Are you looking for your next adventure? Do you want to experience something that is not run-of-the-mill? Then why not head to the United Arab Emirates and partake of the many escapades they offer?
Take excursions to new heights with a thrilling Ras Al Khaimah picnic, sample the luxurious lifestyle at Sir BaniYas Island, or take a scenic seaplane tour of Abu Dhabi. Whatever tickles your fancy, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to unique excursions in the UAE.
Thrill-seekers can opt to scale the majestic mountains of Ras Al Khaimah, water babies can dive and swim to their heart’s content in Arabian waters, or adventure lovers can get to soaring heights with a seaplane ride over Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
Whether it is on land, water, or high up in the air, the UAE offers a wide variety of excursions that cater to different tastes. With seven emirates making up the sovereign state in the Arabian Peninsula, there is no lack of activities to choose from.
While shopping, partying, or reveling in out-of-this-world theme parks are common pastimes in the UAE, some people want to experience other exceptional encounters. There’s gallivanting in the dunes, chartering a private seaplane, or watching turtles parade down the beach.
So whether it’s trekking in the Ras Al Khaimah mountains, flying over Dubai aboard a seaplane, or simply lounging at aprivate beach in Abu Dhabi, be assured that you will not run out of things to enjoy in the UAE. Here are some of the best excursions that you can experience in the Emirates:
1. Book a private picnic at Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
One of these great activities would be to take a seaplane ride to one of the UAE’s bucket-list destinations. Onboard a posh amphibious plane, you get the chance to enjoy expansive views of Ajman, Dubai, and Sharjah from the comforts of your window seat. Upon landing, you make your way up the mountains in comfort with a pre-booked road transfer.
Relish a private picnic at the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais. Formed over 70 years ago, Jebel Jais towers at 1,934 meters above sea level. You can lounge around in a traditional Arabic picnic setting complete with comfy cushions and a cozy rug in a secluded spot. Dine on a chef-prepared gourmet lunch while gazing at the breathtaking Hajar mountains.
Take photos, breathe in lots of fresh mountain air, and simply bask in the glorious sunshine.
2. Charter a private tour to Sir BaniYas Island
Another exhilarating adventure to be had is a private seaplane trip to Sir BaniYas Island. Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend jaunt, you can celebrate life’s pleasures surrounded by the Arabian Gulf’s glittering waters.
Just 170 kilometers off Abu Dhabi, Sir BaniYas Island is home to the Arabian Wildlife Park. The park provides shelter to about 13,000 animals native to the Arabian Peninsula, many of which are considered endangered. Among the species found here are the Arabian oryx, cheetah, giraffe, mountain gazelle, and sand gazelle.
Other activities on the island include staying in any of the three five-star accommodations on the island, dining on exquisite international cuisine, or visiting either the wildlife reserve or the UAE’s only discovered Christian monastery.
3. Escape to ZayaNurai Island
Sit on the lap of luxury as you charter a private seaplane to the boutique island resort just 15 minutes off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Drink in dramatic coastal views as you fly to ZayaNurai Island. Once you’ve landed, you can spoil yourself with all the luxurious options available. Dine on flavorful dishes in any of its restaurants, indulge in world-class wellness amenities, or engage in fun water activities. Even kids can play to their heart’s content at the resort’s playground and water park.
Whether it’s a daycation or a whole weekend, every minute spent on ZayaNurai Island is a moment to treasure.
4. Arrange an exclusive excursion around Dubai
Whether it’s a quick20-minute snapshot tour or a private seaplane tour, an excursion to Dubai can never be boring.
Marvel at the City of Gold’s architectural marvels and human-made wonders aboard your chartered Cessna Caravan amphibian plane. Check out the incredible sights that have put Dubai on the map with views of the magnificent Burj Al Arab, BurjKhalifa, World Islands, Palm, and other popular attractions.
5. Enjoy a day on a private beach in Abu Dhabi
If you can’t get enough of the island tours, another option is to spend a day on a private beach. You can purchase a day pass (or a monthly, quarterly, or annual pass) and stretch the day to include a leisurely swim on the chilled pool, dining on one of the finest brunch places in the UAE, or merely soaking in the sun at any of the beach cabanas.
If you’re a nature lover, you would also enjoy watching the island’s natural inhabitants, the Hawksbill turtles, around March or the end of September. There’s also a dedicated grooming lounge for the gentlemen, while fitness enthusiasts can indulge in health and wellness activities at the gym.
If you’re fond of unusual capers or luxurious retreats, then the ideas mentioned above should work for you. Whether it’s observing the wildlife at Sir BaniYas Island, soaring through the skies in a seaplane, or wading into azure waters, the UAE can offer you adventures that take the fun to a higher plane.
Mithu Agarwal is the Commercial Director at Seawings LLC, a trusted provider of commercial seaplane tours and charters in the UAE. The company offers aerial tours of the UAE, taking off from the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club through which you can discover the thrill of traveling by a seaplane. Whisking passengers to 1500 feet, the route soars past the iconic city skylines, offering sublime views of its architectural marvels.