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Best Places to Explore Nature in the United Arab Emirates

Sandwiched between Oman and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emarites is made up of 7 territories: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.

The country is located in Western Asia, and perfectly located to explore other countries such as neighbouring Oman. To explore this part of the world, travellers just need to make sure they have the correct travel documents, like a visa for Oman and the UEA.

The UAE is full of spectacular natural landscapes ready to explore, so nature lovers will not be disappointed. We’ve chosen our top nature spot for each emirate, so all you have to do it pack your bags!

Float through Jubail Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi

Nature enthusiasts simply can’t miss the Jubail Mangrove Park in Abu Dhabi. 

The captivating mangrove sanctuary has a huge boardwalk which meanders through the mangrove trees and across the vast waters that cover the park.

During the nature trail, you can explore the marine habitats of species native to Abu Dhabi and learn about the importance of supporting its biodiversity.

The park is also a great place for activities that suit all ages, from guided tours to kayak and e-canoe trips.

If you’re in Dubai, it’s easy to combine a trip to Dubai with Abu Dhabi, as the two are close to each other.

Scale the mountains in Masfout, Ajman

If breathtaking views are what you’re after, then Masfout will not disappoint.

Masfout is a small enclave surrounded by towering mountains, making it the perfect place for off the beaten track hiking.

The rocky terrain that surrounds the town caters to all needs. The area is perfect for walking, hiking, mountain biking, and picnics. So whether you’re after a day-long hike or a short meander through the hills, you’ll be impressed.

The old fort of Masfout can’t be missed, sitting boldly at the very top of the scraggy mountains that surround the town.

Soak in crystal waters at Hatta Dam, Dubai

Dubai is well-known for its stunning scenery, and many famous films have even been shot there.

If you’re in the centre of Dubai and ready for a relaxing break from the buzz of city life, head to Hatta Dam.

It’s hard to believe that this stunning turquoise dam is just a 2-hour drive from the centre of the city.

The crystal blue waters around surrounded by rocky mountains, which are a great spot for hiking. There are also pedal boats and kayaks available for rent to explore the dam.

Wind through the rocks of Wadi Al Hayl, Fujairah 

Another great spot for hikers is Wadi Al Hayl, which is a popular nature spot in the emirate of Fujairah. 

The rough, mountainous landscape is striking and full of interesting things to see on the way. Make your way through the craggy rocks and pass the Al Hayl Fort and Watchtower and the Wadi Al Hayl dam.

The area is also full of native birds and other animals which can be seen in their natural habitat.

Scale the Stairway to Heaven, Ras Al Khaimah

Although it’s one of the lesser known emirates, there are plenty of reasons to visit Ras Al Khaimah

For serious hikers, the Stairway to Heaven in Ras Al Khaimah is an absolute must.

The summit is 1,900 high, so the climb is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Only experienced climbers should attempt the hike to the top, but it’s certainly worth it if you’re able.

Explore the mangroves at Al Qurm Nature Reserve, Sharjah

Another impressive location to explore mangrove forests is in Kalba, Sharjah.

The vast 500-hectare (1,200 acres) park is not only a stunning forest of protected mangroves, but is home to fascinating species such as Arabian-collared kingfishers and green turtles.

The nature reserve offers guided paddle tours of the area, as well as paddleboarding facilities. 

Umm Al Quwain, Mangrove Beach

If relaxed beaches are what you’re after, then Umm Al Quwain has just that. 

Less than an hour from Dubai, you’ll find the beautiful beach at Khor Al Yeefrah. 

The beach is truly unique, with patches of seawater winding their way through mangrove trees.