Must Do UAE Road Trips :
Want to get out for the day or the weekend with the family? Here’s some great ideas.
Living in the UAE, we’re not short of things to do to fill our weekends and holidays! But sometimes, distance, price and practicality gets in the way leaving us trailing the malls or eating out at our local food haunt.
So if you’re eager to get out for the day or full weekend, here are some great ideas that won’t break your bank, and that you can enjoy as a family together!
Grab the camera, get the kids in the car and enjoy a scenic road trip to one of these top places across the UAE…
1. Al Ain, UAE :
The drive to Al Ain really is fuss-free, even for those still getting used to the UAE’s vast roads. Simply jump on the Al Ain Road (route 66) from Dubai, or the Abu Dhabi to Al Ain road if you’re leaving from the Capital, and drive straight… After a short time, you’ll find yourself enjoying beautiful views of dunes and date farms, with the odd camel thrown in, all making for a lovely drive.
Once you get to Al Ain, you can spend the day in the popular Al Ain Zoo spotting leopards, white tigers, gorillas and lions among man others. Their giraffe feeding experience is a fantastic thing to enjoy, plus if you stay for the evening you’ll have chance to catch their evening bird show. After the zoo, head up to Jebel Hafeet, a mountain that borders with Oman. You’ll absolutely love the view up there, we promise!
2. Hatta, Oman :
Escape the high-rises of the cities and head to the mountains for a day! You can relax around the pool at the popular Hatta Fort Hotel, complete with rock features, swimming pools and lots of activities to keep the family busy.
Don’t be put off, the drive to Hatta is an easy one; from Dubai, follow the Hatta Road (E44) and simply drive and from Abu Dhabi, find the Abu Dhabi – Sweihan – Al Hayer Road and follow the signs for Hatta.
3. Musandam, Oman :
Another great adventure to enjoy is the trip to Oman’s Musandam peninsula, which is a small enclave surrounded by UAE land. Dubbed the Norway of Arabia, this place has beautiful turquoise waters and rocky fjords.
While a drive there takes around 3 hours, why not make a weekend of it as it’s completely worth the trip! Book yourself a dhow trip to go snorkelling, and you might even catch sigh of a dolphin or two. By staying the night, you can also take the opportunity to camp out on an island for the night.
4. Liwa, UAE :
While it may be around a four hour drive to get to from most areas of the UAE, a trip to the Liwa Oasis is always a memorable one. If you own a powerful 4×4 and a playlist of your favourite songs, this is the perfect road trip to enjoy with friends and family to get as far away from civilisation as possible. Located in the heart of the Empty Quarter desert, Liwa is recognisable for its rolling red sand dunes.
It’s such a great place in fact, that it featured in the recent Hollywood hit, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. High five for the Liwa desert!
5. Fujairah UAE :
If you haven’t already taken yourself to Fujairah during your life in the UAE, you need to book a trip there sooner rather than later. As the scuba-diving destination of the UAE, Fujairah is one of the major emirates of the UAE and has a coastline made up exclusively of the Gulf of Oman’s waters. Enjoy a drive through mountains, passing by gorgeous quaint towns that are surrounded by mountain ranges, which make a pleasant change to skyscrapers.
6. Umm Al Quwain, UAE :
For those of you brave enough to journey to Umm Al Quwain, you’re set to see and enjoy a number of small islands and mangroves just off the coast, which you can see from the old town. If you want to explore these islands, there are opportunities avilable with local companies. For those who wish to keep their feet on ground, you’ll have the chance to wander around the historic harbour, which is also home to a traditional dhow building yard.
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TOP 11 DUBAI MEGA-PROJECTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
1. Dubai Water Canal Project :
The $545 million Dubai Water Canal Project will change Business Bay and associate the region with the Arabian Gulf more than three stages that are set to finish October 2016.
The task will incorporate another strip mall, four hotels and 450 eateries and in addition an extravagance housing and cycling ways.
The canal itself will measure six meters deep, while scaffolds will be bridges will be built eight metres high to allow the passing of yachts and marine craft.
2. Museum of the Future :
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Museum of the Future, will house a percentage of the world’s most recent creations and will be a cornerstone of the emirate’s focus on innovation.
The round-shaped building will be located alongside the Jumeirah Emirates Towers near Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).
In addition to become a major tourist destination, the Museum will offer advanced courses and concentrated workshops, and additionally public talks and events.
It is expected to cost more than $200m and and the completion date in 2017.
3. Jewel of the Creek :
The $816 million Jewel of the Creek project will consists of a monstrous waterfront complex, highlighting 19-story flat apartment buildings, three office towers, two luxury hotels, a recreation centre and a convention centre with a ballroom, and additionally a marina and a huge number of retail spaces for shops and eateries.
The project, which is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017, will be located between Al Maktoum Bridge, Baniyas Road and the Floating Bridge covering 123,955 square meters of area.
4. Al Habtoor City :
The $3 billion Habtoor City, planned for completion in 2016, will highlight three top of the line hotels – managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (St. Regis, Westin Dubai and W Dubai Sheik Zayed Road) – and in addition three extravagance private towers.
top11 dubai megha projects TOP 11 DUBAI MEGA-PROJECTS, which will be located on a 10 million square foot plot on Sheik Zayed Road, will contain dining venues, a French-inspired garden, a famous Las Vegas style water theater and the world’s first Bentley cafe.
5. Deira Islands :
A 15.3 square km waterfront city, paves the way for hundreds of new hotels, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and marinas.
featuring four islands, the project’s host of attractions will incorporate an extensive shopping center; an Arabic souk-style night market, an amphitheater for 30,000 people and a marina that can accommodate large yachts.
While, three hectares of the venture – which is planned to be finished by Q3 2018 at an expense of $150 million – dedicated to hotels and resorts.
6. MBR City – District One :
The $10 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City – District One, will handover the first and second phase of villas in mid-2016 and mid-2017.
Reaching 1,110 acres, MBR City – District One includes a 7km stretch of Crystal Lagoons, the world’s largest artificial beach and a 14km boardwalk.
Located within minutes of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the ‘super luxury’ District One project is spread over 440 hectares, with more than 60 percent of the total area being allocated to green and open spaces.
The low-density project boasts a 7km-long ‘Crystal Lagoon’ for swimming, kayaking and other activities. The project will also feature 14km of artificial beach walk and 8.8km of cycling and jogging track on the periphery.
District One, which is scheduled to be completed by 2018-2019 , will also feature entertainment, retail and hospitality offerings .
7. Aladdin City :
Dubai Municipality has begun the implementation of the New Aladdin City project in the middle of Dubai Creek.
The project, which is inspired by the known stories of Aladdin and Sinbad, will feature three towers, including commercial and hotel space, spread over a distance of 450 metres. It will also have air-conditioned bridges with moving floor to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots.
The cost and completion date of the project has yet to be revealed.
8. Dubai amusement parks :
Dubai Parks and Resorts remains on track for an October 2016 completion date with $1.03 billion cumulative project expenditure at the end of June 2015.
The resort will feature three theme parks including Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Dubai – as well as a 60,000sq ft stage that will hold Bollywood-themed performances.
9. Dubai Frame :
The project contains a 150m-high, far reaching structure resembling a huge picture frame.
located close to the Star Gate games and rides area of Zabeel Park, the frame will boast panoramic views of Old Dubai from one side and the skyline of New Dubai from the other side.
The $43.5 million project is anticipated to be complete by December 2015.
10. Bluewaters Island :
one of the top11 dubai megha projects . The AED6 billion Bluewater Island, situated near Jumeirah Beach Residence, is set to be one of the biggest visitor hotspots on the planet.
Set to pull in an expected three million guests for every annum, the island will the Dubai Eye – the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel.
The project will also comprise retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones – as well as housing a boutique five-star hotel.
11. Mall of the World :
Dubai Holding’s plans for a massive indoor city and shopping complex four times the size of Dubai Mall are well publicised.
Consultants for the estimated $6.8 billion project were being hired towards the end of 2014 and the first phase is expected to complete within three years.
The scheme, expected to cover 48 million sq ft, will also house the world’s largest indoor theme park, covered by a glass dome that will open during the winter months, around 100 hotels, a wellness zone, serviced apartment buildings and 7km of climate-controlled promenades, something that is offered nowhere else in the world. Once completed, the development is expected to welcome around 180 million visitors annually.
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Nature has so many spectacular things to show us as long as we have an open eye for it.
Sunset is close of the day. Sunset is the point at which the Sun is first completely below the horizon marking the start of twilight. It should not be confused with dusk, which occurs at the end of twilight. Sunset colours are usually more dazzling than sunrise colours, because the evening air contains more elements than morning air. Sunset is the one of the most photographed occasion in nature.
Sunset will happens when sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon and slowly degrades over a period of 30 minutes before night time officially begins. Sunset will begin from running faded of dark blue through the skyline at first, and this slowly turns to black as night time begins.
Location : Near Star Gate at Zaabeel Park
The project aims to implement a frame, which uniquely highlights the Dubai landmarks. It forms an aesthetic and architectural landmark that creates a bridge between the past and the present, to be an important attraction point for tourist visitors and residents alike, and is expected to attract nearly 2 million tourists a year. It is in the form of a frame, with two towers of height 150m, that are connected by a 93m bridge at the top of the towers. The space between the towers forms a pretty clear view for the city from a high altitude. The bridge serves as an observatory providing uninterrupted views of “Old Dubai” to the north, and “New Dubai” to the south.
The lower rib (side) of the frame, consists of a Gallery Museum that embodies the idea of the project and tells the story of the evolution of the city and its past, present, and shows the old and new city, using the most new & updated means of presentation that contributes to the creation of a favorable environment that develops & comprehends the renaissance taking place in Dubai.
The upper part of the frame (bridge) will be of glass, with glass floors, so the visitor feels like walking in space, allowing the visitors to enjoy Dubai from all sides. This section of the frame will include a cafe and a number of services that are designed to meet the international specifications. In addition to the functional and aesthetic excellence of the building, the project internal and external finishes has been taken into account to be of a high level of quality.Total area: 7,145 square meters
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Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. Also all the tourist must visit it to see the Abu Dhabi Iconic Landmarks like; mosques, palaces and forts, culture and heritage, modern skyscrapers, amusement parks and shopping malls.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE :
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
EMIRATES PALACE :
A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
The main Palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior. The Palace has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Another memorable Palace feature is its two handmade wall display carpets, portraying the Palace itself and each weighing a tonne.
YAS VICEROY :
A true architectural triumph, this five star iconic hotel is the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track being breathtakingly built half on land and half over water.
The hotel’s main feature is its unique ‘grid shell’ – a 219 metre expanse of sweeping curvilinear glass and steel covering that drapes over the two hotel towers, linked by a bridge that crosses the F1 circuit. The ‘grid shell’ features a lighting system incorporating video feeds that are transmitted over 5,096 diamond shaped, colour changing glass panels. The optical effect is stunning, reflecting thousands of coloured lights against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape.
ETIHAD TOWERS :
A dramatic architectural statement, this five tower complex invites residents and visitors to live, work, stay, shop and dine in one destination with panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views.
A benchmark for luxury experiences, the complex includes three residential towers and the 280 metre high, five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel.
On Tower 2’s 74th floor, the Observation Deck at 300 offers unbeatable cityscape and island views.
The Avenue at Etihad Towers is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive collections of boutique shops, with many having luxurious private rooms for private, VIP shopping.
CAPITAL GATE :
Drive down Khaleej Al Arabi Street and you will see a modern day challenger to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Capital Gate, developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, has been certified as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Man Made Tower,’ by the Guinness World Records.
It leans 18 degrees westwards – more than four times that of Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. The 160 metre (524.9 ft), 35 storey tower is a postcard image of Abu Dhabi and makes a great holiday snap.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, a premium 5-star business hotel, is in the iconic building.
QASR AL HOSN :
Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace, Qasr al Hosn is the emirate’s first permanent structure, which was home to the emirate’s ruling Al Nahyan family. A permanent, free-to-enter exhibition at the Qasr al Hosn Centre tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people through the city’s oldest building. Fascinating oral testimonies and historic photographs bring this important monument to life. Contemporary Emirati voices reflect on Abu Dhabi’s history and transformation and Qasr al Hosn’s key role as a vibrant symbol of Emirati heritage, culture and tradition.
AL JAHILI FORT :
The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.
AL BAHAR TOWERS :
The 29-storey twin skyscrapers, serving as the Abu Dhabi Investment Council’s headquarters and Al Hilal Bank head offices, have an external facade composed of 2,000 honeycomb-like elements, which are cooled with the world’s largest computerised façade. These open and close in response to the sun’s movement, helping reduce interior heat gain by around 50 per cent. An array of roof solar panels is also used to heat water.
HAZZA BIN ZAYED STADIUM :
The home of Al Ain FC, this 25,000-seat stadium is one of Al Ain’s tallest buildings and a recognisable landmark.
The outer façade design is inspired by a palm trunk, an integral part of the UAE’s heritage and culture.
The stadium is part of a wider project, constructed in phases, which will ultimately include residential, commercial and entertainment areas, as well as a luxury hotel and sports facilities.
SHEIKH ZAYED BRIDGE :
Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid, the striking 842 metre-long, 64 metre-high Sheikh Zayed Bridge is said to be the most complex bridge ever built.
Its curved arches evoke undulating sand dunes and it features a dynamic lighting design, with subtle colours that flow across its spine. Its road decks are suspended from symmetrical steel arches, forming a waveform with a fluid silhouette.
ALDAR HQ :
Set upon an elevated peninsula with spectacular city and sea views, this is Arabia’s first circular building.
The 23-storey, 110-metre-high structure has been named by international building organisation Emporis as ‘One of the World’s Most Dazzling Corporate Offices’ – for its innovative design, visual impact and function.
At the 2008 Building Exchange Conference the building was also awarded ‘Best Futuristic Design’.
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The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination, located in Dubai, UAE. After 4 year construction it opened on 4th November 2008 and built by Emaar Properties. It includes 1200 shops.
The Dubai Mall is home to for every major fashion brand in the world. Decorated with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue, recognized as the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof anywhere in the world.
The Dubai Fountain shows occur every 30 minutes from 6pm till 11pm daily.
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