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Discover Dubai’s Hidden Gems

You might've not heard about these before...

Tamilla Dowse Tamilla Dowse

Discover Dubai’s Hidden Gems
Just a few things you can see/do in Dubai that many don’t know about because it’s not within the category of “mainstream” activities. Have a look below if you’re on the hunt for something that not a lot of people have done before.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Yes, within Dubai’s bustling city and urban jungle, there is a place you can see some wilderness. The sanctuary is known for the while variety of birds it attracts, the majority being flamingos… you heard it right! Check out the video below to see it for yourself and make sure you check out Ras Al Khor at some point.

The Green Planet

The Green Planet is a recently built “indoor rainforest” which acts as a botanical garden that houses flora and fauna. Walk through several levels of this dome and you’ll be surrounded by lush plants and various animals ranging from insects to fish to sloths! There’s even an opportunity to book a one-on-one session with a trainer as they teach you about the cute little sloth and even give you the chance to feed it! Check out their website to book your tickets.


Wadi Shawka

The ultimate activity for all the hiking, camping and nature lovers out there is taking an adventure through the Wadi Shawka trail at Ras Al Khaimah. Although it’s quite lowkey within the mainstream community, it’s quite popular amongst those who actively seek this lifestyle. Along the way you’ll see beautiful scenery, including mountains and a brook as you push yourself to the end of the trail. Located about an hour’s drive from Dubai, make sure you come prepared with plenty of water and food.

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The Farm 

Al Barari is a recently built luxury realestate project which includes 216 villas, the Farm restaurant, a health club, spa and plant nursery. What makes this place so special to live in is that 60% of its area is taken up by plants arranged into beautiful gardens surrounded by lakes and steams. Sounds almost unreal to think it exists in Dubai, right? Now obviously we don’t expect you to live here, but why not come down to The Farm for an escape from the city. The food is organic, healthy and they have a great selection for the kids to choose from as well. You’ll be surrounded by the lush backdrop of the botanical gardens and will hear the sound of water babbling through…how perfect is that?

Burj Park

This park is located in the heart of Downtown and as the name suggests, right next to the Burj Khalifa. However, many people still don’t know about it which means that it’s one of the more emptier spaces in Downtown to witness all the famous tourist attractions like the Burj, the fountain and the Opera. It’s also dog friendly, so why not pop down for your evening stroll and even bring a little picnic to enjoy while you’re at it?