8 Must-Visit Destinations For Nature Lovers In the UAE

The United Arab Emirates has several awe-inspiring destinations far from the urban landscape.

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Must-Visit Destinations For Nature Lovers In the UAE

The allure of city living is undeniable, with its vibrant energy and endless possibilities. However, as time passes, the daily routine can become mundane and lacklustre, leaving us yearning for a change of scenery and a break from the fast-paced lifestyle. Fortunately, the UAE has several awe-inspiring destinations far from the urban landscape for all nature lovers. These picturesque locations have breathtaking natural beauty and stunning sceneries that spellbound nature lovers. With their tranquil ambience and unspoiled environment, these spots provide the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and a chance to reconnect with nature in all its magnificence.

1. Fossil Rock

Fossil Rock Sharjah, UAE
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The blend of nature and geological history, with fossils dating back to 70 million years at Fossil Rock, make it an unforgettable hiking destination in the UAE. Exploring the ancient fossils surrounded by the striking landscape would leave a lasting impression on any outdoor enthusiast. Reaching the summit to take in the panoramic views sounds like the perfect reward for the trek. 

Where: Mleiha, Sharjah
Cost: No entry fees

2. Hatta Dam

Hatta Dam, Dubai UAE
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Hatta Dam is a popular local hiking and running spot, offering a serene nature getaway near the city. Hatta Dam garners great Instagram attention due to its stunning views and the iconic hike to the Hatta sign. Visitors can enjoy water activities and fun at Hatta Wadi Hub, but it’s best to avoid it during hot weather due to limited shade. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast before leaving your home.

Where: Mleiha, Sharjah
Cost: No entry fees

3. Jubail Mangrove

Jubail Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Since its inauguration in January 2020, Jubail Mangrove Park has rapidly ascended to become a premier destination in Abu Dhabi, owing to its resplendent greenery and captivating landscapes. Nature Lovers can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the mangroves, either by kayaking through their winding channels or by strolling along one of the three scenic walkways thoughtfully laid out within the area.

Where: Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi
Cost: Entry Fee For Park AED15

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4. Mleiha Archaeological Site 

Mleiha, Sharjah UAE
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Explore the past at the Mleiha archaeological site in Sharjah. The site has tombs dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages, offering a glimpse into the history of the UAE beyond oil discovery. The visitors’ centre is impressive and comprehensively explains the site’s rich history. For a more immersive experience, there is an option for overnight camping with stargazing, allowing for a deeper connection with the ancient wonders of this captivating site.

Where: Mleiha, Sharjah
Cost: Adult is AED25, Family with two adults and three kids is AED75, Kids below 5 are free and below 10 is AED15.

5. Love Lakes

Love Lakes, Al Qudra , Dubai UAE
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The Love Lakes in Al Qudra are a man-made marvel. These lakes feature an interlocked heart-shaped design and picturesque surroundings. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurated them in 2018. Visitors can enjoy jogging tracks, and camping options are also available nearby for those who want to experience sleeping under the stars.

Where: Al Qudra, Dubai
Cost: No Entry fees

6. Al Rafisah Dam

Al Rafisah Dam, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah UAE
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Al Rafisah Dam, built in the 1980s against the Hajar Mountains, is an impressive engineering feat offering visitors various experiences. Adventurers can glide across the calm waters in kayaks, soaking in the tranquillity of the surroundings. Explore the scenic beauty by walking along the kilometre-long pathway around the dam. Discover the recently restored Wadi Shea Fortress, a historical gem amidst the natural splendour.

Where: Khor Fakkan, Sharjah
Cost: No Entry Fees

7. Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
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Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest peak at 1,934 meters, is a must-visit for hiking fans. Its stunning views and cooler temperatures provide a welcome escape from the summer heat. For those seeking more excitement, there’s the world’s longest zipline, Jebel Jais Flight, and the region’s longest toboggan ride, Jebel Jais Sledder.

Where: Ras Al Khaimah
Cost: Jais Sledder’s Price per ride for Adults is AED50; for an Adult and kid, it is AED75; and for three rides per Adult, it is AED120; and for an Adult and one kid, it is AED140

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8. Al Wathba Salt Lake

Al Wathbha Salt Lake, Abu Dhabi UAE
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Al Wathba Long Salt Lake, near Al Bihouth along the Al Ain highway, has gained social media fame for its clear waters and unique mushroom-like salt formations. Visitors can hop across these stable structures for fantastic photos, with some areas resembling snowy landscapes. While parking is free and barbecues are allowed, visitors must clean up after themselves. The salt pillars, though in a man-made trench, are natural formations believed to have existed for millions of years.

Where: Abu Dhabi
Cost: No Entry Fees

In conclusion, the UAE offers a wealth of nature and beautiful destinations for those seeking to escape the urban hustle and reconnect with the beauty of the outdoors. From ancient archaeological sites to pristine lakes and towering peaks, these destinations provide a perfect retreat for nature lovers, inviting them to explore and appreciate this captivating country’s diverse landscapes.

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