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Lesser Known Places You Should Consider to Visit near Dubai While on Holiday

Posted by Resham Kamat on 04/11/2015
Lisaili Camel Market

When travelling to a new destination or exploring a place you haven’t seen much, it’s always the famous tourist attractions that do the rounds and you make a mental note to visit them. Important places that your visit brings back memories to cherish for a lifetime! More so you bask in its glory and marvel at the sight – manmade or natural.

A famous tourist attraction – Dubai, which is well known for a host of attractions, be it sightseeing or adventure activities, is flooded with world renowned places that definitely cannot go a miss. A few to name are the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Aquaventure Waterpark, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and boat tours.

However, my personal instincts lie in exploring the inhibited places for the sheer simplicity and the rich culture it is bonded with. The most famous places of the world are nothing but commercial platforms that lack the true essence of traditional heritage. It is the lesser known places that are the hidden treasures of a geography as it brings you closer to the flora and the fauna of the region. And if you are an adventure lover, Desert Safari in Dubai is a must on your list. Here are some great places to keep you entertained the whole week with family and friends in Dubai. They also offer amazing photo opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Lisaili Camel Market: In a town called Lisaili, you will find a camel market where regular camel sales occur. Moreover, the market features many interesting stalls that sells crafts and trinkets. The market, which falls on the Dubai Al Ain Road, is worth a visit for its artistic and rich display of art. You need to drive up this road in the direction of Al Ain until you see hundreds of camel and finally the market. The road eventually takes you to Bab Al Shams resort where you can enjoy a hot cup of tea or a refreshing drink. Do not forget to pick camel blankets from the market as they look fabulous and can be used as throws.

Lisaili Camel Market
Lisaili Camel Market

Desert Safari: A desert safari in Dubai is one of the best activities to conjure a sense of appreciation for the vast deserts. Besides bringing in thrill and the much needed adrenaline rush, it gives an opportunity to soak yourself in the vibrant sand dunes or get a view of the deserts through other adventure sports such as hot air balloons, mountain biking and the likes. Dinner in deserts is nothing but bliss! To know more about the best desert safari in Dubai, be it overnight safari, red dune safari, morning safari with camel riding visit bestdesertsafariindubai.com. Least to say my personal overnight safari trip with close buddies was so well organized with exceptional service and perks that I recommend the site to one and all.

Desert Safari Dubai
Desert Safari Dubai

Sharjah: Most people do not visit Sharjah due to traffic congestion. Nevertheless with a little planning you can ensure to leave the traffic flow behind and witness another Emirate. Thursdays and Weekends should be avoided if at all possible. In addition, most people travel from Sharjah to Dubai in the morning and vice-a-versa in the evening for work purpose. Thus you may plan your trip accordingly as Sharjah offers great sightseeing avenues.

al qasba in sharjah
al qasba in sharjah

Here are a few things to see in Sharjah:

  • Sharjah Corniche and Khalid Lagoon – This massive structure with an amazing lagoon is great for an exquisite walk. It is enormous!
  • For the art lovers Qanat Al Qasba is a must visit. It displays beautiful scenery, an art gallery and the Eye of The Emirates ferris wheel with ac cabins.
  • The Sharjah Heritage Centre displays a glimpse of the old life style with re-constructed old buildings
  • On an island, in the middle of the Khalid lagoon is Al Jazira Park. It is great for picnics, boating and amusement for kids.

Museums – Sharjah has numerous renowned museums such as Sharjah Archeology Musuem, Sharjah Science Museum, Sharjah Discovery Centre, and Sharjah Aquarium.

Wadi Bih: Wadi Bih, an offbeat place in Dubai, is popular among bikers, off-roaders, climbers and campers. It is a canyon like gorge located in Ras Al Khaimha. The place stands out for its natural beauty. Once on top of the mountain you get a feeling of being on the surface of Mars for its red rugged rocks and mountain beds. The roads are good enough for most cars to pass, however, it is advisable to go in convoy to avoid the hard bedded dust and other mechanical failures that could occur.

Wadi Bih
Wadi Bih

If rainfall is expected avoid the trip to the wadi. A wadi is a dried out course of water body which can turn into a lake or a river once the rain falls on the mountains. Sights of ponds, lakes and oases are quite common to witness while on the trip. So do your research, get set to explore the wild and yes do not forget to grab your camera!

Hatta Pools: In the Hajjar Mountains is a Sheikhdom named Hatta. Hajjar is an exclave of the Emirate of Dubai, UAE, located to the south-east of its main territory, about 115 km east to the city of Dubai. Owing to its altitude, Hatta witnesses a milder climate compared to the city of Dubai and thus is a popular vacation spot among the Dubai residents.

Hatta Pools
Hatta Pools

The village of Hatta has many prominent 18th century construction intact along with loame houses. This cultural heritage portrays scenes from the past in the present day. Thus grab this opportunity and spend a day witnessing the good old times at Hatta, with a climate that is much cooler than Dubai!

If good things come in small packages, lesser known places come with abundant riches. There are many more lesser known places to visit near Dubai. So explore and take a tour!

Author Bio

Resham, who is a teacher by profession, has worked for 3 different companies as a writer and has written numerable blogs, website articles and case studies for companies. She likes training pupils and writing is a part time hobby.