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Visit these amazing places in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE constantly stuns and mesmerizes the world with its incredible skylines and wonders, both manmade and natural. Dubai was leading the travel brigade with wonders like the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands, but the other countries are not far behind now.  The UAE is a remarkable coalescence of the most incredible architectural gallery, enchanting water bodies, parks, zoos, beautiful mosques, and museums. If you are in the UAE and are looking for beautiful places to visit during your time there, you don’t have to look far – we have the ultimate list of lovely places for you right here!

Umm al-Quwain

Umm al-Quwain

Umm al-Quwain is a lovely little coastal town located within the capital and largest city of UAE’s Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Located on the picturesque Khor Al Bidiyah Peninsula, Umm al-Quwain consists of blissful beaches, an amazing shoreline, lovely gardens, and water parks. It’s the ideal place for a family to enjoy a few days away from all the stress. There’s a good variety of museums as well such as the UAQ National Museum which contains a number of cannons that were used to fight against invaders. Dreamland Aqua Park is a fun little waterpark, while the Falaj Al Mualla Tower and the old well in the Umm Al Quwain Fort museum offer historic thrills. Explore the shoreline that is lined with dense mangroves and observe many rare birds and wild creatures. 

Zabeel Park

zabeel park

Dubai has much to boast of, but Dubai’s fantastic parks often don’t make the list of fabulous places to visit in this city. Zabeel Park is situated near the Jafiliya Metro Station, very close to the city center. It is a blissful, lusciously green park, perfect for a hot day as there’s a nice pool where you can splash around cool off. What’s more, there’s an amphitheater which puts on historical and fun shows, there are barbecues, picnic spots, playgrounds and more. 

Dubai Garden Glow 

Dubai Garden Glow

Step into Dubai Garden Glow and you’ll be stepping into a world of incredible creations that are the products of highly imaginative artists. Everything glows in the dark – art forms are created out of millions of yards of recycled luminous fabric, and millions of energy-saving LED bulbs. New art forms are constantly being added, which only increases Glow Garden’s tourist appeal. The Dinosaur Park is the biggest of its kind in the world, with over 120 animatronic dinosaurs that do everything except eat tourists. Don’t miss out on the Ice Park, which is icy cold – and filled with fantastical ice sculptures. 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was commissioned by the late president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He wanted the building’s main axis to be rotated south of true west to about 11°. This resulted in the alignment of the mosque in the direction of the holy Kaaba in Mecca. Inspired by Mughal, Alexandrian, and Persian architecture styles, the mosque is a brilliant, mind-blowing architectural marvel. It contains the largest chandelier in the world and its walls are studded with gold semi-precious stones and crystals. The great thing about this mosque that it’s open to people of all beliefs. 

Dubai’s Incredible Fountains

The Dubai Fountain was the world’s tallest musical fountain, until the Palm Fountains opened up, also in Dubai. The Dubai Fountain is 900 feet long, set on the 30-acre Burj Lake. The designers have used 25 color projectors and 6,600 WET Superlights to create 1,000 different designs with the water. Water shoots up to a great height, as it dances according to different world music. Be sure to get your fill of the Burj Khalifa right at the head of the fountains, and walk the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk for lovely views. 

The Palm Fountain is spread out over 14,000 square feet; its super fountain shooter shoots water up to 105 meters. Over 3000 LED lights and 20 tailor-made shows have earned this fountain entry into Ripley’s. The Palm Fountains are situated in front of the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah Hotel, on the Pointe. 

Liwa Desert

desert safari dubai

The amazing Liwa Desert’s horizon goes on for a fantastic 26 kilometers, all the way to the immense and intense Rub al Khali desert. Liwa has many beautiful oases, comprising of beautiful little blue pools, shady palms, orange sand dunes, and desert villages. The oases are full of date palms, where dates are grown and harvested. There are several buildings near the oases, where you can observe desert life in progress. Similar to the desert safari in Dubai, you can sign up for a safari on the Liwa Desert as well and enjoy thrilling dune driving, sand surfing, and enjoying the desert habitat at night.

Hatta City

hatta uae

If you’re attracted by luscious greenery and water bodies, then head over to Hatta. Hot spring pools, cool water pools, waterfalls, and a lovely, historically significant Hatta Heritage place welcome you. From Hatta City, you can enjoy some fabulous views of the Hajar Mountains. The Hatta Heritage place has a defensive tower, a traditional Falaj water system, stone houses, and much more. Feast your eyes on historical objects like weapons, furniture, and crockery.

Ras Al Khaimah

ras al khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is a fascinating amalgamation of amazing shoreline, incredible desert scenery, fascinating cultural and historical landmarks, and more. It’s a quiet, laidback city, which you can explore to your heart’s content. The entire city is surrounded by the majestic Hajar Mountains, where you can mountain bike, trek and even go paragliding. The sprawling oases and sandy beaches are perfect for days of relaxation. Seen from a seaplane high above, Ras Al Khaimah’s landscape looks like a beautiful painting, one that you’d want to hang on your living room wall.  While at RAK, don’t forget to visit an old preserved fishing village, Al Jazirah Al Hamra, and the Falayah Fort, which played a large role in the city’s defense in the past. 

The UAE is rich in sights, natural beauty, historical sites and objects, and incredibly lovely places of worship. Add that to the manmade wonders like the Palm Islands, the Burj Khalifa, the Pointe Fountains, and the Dubai Canal and you’ll have enough places to keep you occupied for several vacations.