The best weekend road trips from Dubai, UAE

Celebrate the weekend with an exciting road trip in the UAE from a city like Dubai to explore interesting attractions which you might miss out otherwise! Road trips are one of the best ways for exploring a destination.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE

Distance 139.4 km
Duration 1 hour 23 minutes

When you think of travelling to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, you are left with only car rental, taxi, connecting flights or bus as there are no direct flights or trains available. Preferring a car rental or a taxi is a quicker option as a bus will take around 2.5 hours. You can go for a one-way car rental or take a round trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

If you are in the UAE then you should not miss visiting the Arabian Jewel (Abu Dhabi) even if your holiday or visit includes only Dubai. You should not miss the main attractions of Abu Dhabi like the one-of-a-kind Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is the largest mosque in the world, with 1000 domes, the world’s largest hand-knitted carpet as well as one of the largest chandeliers you can find anywhere!

Other main attraction of Abu Dhabi the beautiful Emirates Palace which is a hotel as well as an important landmark. We must not forget Ferrari World as many visit Abu Dhabi to enjoy the fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa, at this amusement park on Yas Island, based on the iconic Ferrari car.

A newer attraction in this city is Louvre Abu Dhabi on ‎Saadiyat Island, which is a 24,000 sq km art & civilization museum. Home to many other museums, Saadiyat Island is also known as the island of happiness, just a 5-minute drive away from the central Abu Dhabi.

Dubai to Sharjah, one of the largest emirates

Distance 34.5 km
Duration 46 minutes

Via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road/E311, you can reach Sharjah from Dubai in little time as a car rental will give you a lot more freedom and a good deal of comfort especially if are travelling with kids or aged companions or with plenty of luggage.

Sharjah is a part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Popular attractions in Sharjah include Sharjah Arts Museum, which every art enthusiast must visit as it has 72 galleries with a focus on the world of Arabia. You can shop your heart out at the delightful Central Market offering a large variety of carpets, gold ornaments, fragrances and many other exclusive products apart from modern toys and electronics. The market is nicknamed as Blue Souk as the flooring of the souk is made up of blue tiles.

Dubai to Fujairah, a hidden gem

Distance 121.3 km
Duration 1 hour 28 minutes

The shortest route to reach Fujairah City from Dubai are Sharjah-Kalba Road/E102 & Dubai – Fujairah Rd/Maliha – Fujairah Rd/Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Rd/E84. It’s a good idea to drive defensively and complete the trip in daylight as that would be much easier for you.

Also known as the lungs of the UAE, the small city of Fujairah is located on the eastern coast of the country, touching Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean. The major attractions of Fujairah are Fujairah Museum, Fujairah Fort, Al Bithnah Fort, Heritage Village and Al Bidyah Mosque. Heritage Village is the place if you want to have an insight on the life in Fujairah in the yesteryears. Fujairah Fort, the oldest fort in the UAE, is located right next to this place. At Fujairah Museum, you can experience what the weapons of the Silver and Bronze ages look like.

Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah, RAK City

Distance 119.5 km
Duration 1 hour 35 minutes

Via Emirates Road/E611, you can drive to Ras Al Khaimah from Dubai, one of the safest destinations in the world. Abbreviated as RAK City, the capital of this emirate is the most populated location in Ras Al Khaimah.

The literal meaning of Ras Al Khaimah is “headland of the tent”. Travellers prefer to visit the scenic and the tallest mountains of the Arabian Peninsula, Hajar Mountains. Driving through this region is a joyful experience as you get to look at memorable views of the winding roads and there are many interesting places on the way. This location has a treat for nature lovers and is highly recommended for the adventure-seeking souls.