Dubai is a dream destination for everyone. This independent city-state is a world-class travel spot. Most tourists come there to shop and explore its ancient cultural sites along with modern large-scale attractions. However, there are still many unexplored and unique places around Dubai, and you can reach them in a hire car.
So, pick up a car hire Dubai Airport Terminal 3 to spice up your trip to the UAE. Within the driving distance, you will find where to go and what to see. A hire car makes it possible to travel at your own pace and explore unique places not accessible by bus.
Well, if you are looking for a break from the busy city, hire a car in Dubai and check out the following day trip ideas…
How to get from Dubai: 145km via Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan
Abu Dhabi is a green desert oasis linked to Dubai by a high-quality road network. The pearl of the emirate is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The majestic temple is so large that it can host about 40,000 visitors at the same time.
The visiting card of the capital is Saadiyat Island, which is considered to be the cultural and museum cluster. There are also many other interesting sites in Abu Dhabi, including the 110-meter-high Aldar Headquarters skyscraper, Al Bahar Tower, and the famous Capital Gate, which repeated the glory of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
How to get from Dubai: 112 km via E11
Ferrari World is one of the popular day trips from Dubai. Located on the man-made island of Yas, it’s the world’s largest themed complex under a single roof. Ferrari World features a roof area of about 200,000 m², while the entertainment areas cover 86,000 m². The roof of the complex is adorned with a giant Ferrari logo.
The Ferrari World area offers children’s race tracks and a go-kart academy. Unique attractions, the Bell’Italia architectural miniature zone, the Maranello cinema and concert stage, and the Junior Training Camp playground are also at your disposal. If you get hungry, find shops and food courts on site.
How to get from Dubai: 115 km via E11
This is one of the unique day-trip destinations you can reach from Dubai. Al-Ain looks like a magnificent garden city in the middle of the Arabian Desert, plus it’s also the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed. It’s full of green squares, palm alleys, parks, colorful ponds, and fountains.
There are no huge skyscrapers that are common in the UAE’s megacities, but you can visit the iconic Al-Jahili Fort. If traveling with kids, head to the local zoo, Wadi Adventure Water Park, or Hili Fun City amusement complex. At the local camel market and fair, you can buy original Arabian souvenirs.
Sharjah is the third largest and most populous emirate of the UAE. It’s deservedly considered to be the main cultural center of the country. With about 600 mosques, Sharjah is famous for its distinctive Arab architecture. By the way, only Al Noor Mosque is available to non-Muslim tourists.
Also, Sharjah is home to the International Book Fair. In addition, there’re 20 museums, including the popular Museum of Islamic Civilization.
The old part of Sharjah is worth your attention too. Set off to the 19th-century Fort Al-Hisn, and then explore the local art museum, offering the richest collection in the entire Middle East. Another interesting place in Sharjah is the Al Qasba amusement park.
How to get from Dubai: 148 km via Khorfakkan Rd
Located on the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Al Fujairah is a fertile oasis of pristine beaches and green valleys. Thanks to the fresh breeze and the proximity of the Hajar Mountains, Fujairah doesn’t have such a hot climate as the rest of the emirates. People come here to swim, relax on the sandy ocean coast, as well as enjoy diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear water.