Eid Al Adha is a special day for all Muslim families. Much like other festivals, it is an occasion for the near and dear ones to bond and spend some quality time together. In UAE, Eid Al Adha is a festive season not only for Muslims, but for all those who reside in the region and also those who happen to be lucky enough to be in UAE at the time of this auspicious festival.
Meeting and greeting, eating lavish meals and involving in rituals together are a must, there is no denying that. But what do you do when you have ample time at hand and plenty holidays to make your Eid a special one?
Road trips are always a good idea, and now with the temperatures slowly dropping as UAE heads into autumn, these trips would make some of the best memories and will become the added jewel to the celebration of Eid Al Adah.
Here are five road trips to consider taking this Eid Al Adha if you’re in UAE and long for an adventurous experience.
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Since the completion of it’s construction in the capital of UAE in 2007, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has become an essential site of worship as well as a tourist destination that represents the culture of the United Arab Emirates, in its most beautiful form. Since it is a place of worship, there are a certain rules that have to be followed in order to respect the Islamic culture, along with dressing modestly. It is a sight to marvel at. It is also a burial site for some of UAE’s greatest rulers and leaders such as the very founder of United Arab Emirates, His Royal Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
2. Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
Located in the hush little city of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, which is popularly known as the Garden City for it’s greenery, Jebel Hafeet is yet another road trip that one must take, at least once, during their stay in UAE. Right at the edge of the Oman borders, these rocky mountains are all the more visited for the natural hot spring that flows down by the foot hills. If camping is something that you prefer, then this is the place to go. With a few fast-food joints which are easily accessible and a well maintained area for tourists to spend a few days. Horse, camel and pony rides are also a good source of entertainment for the kids. The sunset from Jebel Hafeet is yet another mesmerising scene which is not to be missed. Considering that Al Ain is slightly cooler because of the greenery, the temperatures in the city are comparatively better than in other places. At night, the glittering street lights that trail the roads of Jebel Hafeet make for a picturesque scenery.
There is also a resort at the top of the mountain which gives an amazing view of the green city that lies below. Along with comfortable arrangements, there are great facilities such as a mini water-park that are available at this resort.
3. Lisaili, Dubai
Dune bashing in UAE is never a bad idea. Pick up your 4×4 and head out to the Lisaili Desert for some desert safari of your own. Although it’s more of a young sport, if you’re enthusiastic enough to handle the rough ride, the dunes are yours for riding. Watching the sun sink into dunes somewhere in the horizon is a rather photographic scene. If stargazing is your thing, then its the best place to be! There are several stargazing points in the desert of Lisaili, that will be a dream come true for all those who love to ogle at the night skies.
4. Al Qudra, Dubai
Not far from Al Lisaili is Al Qudra. An oasis of seven lakes which are decorated with swans and ducks. The pictures will do all the talking for this site. It is another perfect point for stargazing. Considering that there an bird and animal sanctuary at its close proximity, you might even grab a glimpse of a deer.
5. Jabal Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
These mountains are the highest peak of UAE. Lying between the border of UAE and Oman, it is around 1,190 meters high. There is a well constructed road for tourists to reach this highest peak. With patches of oasis at it’s foot and a breath taking view from the the top, Jabal Jais makes a great site for families to have a day’s picnic. There are parking spots after certain intervals on the way to the top. For most parts, these mountains are made safe for travellers. However, there isn’t much security if one wishes to drive right till the top, as the roads become rocky and the grills disappear from the sides. If you’re the one for a thrilling experience or even a family person, Jabal Jais is the place to head.
Photography: Nick Photography, Shifali Singh