some of the best destinations within the UAE.