Driving in the UAE: Interesting Driving Routes from Dubai

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Many people are used to organizing trips and vacations with the help of travel agencies or individual guides who describe in detail in advance all the pros and cons of the trip, calculate the approximate prices, and even consider the length of your trip. But aside from buying a trip or spending hours on the Internet reading guides before you go, there are plenty of other things you can do with your time.

There is something very romantic and intriguing about traveling by car. For one thing, you can break away from your seat at almost any moment with a minimum of belongings. Of course, it’s energy-consuming, and it can take a lot of money for gasoline, but it’s worth the experience you get. Especially if the trip is planned in a small company, not alone.

Passing through the highway near the evening, watching the sunset, you’re sure to feel the very freedom and pleasure that words can’t convey…

And if you don’t have your own car, but really want to go for a ride?

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If you have at least one person who knows how to drive and has a license, the lack of a car in Dubai is not a problem at all. In such a picturesque place, renting a car is a common thing, and the cars are available in different classes and in completely different price categories. By the way, even if you travel alone and don’t have a license, you can hire a car with a driver. Of course, the price for such services will be much higher, but you will get a knowledgeable person who knows all the beautiful and worthwhile places, who will gladly take you wherever you want. Car rental companies like renty.ae are often associated with travel companies from other countries.

I’d like to note that being in the Emirates on foot and by car are completely different sides of the same vacation. Everyone should try, of course, and maybe even combine them, but here’s the question if that is affordable for a tourist. In large cities, there is a very poor pedestrian system, expensive cabs, and relatively little public transport. Everywhere has its own charms, as they say, but if you are not a big fan of long walks – renting is definitely for you.

The best routes to travel

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It is very difficult to build a route on maps, even with the best app with the most up-to-date data, in the Emirates. Chances are, you’ll wind a lot of extra kilometers anyway, even on the highways, let alone the cities. The fact that the roads are constantly rebuilt, dismantled, new ones are built and so on in a circle, no map will not keep up with the changes. But you can’t do without programs completely: in an unfamiliar place, it’s difficult to navigate, even if you have a well-developed spatial orientation.

El Ain is one of the most colorful, picturesque and memorable areas of the UAE. The first feature that sticks in your memory forever are the camels, which are very likely to be encountered if you just look around. The fact is that the road goes through the dunes, flows smoothly into the large date farms, and extends further, past the ancient forts. You should go here in the evening or early in the morning, when there are not so many cars, and the sky and the neighborhood are decorated with sunset or sunrise. You can also try to climb to the top of Jebel Hafit, where from a height of 1250 meters you can enjoy an unimaginable view of the surrounding area.

But during the day you can go to Dibba, the eastern coast of the Emirates. The high mountain ranges harmonize with the sea scenery, and the sea seems bright turquoise from even a small height. A great place for memorable photos and a short stopover: there are plenty of places for a good picnic near the water. And if the weather turns out to be too hot – there are plenty of places suitable for swimming. The main thing is to check with the locals, so as not to get a fine or just not to hurt yourself. If you want to pass through this part – don’t forget to take your passport, as part of the coast runs through the Gulf of Oman.

Fujairah is a great vacation option for the whole family. The crystal clear water of the Gulf of Oman, warm sand, and magical views. It is also one of the best places in the UAE for diving. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Snoopy Island (Jazīrat al Ghubbah). You may see some very beautiful fish there. The road to Fujairah will not cause a lot of difficulties. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the Wadi Wurayah reserve. This is the only mountain range in the UAE that is protected by the World Wildlife Fund. Here you may picnic by a waterfall and see the oldest functioning mosque in the country.

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130 kilometers southeast of Dubai is a wonderful mountain town of Hatta. It takes about an hour and a half, but during this time you will discover the incredible local scenery — the mesmerizing Al Hajar Mountains and sand dunes.

Once its main attraction was just an old military fortress and its unique nature. Today, however, you can not only admire the beautiful views but also try extreme kinds of recreation. Mountain biking will help you to do that. In the city and its surroundings are located trails of different levels of complexity. It is also a great opportunity to see the land of local farmers, lakes, and mesmerizing hidden oases.

To sum it up

And yet, is it worth traveling by car, or is it better to rely only on agencies and flights? The answer – of course, it is. If you rent a car you won’t have to spend too much money for gasoline, and even if you drive your own the amount won’t be too much, at least in relation to the distance you’ll cover and the things you’ll see.