Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too), but it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to filter through everything our gorgeous city has to offer on the weekends. Let’s be honest, after you’ve worked all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events because it takes too long to find them.
Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note, by giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.
No doubt you have heard of Jabal Jais. Not only is it one of the most popular places for hiking in Ras Al Khaimah, but in all of the UAE. The altitude alone makes the views worth every single step. You know what else is worth it? The zipline. Not just any zipline – although they have six – but the world’s longest and fastest zipline, which is a must for every thrill-seeker out there. Pro tip: on the way, check out this valley behind the dam. It’s a little hidden gem surrounded by mountains.
So, to recap: Find the Hidden Gem. Hike. Zipline.
Wadi Naqab and Wadi Kub
Otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the UAE, Wadi Naqab is the jurassic hike you cannot miss. Alternatively known as the ‘Red Wall Hike’, this Seih al Harf trail in Ras Al Khaimah is illuminated with reds and oranges that take your breath away. The rocks are stunning and give one that Grand Canyon feel of majestic beauty. However, it is a difficult hike, and can take five to six hours to complete, so this one is best for experienced hikers only. As it is a longer hike, best to bring your own trash bag along so as to avoid the urge to litter. Pro tip: Hike the extra trail to Wadi Koob for one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
For an easier hike, make your way to Wadi Lasal. The terrain is flat and simple, and gives you the feeling you are trekking across Mars. One can leisurely take in the sights, snap a few Instagram photos, and even bring along young children, as it only lasts around three hours. But it is three hours of beauty and enjoyment out in the sun. We should probably call this more of a stroll than a hike, but it is outside of civilization so hike it is. Just beware of mountain bikers.
Sheri Village Hike
This may perhaps be one of the hardest, if not the hardest hikes in the area. However, with the promise of a beautiful village at the top, this hike is well worth the effort. Sheri Village itself is very cool and rare. There is no road access, so if you want to see it, you have to hike. Apparently, the villagers live by the sea in the winter and then when it gets hotter during the summer months, they move up the mountain.
Hatta Wadi Hub
Of course, it’s not hiking if we don’t mention Hatta Wadi Hub. With literally every type of hike you can imagine, different options for difficulty levels, and a hub filled with all kinds of activities for the members of your family who would rather go zorbing than hiking, Hatta literally has it all. The green trail probably takes about two hours, but if you go the more difficult route, you get that Instagram shot in front of the Hatta sign. Also, a little tip, we love kayaking the Hatta Dam. When in Hatta, right?