The UAE Tour

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.

Dubai

Ethiad Museum

Union House

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Supper clubs

Museum of the Future

The View at the Palm

Hatta Dome Park

Inifinity des  Lumieres – Dubai Mall

IMG World of Adventures

Motiongate Dubai

La Perle

Roll Dxb

Museum of Illusions

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Snow Cinema at Vox

Love Lakes

Oh La Lab – Al Serkal Avenue

Topgulf

Mirzam Chocolate Workshop

Cinema Akil

Jameel Art Centre

Burj Al Arab – stay the night

Women’s Museum

Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World tickets

Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhbai Pearl Journey

Yas Marina driving experience

Heritage Village

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Qasr Al Hosn

Zayed Memorial

Qasr al Watan (been there but one for you – it is huge and amazing)

Al Ain

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

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

Sharjah Fort

Aquarium and Maritime Museum

Archaeology 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

Camel Racing

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 – https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-ajman/

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

RAK

Dhayah Fort

Al Jazirah Al Hamra (ghost town)

Museum

Pearl Museum

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

Fujairah

Madha – enclave of Oman

Al Bidyah Mosque and fort

Fujairah Fort

Museum

Bithnah Fort

Masafi (market)

Ain Al Madhab Hot Springs

Wahlah Fort

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.

The table where the Sheikhs from six Emirates signed the union document.
Part of Ethiad Museum.

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.

Ethiad Museum & Union House

Adult Ticket – AED 25 (July 2022)

Underground Parking – Free

Map to location

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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©  Photo by Shelina Jokhiya.

2 thoughts on “The UAE Tour

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:

    What an amazing place, Shelina. I almost visited Dubai back when my wife and I spent 2 months in Nizwa, Oman as it was a short trip. However, we were house sitting, needed to care for a cat and the visa situation to get back into Oman would have been slippery. We will visit some day.

    Ryan

    • shelo9 says:

      Hi Ryan! Thank you so much for reading the blog and your comment! You must come and visit one day. I also have to add Oman to my list of places to visit more as well.

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