For us petrol heads, the best kind of trip is a road trip. Long roads, winding roads, up hills and down hills, the sense of adventure and oneness with our road hogs is to be cherished. There are of course many roads famous for their drives, views and adventure. These feature on the bucket lists of motorheads the world over. Think Monaco, Route 66, Great Ocean Road or the Pacific Coast Highway. Can you name any here in the UAE though?
Road Trips in the UAELuckily for you, as the UAE’s number one source for all things auto, we’ve rounded up the top five Road Trips in the UAE for you.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain RoadJebel Hafeet is the second highest point in all of the UAE, unsurprisingly it also offers one of the best views in the region. One thing that is less known, is that the journey to the top is the best drives to be found. With access off the E66, the route up Jebel Hafeet offers an array of natural beauty, wildlife and some of the most awe-inspiring scenery the UAE has to offer. Twisting and turning, the roads offer a comfortable drive, as with most roads in the UAE they’re always maintained to a high standard. With lay-bys along the way for a break and to enjoy the views, this is our favorite road in the region.
Liwa OasisIf you’d prefer the long open desert roads, a trip out to Liwa Oasis is a must. Running virtually parallel with the Saudi Arabian border in the west of Abu Dhabi, the barren expanse may seem lifeless as you pass by, but the roadside does offer up some fun for 4x4s. Drifting on the dunes is always an experience for those touting the traction. Reaching your destination, after tearing up those long desert straights, you’re met by a large oasis and some incredible desert resorts.
Kalba-SharjahA nice smooth drive is to be found between Dubai and Fujairah. Once you emerge from the industrial area, you’ll be gifted rolling mountains for distant scenery and a road filled with long smooth straights, s-bends and a finale of a 1.27km tunnel before reaching your goal of Fujairah.
Al Taween, RAKWith steep inclines and hairpins a plenty, this little known treasure is definitely ranked intermediate for driving skill required. Nothing more than just mountains and road, you won’t find impossible traffic or a tangle of tourists out this way, just you and a challenging road.
Hatta Fort HotelFor the thrill seekers among you, an unnamed road lies just past the roundabout by the hotel. At around 10km in length, the road is a real mixed bag with changes in surface, blind, sharp corners and the odd cliff edge to keep the adrenaline flowing. Sudden inclines and declines, dips and gravel, we recommend approaching this one with caution. Wherever you end up in the UAE, be sure to stick to the rules of the road. Your safety, and that of passengers and other road users should always be paramount to the fun you’re having on the roads.
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