Preparations for the much-anticipated event for Muslims, across the globe, Eid Al Adha are in full swing. The UAE government has already made an announcement related to the holidays for Eid Al Adha. Starting from July 30th (Thursday), the holiday period will continue till August 2 (Sunday). Monday, August 3rd will be a working day across the UAE.

With the COVID-19 restrictions being eased in the UAE, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy this time and explore different places with their near and dear ones. They can now make arrangements for small getaways to spend some quality time with their families. As the emirates airline flights are also operational, people also have the liberty to plan for vacations abroad or far off areas provided they are opened for tourism.

For those looking for small trips in and around UAE, here is a list of places they can explore:

Al Ain

Located at a distance of 120 km from Dubai, Al Ain makes for a quick escape from your mundane lifestyle. You can explore numerous short term rental options during your stay at Al Ain. Among the things you will enjoy the most during this journey is the drive to Al Ain. Get your cameras ready as you are going to explore numerous breath-taking views during this journey.

You can reach Al Ain in less than 2 hours. Therefore, you can come back the same day if you are starting your journey early in the morning but it is recommended to stay a day or two to explore the area to the maximum.

The Garden City as Al Ain is fondly known as has a pleasant aura attached to it. Due to lush greenery spread around this city, the ambience is tranquil and serene, which is missing in a busy city like Dubai. Home to a lot of historic, scenic, and cultural attractions, the city has a lot in store for travellers and tourists to explore. If you are fond of history, you can visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum. Al Jahili Fort, Hili Archaeological Park, and Al Ain Zoo are other attractions you can explore here.

If you have more time, make a plan to explore the beautiful Jebel Hafeet. Al Ain serves as a doorway to this expedition of one of the tallest mountains in the UAE.

Al Qudra Lake

For those living in Dubai, Al Qudra Lake is the nearest spot to spend quality leisure time. If you can’t plan an extended trip, take your family to this desert oasis and make unforgettable memories with them. Apart from being a popular BBQ spot, there’s a lot more you can do at Al Qudra Lake. For avid bird watchers and wildlife admirers, it’s an ideal destination as it is home to over 170 animals and bird species.

Other than that, there’s also the Love Lake and a cycling track. If you are in the mood of doing nothing, you can just relax and enjoy the mesmerising sunset at the Lake.

The best part is, it is conveniently located just half an hour away from Dubai. However, if you are an Abu Dhabi resident, you can look for resorts in Dubai for your stay and enjoy numerous other attractions located in and around Dubai during the holidays.

Dibba (Musandam Peninsula)

As it is not located in the UAE, many people believe Dibba is a destination that will take a long time to reach. However, this isn’t the case. It is located 150 km away from Dubai at Oman’s east coast and can be reached in approximately 2 hours.

Nestling in itself exclusive holiday homes and abundant attractions, Dibba is a must-visit place during the holidays. You can enjoy numerous water-based activities and other adventures during your visit to this beautiful place. The road trip to this place itself is full of scenic views that are going to remain etched in your memory for a long time.

You can reach Dibba by starting your journey from Abu Dhabi-Dubai road.

Sir Bani Yas Island

Not exactly a comfortable drive but definitely worth all the excursions is Sir Bani Yas Island, a hidden gem in Al Gharbia. The distance from Dubai is 290 km and one can reach here in approximately 4 hours. However, during the journey, you will be able to explore some of the most exhilarating terrains. There’s also a 30-minute ferry ride you will be required to take to reach this awe-inspiring island.

Featuring a wildlife park, Christian Monastery, and various other tourist attractions along with resorts and vacation rentals, it is a completely family-friendly recreational place. The Arabian Wildlife Park, in particular, must be visited as you can witness here gazelles, cheetahs, and Arabian Oryx, and other animals roaming freely.

There you have it! These are some of the must-visit places that you can explore during the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays. If you are new to the UAE, you can also take the services of a tour guide who will make a customized plan for you.

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