Top 5 Sights to See Near Dubai

Step outside the city of Dubai and there’s a host of sights and activities to enjoy. From world-class museums and local heritage sites to natural beauty and theme park rides, Top Spots Dubai rounds up the best sights to explore outside the city of Dubai.

1. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island

Musée du Louvre Abu Dhabi is a must-see destination for art and culture lovers. It is the first universal museum in the Arab World, housing significant artworks and artifacts from the Palaeolithic era to present day, on loan from institutions such as Musee d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou.

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a popular international cultural destination and one of the largest mosques in the world. Known for its impressive design using natural materials, influenced by various cultures. Features include the largest carpet in the world and the third largest chandelier. Dress code and etiquette can be found on the mosque’s website.

3. Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace Tour, Abu Dhabi

Qasr Al Watan is a Presidential palace open to the public since 2019, showcasing Arabian architecture, design and exhibits. The palace features a crystal chandelier and visitors must book in advance to gain entry. Discover the UAE’s local traditions and practices at this operational palace that continues to host foreign dignitaries.

4. Yas Island Theme Parks: Ferrari World, Warner Bros World, Yas Waterworld

Yas Island is the perfect destination for families, with three theme parks to choose from – Ferrari World, Warner Bros World and Yas Waterworld. Ferrari World is the largest indoor theme park in the world, offering thrilling rides and experiences for car enthusiasts. Warner Bros World brings animation to life with 29 rides and live entertainment featuring beloved characters. Yas Waterworld offers 45 rides and slides, including the world’s largest surfing sheet wave and tornado water coaster, suitable for all ages.

5. Hatta, Dubai

Hatta, a mountain-lined community in the Emirate of Dubai, offers a unique blend of outdoor living, local culture and adventure. Activities include hiking, kayaking, paragliding, mountain biking, and horse riding. Visit the Hatta Heritage Village and Ancient Tombs for a taste of local culture. Hatta also offers eco-tourism options like camping and glamping with private BBQ options. A perfect destination for a day trip from Dubai city center.