The UAE National Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a long weekend getaway? From December 1st to the 3rd, make the most of the UAE’s final extended break this year. Let me show you these exciting short trips and getaways, all easily reachable by car from Dubai.
Oman – A Treasure Trove of Adventure
Dubai to Muscat: 1-hour flight / 6-hour drive
Oman, a rising star in travel destinations, beckons with its rich history and diverse culture. Dive into the wonders of pristine beaches, majestic mountains, and well-preserved Omani architecture. From the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat to the breathtaking Daymaniyat islands, Oman offers a weekend packed with unforgettable experiences. Conveniently short trips from Dubai, both Muscat and Jebel Akhdar are must-visit destinations for a memorable getaway.
Kalba Mangroves – Nature’s Oasis
Driving Time to Kalba Mangroves 1 hr 43 min (141.0 km)
Discover Kalba, home to one of the country’s most lush mangrove forests. The Al Qurm Nature Reserve spans 500 hectares, providing a shaded walk amidst the coolness of mangroves. Consider staying overnight at one of the 20 luxury tents at Kalba Kingfisher Lodge for an immersive experience surrounded by rare birds and mammals.
Also read: Island Getaways Around UAE
Hatta – A Haven for Adventure Seekers
Less than 1.5 hours’ drive from Dubai
Just a short drive from Dubai, Hatta at the foothills of the Hajar mountains offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Whether exploring the Hatta honeybee garden or opting for a unique stay at the Sedr Trailers Resort, adventure awaits. For a refreshing escape, visit Hatta Wadi Park with over 900 trees providing ample shade and the Al Yamm Café serving delightful refreshments.
Celebrate the UAE National Day with unforgettable road trips, and get ready for a weekend filled with exploration, culture, and relaxation! Stay tuned to Gulf Buzz for more ideas on how to celebrate the last long weekend of 2023!