What better way to celebrate UAE’s national day than to revel in the Emirates’ best tourist spots, as the temperate dips to offer pleasant weather that is perfect for outdoor activities. And the best part is you can enjoy perks of such weather while staying at world-class hotels and resorts, in the vicinity of your own neighborhood!
If you are sticking around in the country, this celebratory weekend, here are the top 5 suggestions by travel experts at Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa:
Get the best view of the majestic Hajjar mountain ranges from some of the chalet-styled resorts at Hatta. Using the resort as the base, the more adventurous can embark on some scenic mountain treks and visits to the Hatta Pools and Hatta Reservoir. Make sure you check out the centuries-old Hatta Heritage Village featuring stone houses with palm-frond roofs, falaj (the traditional water system), traditional weapons and crockery.
Experience true Arabian hospitality set against the backdrop of rolling desert dunes at luxury resorts, such as Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, just two hours’ drive from Abu Dhabi. Take advantage of the great weather to go on camel treks, dune bashing and desert walks. This is also the perfect destination to destress and relax with an authentic hammam experience at your resort’s in-house spa facility.
There is no better pick for beach-buffs than the Saadiyat Island, featuring pristine white sand beaches – situated in the midst of the wilderness. You could also tee-off at the adjacent Saadiyat Beach Golf Course or check out the happening Saadiyat Cultural District. Just minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi, is the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort with its own private beach access, that personifies a luxury getaway. Soak up some ‘Vitamin-sea’ and Vitamin-D at this classy resort.
Theme Park Adventure
There exists a perfect family retreat, in the heart of Dubai, filled with tones of theme parks and adventure facilities. All you need to do is check into one of Dubai’s many exceptional hotels for easy access to the likes of Bollywood parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark, Motiongate Dubai and even Riverland Dubai. These amusement zones are sure to keep you and your kids engaged for hours on end. So, let the family vacay begin!
If you have been wanting to check out the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas Beach for the longest time, here is your chance. Just book yourself into some of the emirate’s most opulent stays and explore Abu Dhabi’s top attractions like royalty. You could even rent out a luxury yacht for a day to get a completely new and fascinating view of the emirate.
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