It’s been a while, but I have had inspiration recently to come back to my blog and to write about my life.
I have lived in Dubai for seventeen years. Sometimes it feels like I just arrived and then other times it feels like forever, especially when stuck in traffic. During that time I have travelled around a lot of the UAE, especially in the last nine years due to my work with Decluttr Me. However, I know that I have not scratched the surface with visiting a lot of places in the seven emirates, which to be frank is shocking.
I went to Expo 2020 in Dubai every week for the last four months it was open (ok sometimes more often in one week) and I loved it. I would go when I had a day off early in the morning before the crowds and heat got too much and see the pavilions and eat a lot of great (over-priced) food. Once Expo closed, there was this void, which I know a lot of friends had as well, who had visited often like me.
This month, whilst sitting on the couch during my day off I realised that I could do the same exercise as I did with Expo but instead visit places in the UAE. However, I needed to know where to go.
After googling a lot of blogs and travel guides one evening, I came up with the following list of places to visit.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
Museum of the Future
The View at the Palm
Hatta Dome Park
Inifinity des Lumieres – Dubai Mall
IMG World of Adventures
Museum of Illusions
Dubai Butterfly Garden
Snow Cinema at Vox
Oh La Lab – Al Serkal Avenue
Mirzam Chocolate Workshop
Jameel Art Centre
Burj Al Arab – stay the night
Ferrari World tickets
Abu Dhbai Pearl Journey
Yas Marina driving experience
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr al Watan (been there but one for you – it is huge and amazing)
Al Ain Museum
Al Qattara Arts Centre
Hili Archeological Pak
Al Ain Oasis – take bike
Al Jahili Fort
Qasr Al Muwaiji
Al Ain Oasis
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation – https://www.sharjahartmuseum.ae/
Sharjah Art Museum
Classic Cars Museum and Al Mahatta Museum
Sharjah Heritage Area – Heritage Museum, Calligraphy Museum, Bait Al Naboodah
Islamic World Garden
Mlehia Archaeological Site
Aquarium and Maritime Museum
Kalba – Al Hisn Museum, House of Sheikh Saeed, Conservation Reserve, Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation,
Khor Fakkan – waterfall and theatre, Al Rabi Tower, craft museum, rafisa dam
Heart of Sharjah
Al Noor Mosque – 10am every Monday
Dhaid Fort (8am-8pm) – https://glimpsesofuae.com/dhaid-fort/
Madam, Falaj al Mualla,
Al Madam – ghost village
The rain room
Sharjah Centre for Astronmy and Space Sciences
Barjeel Art Collection
Ajman National Museum and Ajman Fort
Al Jarah Cultural Centre
Ajman Dhow Yard
Al Murabba Watchtower
Masfout – museum and fort, also hiking destination
Ajman heritage district
Umm Al Qwain
UAQ Fort and Museum – 7am-8pm
Falaj al mualla fort – 8AM–2PM, 3–8PM
UAQ Al Qwain Centre of antiquities
Al Jazirah Al Hamra (ghost town)
1484 by Puro – Jebel Jais
Shimal – small village – heritage site
Suwaidi Pearl Farm
RAKs nature treasures
Flower Farm Asima – November to March
Khatt – hot springs
Madha – enclave of Oman
Al Bidyah Mosque and fort
Ain Al Madhab Hot Springs
The Governors Palace, Masafi
Tayyibah Heritage Museum
(* all in italics have been completed)
When you look at the list you may see places that should be on there like Mussandam, F1 Abu Dhabi, some of the waterparks, and quite a few places in Fujairah (I visited there a few times to see close friends of mine who lived there, so visited a lot of the sites with them), etc – that is because I have already been to those places. However, I may have inadvertently missed places out, especially if they are obscure, so please let me know so I can update the list accordingly.
Today I started the list and went to Ethiad Museum and Union House. It seemed like the ideal place to start this list as it was where the Emirates were formally formed. I love finding out the history of places and especially my second home so I loved it. It is big in size, but quick to view. I took about an hour to see all the exhibits and videos, but I did speed through some of it. The current price to enter for Adults is AED 25 which is a bargain considering how beautifully made it is. Here are some pictures from the Museum and Union House to wet your appetite to visit there.
It was pretty empty for a weekday morning and the staff advised it was much quieter due to the summer months. There is a massive lake with the flag poles which would have been nice to sit by, but that was not happening in the 40 degree heat, so maybe nice to visit when cooler.
Adult Ticket – AED 25 (July 2022)
Underground Parking – Free
I have started my tour and I am aiming to not lose momentum with this endeavour and will complete the list within the next year.
Please send me your suggestions of places to visit in the comment box and even ones you suggest are really not worth venturing which are on my list.
Thanks for reading!
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