4 best weekend holidays in Dubai


Sometimes you might find yourself wanting a short break from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s busy city life. Why not take advantage of all that the UAE has to offer. You’ll find that weekend holidays in Dubai can range from water sports and hiking trails to staycations and museum tours. Lets checkout some places you’ll want to visit the next time you are looking to take a short trip. 

Hatta is a village located 135km away from Dubai. If you’re looking for weekend holidays in Dubai and to be surrounded by nature you’ll probably fall in love with this mountainous village. It’s been described as an oasis in the desert containing emerald waters. Make sure to capture the stunning sunsets with the mountains as a backdrop. Listed below are some of the activities that await you when you arrive.  

Hatta Kayak

Go kayaking upon the sparkling waters and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the village that surrounds you. It’s a fun adventure for the whole family that your kids are sure to enjoy. All the equipment will be provided for you including life jackets and paddles.

Hatta Day trips, weekend holidays in Dubai
Hatta Day trips

Hatta Mountain biking

Not for the faint of heart this thrilling activity allows you to mountain bike across the magnificent mountains of Hatta. The Hatta MTB trail at the center offers a total fleet of 60 bikes for rent and a 52-km trail with 4 challenging levels. Your kids can also participate in the excitement with areas specifically designed for beginners and new comers.

Hiking trails and other water sports are also available for anyone in your family that would like to participate.

Al Ain Getaways

Weekend holidays in Dubai continue as we take a closer look at the beautiful city of Al Ain. Al Ain is known as the garden city of the UAE. It gets its name from the fact that it is a lush city with greenery everywhere. Al Ain has many palm trees and natural water sources as well with a very rich cultural heritage and history including artifacts from the Bronze Age. Your kids will want to capture the green landscape as you drive along the curvy mountainous roads. Your little ones will also be happy to know that there is a zoo along with exotic animals residing here.

Al Ain Palace Museum

Take your family on a trip back in time when you visit “Qasr Al Ain”. This palace is a beautiful piece of architecture that embodies what life was like from the 1930s until present day life. Colorful plants and modern designs along with some ancient styles all come together to tell a story and pay tribute to the history of this land.

Al Ain Oasis

UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Ain Oasis, is considered one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements, dating back more than 4,000 years. Take a stroll with your family along the shaded pathways and you’ll be amazed at the 145,000 date palms that decorate your trail. You can also learn more about the Oasis at the Eco-Center. They have some restaurants and shops for you as well as you spend your day at this memorable site.  

Ai Ain Dubai
Ai Ain Dubai

Al Ain Zoo

Complete the adventure with your kiddos at this unique zoo that is home to over 3,500 animals. You’ll be able to feed some of the animals and have close encounters with them, watch entertaining animal shows, and learn all about what it takes to keep these animals happy and healthy. If you’re looking to take things up a notch then you won’t want to miss out on the safari tour!

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - weekend holidays in Dubai

You can spend a whole day at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and get to have an exclusive experience at a one-of-a-kind theme park. Adventure, speed and fun are the names of the game once you enter the park that is modeled after the Formula 1 world. You’ll also be interested to know that Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is famous for hosting many Formula 1 sports events. 

You and your family will have the amazing opportunity to be able to ride the fastest roller coaster in the world, the Formula Rossa. The special touch of this theme park is not only does it offer you rides and attractions, but also provides you with knowledge about changing tires and other engineering facts regarding the racecar field. 

Some of the other attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi include getting into an interactive motion simulator where you’ll feel like you’re actually in a formula one car (Scuderia Challenge). Or for more thrilling adventures get into a world-class go-kart on a 290-meter long track and compete with your friends.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Fujairah Getaways

If you’re looking for beaches and a nature-filled escape, Fujairah is waiting for you. As far as weekend holidays in Dubai go, Fujairah lies on the eastern side of the UAE and is a beautiful emirate with rugged mountain ranges and clear beaches. Get ready to be enchanted by the gorgeous beaches and the inviting mountains that will have you coming back for more.

Al Boom Diving

If you’re looking to go diving, whether it’s your first time or you’re an expert, you’ll want to start your adventure at the #1 diving center in the UAE. They will even take your kids diving in a small pool that’s made just for them to start their initial experience before going out into the open water. Courses are offered from entry-level to more advanced, and there’s even the opportunity to head into one of the tanks at the Dubai Aquarium.

Fujairah Fort

If you and your family are looking for a more cultural experience head to the Fujairah Fort. There is so much history imbedded within the walls of this structure as well as the castles, towers and mosques that will leave you in awe. It’s perfect for a day with your kids to educate them about the heritage of the UAE.


Staycation @ Fairmont Fujairah

When you book a weekend at Fairmont Fujairah you’ll have access to a private beach, three pools and four restaurants. Also as part of your staycation package you’ll receive breakfast and unlimited drinks with your meals.

Hope this guide helps you making best of your weekend holidays in Dubai. We thank our guest writer Pranitaa Purohit for summing this up for us. Let us know in comments which one you would like to try first or which one is your most favourite. Also read Don’t miss this 10 amazing places to visit in Dubai 

About Pranitaa

Pranitaa is passionate about traveling and photography. She is always curious about new culture, history and traditions. She loves meeting new people while travelling.  You can follow her journey on here

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