Essential sights and experiences across the emirates
Ferrari World The world’s fastest rollercoaster is just over an hour’s drive away at Ferrari World and for petrolheads and thrillchasers it is an essential trip. Accelerate to 240kph and you can experience 4.8G on the Formula Rossa ride before checking out a museum’s worth of classic Ferrari cars and F1 attractions. While you’re on Yas Island, make sure you find time to stop in at Yas Waterworld, too. Ferrari World Dhs240 (adults), Dhs195 (kids); Yas Waterworld Dhs235 (adults), Dhs190 (kids). Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com, www.yaswaterworld.com.
Diving in Fujairah The UAE’s East Coast is part of the Indian Ocean and offers some of the very best diving in the Middle East. Private coves, long stretches of secluded beach and quiet resorts provide an enchanting alternative to Dubai city life. Scuba enthusiasts regularly spot sharks and turtles in the clear waters. To do a dive, you’ll need to have a licence, but snorkelling trips for those without are also available. Dhs400 with full dive kit. Al Boom Diving, Le Meridien Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (04 342 2993).
Ice Land in RAK There may be better slides in the UAE, but taking a road trip through the desert to reach a polar-themed waterpark is one of the must-do experiences of 21st-century Arabia. Snap pics with fake penguins, ride down mock ice glaciers and skim across Arctic waves (all while topping up your tan). Dhs150 (above 1.2m), Dhs100 (under 1.2m). Ice Land, Ras Al Khaimah, www.icelandwaterpark.com (800 969 725).
Crab hunting in Umm Al Quwain Arm yourself with a spear and head into the lush mangroves under the light of a full moon for one of the more surreal, and gratifying, experiences the UAE has to offer. You get the chance to eat your catch as well as get in touch with your inner hunter. Dhs280 with transport from Dubai. Flamingo Beach Resort, Umm Al Quwain, www.flamingoresort.com (06 765 0000).
Weekend on a dhow Head to Dibba or Musandam to either charter your own or join a group dhow trip where you can sunbathe on deck, dive overboard for a spot of snorkeling, camp under the stars and even find time for a secluded fireside party – boarding a private boat for the weekend is one of the best ways to escape Dubai for a weekend without jumping on a plane. Be sure to try some fishing, too. Price on request. Sheesa Beach, Dibba, www.sheesabeach.com (+968 2 683 6551).
Party at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Forget swanky city centre clubs and experience the UAE’s true party scene at this Ibiza-style beach club. As easily reached by helicopter or yacht as it is by car the trendy nightspot attracts a crowd that likes to flaunt style, sass and cash. Dress to impress and dance to stun in the sun. Members and reservations only. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/bmiuae (056 113 3400).