5 Little-Known Places in Dubai You Need to See

When in Dubai, and you want to experience something a little bit different from the usual — forget the Burj Khalifa , Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.

There are plenty of sights, sounds and tastes you can enjoy and experience while in Dubai. Visit these places while staying in one of Dubai’s opulent hotels and resorts.

1. Miracle Garden

Opening its gates in 2013, the Miracle Garden now holds the record as the largest garden globally. With over 109 million flowers inside, it is a favorite spot for couples taking their prenuptial shoots.

There are plenty of great spots for people to take photos with varying installations spread throughout the garden. Plan your trip wisely as temperatures in Dubai can soar to over 40 degrees Celsius, which is why Miracle Garden is closed for the greater part of summer.

Getting to and from the garden may also be problematic as the garden is located along the outskirts of the city. However, there are always taxicabs and buses that ply the area. So, come winter in Dubai, be sure to drop by this fabulous gargantuan garden.

2. Lisaili Camel Market

Inside the town of Lisaili, right next to the Dubai Racing and Camel Club, stands an unusual market. Known as the Camel Market, it’s a place where people can find hundreds of camels moving around or being bought and sold.

Come to the Camel Market to buy trinkets and handicrafts you can keep as souvenirs. Quality camel blankets are also abundant here. Buy one or several for your home.

3. Dubai Creek

Board the JA Bateaux Dubai to take in the sights, sounds and smells along the Dubai Creek. Travel alone, with your partner, your entire family or group of friends.

A trip to the inland end of Dubai Creek offers travelers the opportunity to see seasonal birds that migrate to the area. One sight to behold is the flock of greater flamingos that have turned Dubai Creek into their home.

Along the Deira side of the same creek are hundreds of Arabian dhows docking. Watch the flurry of activity as people load and unload barges, crates and boxes filled with all sorts of cargo.

Fancy a cheaper alternative to visit the creek? Try getting on an abra. For just two dirhams per ride, you can cross the creek and see the countless souks selling all sorts of wares sprinkled along the Deira side of Old Dubai.

Take a ride during the early morning or evening hours. With the sun hidden from view, you can freely enjoy the sights without the fear of getting sunburned.

4. Wadi Bih

Want to explore the more rough and rugged areas of the city?

Other than riding the sand dunes on a quad bike or 4×4, another popular spot for campers, climbers and off-roaders is the Wadi Bih. The gorge features plenty of rocky terrain where bikers and off roaders can drive their hearts out.

As compared to other spots on this list, the Wadi Bih is more ideal during the summer. The Wadi itself is a part of a local river that dries up during the hot and dry months. Once the rainy season begins, water levels can quickly rise and fill up the area, making it difficult for vehicles to pass through.

5. Hatta Pools

For a more holistic tour, take a trip to the Hatta Heritage Village. Located approximately 115 km east of the city, this reconstructed village features two 18th century military towers, the Juma Mosque and over 30 traditional houses.

As the reconstructed village sits on top of the Hajar Mountains, travelers will enjoy the milder temperatures in the area.

Before heading back to your hotel mountain retreat, take some time to sample some of the delectable food in the area. There are plenty of restaurants serving mezze, kebabs and other Arabian food. After the meal, enjoy a puff or two from a shisha.

AUTHOR BIO :- Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”