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Come and explore hidden gems, some golden oldies, old treasures, new treasures, a few foodie recommendations, quiet beaches, lively waterfronts, great camping spots, hiking trails, interesting museums, inspiring art spots and much more. In short, a guide to exploring and discovering the northern emirates of the UAE.

There are a couple of posts on what to do in the school holidays so lots on what to do with kids, often cheap or free, and on walks around the country.

If you follow my social media accounts, there is so much more on there, especially Instagram and you can follow my blog to be notified of new posts.

I started this blog back in 2013 after seeing so many people coming to Dubai on holiday or to live, but not seeing anything outside of Dubai other than maybe a desert trip (which usually has little to do with Emirati life). I wanted to show people the world beyond Dubai.

I already lived inland but over the last few years, my work took me around the enclaves of Sharjah in the eastern region as well as Madam and that’s when I started to explore more and more on my commutes taking different routes and detours, doing one of the things I love best – going down random roads. The site will always be a work in progress as I discover somewhere new or revisit old places and as new places open up. There are many exciting developments at the moment in the northern emirates, so lots more to come!

Are you ready to start your journey through the northern emirates?

A few hidden gems to start you off

Buhais Geology Park

  Buhais Geology Park building set in valley, a hidden gem in Sharjah

Jebel Jais Lower Trails

Jebel Jais Lower Hiking Trails

Al Hamra Old Village

Dilapidated house at Jazeera Al Hamra Old Village

Wadi Shees

Wadi Shees, leadign to lots of hidden gems

Fujairah Adventure Park

Skate Park at Fujairah Adventure Park

Hamriya Beach

Hamriya Beach
Hamriya Beach – one of Sharjah’s hidden gems

Manar Mall Promenade

Walkway at Manar Mall Promenade


The boring stuff

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