13 Things to do in UAE during National Day holidays

It’s that time of the year where you can finally enjoy a day full of outdoor adventure coupled with heavenly weather. Here’s a lowdown of to do list to keep you sorted during the upcoming long weekend.

DUBAI

Burst that Stress at Smash Room

We admit, it has been a roller coaster ride this year, how about we leave it all behind and smash away the frustrations. Head over to The Smash Room located IN Al Quoz for a unique experience which will definitely leave you feeling 10 times lighter and even more geared up for the next plan of action.

Snorkelling with piranhas at the Green Planet

Snorkelling is always a great activity, however, ever heard of snorkelling with Piranhas? Yes, you read that right! An alternative experience like no other, Green Planet in partnership with Al Boom Diving Center brings this ‘Snorkelling with Piranhas’ activity, get a close experience with 1000s of red bellied Piranhas at the magical tropical biodome, don’t worry safety is an utmost priority and you’ll definitely make it out in one piece. The best part is that you don’t require a scuba certification or diving abilities as the program is based on surface swimming and snorkelling only.

Bike down the Al Qudra Cycling Track

And it’s that time of the year again. Grab on your helmet, reflector jackets and bicycles and head out for a fun filled- pedal session at the Al Qudra Cycling path. Cycling with a view is always a win-win. Al Qudra being home to 170 animal and bird species, you are sure to be delighted with the variety of fauna around you.

ABU DHABI

Unleash the adventure junkie within you at Circuit-X

Trudge into Abu Dhabi’s newest attraction with your cycling, skateboarding and climbing skills. You can even zip line, do wall climbing apart from a host of many other adventure activities.

Get engrossed at the Emirates National Auto Museum in Liwa

home to more than 200 odd collection of vehicles and other interesting attractions unlike anything else in the UAE. Located on the Abu Dhabi – Liwa Road, this unique museum hosts Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s personal collection of vehicles. A dream for the instagrammers, the highlight is the giant Jeep that’s actually an apartment as well as a retired British Caledonian jumbo jet.

Explore the beauty of Liwa Desert

Take a trip into the middle of world’s highest sand dunes and feel the real beauty of the desert. In fact, it is a completely new aspect of the desert that is ought to refresh your mind, body and soul.

SHARJAH

Indulge in the ‘’Raining’’ Magic at Sharjah Art Foundation

It indeed is raining magic at Sharjah Art Foundation. Experience the UAE’s very first Rain Room which allows you to walk through a downpour of continuous rain without getting wet. To top it all up, you can be guilt-free of water wastage, since the site-specific installation uses 2,500 litres of self-cleaning recycled water, which is controlled through a system of networked 3D tracking cameras.

Get adventurous at Mleiha Desert

Head over to Sharjah’s Mleiha Desert for a trekking trip and enjoy landscapes of fossil artifacts, mountain ranges, deserts with endless sand dunes. And that’s not it, If you’re an adrenaline enthusiast, the Mleiha Visitor Center has a fantastic opportunity for you to paraglide from the highest peak of Mleiha. If you’re a Quad Biking fan, you’d definitely enjoy Mleiha’s quad biking adventure.

AJMAN

Paddling at Al Zorah Nature Reserve

Water sports are always incredible, however, ever heard of kayaking with a beautiful scenic view? Home to over 100 species of native and migratory birds including the famed pink flamingos that can be spotted throughout the year, Al Zorah Nature Reserve, Ajman, allows visitors to kayak amidst breath-taking views, definitely an experience you don’t want to miss!

AL AIN

Take a splash at Wadi Adventure

visitors can surf or wakeboard down the wave-river, paddle with mates in a raft or go solo in a kayak or relax in a splash pool. The adrenaline-pumping water park boasts the world’s longest man-made white-water channels, as well as claiming the world’s largest surf pool.

HATTA

Glide down the Hatta mountains

In the recent years, Hatta has come to become UAE’s playground. The newest addition to this has been the mountain gliding at rapid speeds, while you enjoy breath taking views with wind caressing your cheeks. Apart from this, there are slides that thwart you into pools, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, etc to enjoy.

RAS AL KHAIMAH

Discover the Hidden ‘Pearls’ of UAE at Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm

Nestled in the majestic Hajjar Mountains of Ras Al Khaimah, Al Suwaidi Pearl Farm brings to you an age-old Emirati experience. Suwaidi Pearls offer visitors a chance to explore the unique cultural heritage of the pearling industry, explaining the historical evolution and the underwater treasures of the natural lagoon.

Watch  “Seeds of the Union” show from the comfort of your home

The “Seeds of the Union” is going to be a visual extravaganza taking the form of a moving sculpture surrounded by sea and illuminated by digital visuals portraying themes inspired by the UAE’s history and values. Staged in Abu Dhabi, the show will be broadcast live on television, online media and Vox cinemas throughout the Emirates to an audience of millions in the UAE and beyond, ensuring residents can unite in celebration from the safety of their homes. It is a new and ambitious way to celebrate most spectacular productions to be staged in the UAE. 

And to get you ready for your exciting adventures, ditch the long queues at petrol stations and refill your tank with just a click on the CAFU app for contactless on-demand refueling that is simpler, smarter and very convenient.

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Bandana Jain
Bandana Jain is a seasoned lifestyle and travel journalist for the past two decades. Also a blogger, she loves pursuing modelling as a hobby. She has also ventured into the realms of anchoring and public speaking. When she is not pursuing any of the above, you can find her chilling by the beach or in park with her favourite cup of masala chai. Travelling is her passion, creativity her morale booster and enriching conversations give her the necessary thrust in life.

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