Eid holidays are best spent languorously, in a sharp departure from the humdrum routine; surrounded by family and friends, and preferably in a picturesque destination. If you are looking to travel to weekend getaways in UAE during the Eid holidays, you’ve come to the right place because we have some very interesting suggestions as to where you can spend your Eid vacation in UAE. Here are five Eid getaways in UAE you are going to love visiting:
1. Ras Al-Khaimah
Located at the northern tip of the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Ras Al-Khaimah – UAE’s northernmost emirate - is hedged in by the mighty Hajar Mountains. Its desert, sea and mountain topography presents an interesting mosaic of sharply contrasting landscapes.
History and heritage lovers will love visiting the Dhayah Fort, a mud-brick fort from the 18th century that was made to fend off the British, Khatt – an oasis dotted with numerous archaeological sites, and Al Jazirat Al-Hamra, a fishing village which makes for a photogenic backdrop. The history of the region can be learnt at the well-stocked Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum.
When you've had enough of the history and ruins, you may always head for the Iceland Water Park. With its ice-themed setting, numerous water slides, and high-end private cabanas, this Water Park is one of the best places to ‘chill’ in summers. You could also enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Old Souq.
2. Sir Bani Yas Island
The largest natural island in the UAE, Sir Bani Yas Island is located 170 km from Abu Dhabi and is home to the biggest wildlife reserve in Arabia.
You can rent a modified 4x4 that will take you around the natural reserve, where you can catch sight of exotic birds and animals such as the Arabian Oryx and Sudan Cheetah.
This place is perfect for adventure aficionados because apart from the safaris, there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and snorkelling as well. If you want to take in all the sights that the island has to offer, go for the Seawings Sir Bani Yas Private Tour. Take off from the water in a Cessna Seaplane and enjoy the picture-perfect vistas through the wide windows. The tour includes optional resort activities on Sir Bani Yas Island.
3. Zaya Nurai Island
If it is luxury you seek, Zaya Nurai Island - east of the Abu Dhabi coastline – is perfect for you. The island is home to a fleet of luxury resorts with pretty pools and patios, and is the perfect place for you to stretch your limbs and unwind.
With its tapestry of aquamarine sea and white sands, Zaya Nurai Island is replete with sights that soothe the senses. The whole island abounds in spectacular natural beauty, making it an ideal place for nature lovers.
With its From beach boot camp sessions and sunset yoga to a spectrum of water activities - paddle boarding, jet skiing, sea kayaking, fishing cruises - there is never a dull moment at Zaya Nurai Island. Outdoor cinema and live DJ performances enliven the evenings here.
4. Abu Dhabi
If you really can't make up your mind about what to do or where to go, Abu Dhabi is your best bet. Be it the Marina Mall - which offers a superlative shopping experience – or Ferrari World - which is a one-of-a-kind luxury amusement park - there is something for everyone here.
For those interested in the cultural and historical side of things, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Heritage Village, and Al Jahili Fort are interesting options. But if it is the excitement of the great outdoors you seek, head straight for The Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s impressive 6km-long waterfront.
You may go hiking through the mighty Jebel Hafeet Mountain Range. Those seeking quintessentially Arabian experiences must head to the Empty Quarter Desert - the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world. You can either soak up the experience via a camel ride, a safari-style jeep, or a hot air balloon ride.
5. Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali, the southern district of Dubai, is another interesting place to head for during Eid holidays in UAE.
The Dubai Sports City (DSC), touted to be the world’s first integrated purpose-built sports city and Port of Jebel Ali, the world's largest man-made harbour, will be of interest to those who wish to explore beyond routine tourist attractions.
The famous Ibn Battuta Mall, which has theme-based pavilions of countries visited by the great traveller Ibn Battuta, has a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes, making it perfect for an all-day family outing. If you're an adventure junkie, head to the Dubai Motocross Club and immerse yourself in Motocross Enduro Desert Rides, Dune bashing and dirt biking. For a more immersive Dubai experience, take the Seawings Signature Tour from Jebel Ali. With water take-off and landing, seeing aerial views of Dubai’s iconic landmarks makes for an indescribably enjoyable experience. So, which of these Eid getaways tempts you the most? Start making your vacation plans today!
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