Looking for perfect weekend spots? But before we dive straight into it, let this clarify that, for many travelers, UAE conjures images of Dubai – a bustling metropolis with towering skyscrapers, luxurious shopping, and a futuristic vibe. But hold on – the UAE, and the wider Gulf region, offer so much more than meets the eye. Look deeper, and you'll discover that there's more to it than camels, dunes, and tall buildings. The Middle East is not only rich in black gold, but it also boasts a historically rich heritage and a dynamic culture, offering perfect weekend getaways in UAE. From remote deserts and snowy mountains to a futuristic city map and Michelin-starred restaurants, the UAE has a lot to offer to soothe an explorer's soul.


So, if weekend blues have got you down and you are looking to escape the daily grind and recharge your batteries, check out these wholesome weekend getaways in UAE:




If you are craving a break that injects a dose of adrenaline, look no further than Hatta, a stunning mountain retreat nestled amidst the rugged Hajar Mountains. Just a scenic hour's drive from Dubai, this hidden gem is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hatta is located in the rugged Hajjar Mountains, boasting a pleasant climate away from the city's scorching heat. Known for its smooth rock pools, windy canyons and green-blue water, it is a pretty popular getaway from Dubai city. Hatta has other attractions such as its heritage village, activities like mountain biking, a dam and its hill park.


You can also hike up the majestic peaks of Hatta, feeling the cool mountain breeze invigorate you. If strenuous activity isn't your style, you can kayak across the serene waters of Hatta Dam, too! Moreover, there's mountain biking on thrilling trails. You can take a dune buggy ride across the golden sands.


Hatta isn't just about heart-pounding activities, though. You also get to collect cultural knowledge by witnessing the region's rich heritage with a visit to the Hatta Heritage Village. You also get a chance to explore the traditional houses, learn about the Bedouin way of life, and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir.  The best part? End your day by resting under a blanket of stars, a million miles away from the city lights. What a soothing and beautiful scene to unwind all your tension, right?


Insider Tip: Don't miss the chance to visit Hatta Wadi Park, a man-made oasis perfect for a picnic lunch or a refreshing dip in the cool waters.


From natural beauty to more wind blown deserts, pristine coastline to picturesque mountains; Oman stands as the perfect country within the gulf region to experience authentic Arabia outside the UAE.

  • Muscat: A Seaside Gem


The heart of Oman, Muscat, is a seaside paradise. You will see its beautiful harbor and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a masterpiece of contemporary Islamic architecture. Also, get a chance to be more aware of the vibrant culture at the bustling souqs, like the Mutrah Gold Souq, and historical forts that stand as testaments to the region's rich past. And don’t forget to visit the Al Alam Palace, a stunning structure adorned in blue and gold. Muscat is conveniently located, just an hour away by flight from Dubai, or a scenic five-hour road trip.

  • Beyond the Capital: Discover the Most Beautiful Towns


Just a few hours drive beyond Muscat, you will discover hidden treasures like Nizwa and Sur. Nestled amidst the majestic Hajar Mountains, these charming towns offer luxurious getaway resorts with breathtaking views and a chance to explore historic forts.

  • Jebel Shams


Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman, is renowned not just for its peak, but for the awe-inspiring vista it unveils. There, you’ll witness the dramatic Wadi Ghul, also known as the "Grand Canyon of Arabia," stretching alongside the mountain. This rugged beauty is a photographer's paradise, perfect for hiking and picnics.



Calling all sun worshippers and ocean lovers! The east coast emirate of Fujairah has a jaw-dropping coastline on the Indian Ocean, a major change from the hustle and bustle of the Arabian Gulf. Just sink your toes into pristine white sand, the turquoise waters lapping gently at your feet, and see all your tension draining away into the ocean. Unwind under the warm sun, letting the worries of the week melt away.


Fujairah is a paradise for water lovers. You can enjoy a diving experience into the crystal-clear waters and explore a vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral reefs and exotic fish. You can also snorkel with playful dolphins or have a scuba diving adventure! 


For surfers, Fujairah offers some of the best waves in the UAE. Catch epic waves at Dibba Beach, a surfer's haven known for its consistent breaks.


Fujairah isn't just about lounging on the beach. Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Musandam Peninsula on a thrilling dhow cruise. Hike through the lush valleys of Wadi Wurayah, a hidden gem with cascading waterfalls and natural pools.


Fujairah boasts a rich history. Explore the imposing Fujairah Fort, a 16th-century masterpiece offering stunning panoramic views. The Fujairah Museum, home to fascinating archaeological artifacts, also offers a glimpse into the region's past.




Al Ain

If, for a second, you wish to take a break from this modern contemporary world and step back in time, there’s no better place than Al Ain, also known as the "Garden City" of the UAE. Nestled amidst an oasis of date palms, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a great view into the UAE's rich heritage and traditional way of life.


You can visit the Al Ain Oasis, a network of falajs (traditional irrigation systems) and lush greenery, a testament to human ingenuity in a harsh environment. Do visit Al Ain Fort, too, an imposing 17th-century structure that served as a defensive outpost. And if you are a little too passionate about learning history and traditions, visit Al Ain National Museum to know more about Emarati culture. 


Al Ain is a haven for those who love authentic Emirati cuisine. You can check out its local restaurants and enjoy some of its famous and delectable dishes like luqaimat (sweet dumplings) and machboos. Don't forget to get your hands on some fresh dates, a local specialty for which Al Ain is famous.


And what makes Al Ain evem more wholesome is the fact that its a place for fun for the entire family. From elders to kids, Ain Ain has everything for everyone. Keep the little ones entertained with a visit to the Al Ain Zoo, home to a diverse range of animals from around the world. For a dose of adrenaline, head to Wadi Adventure, the Middle East's largest waterpark, featuring thrilling rides and water slides.




Zaya Nurai Island

Feeling like royalty and craving an escape unlike any other? Look no further than the Zaya Nurai Island, a luxurious private island retreat just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your own private villa, a haven of contemporary design and unparalleled luxury with breathtaking ocean views.


There you will have: 

  • Spa & restaurants:  Treat yourself to a pampering session at the award-winning Zaya Spa, offering rejuvenating massages and bespoke treatments using natural ingredients. You will love this place if you are a true foodie! There, you can enjoy exquisite culinary experience at any of the island's world-class restaurants, which feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and breathtaking ocean views.

  • Water Activities:  Relive your childhood with so many water activities available at your fingertips. From diving experience to enjoying stand-up paddleboard or kayak across the calm waters and jet skiing, you have all to thoroughly explore the surrounding turquoise waters of island

  • Romantic Spots:  Zaya Nurai Island is the perfect escape for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Enjoy private in-villa dining experiences under a canopy of stars or take a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Insider Tip:  Book a private yoga session on the beach, the gentle sounds of the waves washing away all your stress.

  • Beyond Relaxation:  While relaxation is the name of the game at Zaya Nurai Island, there are also opportunities for exploration. Take a cultural tour of Abu Dhabi, visiting iconic landmarks like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or embark on a desert safari adventure, experiencing the thrill of dune bashing and a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars.



So, there you have it! From adrenaline-pumping mountain adventures to serene beach escapes, and culturally rich experiences to luxurious island retreats – the UAE has a weekend getaway waiting for every kind of traveler. So, wait no more. Pack your bags, grab your camera, and enjoy your perfect weekend!