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UAE Nature

Al Nahwa, an enclave in an exclave

Nahwa

If you have driven around the northern parts of the UAE, you will no doubt have noticed that you pass from one emirate into another and then suddenly back again or you may find yoursel...

Umm al Quwain Mangrove Forest

Umm al Quwain Mangrove Forest is one for if you are like me and enjoy walking on a natural surface surrounded by nature, or if you enjoy bird-watching.

You can walk, ...

RAK Nature’s Treasures

RAK Nature's Treasures is housed on a farm right in the middle of the farming area of Ras al Khaimah. Once you turn off the main road, the drive there is a treat in itself, e...

Wadi Shees

Wadi Shees nestles between the Hajar Mountains and a drive down can lead you in different directions, but all to the Omani enclave of Madha.

Wadi Shees

Al Zorah is home to the Oberoi, camp sites, golf club, a marina, a battle park, watersports centre, kids' water fun, boat rides, walk way and a million square foot mangrove f...

Wadi Ghalila

The picturesque valley of Wadi Ghalila lies not far from the Oman border and is surrounded by the beautiful rock formations of that area, in particular the beautiful striped ...

Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm

Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and was set up 15 years ago by Abdulla al Suwaidi, grandson of one of the last pearl divers, Mohammed bin...

Khor Fakkan

Khor Fakkan has always been a favourite place for a nice little getaway but if you haven’t been for a while, you might be surprised at what’s new and also at parts you ju...

Dibba al Hisn

Dibba al Hisn is a small enclave of Sharjah nestled between Dibba Fujairah and Dibba Oman on the north eastern coast. It has a very small population and has two main roads, o...

Kalba Mountain Conservation Centre and Bird of Prey Centre

Kalba Mountain Conservation Centre and Bird of Prey Centre are just two of the many protected areas in the emirate of Sharjah where a lot of importance is placed on conservat...

Kalba

Kalba is the furthest south of Sharjah's five Eastern Region enclaves and has very diverse habitats for its size - mountains, plains with acacia forests, mangroves, beaches, ma...

Rams

Rams lies to the north of the city of Ras al Khaimah and relied on fishing and pearling in the past. You can still see many fishing boats going out today and Al Suwaidi Pearl...

Walks away from the city and outdoor exercise areas in the cities

If you're looking for walks away from the city, the number of places to walk and exercise outdoors is increasing all the time. There are many with great views too. This is no...

Wadi Al Helo

Wadi al Helo is one of Sharjah's several enclaves. Just off the old Kalba Road, the valley lies on the old caravan trade route and has applied to be listed as a UNESCO Herita...

Jebel Jais

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Jebel Jais is not only the tallest mountain in the UAE, but home to the longest zipline in the world, Sky Flight, along with the Sky...

Hiking in the UAE

If you want to go hiking in the UAE, there are many areas to go from well-laid out and marked trails to very difficult unmarked ones. Popular ones with families are Shawka, Fos...

Sharjah Central Region

Sharjah Central Region is great for exploring! Lots of interesting places and the weather is drier so great for the summer! Here are a few ideas for you until I find time to update this page!

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Corniche al Qawasim, Ras al Khaimah

Part of Ras al Khaimah city sits between the mangroves.The views from Corniche al Qawasim are both beautiful and tranquil. There’s a jogging track as well as a normal walkway and you can rent scoot...

Mleiha

Mleiha offers stunning scenery from mesmerising rock formations, rolling sand dunes, desert meeting mountain to sandy plains and lush gardens. Discover Mleiha has long been one of my favourite plac...

Flower Farm, Asima

The Flower Farm is a private farm but opens to the public from November to March. You can buy both fresh and dried flowers there. [gallery type="square" ids="5697,5698,5699,5700,5701,5702"]

Noor Island and Butterfly House

Noor Island is quite magical with its lush greenery, exquisite Butterfly Pavillion, beautiful butterflies and colourful night lighting. It is home to a small meadow, cactus garden, maze, several fl...

Wasit Wetlands

Wasit Wetlands are located on the Sharjah-Ajman border and are home to over 200 species of birds as well as gazelles. Whilst the outdoor area is currently closed to the public, you can visit the centr...

Buhais Geology Park

Buhais Geology Park is a great family trip out. At the foot of Jebel Buhais, the park consists of several interactive exhibitions indoors and an outdoor trail where you can see different types of rock...

Natural History Museum and Islamic Botanic Gardens

The Natural History and Botanical Museum and the Islamic Botanic Gardens are located in Sharjah Desert Park along with the Wildlife Centre and Children's Farm. The museum is a great learning experienc...

Umm al Quwain

Umm al Quwain has several beaches with the most popular being the one where the Kite Beach Centre is located. The centre itself has cabanas, beach tents, beach chairs, a restaurant, etc and charges an...

Al Ghayl, Adhen, Wadi Al Aim and Kub

Al Ghayl is where desert meets mountains with striking scenery, and is one for the off-road lovers.   If you enter from the Manama-RAK rd (E18), you can go off road a few kilometres before ...

Khatt, Ras al Khaimah

Khatt has been well-known for many years for its hot springs and a hotel and spa providing some treatments are built next to them. The pools can be accessed through the hotel for a charge of around 50...

What to do in the school holidays in the UAE?

Are you wondering what to do in the school holidays in the UAE? Or just looking for fun children's activities any time of the year? There are so many things to do, especially...