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Updated by Joanna James on Aug 04, 2019
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05 Places in UAE you didn't know existed – Places which may surprise you

The glamorous nation has everything that a tourist would come to love. However, among all the popular tourist magnets, they might be a few diversions that haven't caught your attention yet.


Banana Beach

The slightly new addition to the list of attractions in the UAE, Banana Beach has the air of an old-fashioned hippie community. Not only everybody isn't aware that this is a place where you can have much fun, but also it has many picture-perfect views a tourist would love to catch a glimpse of. The multiply coloured tents and chalets found there will make sure you have a bellyful of merrymaking.


The Palm Oasis

One of the things to do in Abu Dhabi, visiting the palm oasis in Al Ain is something you must do while in the UAE. The cool breeze and the shade of the trees turn the harsh desert land into something docile. Once you are there, you are likely to forget that you are in the Middle East, the 147,000 palm trees will take away any misgivings of the desert climate. Named a UNESCO world heritage site, the oasis is still being nourished by an irrigation system that goes back 3000 years.


Wadi Shawka in RAK

Hatta is usually crawling with visitors with no breathing space whatsoever. But Wadi Shawka on the other hand – because it remains unknown to many – is not that congested. In the evening, you can set up a camp and sleep under the night sky; also, if you were wise enough to bring your swimwear, you'll be able to take a dip in the pools which could be both soothing and refreshing. After you are done resting your adventurous spirit, you can take your hiking boots out to explore the land further.


Fossil Dunes

Often calling the miniature Mars, fossil dunes in Abu Dhabi is an insta-worthy sight of mother nature. From the city centre, it takes no more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful countenance of the earth – also, if you've chosen the likes of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara as your lodging option, it shouldn't be difficult for you to get the transport sorted. What's so eccentric about these fossil dunes is that they don't really stay in one shape – the courtesy of the desert wind one might say. The sand monuments are constantly changing their shape, which is the main point of interest. With all this in mind, what are the odds of you not heading off to this spectacular setting of nature?


Eastern Mangroves

Locals are well in the knowledge of the existence of the Eastern Mangrove coast, but to a tourist, this might be news. The green stretch of the Eastern Mangroves is a delightful sight and is more fitting for sports like kayaking. Also, this is a chance presented to you to explore the local flora and fauna, also to get an idea as to how the locals spend their leisure time.