Fujairah and Dibba Rock
A haven for sporty types, take an overnight trip to this eastern emirate as the approach is most beautiful at sunset. After stopping for some Instagram pics as the big red thing makes its nightly descent, pitch up at one of the numerous hotels dotted along the coast, before preparing for the next day’s adventures. Parasailing has really taken off in Fujairah and a number of watersport companies offer thrillseekers the chance to give it a go. Mountain-climbing and hiking in the Hajar Mountains are also very popular, but we believe one of the most enjoyable activities has to be a stand-up paddleboard safari to the famous Dibba Rock, where you can also go diving, if you happen to be a real water baby.
GPS location: 25.506929, 56.363428
The mountain road that leads you to this fantastic destination in Ras Al Khaimah has become an instant hit with driving enthusiasts, challenging Jebel Hafeet as the best drive in the region. Once you’ve snaked your way to the top, you simply must tackle Via Ferrata (www.jebeljais.ae/via-ferrata), which will not only test your agility and head for heights but also give you some of the best vistas of the surrounding area.
GPS location: 25.937056, 56.130057
Arguably one of the most scenic routes out of the UAE, the drive to Musandam is worth the effort for a plethora of reasons. Not only will you be treated to the most stunning landscapes of offer in the region, once in this Omani outpost, you’ll find a veritable hive of sporting activity – most of it based on the water. From kayaking the “fjords” to going fishing using traditional equipment, Musandam has a wealth of aquatic activities on offer. Land lubbers won’t be left out either, as there is some tremendous trekking and cycling to be had in the mountains around Khasab, the former using “secret staircases” hand-built by Pakistani goat herders.
GPS location: 26.164437, 56.242623