10 Cool Spots In UAE You Must Visit This Winter

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
10 Cool Spots In UAE You Must Visit This Winter

UAE is one of the most photogenic countries in the world. Famous for its impressive and opulent architecture, this country sure knows how to spellbind you with its magnificence. While we know a lot about the picture-perfect places in the UAE, there are some places in the country that barely anyone knows about. And with temperatures dipping, here are 10 spots in UAE you must visit this winter.

1. Abu Dhabi Fossil Dunes

You don’t need to be a fan of historic remains or the past to plan a trip here. Located in Al Wathba, these all-natural wonders, this natural wonder is made of wind-swept sand that hardened over time. The site is open at all times, and makes for fantastic Instagram opportunities.

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2. Hatta Dam, Dubai

Hatta is just an hour drive from Dubai and it’s the perfect spot for mountain bikers, adventurers and nature-lovers. From biking to hiking there are so many activities to do in Hatta. Cooler temperature, adventure activities, quirky stay options and of course breathtaking views make this spot a must-go when in the UAE. Besides, there are plenty of things you can do when here. Rent a kayak or a paddle boat and get rowing along the turquoise-hued lake. If you’re up to explore the hills and wadis at Hatta, join one of the many groups and head o a mountain biking. Enjoy the lush surroundings and scenic views of Hatta as you ride through the rocky terrains.

Guests also sit in doughnut tubes, which can be attached with other each other. That means, friends or family members can experience the ride together. Once seated, you will be pushed down the course at rapid speeds. Fret not, the breathtaking views of the mountains will calm you instantly, letting you enjoy the experience.

Besides, Hatta has a drop-in slide that will let you slide down at speeds up to 40 to 80km/h and drop into a head-down into a pool. There are a host of slides to pick from, each with a different level of thrill. While some fly down straight, dropping you into a pool of water, a few others will bounce you across the surface of the water. Dare to take the plunge?

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3. Al Rafisah Dam, Khor Fakkan

A little detour from the Sharjah-Khor Fakkan highway will take you to a scenic place where you can enjoy a private picnic. Carry your picnic essentials and enjoy a fun day with your friends and family. Besides, there are ducks that you can feed, making for great fun for little ones.

4. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

UAE’s highest peak can never go off our list! Jebel Jais, known as the highest peak of the UAE is part of the Hajar mountains which were formed 70 years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah and Oman. Mounting at 1,934 meters above sea level, this peak is known for its breathtaking views, exciting adventures, and much more. And the best thing about Jebel Jais is that the weather here is always more pleasant than sea level.

There’s also a 4 km hiking trail that offers unrivalled views. The mountain is at a height of 1,300 metres, and once you’re at the peak, you can find a beautiful 180 degrees view of the entire mountain. The trip takes about 2/3 hours to complete and the difficulty level is low. It takes approximately 2 hours to get there.

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5. Al Wathba Wetland

A natural reserve, this place is also known as the Flamingo City of the UAE. It is one of the few wildlife areas which is undisturbed by mankind. Home to hundreds of flamingos, the wetland is beautiful for long walks through proper woodlands and shrubbery.

6. Wadi Ghalilah, Ras Al Khaimah

Located two hours out of Dubai, Wadi Ghalilah is known for its steeper rocks and cliffs. The wadi has quite a low altitude, and because it is so close to water, the humidity and heat make it quite strenuous to trek. And if you are planning to hike, then you should make sure to take someone who has already done it or has enough trekking experience. 

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7. Umm Al Quwain Wetlands

If you want to experience the old charm of the UAE, then this place is for you. It has been built nearby a striking bright blue lagoon and is surrounded by tiny islands. These islands are perfect locations for bird watchers and nature lovers.

8. Masfout, Ajman

Masfout is one of the most preferred and beautiful summer retreats in the UAE. Nestled on the outskirts of Ajman, Masfout is at a higher altitude, which makes it pollution-free. It is an ideal spot for walking, mountain biking, picnics and wadi exploration.

Masfout Ajman

9. Snoopy Island, Fujairah

Snoopy Island is one of the best-kept secrets in the UAE and is located in the beautiful emirate of Fujairah, which is just a two-hour drive from the bustling city of Dubai. After all, who doesn’t want to make their social media LIT with some fancy vacay goals pictures by being in the country. The marine paradise is home to turtles, fish, sharks and other sea animals. And when you’re here, you can go snorkeling, stay at a beach resort, go kayaking, or scuba diving.

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10. Al Ain Oasis

This is no ordinary place, it is, in fact, the UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scattered over 3000 acres, the oasis is one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements, dating back more than 4000 years. It has beautiful tranquil pathways with an abundance of palm trees that are a delight to watch. 

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