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Discover the Hidden Gems of the UAE

I started this as a 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 (with activities that usually have little to do with Emirati life or culture). I wanted to show people the world beyond Dubai.

I was already living inland then but over the last few years, my work took me around the enclaves of Sharjah in the eastern region as well as Madam and Maleha. 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.

To read more about me, go here.

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Here are a few tasters below. Click on the photo to see more.

The website will always be a work in progress as I discover somewhere new, revisit old places and as new destinations open up. There are many exciting developments at the moment in the northern emirates, so there is lots more to come!

So what will you find here? Some 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.

Visit our Experiences/Activities page too which has some promotions and Overnight Stays.

Look out for some glimpses of Oman too.

Click on the photos to see more.


If you follow my social media accounts, there is so much more on there, especially Instagram and you can follow my webpage to be notified of new posts. Check the highlights for past stories on specific areas. Of course, I’m on Facebook too and there’s a community group attached to it.

Don’t forget to check out Glimpses of the UAE google map. It has locations of everywhere on the page and more together with photos and links to posts either on the website or Instagram. It’s especially useful to see what is in the same area to plan trips.

Are you ready to start your journey through the northern emirates? Here are a few more tasters below. Click on the photos to see more.

Some More Hidden Gems

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What to do in Ajman

What to do in Ras al Khaimah

Places to visit and things to do in school break

Walks away from the city and outdoor exercise areas in the cities – walking, cycling, running, public gyms

Hiking in the UAE


Hidden Gems on Social Media and other resources



Facebook Community Group  – join the community to share places, cafes, tips, experience, etc. Group activities may be organised in collaboration with relevant licensed groups such as hiking organisations.


Glimpses of UAE Map


The boring stuff

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Open to relevant collaborations, sponsored posts, copy writing, travel writing, consultancy, advertising for farm stays, experiences, activities, etc.

Please feel free to contact for guest blog posts and media opportunities.


Coming up – more collaborations on trips, etc, FAQs, suggested itineraries and more.



“We are planning a family vacation in UAE /RAK and before finding your site, I spent hours for browsing through the different websites in trying to find information about old forts, beaches and where to visit. Luckily, I found your web site, It is THE best. A lot of information, well written and researched. It is much better than Lonely Planet or other sites of UAE.   Great stuff, so I just wanted to say THANKS !” Martti, Finland.

“I’ve followed your Facebook page for a while and just found your website! I love it!” Annie, UAE

For people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of major cities in the UAE , this is one of the best resources in identifying places that they can visit. From beautiful wadis , mountains , places of interest and hidden gems. If you plan to head out into the UAE countryside , this is the first place to refer to. Keep it up Glimpses of UAE” Taimur

UAE beyond Abu Dhabi and Dubai! Thank you for bringing the wonderful landscapes accessible to us-with tons of useful information! From Madha to Dibba al Hisn, we have visited with the family.” Faiza

“Just followed a link to your blog and wanted to send a short ‘thank you’ message.
We’ve been getting out and exploring as much as we can this winter, covid making work a lot quieter.
You blog has now given me a whole list of new places to check out.” Hannah

“Awesome, love your posts.” Nadia

“It’s lovely to see all the hidden gems you post. So many places to visit” Valerian

“Thank you for the lovely insight about UAE.” Varsha

“Thank you for all your efforts for this account which makes us love this country again and again” Faith

And many many more!


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