UAE unseen: Top four places to visit around the UAE

Take a tour to some of the UAE’s most exciting ‘hidden’ attractions with The Community, and find out why these unknown ‘gems’ are a must see!
The Community By Mariam Al Saadi
Published on September 4, 2014
Hatta mountains

Most of the UAE’s attractions are known even by those outside of the region, such as a visit to Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi, Ski Dubai, Dubai Mall or for that matter sky diving.

However, there are many hidden gems in the UAE that are definitely worth a visit. In fact, in contrast to all other attractions in the UAE, these places are not man-made and don’t cost a fortune either to visit.

These are all based on what the UAE as a desert has to offer, like for instance, seeing dolphins in Musandam, swimming in fresh water natural rock pools near the Hatta mountains, a visit to Umm Al Quwain for crab hunting in the mangroves and last but not least, relaxing in the natural hot springs in Jebel Hafeet.


The hot springs in Jebel Hafeet, which is approximately a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Dubai, are located in a park at the base of the gorgeous Green Mubazzarah mountains.

The hot sensation of natural spring water is not just therapeutic, but once you take a dip in the water, you will feel surprisingly rejuvenated and that’s exactly what makes the trip heavenly.

Try it at night and you will witness the stark contrast between the energising fiery water and the chilly mountain air.

Though free of charge, you can also enjoy indoor thermal baths for Dh10.

So there you have it, we have dug up four incredible hidden gems just for you to enjoy. So pack your bags and get set going!


Hatta is approximately a two hour drive from Dubai and tours can be arranged to see the freshwater natural rock pools located between mountains on either side. Nothing other than pure water flows in these pools making it extremely clean for you to take a quick dip in.

Surrounding the pool is a sizeable relaxing area, perfect for picnics! So give it a go and make a day trip out of it… but do be kind to the environment and make sure not to pollute these pools.

Remember to take all your picnic litter with you and leave it the way you found the beautiful spot. Keep nature enjoyable by keeping it clean.


Umm Al Quwain is often considered to be the least favourite choice among the seven emirates but it actually has a lot to offer. It’s famous for its coastal mangroves, which actually offers you an exciting opportunity to go crab hunting!

Organised by resorts, the hunting takes place at night using rods and illuminated lights. This also allows you to enjoy the illuminated
mangroves in the night. In fact, it’s a perfect adventure for all ages.

Get a professional crab hunter from the resort accompany you to ensure that you catch the crabs for sure.

And once you get your crabs, your catch can actually become the main meal for the night! So what are you waiting for? Be quick and book yourself an experience of a lifetime!


We have listed three destinations in the UAE. Take a step further and visit Musandam in Oman.

It’s only a three-hour drive from Dubai, but it is guaranteed to be worth it, as you’ll get to experience a vast bay of dolphins
swimming along with you.

Observing sea creatures in their natural habitat jumping and gliding alongside your dhow in glee is truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tours can be arranged to take you on a dhow cruise to not only enjoy the vibrant dolphins, but also to cherish the breath taking beauty of the mountains and the crystal blue water.

Some tour operators offer snorkelling and deep sea diving options —so there you go — add Musandam to your bucket list! And for a very reasonable expense, it can soon be checked off. Don’t forget to get your passport as you will be crossing the Oman border.

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