United Arab Emirates Driving Guide – Spend less, do more
The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) is situated on the Arabian Peninsula on the eastern entrance to the Persian Gulf.
The U.A.E. is used as a starting point for many tourists as they travel through the Persian Gulf region. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country is a popular destination, but almost everyone who visits the country spends most of their time in Dubai which incidentally is the seventh most visited city in the world.
Dubai is a shopper’s delight and welcomes over 14 million tourists every year! Shopping, although the mainstay of Dubai’s charm is not the only attraction in the city. It is filled with districts of historical and cultural significance, including the area around Dubai Creek which has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other tourist attractions in the city include the Dubai cable car, camel rides, bird shows and the Dubai Dolphinarium.
The U.A.E has some incredible infrastructure, including roads. Many tourists opt to discover the country at their own pace by rental car.
Scenic Drive – Jebel Hafeet
The route up the Jebel Hafeet mountain is widely recognized as one of the best driving roads in the world, especially loved by the U.A.E. elite and their supercars! Of course, that doesn’t mean a trip along this twisty section of road is not a perfect outing in your rental car!
The road itself was constructed in 1986 and includes a 1250m climb to the summit of the mountain. No need to worry about those supercars either, there are two lanes going up, so take your time to enjoy the spectacular views this road affords. Jebel Hafeet is only 160km from Dubai on the E-66.
Dubai to Dibba
1 hour 30 mins (144 km) (89 miles) via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd
This cross-border trip to Oman is well worth it, just don’t forget your passport! The drive alone takes you through some of the most scenic areas in the U.A.E. dominated by the Persian Gulf and beautiful mountain ranges.
Once in Dibba, consider at trip on a Dhow boat. These head out to various locations including Sheesa Beach. Other activities in the region include rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.
Accommodation in Dibba includes hotels, resorts, guesthouses and apartments.
Scenic Drive – Dubai to Fossil Rock
1 hour (60 km) (37 miles) via Dubai/Hatta Road (Al Awir exit)
The beautiful location of Fossil Rock is situated a mere hour outside Dubai although you may want to consider a 4×4 rental vehicle (or at least one with a higher ground clearance) to access certain areas.
Other than stunning views (don’t forget your camera), there are a number of interesting areas to visit around Fossil Rock itself. These include Camel Rock, the village of Nazwa and the beautiful red sand dunes in the area.
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