Gear up, folks, because the first long weekend of 2024 isn’t as far away as you might think. As New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, that means Monday, January 1st will be a public holiday in the UAE — giving us our first long weekend of 2024 right at the start of the year. So, here are some fun road trips you can take from Dubai and activities you can do around the UAE for the New Year’s Long Weekend.
1. Hatta: A Glimpse into Tradition Amidst Desert Mountains
(1.5 Hours Drive From Dubai)
Escape the glitz of Dubai and venture into the mountainous wonder of Hatta. Discover the charm of traditional villages and desert mountains at Hatta Heritage Village, offering a free journey through history. As the sun sets, grab a kayak and navigate the stunning blue waters of Hatta Dam, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Hatta peaks. An unexpected desert gem awaits!
2. Jebel Jais & Ras Al Khaimah: Extreme Adventures Await!
(2.5 Hours Drive From Dubai)
For thrill-seekers, Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, is the place to be. Experience the breathtaking drive to the summit, surrounded by desert peaks you never knew existed. Brace yourself for the ultimate adrenaline rush on the world’s longest zipline, reaching speeds of nearly 95 mph! Get your tickets for the Jebel Jais zipline for an extreme adventure like no other.
3. An Arabian Desert Night: A Unique 2-Day Expedition
(Distance Depends On Desert Of Choice)
For a truly unique experience, embark on an organized desert tour, complete with jeep safaris, rare animal sightings, falconry performances, and an overnight stay in a Bedouin camp. Immerse yourself in the heart of the desert for an unforgettable journey under the starry night sky.
4. Liwa Oasis: Journey To Another World
(3.5 – 4 Hours Drive From Dubai)
Discover the magic of Liwa Oasis, where endless desert landscapes meet Bedouin villages. Explore Liwa forts, oasis villages, and the Sheikh Hamad Auto Museum, housing some of the world’s oldest vehicles. Stay at the luxurious Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort for a heavenly retreat or opt for the authentic experience at Liwa Nights Bedouin Glamping Retreat.
5. Dibba: Dive Into Crystal Clear Waters
(1.5 Hours Drive From Dubai)
Nestled on the east coast of Fujairah, Dibba beckons with its stunning coastline and crystal clear waters. Engage in water sports, go whale watching, or take a hike. After a day of adventure, unwind at the beachfront Dibba Beach Resort for a luxurious stay with a private beach and scenic views.
6. Khasab, Oman: Spectacular Scenery Awaits
(3 Hours Drive From Dubai)
Embark on the most scenic road trip from Dubai to Khasab, Oman, passing through the Hajar mountains. Khasab, located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, is renowned for scuba diving, snorkelling, and dolphin watching. Opt for the Khasab Musandam Overnight Stay on a Dhow Cruise for a unique experience surrounded by mountains and sandy beaches.
Gear up for an unforgettable road trip extravaganza and make the most of the first long weekend of 2024!