United Arab Emirates Off The Beaten Path

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    by IreneMcKay
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    Creek Park
    by IreneMcKay
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    Creek Park
    by IreneMcKay

United Arab Emirates Off The Beaten Path

  • Wadi Bih

    Wadi Bih is one of the many wadis (canyons carved through the mountains by prehistoric rivers 10,000 to 2,000,000 years ago) in the rugged and spectacular Ras al-Jebel Mountains of the Musandam Peninsula. Most of the Musandam Peninsula is Omani territory, but Wadi Bih is still inside the United Arab Emirates. Although most of the wadi is arid and...

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  • Visit Al Nassma Camel Farm and Chocolate...

    Arabian Adventures offers a day trip from Dubai to Al-Ain. The final stop of the day is a visit to the Al Nassma Camel Farm and chocolate factory. The farm is owned by a wealthy Emirati family and boasts over 2300 camels. They allow you to feed, pet and photograph the camels, after taking proper sanitary precautions (to protect the camels). This...

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  • meet local people

    I WAS LUCKY TO MEET A LOCAL FAMILY AND BE DRESSED WITH LOCAL CLOTHES..THE DUBAIANS BELONG TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE ON EARTH BUT THEIR ATTITUDE IS HUNDRED OF YEARS BEHIND..IT IS STILL A COMPLETE MEN-SOCIETYAS MALE GUEST YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE FRONT ROOM, MAINLY WITH THE MALE HOSTS

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  • Dibba

    Dibba is a sleepy city located on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, just under the towering mountains of the Musandam Peninsula, which is Omani territory. The border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman actually runs through the middle of Dibba, and visitors can freely cross the border with no immigration formalities. The city is...

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  • Sand Dunes

    Many people like to go out to the dunes to stay for the night, or go driving madly across the sand.I just like looking at the formation of the dunes, the crescent forms, and especially when ther are many dunes together,.Recently on a road trip to Oman dunes were present between the pale scrubland of Dubai and the flat plains preceding the mountains...

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  • Hatta on the way to Oman

    For those whose visas are about to expire or change status, a trip to Oman via Hatta is the answer. Instead of paying 500dhs for an extension, make the trip and pay less than 100dhs.Hatta lies on the borders of the UAE and Oman. You get an exit visa stamped in your passport, and then continue into Oman.Hatta lies in the Hajar mountains. It is quiet...

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  • Umm al Qaywayn

    A “somnolent” emirate in comparison with Dubai or Sharjah, Umm al Qaywayn is in fact the best place one can get a glimpse of how the emirates used to look like before the oil.A charming fort by the sea, deserted and even unpaved streets delimited by clay cottages and fenced courtyards, fishing boats, and natural beaches….This is what can help a...

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  • Skycrabs

    Skycrabs are the typical thing to see in cities like Dubai and Sharijah, but as a local sign in Dubai, it is clear Dubai is getting to be the world number one in record of the highest ever build sky crab : Dubai Tower, which will be the highest in the world!!!

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  • Different scenery.

    Most of the country is sand desert, but if you drive to Wadi Hatta you'll see very different countryside. There's a beautiful hotel there too.

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  • The cities are ultra-modern.

    The cities are ultra-modern, but drive across the desert between them and you'll find a whole different, fascinating world.

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  • Khor Kalba

    The mangrove swamps of Khor Kalba are located within Sharjah emirate, but are just south of the city of Fujairah in Fujairah emirate. A small bridge spans a tidal creek where it is possible to see green sea turtles riding the swift current of the outgoing tide. This is also a popular place for the local inhabitants to take their children to play in...

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  • Jebel Hafit

    With an elevation of about 4,500 feet (1,372 meters), Jebel Hafit (sometimes transliterated as Jebel Hafiz) is the second-highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. It is part of the Hajar Range which runs up from Oman, continues through the eastern part of the United Arab Emirates, and ends on the Musandam Peninsula. The mountain towers over...

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  • desert walk

    if you are living in jebel ali village/gardens, then a walk at night into the desert and surrounding areas is a buzz. if you go late (around 2am) then you might be able to see gazelles. take a good torch with you and water if it is summer. there is also a vacant suburb in jebel ali too that is nice to walk around at night...this is where you might...

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  • Wadi Bashing

    Rent a Landcruiser (e.g. with Budget in Dubai, as we did), pack water, food and equipment, get the orange "Offroad Explorer" Book available in practically all book stores) and head east for the Wadis.You will be rewarded with unusually dark mountain scenery, pittoresque oasis and the feeling to be off the beaten track.A warning: We got stuck in...

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  • Al Ain - Dates Dates Dates

    During the summer in UAE, though it is very hot and many may advise you not to do outdoor, but I have taken up the challenge to visit Al Ain Oasis and Jebel Hafeet !! Don't wanna elaborate but what can you tell just looking at the pictures taken ? It definately worth a trip !

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  • Short cut Oman, from Al Ain to Hatta

    In the Netherlands we got an itinerary for our trip with the possibility to make a short cut from Al Ain to Hatta, taking a road through Oman.At home I allready found out that the description was not right. Nobody in the UAE could tell us anything about this Omani road. So we drove to Buraimi, the Omani town next to Al Ain, but also there they...

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  • Wadi Wurayyah, down in the wadi

    After we couldn't find the waterfall at the end of the tarred road, we returned to the spot where we crossed the dry wadi, to look around a bit at the bottom of the wadi.It was too hot to make a real walk here in this rough beautiful landscape.Also the possibilities at the bottom of the wadi for our normal car didn't look very well.So we didn't...

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  • Road to Wadi Wurayyah

    To find the Wadi Wurayyah we followed the descriptions in the guidebook.Five KM north of the Ocean View Hotel (near Khor Fakkan) the coastal mainroad narrows into a single lane. Here is the sideroad at the lefthand side in the direction of the Wadi Wurayyah.So we took at this spot a nice tarred sideroad in the direction of the mountains. After...

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  • Fujairah, Wadi Wurayyah

    In our guidebook we red about the Wadi Wurayyah waterfall. The only natural waterfall in the UAE, which has water the whole year.The waterfall is reachable by tarred road nowadays. The mineral water of the emirates comes from here.The road is not signposted from the mainroad Fujairah to Dibba. So we had to find out ourselves.After about ten KMs...

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  • Camel wondering about strange...

    Camel wondering about strange animals with cameras...Taken by my wife. This is still making me going mad!I try desperately to make nice pictures of places and especially sunsets, and I think I did some good even here, and what is the best picture of my Dubai page according the largest part of VTers of visit my page?The only one I didn't make!!!

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  • Drive through the glistening deserts.

    Drive from Abu Dhabi towards south to its desert towns of Bida Zayed, Al Dhafrah or Liwa and see the man's struggle for conquering the desert to build farms and highways and/or the struggle against the invasion of desert on the same. Here a farm has been built in by displacing sand, but nature is fighting back as a sand dune looms on the right hand...

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  • Climb the tallest mountain of the...

    Al Ain is the summer capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is a sprawling oasis city. Once in Al Ain, entering from Abu Dhabi or from Dubai, all tourist attractions are easy to reach by following purple colored roadside direction boards.In Arabic, Jebel means a small mountain. Jebel Al-Hafeet stands 1200 meters tall and is completely barren. A...

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  • Visit Ras al Khaimah.

    Ras al Khaimah (the city and Emirate), is located some 150 kms from Dubai. Visit its museum located in the center, and explore its surroundings, including the mangroves and seaside teeming with waterfowl in the winters. We decided to go to hot water springs. When we got there, a historic watch tower on a nearby hill top caught our attention. We...

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  • Explore the mangroves of of Kalbah

    This is the northwestern tip of the UAE, about 150 kms from Dubai and 15 kms from Fujeirah. One can contact Desert Rangers at 04-346-0808 to arrange canoes for observing wildlife of the mangroves.The tracks at the seaside are good for driving 4 wheelers, but do not get too close to the water for you will destroy the habitat.From here, you can make...

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  • ART GALLARY @ BASTAKIAH

    This is ART GALLARY @ bastakiah area, bur dubai !!!U can buy different art materials in here..even small post cards are available.by the way ..the gallary is in a old house and this is really old door 2 ...more than 50 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hatta Pools, Wadi Beah, Ras al...

    Hatta Pools, Wadi Beah, anywhere outside the city really.Don't worry too much about getting lost, it's pretty safe here and there are petrol stations everywhere!Beware comedy Sharjah roadsigns (there aren't any that tell you how to get to any other Emirate)

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  • The Greening of Abu...

    The Greening of Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi city is a sight for sore eyes, literally. In contrast with the harsh desert glare, Abu Dhabi’s expanses of cool green parklands are blissfully relaxing. Only in the 1980’s when the dust began to settle from the massive construction programme which razed the old town and built a new one did the residents of Abu...

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  • Participate in the Desert Fun Drive.

    Participate in the Annual Family Fun Drive, a 2 days event that is held by the Gulf News in late January. This pix is from when we participated in the year 2000. You can drive your own vehicle, but register well in advance. The cap is for 750 offroaders and the applications are 4 times as many. Security cover is good - route marshals, police,...

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  • Offroading in the far off valleys.

    Visit offroad attractions such as this historic fort half way to a hill top with a watch tower on the hill top itself (not in the pix) at Al Hayl Valley, used by the rulers of Fujeirah in the ancient times. The valley has a stream running through it and has lot of oases for pinicing.

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  • How about birdwatching?

    Travel to the sprawling green oasis city of Al Ain (summer capital of Abu Dhabi). This is located about 150 kms from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Explore its off the beaten path tourist attractions like Hili Archaeological Fields and Ain al Faidah Resort with Jebel (Mount) Al Hafeet in the background shown here. In the winters, the resort is teeming...

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  • Driving around inland is an...

    Driving around inland is an interesting experience. At least back in 1989, we drove about 30km or so in Oman before returning to the UAE, without any border controls that I recall. We also drove around the lovely occasionally rocky coastline and visited Ras al Khaimah in the north. Never had a negative experience. Do rent a car. Do drive around....

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  • I am not sure how you get to...

    I am not sure how you get to this place but the big 'S' has a car that is the largest in the world and is like a hotel! will update shortly

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  • In the UAE there are so many...

    In the UAE there are so many beautiful cars. Some of them are very expencive and not the ordinary man could buy it.

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  • Uae is like a mirage in...

    Uae is like a mirage in neverending desert.....But this desert is very beautiful.Here you could meet the desert ships - camels

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  • Not many people bother with a...

    Not many people bother with a visit to Fujairah and for good reason......not worth it. Be sure to visit Sharjah souk for the best deals on carpets. Best gold prices are at the airport not in the Gold Souk but don't miss the Gold Souk..it's worth a visit.

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  • Off the beaten track I wish...

    Off the beaten track I wish I’d been to a safari on a jeep but instead I took a taxi and went to the public beach right next to Jumeira Beach Hotel. Empty and lovely sand beach, a bit too many jelly fish but some parts of the water were clear.Arrange the fee in advance with the taxi driver. It shouldn’t be more than 30 to 35 dirhams, haggle if you...

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