By Nour El-Miligi
Want to run from the city’s hustle and bustle? You don’t have to go overboard searching for tranquility, as we’ve brought you peaceful getaways right inside the UAE! The United Arab Emirates is in fact, a beautiful country full of hidden gems. That’s why we’ve gathered some of UAE’s most cozy hideouts and island escapes, for you to have the most memorable staycation.
Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
What can possibly be better than leaving the city with its busy routine and go to a secluded island where you get to privately watch the sunsets slowly hugging the pure waters, as you enjoy an ice-cold smoothie while touching the powder-white sand? This exclusive island resort is surrounded by clear waters and lush vegetation, that’s only 60 minutes away from Downtown Dubai.
Farmhouse Hatta, Dubai
A little farmhouse decked with its own swimming pool, outdoor setting, kitchen, BBQ facilities, and Bonfire areas. You can surely have a healthy detox from the surrounding hassle, by enjoying a cold breeze and some fresh air there. Perfect for people longing for a break from the bustling city.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
This one is specifically targeting nature junkies who appreciate ecological efforts and nature reserves. The “Cape of the Creek” will certainly be unmissable for bird lovers, as the Westland resort features breathtaking flamingos in large numbers, many other bird breeds, small mammals, and fish, free of any contaminants or pollution.
This sanctuary is of considerable ecological, cultural, and aesthetic importance. You rarely see countries with such a site, so seize the opportunity by going there and we assure you will have an unforgettable experience in the unspoiled natural spot, perfect for those who need their nature fix.
Fossil Rock, Sharjah
For all camping enthusiasts, this definitely is your go-to destination! Nothing feels more adventurous than taking a safari desert to observe the landmark rock rising above the sand dunes, trekking or hiking along the UAE’s beautiful chromatic desert in the morning, and watching the shining stars illuminating the dark sky at night. A trip there will definitely be a memorable escape, breaking boring, mundane routines of daily life. Enough of beds and to more camping tents.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
The tree-shaped palm island is an artificial one that offers lots of activities for every taste. Aside from the vast number of hotels and beach clubs it includes, it also features kayak tours for the artificial archipelago, waterparks, and windsurfing lessons for the daring. It sounds like the perfect vacay!
Dubai Creek, Dubai
A saltwater creek that connects the sea trading port to the desert as it passes through the heart of Dubai, located near Ras Al Khor bird sanctuary we mentioned earlier. You can enjoy so many activities on the creek including a visit to the fun aquarium, riding car cables suspended 30 meters above the ground and cruising through the pristine waters of the Dubai creek. Is this heaven?
We bet you already started packing and will head to one of these beautiful places soon. Being a UAE citizen sure brings endless, exciting opportunities for a perfect staycation. Don’t forget to add these destinations to your bucket list for the next holiday!