The UAE is a state with seven emirates, and each has its laws. Dubai is more popular among tourists: golden beaches, luxury hotels, restaurants, bustling markets, expensive cars. But what is the country? We tell you where to get acquainted with the culture, feel the history, and enjoy nature.
Conditions of entry
Tourists traveling to Dubai must have a printed certificate with a negative PCR test result made at most 72 hours before departure in one of the accredited laboratories. You will also need health insurance for the entire period of leave, covering the cost of coronavirus treatment. On request, you will be asked to do a second free test. You also need to install the COVID-19 app – DXB Smart App (iOS and Android).
Since our travel plan is designed for constant travel, it is most convenient to rent a car—the cost of a small hatchback – from $40 per day. You will spend more money on taxis, and forces on public transport.
What to do?
Hot air balloon
If the jeep safari in the desert and walking on camels do not surprise you, then it’s time to break away from the ground – literally. Flying in a hot air balloon at dawn is an ideal opportunity to assess the extent of the desert and watch the sunrise. The cost of the flight is from 850 dirhams per person with a transfer. And then they’ll feed you breakfast.
20 kilometers from Dubai
Sharjah is the country’s cultural capital, where there are more stories than bright showcases and mesmerizing skyscrapers.
Its heart was the Heritage district, which preserved the city’s authenticity thanks to many historical buildings. It is here that the Museums of Calligraphy and Islamic Civilization are located and Fort Al-Hisn with a collection of weapons. At the Sharjah Heritage Museum, you will learn about local cultural and religious aspects. The entrance ticket costs 10 dirhams. Well, to appreciate the work of Arab artists can be in the Museum of Art Sharjah, the entrance is free.
Away from the Heritage area is the Archaeological Museum. Thanks to the found objects of everyday life, you can trace the history of the Arab land from the Stone Age to the emergence of Muslims in the region. Ancient ornaments, ceramic utensils, unusual clothes – I can not believe that once it was in use. The entrance to the museum will cost 10 dirhams.
The city also has a Museum of Vintage Cars, which presents about 100 restored and polished models of the last century. Some were produced in just a few thousand copies. The entry price is 10 dirhams.
There are many markets in the country, but Blue Souk is impossible to ignore: it is the largest market in the UAE. It got its name thanks to the Arabic blue mosaic. In 600 stores you can find everything that you can not imagine: clothes, jewelry, spices, sweets and, of course, carpets – be sure to bring your grandmother as a souvenir on the wall :). The main rule is to bargain to the last.
Those who want to return to childhood for one day and take a break from the museum program should visit the al Montazah amusement park. It consists of three zones: attractions, a water park, and a green area with gardens and fountains. Access to all zones will cost 120 dirhams.
Take a stroll along the waterfront of the artificial canal Al zasba, and at sunset, take a ride on the Ferris wheel Eye of the Emirates to admire the view of the city in the rays of the setting sun. The cost of the attraction is 30 dirhams.
135 kilometers from Dubai
Lakes, mountains, wildlife. No wonder adventurers flock here. Here you can go kayaking or enjoy the mountain scenery, boating, and a fun catamaran. Prices for water entertainment start from 60 dirhams, details on the site.
There are also numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Take your breath between active rest stands in the authentic village of Hatta Heritage Village. There you will plunge into the authentic rural life of the past, depicted in paintings by Arab artists.
And in the entertainment center Wadi Hub amid all-natural beauty, you can try the forces in throwing an ax, archery, rock climbing, karting. More risky choose zorbing: you are sent down in a giant transparent ball from the picturesque slope. Look for all the entertainment here, the cost of each – from 10 to 95 dirhams. You can also put up a tent and spend the night under the starry sky.
120 kilometers from Dubai
Love mountains and extreme? Rejoice! In this emirate is the cable car Jebel Jais zipline, listed in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the longest. It is 2,830 meters long. For 300 dirhams, you will be offered to cross the mountain gorge at a speed of 120 km/h. If the prospect of gray hair is not very tastop, you can arrange trekking to the top of the highest mountain of the UAE – Jebel Jace.
Fascinated by history and ruins, we will have to like the abandoned fishing town of Al Jazeera al-Hamra. In the 60s of the last century, all the locals amicably left their homes, searching for a better life in the places of extraction of black gold. Looking at the buildings of coral stone, you begin to fantasize about the life of ordinary fishers before the oil boom. They also say there are ghosts here now. I wonder if they’re fishing, too.
The region is also famous for the healing hot springs of Khatt Springs. There you can improve health by soaking up the natural bathrooms and steaming pools with panoramic views. The entrance to the territory is 25 dirhams.
150 kilometers from Dubai
The smallest emirate on the shores of the Gulf of Oman. Here come for incomparable beaches and diving: the rich underwater world obliges to this. The dive will cost 200-250 dirhams.
And here is the oldest mosque in the country – Al-Bidia. Do not wait for rich decorations and decorations. Everything is surprisingly modest. In the 16th century, there were no means to finish with marble gold and brocade. The historic fort nearby is also not distinguished by design, but inside there is a museum with relics found during excavations. There are 5 dirhams at the entrance.
The Sheikh said Mosque is a larger building. Only Muslims can go inside. The rest are invited to admire the minarets and the marble-decorated building simply. At night, the mosque is fantastically beautifully illuminated.