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  • Explore Khatt, Habhab Plateau and Habhab Village
    Khatt, Khatt Mountain, Habhab Plateau and Habhab Village are all in the same area and you can discover more on all of these sites below. Follow my tour around Khatt, off-road drive up Jebel Khatt …
  • Visit 15 Best Islamic Attractions in UAE
    Are you searching for an authentic experience of Islamic culture and history in the UAE? Here are fifteen of the best Islamic attractions in UAE. Living locally, I’ve visited them all and most of them …
  • Guide to Visiting The Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi
    The Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi has caused some discussion, both positive and negative but I believe the negatives have mostly come from misperceptions. Let me share what you can expect to find there …
  • Visit breathtaking Fujairah Grand Mosque
    As you descend into Fujairah from the highway, Fujairah Grand Mosque instantly stands out on the skyline. And each time I pass it, I’m just as mesmerised by its breathtaking architecture as the time before. …
  • Private Villa Retreat in Musandam – Bandar Hafa
    Our amazing stay at this private villa retreat in Musandam was the perfect weekend getaway! This little bit of Santorini in Oman is in a fabulous location with scenic views and plenty of outdoor seating …
  • Beeah Headquarters by Zaha Hadid (and all about Beeah)
    If you’ve driven through the Sharjah desert, you may have spotted a low, sleek, futuristic-looking building and wondered what it was. The Beeah Headquarters are an excellent example of sustainable architecture and innovative design. As …
  • Sharjah Art Area
    Whether you’re a lover of art or of wandering down alleys and exploring traditional buildings, Sharjah Art Area should be high on your list of places to visit. Join me as I take you on …
  • Al Manama, enclave of Ajman
    Al Manama, Ajman, UAE Let me take you on a journey to the enclave of Al Manama surrounded by desert, mountains and plains and home to farms, forts, parks and serenity. It’s also a place …
  • Al Wathba Abu Dhabi
    Al Wathba Abu Dhabi Al Wathba offers a mix of nature, sport and cultural festivities. Between the tranquillity of Al Wathba Lakes, perfect for camping and barbecues, the intriguing fossilised dunes, the cycle track through …
  • Al Mirfa Abu Dhabi
    Al Mirfa is a tranquil town around 130 kms west of Abu Dhabi city with a rich history. Once a small fishing village, it has developed like other towns and yet still has a serene …
  • Seven best reasons to visit Sharjah
    Sharjah is still a hidden secret for many and yet it has so much to offer. Join me while I share some of my top reasons to visit Sharjah and why this emirate has captivated …
  • Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023
    Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023 has recently started and I have to say I love it! Let me start by confessing I know nothing about art or architecture (that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it) so …
  • Sharjah Holy Quran Museum
    The Holy Quran Museum and Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah The Holy Quran Museum is a wonderful hidden treasure within the Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah. Through the various halls, you will learn about the …
  • Fujairah Fort
    Fujairah Fort Fujairah Fort is one of the best known and most popular forts to visit in the northern emirates. Once you’ve explored all the lower rooms, you can climb up to the roof and …
  • Sharjah Aquarium and Sharjah Maritime Museum
    Sharjah Aquarium Sharjah Aquarium is a fantastic destination for anyone interested in marine life. With over 150 species of fish and other aquatic creatures on display, the aquarium offers visitors a chance to learn about …
  • Ajman Museum and Fort
    Ajman Museum Ajman Museum is located in Ajman Fort, a historic landmark in the heart of Ajman and often overlooked, but it’s well worth a visit. I often enjoy wandering around and then relaxing in …
  • Best beaches in Ras Al Khaimah
    Best Beaches in Ras Al Khaimah There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Ras Al Khaimah. With their crystal-clear turquoise waters, they offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. …
  • Dibba Mountain Park and Resort, Fujairah
    Dibba Mountain Park and Resort, Fujairah Dibba Mountain Park and Resort is a fabulous new Fujairah destination with activities and chalets on the East Coast. With the backdrop of the Dibba Fujairah mountains and a …
  • Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Come and take a tour with me around the stunningly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and let me tell you what you need to know to plan your visit. Sheikh Zayed …
  • Amazing Photography Locations in the UAE
    Amazing Photography Locations in the UAE In 2023, I was invited to participate in Xposure International Photography Festival, Sharjah. I’m not a photographer and so I chose to do a presentation on Amazing Photography Locations …
  • How to plan your trip to Sharjah
    Helping you plan your trip to Sharjah! So, you’ve made the perfect decision to visit Sharjah, the cultural hub of the UAE! Fabulous! Now, let me help you with all you need to plan your …
  • What to do in the school holidays in the UAE?
    What to do in the school holidays UAE was first posted in March 2020 and last updated on 31 January 2024 Are you wondering what to do in the school holidays? UAE has lots to …
  • The Dubai Frame
    The Dubai Frame  The Dubai Frame is a remarkable architectural landmark among Dubai’s many new attractions. As the world’s largest frame, this beautiful structure offers marvellous views of the city. About Dubai Frame Dubai Frame …
  • The Resistance Monument, Khor Fakkan Sharjah
    Resistance Monument Khor Fakkan What is the Resistance Monument in Khor Fakkan? Read on to discover the background. In 1507, the Portuguese army attacked Khor Fakkan, a coastal town in the east. However, the local …
  • Souq Al Jubail Sharjah
    Souq Al Jubail Sharjah Souq Al Jubail Sharjah deserves a visit from those who love to explore traditional markets, buy fresh food and experience authentic local culture. So let’s take a closer look at what …
  • Exploring Sharjah – fascinating tours and itineraries 2023
    Exploring Sharjah Sharjah is full of beautiful and fascinating places and the best way to see some of them is on a walking tour. This handy guide gives you 12 different tours of varying lengths …
  • Al Dhafra Festival Abu Dhabi
    Al Dhafra Festival About Al Dhafra Al Dhafra is one of the three main regions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and also the biggest. As it lies to the west, it is also known …
  • Wadi Shaam Ras al Khaimah
    Wadi Shaam Wadi Shaam is the most northerly area of the UAE and is home to lots of old settlements. Enjoy a walk through history and beautiful mountains. Once you drive through the town of …
  • 5 Best Places to visit in Al Dhaid, Sharjah Central Region
    5 Best Places to Visit in Al Dhaid Al Dhaid is the main town in Sharjah Central Region and there are lots of plans to develop it. For now, these are 5 Best Places to …
  • Sharjah Annual Events
    A quick rundown of Sharjah annual events, fairs and festivals you can expect to see throughout the year. These dates can change and are meant as a guideline. Please refer to official sources in links …
  • Cute Places to stay in UAE
    Looking for cute places to stay in UAE? Want something a bit different? Take a look at some of these great and unique places to stay in UAE. Disclosure: When you make a booking or …
  • Al Nahwa – an enclave in an exclave
    The enclave of Nahwa belongs to Sharjah and can be found in the Omani exclave of the UAE.
  • Dibba Al Hisn
    Dibba Al Hisn is a small enclave of Sharjah nestled between Dibba Fujairah and Dibba Oman on the northeastern coast. It has a tiny population and two main roads. On one of them, one side …
  • Off Road History Museum
    The Off Road History Museum in Al Madam, Sharjah is an incredible place for any car enthusiast to visit. There is a wide range of cars and trucks of different makes and models, some more …
  • Hiking in the UAE 2023
    Hiking in the UAE If you want to go hiking in the UAE, there are many places to go, from well-laid out and marked trails to challenging unmarked ones. Popular ones with families are Shawka, …
  • Masfoot
    Masfoot is one of those places I go back to again and again. Lying on plains between rugged mountains, it has beautiful views, lots of fresh, clean air and a relaxed pace of life! It …
  • 17 Best Places to Visit in Summer in UAE with Kids
    With the very hot weather and high humidity, indoor locations are the best places to visit in summer in UAE. Most of these are cheap and some of them are free for children and resident …
  • 25 Places Senior Citizens get free entry in UAE!
    25 Places Senior Citizens get Free Entry in UAE Senior citizens are defined in the UAE as those 60 years old or above and there are a few places where they can enjoy free entry. Usually, a companion is also …
  • Masfout Museum
    Masfout Museum stands high up on the rocky hill overlooking the fertile plains, where Masfout Fort was well-positioned to spot any unwanted visitors coming to attack, mostly bandits. Higher still on the hill opposite is …
  • Qasr al Watan – Palace of the Nation
    Qasr Al Watan Qasr Al Watan is rather deceiving from the outside as although its traditional architectural style and gentle colours are beautiful in their simplicity, entering the Presidential Palace is rather like opening a …
  • Al Dhaid Fort, Sharjah Central Region
    Al Dhaid Fort is one of the more recent and exciting heritage projects in the Emirate of Sharjah. Recently added to the The Islamic World Heritage List, it’s one to include on your own list …
  • Dibba Musandam Oman
    Dibba Musandam is a little bit of paradise within easy reach of the UAE. So if you’re looking for a tranquil escape with some adventure, this is one for you. I went on two different …
  • Madha
    Madha Oman A trip to Madha Oman always makes me feel like I’m going back in time. Between the narrow, winding streets, the goats roaming everywhere, the old coral walls and the colourful designs on …
  • Who is behind Glimpses of the UAE?
    I’ve been saying for so long I’ll introduce myself properly to let you know who is behind Glimpses of the UAE and so here I am finally getting round to it! Who is behind Glimpses …
  • Look Down by Jago
    Look Down by Jago is a marble sculpture of a child in foetal position by Italian artist. It was originally placed in Naples, Italy just over a year ago and had a chain attached.  It …
  • Top places to visit in Al Ain
    Al Ain is known as the Garden City, come and find out why by visiting the best places to visit in Al Ain. Although it had been many years since I last visited,  I found …
  • Bithna Fort, Nature Trail and Hiking
    Bithna Fort Bithna Fort is an 18th-century fort which had a very strategic location on one of the main trade routes. The area was much fought over not only by local tribes but also by …
  • 50 Places to Visit in the UAE
    Watch the video to see 50 places to visit in the UAE in 50 seconds Tap/click links below for more info on 50 places to visit in the UAE – Northern Emirates 1) Khor Kalba …
  • Why does the UAE need rain?
    Why does the UAE need rain and what is the prayer for rain? What is the prayer for rain? You may have read about the rain prayer being called for or you may have wondered …
  • National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
    National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah Museum gives an excellent insight into the local history and offers a little haven of tranquillity in the inner courtyard. After its early role as a …
  • Arabic Architecture in Sharjah
    Arabic Architecture in Sharjah The beautiful and exquisite Arabic architecture in Sharjah is not something to be missed. All government buildings across the emirate are designed using principles of Arabic and Islamic architecture. As you …
  • Explore Science, History and Art at the Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah
    Post first published on June 11 2021, last updated on 6 January 2024 Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization has a wealth of information and artefacts tracing the contributions Muslim scholars have made over the centuries …
  • Ajman Heritage District
    Ajman Heritage District is a lovely, tranquil place to wander around, admire the murals of scenes of traditional life, explore Ajman Fort and stop off for tea, Emirati breakfast or even Viking fine dining! Ajman …
  • 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 the …
  • Al Marsa, Ajman
    Al Marsa Ajman comes alive in the late afternoon and evening as people visit restaurants and coffee shops, walk or jog around the corniche and children play on go-karts and bikes which you can rent …
  • Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences
    Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, often referred to as Sharjah Planetarium, houses several fascinating exhibits such as lunar vehicles, the solar system and other things related to the universe and space science. After …
  • Umm al Quwain
    Umm Al Quwain has several beaches with the most popular being the one where the Kite Beach Centre is located. Kite Beach Centre has cabanas, beach tents, beach chairs, a restaurant, etc and charges an …
  • Umm al Quwain Museum and Fort
    Umm al Quwain Fort Umm al Quwain Museum served as the stronghold of Umm Al Quwain Fort for many years. Its true name was Al Ali Fort and it was built by Sheikh Rashid Bin …
  • Friday Market, Masafi
    At the Friday Market in Masafi, you can find many different shops and goods sold here, such as plants and trees, fruit and vegetables, carpets, traditional furniture, colourful sets for tea and Arabic coffee, toys. …
  • Al Hamriya Beach
    Al Hamriya Beach is divided into two parts, the beach park and the open beach, both with beautiful white sand, free of charge and easily accessible from early morning till late at night. The beach …
  • Sharjah Natural History Museum and Islamic Botanic Gardens
    Sharjah Natural History and Botanical Museum and the Islamic Botanic Gardens are so often forgotten and yet well worth a visit! Located in Sharjah Desert Park along with the Arabian Wildlife Centre and Children’s Farm, …
  • Sharjah Science Museum
    Sharjah Science Museum is yet another fun and educational place with many interactive learning stations where children can learn about different aspects of science such as electricity, how the body works, etc. Sharjah Science Museum …
  • Buhais Geology Park Sharjah
    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, …
  • The Rain Room Sharjah
    The Rain Room If you are tired of the heat, visiting The Rain Room in Sharjah might cool you down for a few minutes. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! The Rain Room is a …
  • Learn and Enjoy Nature at Wasit Wetlands Centre
    This post was first published on 29 May 2021 and updated on 5 February 2024. Location last visited 5 February 2024. Wasit Wetlands is a hidden oasis in the city and one of my favourite …
  • Al Qasba
    Al Qasba in Sharjah can go from a peaceful spot to wander and sit and enjoy the view in the daytime to a hive of activity in the evening. On either side of the canal …
  • Al Noor Island and Butterfly House
    Al Noor Island Al Noor Island is quite magical with its lush greenery, exquisite Butterfly Pavillion, beautiful butterflies and colourful night lighting and yet another quiet haven in the city of Sharjah. The island was …
  • Al Rafisa Dam
    Al Rafisa Dam in Khorfakkan is a great family location in Sharjah Eastern Region with play areas, kayaking, doughnut and paddle boats, a lovely walk on the other side of the dam, seating areas and …
  • 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. There is now an admission fee of 15dhs over the …
  • Classic Car Museum Sharjah
    Sharjah Classic Car Museum If you love old cars, Sharjah Classic Car Museum should be on your list. Also, if you have children learning about transport at school, this is a fabulous learning resource with …
  • 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 places and should be on everyone’s …
  • Al Mahatta Museum (Sharjah Airport Museum)
    Al Mahatta Museum is great for students learning about transport or the science of flight and is also an excellent resource for learning the recent history of Sharjah. The museum building is in fact the …
  • Islamic World Garden, Sharjah
    This post was first written on May 28 2021 and last updated on 6 February 2024. At the Islamic World Garden, you can learn history, relax, play and eat. Join me on this tour of …
  • Manar Mall Promenade
    A nice stop off and popular photo spot if you’re in Ras al Khaimah. The mall itself has a variety of shops, a play area and cinema. the food court has an outdoor terrace as …
  • Fujairah Adventure Park
    At Fujairah Adventure Park, there’s lots going on! From mountain bike trails, hiking trails, dirt jumps, skateboarding, archery or just drinking coffee and enjoying the view. They now also have camping huts available with barbecue …
  • Jebel Jais Lower Trails
    There are several trails which overlap. The Asbaq is suitable for families with the children but the side of the Teen trail nearest the road has paths near a steep edge so maybe not best …
  • Bidya Hiking Trail (Fujairah Adventures)
    Bidya Hiking Trail, created by Fujairah Adventures, is nice, easy and short and you can combine it with something else you’re doing nearby. Without stops, it will take 30-45 minutes moving time but no doubt …
  • Explore the Heart of Sharjah
    The Heart of Sharjah is the oldest part of the city and it’s such a quiet haven that I sometimes forget I’m in a bustling town. Home to several museums, a fort, theatres, old souqs, …
  • 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 scooters …
  • Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre
    Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre Ten years after being closed to the public, Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre has made it possible for visitors to visit the mangroves once again. The area is still restricted and you …
  • 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 below for you until I find time to update …
  • Glimpses of the UAE
    Come on in and discover the emirates beyond Dubai and Abu Dhabi, revisit those old favourites and discover some of the UAE’s hidden gems.
  • Jebel Jais Ras Al Khaimah (2024)
    Jebel Jais Jebel Jais is best known as the highest peak in the UAE and home to the longest zip line in the world, Sky Flight. It’s much more than that though with stunning views …
  • House of Wisdom and the Scroll Monument
    This post was first published on 20 February 2021 and updated on 8 January 2024. The House of Wisdom Sharjah The House of Wisdom is a fabulous place to study, work or just read. You …
  • Traditional Crafts Museum, Khor Fakkan
    Take a stroll back through time in this small well set out museum and see how trades and every day tasks were carried out in the past and how the local people lived. The museum …
  • Falaj Al Mualla Fort
    Falaj Al Mualla is a quiet oasis town in the Umm Al Quwain desert. The fort is nearly 200 years old and overlooks the sand dunes where more watchtowers stand higher up and offering a …
  • Tayyibah Heritage Museum
    Tayyibah Heritage Museum has to have one of the best locations of museums here, set at the edge of a village in the Hajar mountains overlooking farms and itself in lush green grounds. Walking through …
  • Awhala Fort
    Awhala Fort is on a hidden plain between the Hajar mountains in Southern Fujairah. Although the main part of the fort couldn’t be dated, the locals believe it has been there for around 250 years. …
  • Wadi Al Helo
    Wadi Al Helo is one of Sharjah’s several enclaves and is full of surprises. Just off the old Kalba Road, the valley lies on the old caravan trade route and is on the tentative list …
  • Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival at Jazeera Al Hamra
    Ras al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival Take a trip up to Jazeera Al Hamra to see the RAK Fine Arts Festival, or RAKFAF, held each spring in the fort and old village. What a great …
  • Walks away from the city and in town UAE
    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 not a complete …
  • Al Tawyeen Heritage Village
    Al Tawyeen Heritage Village in northwest Fujairah is a nice little stop on the way to or from Dibba if you’re taking Shohada Rd. It has several small buildings of different olden styles and small …
  • Kalba
    Kalba, Emirate of Sharjah Kalba has much to offer the nature lover, with several diverse habitats for its size – mountains, plains with acacia forests, mangroves, beaches, lakes, marshes and palm groves. It has long …
  • Kalba Mountain Conservation Centre and Bird of Prey Centre
    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 …
  • Khor Fakkan, Sharjah
    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 just never …
  • Visit Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm, Ras al Khaimah
    This post was updated on 18 February 2024 Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and on this fascinating tour, you’ll learn all about the history of …
  • Wadi Ghalilah
    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 mountains with layers of varying colours …
  • Al Zorah, Ajman
    Al Zorah is home to the Oberoi Hotel, camp sites, golf club, a marina, a battle park, water sports centre, kids’ water fun, boat rides, walk way and a million square foot mangrove forest and …
  • Jazeera al Hamra, the old (and allegedly haunted) village
    Jazeera al Hamra, Red Island, might seem a misnomer as the land where the village lies is a few hundred feet from the coast but it was originally a tidal island and home to a …
  • Wadi Shees, Shees Park and Shees Rest Area
    Wadi Shees is a favourite with many to get away from the city, including me! Whether it’s the beautiful new park, the pools, the old village and nature trail or a bit of off-roading, you’re …

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