Best Day Trips from Dubai

Planning the Best Day Trips from Dubai

We already know that Dubai is one of the best cities in the world for a holiday. But if you want to explore beyond the city, you’ll also find a lot of great spots that you can visit on a day trip from Dubai.

The good news is: we already did the legwork for you with this list of the best day trips from Dubai and everything you need to know about them.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi


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If you can only choose one place for a day trip from Dubai, go to the country’s capital Abu Dhabi. And yes, some may be surprised to know that Dubai isn’t the UAE’s capital.

Abu Dhabi is quite different from Dubai because it’s more conservative, less busy and cheaper to visit. But don’t be fooled by its laidback vibe because this city packs a punch when it comes to attractions!

Whether you’re into adventure, food, culture or just strolling around, a day trip to Abu Dhabi will surely be filled with great memories and a lot of good photos for your feed.

Getting to Abu Dhabi from Dubai

Abu Dhabi is located about 160 kilometers from Dubai, so the trip would last for about 1 hour and 15 minutes if you’re taking public transport.

You have four options for transportation from Dubai to Abu Dhabi depending on your budget and preferences.

Taking a taxi is the most convenient and fastest option for reaching Abu Dhabi, but you can also ride a bus or rent a car if you want to drive to the capital.

If you have a lot of luggage but you don’t want to rent a private car, you can opt for a private transfer instead.

Ready to go around Abu Dhabi for a day? We rounded up some of the top places that you should include in your itinerary.

  • Observation Deck at 300

First stop should be the Conrad Etihad Towers Luxury Hotel where you’ll find the Observation Deck at 300 located 74 floors high. Here, you can admire the entire city and take mandatory photos with the skyline as your background.

  • Qasr Al Watan

The city’s presidential palace is a marvelous structure that used to be the seat of government for the UAE. 

In 2019, it was opened for the public to see the beautiful interiors and decor including a giant chandelier made with 350,000 pieces of crystal. 

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-visit when you’re in Abu Dhabi being the biggest mosque in the country and its most important landmark.

Here, you can admire the beautiful Mameluke, Fatimin and Ottoman architectural styles and the buildings’ stunning Macedonian marble that showcases the UAE’s grandeur. 

The best part? Entry to the mosque is free, but you have to wear appropriate clothing as this is a place of worship.

  • Wahat Al Karama

From the grand mosque, don’t forget to make a stop at beautiful Wahat Al Karama, one of the city’s most popular photo spots with its reflecting pool and the mosque in the background.

  • Ferrari World

Of course, you can’t be in Abu Dhabi and not visit the world’s largest indoor theme park and home to the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Ferrari World has so many different rides including the famous Formula Rossa and a massive collection of Ferrari cars dating back as far as 1947.

We tell you, a day trip isn’t enough to explore everything that Abu Dhabi has to offer. But if you can only spare a day here, you should be able to cover these places until sunset.

Best Places to Eat in Abu Dhabi

When in Abu Dhabi, you can’t miss eating at some of these best spots in the city to enjoy local food and the signature Emirati hospitality:

Where to Stay in Abu Dhabi

We know there’s a good chance that you’d extend for more than a day in Abu Dhabi. So, we rounded up some of the best hotels for you to spend the night in the city:

Dubai to Al Ain


Al Ain is a beautiful garden city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest permanently inhabited settlements in the world, making it a great destination for a day trip from Dubai.

A one hour and thirty-minute drive from Dubai will take you to this oasis city where you can fully immerse in the country’s rich history.

It’s even the hometown and birthplace of two of the country’s most important figures, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, its second ruler.

So, if you’re a fan of history, you’ll surely have a grand time exploring Al Ain.

Getting to Al Ain from Dubai

Although Al Ain is located inland from Downtown Abu Dhabi, you’ll have no problems traveling to this part of the country from Dubai.

Again, your choice of transport will depend on your budget or preference. If you have the budget, you can rent a car, book private transfers or take a taxi.

But if you’re on a budget, you can always take the bus and it’ll still be a comfortable ride to Al Ain.

Must Visit Places in Al Ain

Al Ain is all about culture, history, nature and everything in between. But don’t worry because we got you covered with this fully packed itinerary of the best places to visit in the area:

  • Al Ain Oasis

If you’re looking for some greenery, you’ll feel right at home at the Al Ain Oasis, a 1,200 hectare lush oasis with more than 150,000 date palm trees and other regional fruit trees.

Here, you’ll get to learn about 100 varieties of date palms and even sample the UAE’s most famous product, the dates. 

You can also see the country’s ancient irrigation system known as falaj that has been used for thousands of years to sustain the vegetation in this massive farm.

The best part is you can visit the oasis for free.

  • Al Ain Zoo

The Al Ain Zoo is a great stop if you’re traveling with kids since you can see a wide variety of animals including the famous Arabian oryx, Arabian antelopes and African gazelles.

  • Al Jahili Fort

Al Jahili Fort is one of the country’s biggest forts that used to be a symbol of power for the country and served as the royal summer residence of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa the First.

Today, this massive fort is one of the best places to immerse yourself in the country’s history and admire traditional Arabian architecture. 

  • Al Ain Camel Market

Yes, you heard that right. Camel souks have been a big part of the UAE’s history and the camel souk in Al Ain is the only remaining traditional market in the country.

Here, you can see different types of camels being sold by local traders. But be prepared to pay some fee if you want to pet or take photos with these gentle animals.

  • Al Ain Museum

The Al Ain National Museum is the oldest in the UAE and the best place to go if you want to learn about the history of the country.

You can also see the Sultan Fort within its grounds and the Al Ain Oasis is just nearby.

Best Places to Eat in Al Ain

When it comes to good food, Al Ain has a handful of gems that you must try during your day trip from Dubai.

Where to Stay in Al Ain

In case you want to spend the night in Al Ain, we have some recommendations on the best places you can stay:

Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah 


Ras Al Khaimah is a hidden gem in the UAE for its beautiful scenery, rich history and surprising attractions, making it a great day trip option from Dubai.

Located about 110 kilometers away from Dubai, you’ll only need to travel for one hour and 15 minutes to get to Ras Al Khaimah, but that trip will surely be worth it.

Getting to Ras Al Khaimah from Dubai

Travelling to Ras Al Khaimah from Dubai is pretty convenient, especially if you choose to ride a taxi or rent a car.

But if you don’t want to spend a lot on transport, an air conditioned bus will take you to your desitnaton quite comfortably.

Must Visit Places in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah may not be as popular to tourists as Dubai or Abu Dhabi. But a trip here will surely surprise you. 

And yes, we already did the legwork and listed down the best places to visit during your day trip here:

  • Jebel Jais

If you want to immerse yourself in nature, you have to start your day at the beautiful Jebel Jais Mountains, the highest peak in the country.

At 2,000 meters high, the peak is a great place to go on a hike where you’ll see beautiful barren cliffs, deep canyons and slopes that will surely make you forget that you’re in the UAE. 

And if you’re really in for some adrenaline rush, you can ride the longest zipline in the world here.

  • The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

Located inside one of the oldest forts in town, The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah used to be the residence of the ruling family until 1980.

It was then convetedinto a museum where you can see different artefacts that help tell the story of the UAE.

Here, you can see pottery, handicrafts and even fishing instruments and weapons that date back more than a hundred years.

  • Dhayah Fort

Another great historical site to visit in Ras Al Khaimah, the Dhayah Fort is located on a 70-meter high hill near Jebel Jais and a date palm garden.

Here, you’ll not only see the magnificent landscape surrounding the structure but the beautiful architecture that showcases the county’s defense back then.

  • Ras Al Khaimah Pearl Museum

The Ras Al Khaimah Pearl Museum is a significant landmark in the area because it’s one of only a few museums that really highlight the history of the UAE as a top pearl supplier in the world before oil was discovered.

Here, you can learn about the story of pearl diving and the techniques used by fishermen before there was any technology available. 

The museum also showcases a stunning collection of pearls that you’ll surely love.

  • Bassata Desert Village

The Bassata Desert Village is a bedouin village in the middle of the Ras Al Khaimah desert where you get to see and experience the traditional Arab life

Here, you can enjoy different activities while you’re in the desert like dune bashing, quad biking or camel riding.

Best Places to Eat in Ras Al Khaimah

If you ever get hungry while exploring Ras Al Khaimah, you can just choose from one – or more – of these best places to eat around town:

Where to Stay in Ras Al Khaimah

With everything that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer, we can’t blame you if you’d want to spend the night here. But don’t worry because you can easily book one of these hotels: