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12 perfect places in the UAE you never knew existed

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We present to you some of the little-known treasures of the UAE …

It’s no secret that the UAE is home to incredible scenes. With its vast desert, sun-drenched beaches and stunning buildings, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to photogenic locations in the UAE.

But we’ve explored a few places you might not know about … From wild flamingos reserves to breathtaking mountain trails, here are 12 beautiful places in the UAE that you never knew existed.

1. Reserve Ras Al Khor

It may seem like a bit of an African safari, but the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is just a short drive from the Dubai Mall. More than 20,000 birds of 67 species inhabit the area, which is best known for its magnificent flock of flamingos. To see them, head to one of the three lookout huts dotted around the perimeter of the sanctuary. They are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday through Thursday and admission is free (there are also binoculars available to rent).

2. Iranian Mosque, Bur Dubai

Not many people know about this beautiful mosque, but you may be lucky enough to stumble upon it while walking around the neighborhood near the Textile Market. The building, also known as the Ali ibn Abi Talib Mosque, is decorated with intricate blue tiles. It is one of two ornate Iranian mosques in Dubai. Another, the Imam Hussein Mosque, is located in Satwa.

3. Island of the Moon, Dubai

Not to be confused with the Moon Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, this tiny strip of sand is located 50 kilometers off the coast of Dubai. You will need a boat to get to this lunar bar for swimming, sunbathing and fishing, but the view is even better if you can capture it from above.

4. Hutta Dam

Believe it or not, this stunning turquoise dam is less than two hours from Dubai. Surrounded by rocky mountains, you can enjoy breathtaking views along the way – don’t forget to take your picnic with you. To make the most of the calm waters, we recommend renting a kayak or pedal boat with Even skis

5. Fossil dunes of Al Watba, Abu Dhabi

They may be just 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, but these winding, windswept rock formations seem like worlds away from the capital. Follow the Al Ain Truck Road and E30, then head south of the Al Watba Wetland Conservation Area.

6. Al Ain Oasis

Al Ain Oasis was honored to become the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UAE back in 2011. Over 3,000 acres, the oasis is one of the oldest permanently inhabited settlements in the world, over 4,000 years old. You can walk along its quiet paths, among which more than 147,000 date palms create a beautiful green canopy.

7. Snoopy Island, Fujairah

Named after a cartoon dog that is said to resemble an island in shape, Snoopy Island is a seaside paradise offering some of the best snorkeling spots in the Arabian Gulf. Turtles, fish of all colors of the rainbow and even small whitetip reef sharks have made this sparkling azure sea their home.

8. Al Watba Wetland Conservation Area, Abu Dhabi

About 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi is the Al Watba Wetland Sanctuary, an area of ​​water bodies, salt marshes and dunes with an area of ​​five square kilometers. Its star attraction is flamingos – birds first bred here in 1998, and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan made the reserve a protected area.

9. Dubai Women’s Beach Club

It may look like the scene you are more likely to find in a five-star resort in the Maldives, but in reality, you will find this beautiful ocean swing at Dubai Ladies Beach Club in Jumeirah. Non-members can purchase a guest pass to the private beach – visit Dubai Women’s Club website More details.

10. Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain

At the highest peak of Abu Dhabi, 1240 meters high, you will find the “empty mountain,” as it is called in Arabic in Al Ain. Its winding curves make it a great climb road and you will be rewarded with stunning views from the summit. At its base are ancient burials, which are incredibly 5,000 years old.

11. Stairway to Heaven, Ras al-Khaimah

Did you know that there is a stairway to heaven in Ras al-Khaimah? Situated in Wadi Galilah near the Oman border, this breathtaking mountain trail is not for the faint of heart – only experienced climbers should climb it – but climbing 1,900 meters to the summit will bring you not only an epic photo, but a few photos as well. serious bragging.

12. Masfoot, Ajman

This tiny enclave is located 90 minutes from the center of Ajman, in the rocky Hajar Mountains between Hatta, Ras Al Khaimah and Oman. It is a favorite spot for hiking and mountain biking, and the old fort is especially photogenic. If you are not a citizen of the Persian Gulf, be sure to follow the Sharjah-Kalba road as it does not cross the border with Oman.

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