The country’s best-kept travel secrets revealed
They say the best way to experience any country is to explore hidden, undiscovered gems.
It’s no secret that the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. From Louvre Abu Dhabi to the imposing Burj Khalifa, the country is nothing less than an architectural wonder.
But take a trip away from the bustling cities and you will notice that the UAE is also rich in culture, heritage and breathtaking natural scenery.
As part of the World’s Coolest Winter campaign, the UAE government’s media office has developed a guide to the hidden gems of the UAE. Here are 10 to discover:
1. House of Craftsmen
Qasr Al Hosn Crafts House in Abu Dhabi highlights the diversity of UAE history and heritage in an inspiring way, focusing on reviving and preserving ancient local crafts in Emirati culture . Visitors can learn about ancient crafts and their role in trade in the past.
2. Oasis of Al Ain
The Al Ain Oasis is located in the center of the city of Al Ain and was inscribed on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in 2011.
Visitors can enjoy a series of interactive exhibits that highlight measures taken to preserve fragile ecosystems. In addition, there are sessions for tourists and guide boards displaying information related to Aflaj and culture through the ages.
3. The lakes of Al Qudra
Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai are home to over 170 species of birds and animals, making it an attractive destination for visitors, especially nature lovers who like to get away from the bustling environment of the city.
4. Hatta Secret Pool
The Hatta Secret Pool gets its name from its location amid high rocky mountains, making it a hidden spot, accessible only on foot. Visitors can sit back, relax, swim, go fishing and more.
5. The abandoned village of Al Madam
Less than an hour’s drive from Dubai, just across the border from Sharjah, the abandoned village of Al Madam sits in the middle of the desert. The city includes two rows of houses and a mosque which still retains its shape and has become a destination that attracts adventurers looking for excitement and thrills.
6. Al Suhub rest home
Do you dream of touching the clouds? You can now visit the “Cloud Lounge” where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Khor Fakkan from 600m above sea level. It includes many modern facilities and services that ensure the comfort and entertainment of visitors.
7. House of Wisdom
The House of Wisdom in Sharjah innovatively integrates the concepts of a library and a social and cultural forum. It includes gardens, administrative offices, halls, galleries, libraries, children’s facilities, self-service stations, in addition to beautiful parks, making it a remarkable tourist destination.
8. Umm Al Quwain mangrove beach
Umm Al Quwain’s new mangrove beach is the second mangrove area open to visitors in the United Arab Emirates after the mangrove walkway on Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi.
It is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations for visitors to enjoy various water sports, such as surfing, volleyball and handball. They can even have a refreshing drink or a delicious meal at one of the nearby restaurants and cafes.
9. Dhayah Fort
Dhayah Fort is one of the most important historical, heritage and cultural monuments in Ras Al Khaimah. The castle reflects a beautiful landscape that embodies the past and the present, making it an attractive destination for tourists.
10. Oued Abadilah
Wadi Abadilah is one of the oldest regions in the United Arab Emirates and a destination for families and tourists all year round, especially in winter, due to its beautiful and majestic natural landscapes, from mountains to rivers. .
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