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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 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.

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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.

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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. Of course, I’m on facebook too.

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




The boring stuff

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