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5 Best Road Trips in and around UAE – Find Your Oasis

Soak up the spell of the desert and find joy in the oases that are scattered around the United Arab Emirates as you take on the road to discovering its spirit.


Dibba - Fujairah

Lying in between Oman and the UAE, Dibba, Fujairah is an ideal location for thrill seekers. The mesmerizing coastline of Dibba with its pleasantly blue waters draws crowds to its environs. You can go on a paddleboard safari to the Dibba Rock and dive into the turquoise depths. As of late parasailing has become immensely popular in the area. Some visitors like to climb the Hajar Mountains or go on a hike. Don't forget to catch a beautiful sunset of many shades and moods and put it in your book of memories to cherish. Fujairah is worthy of an overnight trip.


Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet is one of the best road trips worthy destinations in the UAE. This mountainous road will gift you with many sightings of birds, serpents, bats, lizard species and even foxes. UAE has a rich and a diverse range of birds. You can also go to visit the age –old tombs that lie in the foothills and feel the mystery of a bygone era. The hot water springs which you can find at the foot of Jebel Hafeet will entice you to take a refreshing dip. This road trip will definitely grant you Instagram worthy moments.


Al Ain

Al Ain is called the garden city and not without reason. Al Ain Oasis is the UAE's first ever UNESCO world heritage site which boasts of the falaj irrigation system, a commendable feat of humankind constructed 3000 years ago. In keeping with the theme of water in a desert, visit the Wadi Adventure waterpark to get some action as a water baby of the adventurous kind.


Salalah - Oman

The best time to visit Salalah is during the annual monsoon season when the whole area turns green and inviting. This road trip is somewhat of a lengthy one you may need to book a Salalah beach resort to stay overnight. The monsoon season which is called khareef falls in between July to the month of September. During this time the whole city turns green and comes alive. In the coastal wetlands in Salalah lives an abundance of birds such as terns, passerines and waders. Their sweet home is set against the majestic mountains of Dhofar. If you book a resort such as the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, you can easily go on a dolphin watching tour. The frolics of these friendly creatures will make your heart leap with joy as will the dolphins right in front of you.


Liwa Oasis - Abu Dhabi

A far cry from the lush greenery of Salalah, Liwa is a desert settlement with its own charm and beauty. The majestic Moreeb Dune, as well as the ancient forts in the area, call travellers to linger awhile and wonder. The main highlight of Liwa is the Date Festival which celebrates the date palm tree. Liwa is a remote area where you can get pleasurably lost in the splendour of the desert and let go of your stresses.