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13 Stunning Hidden Gems in UAE that You Must Explore

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What comes to your mind when you think of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? Certainly the fascinating architecture, the skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, sky diving in the international business City of Dubai, the capital city of Abu Dhabi, and the cultural capital of Sharjah. In this blog, you will learn about the lesser-known hidden gems in UAE, but worth visiting for a unique experience.

The UAE is a country formed by the federation of seven emirates – Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. The tourist attractions in each of these emirates offer an extraordinary blend of traditional allure and modern extravagance. From desert safari tours to mountain hiking, sandy beaches to mountain lakes, fascinating modern buildings to traditional architectural wonders, the United Arab Emirates has it all.

The United Arab Emirates is a country in the Middle East located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula and in the western region of Asia. The presence of Hajra mountains bordering Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman introduces you to adventure both in the mountains and the beaches. Tourism in UAE, compared to other Gulf nations, has been the most successful whether that be in nature tourism, adventure tourism, and entertainment tourism.

Following are 13 Stunning hidden gems in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that you must Know

1. Al Qudra Lakes

Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai UAE

When you visit Dubai, apart from going to Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, and Dubai Creek, if you wish to visit a place away from the busy city life, spend your time at the AL Qudra lakes, also known as the Love Lake.

Love Lake Dubai derives its name from its two massive hearts interconnected to each other. The AL Qudra Lake is a man-made lake but is home to varied species of plants, flowers, and fauna. It is a popular family destination as well as a perfect romantic getaway in Dubai.

At the Al Qudra Lake, as the sun starts to go down, the sky puts on a breathtaking show. Imagine you and your special someone sharing a moment as the colors of the sunset paint the world in a romantic glow.

And when the stars begin to sparkle above, the temperature gets cooler, creating the perfect setting for a cozy evening. Lay back, gaze at the stars, and let the magic of the night sky sweep you away.

The Al Qudra lakes are situated between Dubai Creek and the Bur Dubai District. The lakes became popular after the announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2018.

2. Al Montazah Park – Must for Adventure Water sports


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The Al Montazah Parks are situated on the beautiful emerald island of Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah. The park has been captivating visitors since 1979. This true gem has been one of the favourites amongst locals and tourists alike. It was previously known as Al Jazeera Park. Al Montazah Parks are conveniently located and easily accessible from Dubai, Ajman, and nearby Emirates

Al Montazah Parks, one of the pioneers in adventure parks in the UAE, is a must-visit destination. The park is divided into two awesome sections: Island of Legends and Pearls Kingdom. Every ride and experience has been carefully designed to give you a one-of-a-kind adventure that will fill you with awe and amazement.

The all-new Al Montazah Parks have something for everyone. If you’re a fan of water rides, you’re in for a treat. And that’s not all! Prepare to be transported through time as you explore our exciting new theme. As you journey through The King’s Palace, Mystery River, Flying Carpet, Sea of Treasures, and more, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a magical world.

Al Montazah Parks also offers a unique experience that lets you travel back in time to the 18th century. You will get to virtually explore nine different countries through a time travel journey that showcases enchanting fairy tales, captivating stories, and iconic inventions from that era.

3. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is not a very well-known wildlife sanctuary in the UAE, but for nature and wildlife lovers, this sanctuary is one of the significant hidden gems in Dubai. It is a perfect place for bird enthusiasts.

The wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 200 species of birds. Various migratory birds are also found in the right season. The diverse species of birds and their colourful appearance will leave you in awe. If you are visiting Dubai during winter, do not forget to visit the place to see its star attraction, the pink flamingoes.

Dubai’s best-kept secret, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by the Dubai Municipality, is a serene haven boasting wetlands teeming with diverse wildlife.

This hidden gem in Dubai City is a paradise for mammals, migratory birds, and fish, offering nature lovers a remarkable experience. From intertidal mudflats and lagoons to salt flats and mangroves, the diverse landscapes here provide a perfect haven for various bird species to thrive.

4. Wadi Shawka

Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah UAE

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Wadi Shawka is most loved for its natural pools between the terrains. It is located on the outskirts of Ras Al Khaimah in the Hazar Mountains. Apart from adventurous hiking trails and pools, Wadi Shawka also has a few protected heritage sites.

Unlike other pools in UAE, the Wadi Shawka pools are naturally formed as the area receives a high amount of rainfall. The hiking trail in Wadi Shawka starts from the Wadi Shawka Dam. Staircases are built to make the climbing of mountains easier.

In this hidden gem – Wadi Shawka, the adventure never ends! Beyond hiking and camping, thrill-seekers can conquer rugged trails on mountain bikes, dash through the wilderness on refreshing runs, and even embark on off-road driving escapades.’

5. Dubai Coffee Museum

Dubai Coffee Museum in UAE

The Coffee Museum at the Afadi Heritage Centre in Dubai is located in a villa, a traditional Emirati residence. Once you step in, you will be deeply enchanted by the aroma of the stirred coffee beans. Here, you can taste traditional Turkish coffee, learn about the origin of coffee, grinding methods, and have the opportunity to personally lead a cup of coffee with the ancient grinding equipment.

The museum has a lounge area and coffee room, which can make people who come here completely relaxed. This unique kind of museum is loved by coffee lovers. Don’t forget to try Ethiopian coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum.

The Coffee Museum in the Bur Dubai Al Fahidi area is everything that could have longed for. This unconventional museum is heaven for espresso lovers and features the journey of coffee from all over the globe.

When you visit the Dubai Coffee Museum, you can gather well-established intel on coffee’s significance, its apparatuses, and arrangements like crushing and roasting other than tasting some aromatic coffee from the Brew Bar. A perfect place for a coffee lover isn’t it?

6. Snoopy Island, Fujairah

Snoopy Island Fujairah in UAE

Do you remember the fictional character Snoopy sleeping on Moon Island in his doghouse? This island is on the coast of Fujairah and is marine bliss. Thrill seekers should head to the shimmering turquoise waters for a thrilling evening of kayaking, or explore the abundant marine life beneath the surface, wondering at the surrounding, superb coral reefs.

Community-run worship takes place in the Sikh temple where the main focal point is a magnificent prayer hall where both non-Sikhs and Sikhs can hear the Khalsa’s philosophy, religious messages and kirtans.

After a day by the water, retreat to one of the nearby hotels, the nearest being Sandy Beach Hotel and Resort, or get in touch with nature and camp on the sand.

7. Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden in UAE

A floral wonderland of 50 million flowers, Dubai Miracle Garden is a botanical paradise in the UAE. Known as the largest natural garden in the Middle East and the world, it covers 18 acres and boasts hundreds of flower displays, which is also the UAE’s gem hidden attraction.

In this flower-filled park, you will enjoy an incredible visual feast of flowers, in which you will be sure to stroll through the heart-shaped flower aisle, explore the unique floral villas and floral castles, and there is an Emirates A380, which displays the world’s largest flowers.

There are more than 30 food stalls for you to enjoy and try delicious food. In addition to a butterfly garden hidden deep in Ziah Park with countless beautiful butterflies, the garden is looking forward to your visit.

8. Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort of UAE

A museum is the right place to learn the history and gist of a place. The Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi neighborhood. The area presents you with the essence of old Dubai. Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in Dubai which was built in the year 1787. The fort was used as a home to a monarch till 1896. The wind towers and the alleys of the neighborhood are a testament to Dubai’s history.

The museum showcases the rich history of Dubai along with the fast transformation of the city, and the life before the discovery of oil. You will also have to know about the history of the pearls, and how it was one of the driving factors of their economy. Historic Arab houses, mosques, souks, farms, deserts and marine life are beautifully recreated in the art galleries of the museum. The journey of old Dubai to today’s astounding metropolis can be learned in the museum.

The museum and the neighborhood are situated in the southern of the Creek. A trip to the Al Fahidi Neighborhood perfectly aligns with the Dubai Tours because of its location.

9. Fossil Dunes Al Wathba

Fossil Dunes Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi UAE

Just 30 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, sandy shifting dunes that prevail in the Arabian desert set up rugged rock formations that have been eroded and carried by the wind developing into fossilized figures. The fossil dunes of Al Wathba are a place worth spending a few hours in by checking out the impressive rocks and camels around offering awesome picture opportunities.

Try to come at sunset, when it is the best time for photography, obviously. Most people visit the fossil dunes on a day trip. During the opening hours music and light shows can be enjoyed from the amphitheatre. Desert safari in the hidden gem – AL Wathba is an adventurous and fun experience.

10. Delma Island

Almarikhy house in Dalma lsland UAE

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Delma Island (Dalma Island), also called the Island of Plenty, is located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in UAE, about 42 km from the coast of its main city Abu Dhabi.

Dalma Island stands as a testament to the earliest human habitation in the United Arab Emirates. Its historical roots run deep, notably serving as a bustling centre for pearl trading. Throughout the early 20th century, the island played a vital role in quenching Abu Dhabi’s thirst for water, further highlighting its significance.

Today, Delma Island’s vibrancy endures through its thriving fishing community. It encapsulates a rich cultural heritage, reflecting its enduring importance and historical legacy within the region. comprises the best beaches in the middle east of the country which are less crowded and have crystal clear blue water.

The island of Dalma remains a favored spot for pearl divers and holds historical significance with the presence of Al-heerat sites, reflecting the foundations of civilization in Dalma.

Delma can be reached by ferry from Jebel Dhanna terminal which is close to the border with Saudi Arabia. It is nearly 470 kilometres from Dubai, so it would be quite difficult to visit it on a day trip.

11. Hatta Dam Lake

Kayakaing in Hatta Dam Lake in UAE

Hatta Lake is one of the best-hidden gems in the emirate of Dubai. Located about 90 minutes away from the main city, it is famous for its outdoor activities in the turquoise lake water and the scenic views of the rugged peaks of the Hajar Mountain Range.

Adventure activities such as kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating can be done in the Hatta Dam Lake. There are a few hotels, restaurants and cafes near the Dam. You can also bring your own food and eat it on your family picnic at this place while enjoying the fresh air.

Autumn and spring are considered the best time to visit Hatta Dam Lake for its favorable weather conditions. When you visit Dubai, add this exquisite location to your travel list.

12. Black Palace Beach

Black Palace Beach in Dubai UAE

For those seeking a more tranquil and crowd-free beach experience amidst Dubai’s pristine coastal climate, your best bet is none other than the enchanting Black Palace Beach. Black Palace Beach is also referred to as Secret Beach, Al Sufouh Beach, Hidden Beach, and Palace Beach.

Situated along the shores of Al Sufouh what sets this beach apart is the serenity it offers, allowing visitors to bask in the beauty of white sands and the turquoise expanse of the ocean.

The Black Palace Beach also offers mesmerizing views of Palm Jumeirah and the iconic Burj Al Arab. Since the beach is one of the offbeat and hidden places, you cannot expect facilities like shops, restaurants, sunbeds, umbrellas or toilets.

The beach is perfect for a walk while enjoying the beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. Apart from this beach walk, you can also do the Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk.

After visiting Palace Beach, you can go to the Dubai Ladies Club, located on the scenic Jumeirah coastline. It offers world-class amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and private beach access, along with engaging events. With a focus on women’s well-being, it aspires to be the foremost global destination for happy, healthy women.

13. Big Red Sand Dune

Big Red Sand Dune in Dubai UAE

Big Red stands as the city’s largest sand dune, offering an ultimate hub for desert safari. It is situated close to Al Badayer in the Sharjah emirate of UAE. The name is referred to as Big Red due to its dark orange, somewhat saffron-coloured sand in the desert.

Both domestic and other tourists flock to the Big Red for activities like dune bashing, quad biking, and sand skiing. If you wish to avoid the crowd and enjoy the fullest, try going during weekdays instead of the weekends.

Final Thoughts

Considering the uniqueness and diversity of the tourist attractions in UAE, as a traveller you will have a wonderful time. Don’t just confine your travel to the main cities, try exploring the hidden gems like Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Hatta Dam Lake, Wadi Shawka, Fossil Dunes, the art galleries in Dubai Museum, Love Lake and Al Montazah Park along with the other beautiful hidden places in UAE.

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