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In order to truly understand where you are in the world, leaving Dubai, even if only for a few hours, is essential. And because getting around the UAE is so simple, any one of the seven Emirates can easily be explored for the day by renting a car or hopping on a tour bus.

Day Trips from Dubai

Cruise down Dubai Creek

Hop aboard a glass-enclosed boat with Bateaux Dubai cruises for a 3-hour tour of the city via Dubai Creek. For those seeking a more romantic option, book a dinner cruise.

Bur Dubai, 011-971-4-399-4994,
Tags: family | cruise | tour | day trip

Desert Safari

Spend a day in a four-wheel-drive vehicle motoring across Dubai’s never-ending desert dunes. Plan on eating with the tour group, as most arrange a traditional Bedouin meal once the adventure has finished.

Oasis Palm, 011-971-4-262-8889,
Tags: tour | day trip | adventure | road trips

Exploring Umm Al Quwain's Islands

About 25 miles southeast of Dubai is the untouched Umm Quwain Emirate. Just off its coast is Siniyyah Island, an unofficial nature reserve. Spend the day here exploring the marshlands before jetting over to Al Dur Island to see the famous archaeological site with remains of a town dating back 2,000 years.

26 miles northwest of Dubai,
Tags: culture | history | day trip | museum


Experience the natural treasures of the most mountainous and lush Emirate. Make sure to include a visit to the Wadi Al Wurayah waterfalls, located in northern tip of Fujairah.

80 miles east of Dubai on the Gulf of Oman,
Tags: tour | day trip | adventure


A popular weekend getaway for expats, Hatta sprawls across several hills with the purple-hued Hajar Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop. Explore the charming Heritage Village with its historic, mountaintop watchtowers and the nearby rock pools.

60 miles southeast of Dubai, 011-971-4-852-1374
Tags: culture | architecture | history | day trip

Sharjah Art Museum

With 24 museums in Sharjah, you can understand why it was named an Arab Cultural Capital by the United Nations in 1998. Don’t miss the Sharjah Art Museum, which has a wonderful regional collection.

10 miles northeast of Dubai, Al Shuwaiheyn, 011-971-6-568-8222,
Tags: art | culture | history | day trip | museum

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