5 choices for alternative scenic spots in the UAE

Sure, Dubai may spring to mind when you mention the UAE, but our neighbouring emirates also have a lot to offer when it comes to things to do that aren’t so “mainstream”.

Sometimes, it feels good to take the paths less traveled, so we’ve thrown together five alternative scenic spots you can enjoy in the UAE .

1. Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain

Completed in around the late 1800’s the military-residential fort consists of two main buildings.

You’ve got the square courtyard, and a round tower about 50 meters west of the fort.

Although once a military stronghold, the fort has now become a picturesque view for curious travelers in the region, open from Saturday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and 3pm to 5pm on Fridays.

2. Wonderland, the abandoned water park

First opened way back in 1996, Wonderland was the go-to desitantion for families and friends to have fun.

The park has since been abandoned and at night time resembles something straight out the Final Destination franchise. Still, it makes for great pictures during the day, and who doesn’t love a bit of urban exploration?

3. Jebel Jais mountain

Said to be the highest mountain peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais offers about 20 kilometers of smooth tar for that road trip you’ve always been meaning to take. Located In Ras Al Khaimah, the mountain peaks at just over 1,900 meters, where you’ll be greeted with some seriously breathtaking scenery.

4. Jazirat Al Hamra, the ghost town

Also located in Ras Al Khaimah is the Jazirat Al Hamra fishing village — which has been main topic of discussion for some of the region’s most famous ghost stories. The area is filled with dilapidated, old-style huts, built out of shells and corals. It’s rumoured that if you go there you are bound to see some apparitions commonly referred to as “djinn” – spiritual beings from Arabic culture and folklore.

5. Wadi Madbah

Sure, it’s not quite the UAE (it’s just over the Al Ain border) but Wadi Madbah is by far one of the most naturally beautiful spots within a few hour’s drive. Be warned though, the trip is best done in a 4×4 for the rocky terrain.

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Hidden deep within the mountains you’ll find waist-deep reservoirs of fresh water and natural waterfalls carved into the rock face.

The best part of all this? It’s absolutely free! We only ask that you keep the areas as clean as you found them.

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