The best roadtrips in Dubai

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The best roadtrips in Dubai 20200520T142949 20200615T151621:637278309811155166 Enjoy Motorsports in Dubai Experience Dubai on four wheels (or two) and take in some of the city's most impressive sites with these spectacular driving routes. 
Experience Dubai on four wheels (or two) and take in some of the city's most impressive sites with these spectacular driving routes. 

Experience Dubai on four wheels (or two) and take in some of the city's most impressive sites with these driving routes.

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A seaside cruise through Jumeirah

Start at:
Burj Al Arab in Umm Suqeim

End at: Jumeirah Beach Residences via the Palm Jumeirah

Duration: 1.5 hours | 43.9 km

Points of interest: Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, The Pointe, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, Jumeirah Beach Residences

Start your Dubai driving journey with a seaside sightseeing tour. Get a scenic view of the Burj Al Arab – the famous sail-shaped luxury hotel located in Umm Suqeim – before making your way to Madinat Jumeirah. Shop, sip or spa in the Arabian wonderland before exploring the Palm Jumeirah archipelago. Undeniably the most impressive road in terms of human achievement, the Crescent is the huge three-quarter circle-shaped road that surrounds the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah island. Take a trip down the trunk of The Palm, passing luxury seaside apartments and five-star hotels before stopping for lunch at The Pointe.

Pass through the undersea tunnel to discover the many luxurious hotels that can be found on the Crescent – most notably the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. While here, make sure to stop on the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk for a few snaps – a pedestrian stretch running the length of the Crescent with a range of food trucks and souvenir stalls – before heading back into the mainland.

End your drive at The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences, a magnet for Dubai’s car-loving motorists and their high-end, high-performance machines. The area is pedestrian-friendly so you’re unlikely to get out of second gear, but joining the parade of supercars and SUVs makes this journey well worth the trip. The range of excellent al fresco dining options at The Beach mall makes this an attractive place to wind up for dinner too, with free underground parking for a few hours when you spending AED100 at any of the development’s restaurants (otherwise AED20 per hour).

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Skyscraper spotting on Sheikh Zayed Road

Start at: World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road

End at: Pier 7 in Dubai Marina

Duration: 50 mins | 35km

Points of interest: Emirates Towers, Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Marina, Pier 7

Dubai is king when it comes to skyscraper spotting and a trip down the emirate’s superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road, is the perfect way to glimpse some of the most stunning high-rise buildings in the city. This route starts in the bustling Dubai World Trade Centre area – famous for its wall-to-wall skyscrapers hemming the road. Take a U-turn around the Trade Centre roundabout, then head south on Sheikh Zayed Road and crane your neck as you pass the likes of the Fairmont Dubai, voco Dubai, Four Points by Sheraton and Shangri-La hotel on your right, as well as Jumeirah Emirates Towers and the Dusit Thani Dubai on your left.

The Burj Khalifa is visible from almost anywhere in the city, but the world’s tallest building is most imposing up close, so a brief detour around Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard is well worth it. Then head back onto Sheikh Zayed Road, continuing south over the Dubai Water Canal bridge, past the Mall of the Emirates and into the only spot that might rival Downtown Dubai when it comes to high rises: Dubai Marina. After taking in the gleaming Marina skyscrapers, the perfect way to end the drive is with a bite to eat at popular dining hotspot Pier 7 – a purpose-built seven-storey tower with a different restaurant on each level. Simply drop the car keys with the valet and take your pick of world flavours.

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On a highway to Hatta

Start at: Meydan 

End at: Hatta Dam

Duration: 1.5 hours | 140km

Points of interest: Meydan bridge, Dubai-Al-Ain Road, Hatta Dam, Hatta Wadi Hub

This journey starts in the city, traversing green gardens and desert sands, and ends in the mountains – all in around an hour and a half of driving time. The starting point for this miniature epic, Meydan Bridge, may look familiar: it found fame after appearing as a backdrop in the filming of 2011’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. From these Hollywood-worthy surroundings, head east along the Dubai-Al Ain Road and take in the greenery of Nad Al Sheba Palace on your right, before turning off onto Emirates Road and seeing the foliage replaced by orange desert dunes. 

What follows is a serene journey through the desert, which sees you pass the borders of Dubai’s neighbouring emirates – Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman – before culminating at one of the most outstanding and naturally beautiful vantage points on the Arabian Peninsula. Amid the stunning scenery of the Hajar Mountains lies Hatta Dam, a blue-green oasis lying calmly at the base of steep, craggy mountains. From here, you can venture over to Hatta Wadi Hub for a range of fun activities. Axe throwing and archery, anyone? You could even set up camp for the night, or book a stay at the Hatta Sedr Trailer Resort for a ‘glamping’ experience. 

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Desert drive through the dunes

Start at: Dubai Autodrome

End at: Bab Al Shams 

Duration: 47 mins | 49km

Points of interest: Dubai Autodrome, Al Qudra Cycle Track, Al Qudra Lakes, Bab Al Shams

One of the many amazing things about Dubai is that you can move from an ultra-modern, skyscraper-filled city to a serene desert setting in under an hour. Simply wind your way past Dubai Autodrome – the place where the city’s petrolheads get their kicks – and then head east along Al Qudra Road, towards the desert. 

Before long you’ll find yourself at Al Qudra Cycle Track, arguably one of the world’s most scenic spots for a ride, with almost 100km of dedicated bicycle paths, often frequented by native wildlife including oryx and camels. After pedalling along this cyclist’s paradise for a change of pace, make a quick stop at Al Qudra Lakes to see yet more wildlife, including the 100+ species of birds that live in the area.

Then head onward for a spot of rest and relaxation at the luxurious Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa – a hidden gem among Dubai’s desert dunes. 

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