For most of us, going to the UAE means exploring all the glitz and glamour of future-perfect cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Most of the tourists don’t expect nature when visiting the country. Only a few people know that this Persian Gulf nation is also blessed with scenic landscapes for the off-beat travel experience. The Emirates is not all about the desert and cosmopolitan vibes. There are also natural hot springs, stunning oases and ancient fossil beds to explore. Here are some of the hidden natural gems in the UAE which are far ahead of the rest.
It is a stunning red sand dune located in the heart of Al Badayer Desert. It is located only a few minutes’ drives from Dubai and offers some best tracks across the desert to bike, hike or drive through. Get the never-seen-before view of the wild side of the UAE. It is one of the best-kept secrets of the UAE and only a few people have uncovered who just want to explore the true beauty of the desert. Book Dubai honeymoon package to get there.
It is well known for its marine fossils which are around 80 million years old that are carved well in the bright red rocks. It is also perfect for camping. You can explore the fossils and red hot desert in the day time and gaze at the stars in the soothing night. In the heart of the wild desert, Fossil Rock beautifully juts into the sky. So, take a 4×4 car and drive through the sand dunes.
Wadi al Bih
Stretched over Ras Al Khaimah Clock Tower towards the UAE border, the Wadi Al Bih is well known as Grand Canyon of the UAE. In Arabic, ‘Wadi’ refers to a valley or ravine and it is a 1km long ravine offering scenic views of the UAE. So, it is best for mountain biking, hiking, and camping. You may visit the deserted villages nearby in the Wadi and RAK areas to get into the details. Also, explore the dark pink sorrel flowers and soak in natural greens. Flash floods are quite common after or during rains. To explore the Omani side of this landmark, be sure to keep a passport handy.
Wadi Ghalilah, also known as Stairway to Heaven, is in the northernmost of the UAE in the heart of the mountains. It is also an ideal place for hiking and hill climbing. Discovered only by adventure lovers 25 years ago, Wadi Ghalilah is rewarding to those who make it to the top with scenic views of raw Arabian natural beauty.
Wasit Nature Reserve
It houses some of the most vivid and diverse ecosystems in the UAE. It is a nature reserve located in the emirate of Sharjah and houses striking and beautiful lake, different types of birds, green landscape, and other tropical reptiles and mammals. The reserve is truly green and fresh where you can embrace the wonder of nature in the desert nearby.
Umm al Quwain Wetlands
You can get a view of how the Arabian Peninsula was like before it turned a desert. Grab a kayak or boat, get through the secluded mangroves and water channels and explore these wetlands in the smallest emirate of the UAE. This thriving and stunning lagoon has somehow managed to survive even with having nearby areas despite the surroundings of Arabian Peninsula becoming sandy rock.
Wathba Wetland Reserve
This wetland reserve is located 40km south of Abu Dhabi. It is really a serene place and a range of wetlands, natural lakes, fossilized sands, salt flats, and sand dunes to experience the hidden natural beauty of the UAE. It has around 250 bird species, making a paradise for bird watchers and Arabian wildlife lovers. You can also catch a glimpse of the bright pink flamingos.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas is an ideal getaway to feel like you have entered a new world. It is a well-known and enormous wildlife park which houses cheetahs, giraffes, and gazelles. It is just overshadowed by the thriving coastline and salt dome hills in the center of the island.
Mangroves National Park
With thriving mangroves and evergreen water channels, this conserved wildlife area is definitely one of the striking places in the nation. You can get there by boat to get up close to nature and wildlife here. Our Dubai tours packages also include this attraction.
Al Hayer Forest
It is yet another secret gem of the UAE. Al Hayer Forest is a forest featuring ghaf trees in the heart of the desert. It is also a well-known campsite for the ones looking for shades and beat the heat of summer sun in the UAE. You can camp out for the serene view of lush greens as well as smoking red desert.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a thriving wetland and best-kept secret of Dubai and also houses a vivid range of wildlife and migratory birds. You will definitely fall in love with its natural beauty as it houses the well-known lush greens, cooling waters, and famous flamingos. It is also covered under Dubai family packages.
Located only a 2-hour drive from Ajman, the smallest emirate of the UAE, Masfout is one of the best natural wonders. It is an easy escape into favorable climate as well as picnic-friendly location. It is a fun and rejuvenating getaway for a day out instead of usual shopping and sightseeing activity. It is well regarded for seclusion and countryside feel and escape from fast-paced and hectic city living. You can rest assured with a fresh breeze and cooler climate with its higher altitude. It also houses stunning flora and fauna. Only a few people know about this place and it has not become so popular. So, it is better to travel with Dubai group tour packages.
Update your collection of classic forgotten tunes as this long drive will take you to a memorable journey up the mountains. Fujairah Mountains are a wonderful escape from the scorching hot summer of other emirates as you can get a change in scenery in higher altitude on the mountains. It is definitely an ideal spot for avid travelers. This emirate borders the Indian Ocean and houses a range of hiking trails. You can also enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at pristine beaches of Fujairah with Dubai Holiday Packages if you love underwater activities.