12 Hidden Gems in Dubai That Need To Be Visited Right Away!
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Al Qudra Lake, Gurunanak Darbar Sikh TempleRas Al Khor Wildlife SanctuaryAl BastakiyaCoffee MuseumGold SoukMiracle Garden, Wafi Light and Sound Show, Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk, Love Lake, The Farm, Cinema Akil and more.

Travelers across the globe view the astounding metropolis of Dubai in awe, all because it has come a long way from being a Bedouin desert. Today, all the indoor ski resorts and magnificent constructions of Dubai may have caught your fancy but there is so much more to it. Thus, if you do not want to see the usual Dubai on your trip, then you have full reason to explore the hidden gems in Dubai.

One such unique and offbeat place is the Al Qudra Lake that is a heart-shaped, man-made desert oasis for the romantics. This little off-the-road spot makes for one of the ground-breaking hidden gems in Dubai where you can catch the most stunning sunset, and watch birds. The eighteenth century Bastakiya Quarter is another beguiling place that takes you back to the time of Persian Merchants with its sand-colored buildings, wind towers, lattices, and wooden doors. Here is a look at some of the most underrated spots that you cannot afford to miss.

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Al Qudra Lake

One of the most famous tourist attractions and hidden gems in Dubai has to be the Al Qudra Lake which is a collection of lakes in the midst of the desert. This man-made lake is a section of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve and is located in the midst of Seih Al Salam Desert.

It offers an idyllic getaway for people during the weekend as they get to enjoy nature, spot desert foxes, Arabian gazelles, and myriad varieties of birds. This lake once used to be a popular barbecue spot as well but not anymore. However, people do come here to soak in the beauty of the extensive dunes, host picnics, and enjoy the stunning desert sunset. 

Location:
In the middle of the Saih Al Salam Desert

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Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple

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One of the most beautiful worship places and hidden gems in Dubai has to be the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple. If you are an architecture enthusiast then you will be bowled over by the architectural elements used to make the temple. This multi-story facility is aesthetically marvelous and is covered with the ornate grill work inspired by the famed Golden Temple of Amritsar in India.

The Sikh temple is a community-run worship place where the focal point is the magnificent prayer hall where both non-sikhs and Sikhs can congregate to hear the Khalsa’s philosophy, religious messages and kirtans. As a social service and religious obligation the Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple arranges free meal servings also called the “langar” to feed thousands of people.

Location: 3806- Jebel Ali Village - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: Monday – Sunday 4:30 AM – 9 PM

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Protected and monitored by the Dubai Municipality, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the expansive hidden gems in Dubai that allows nature lovers and visitors to admire birds in their natural habitat. It is far away from the bustling city but serves as the breeding ground for fishes, mammals, and crustaceans.

However, the one thing that will impress you the most here are the flamingos that are visible during winter. If you have a closer look, you may also spot colorful species of osprey, sandpipers, cormorants, reef herons, great egrets, and gray herons.

Location:
Outskirts of Dubai

Timings: October to March: 7.30 AM – 5: 30 PM, April to September (6 AM – 6 PM)

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Al Bastakiya

The historical district of Al Fahidi is called Al Bastakiya, and it is one of the glamorous and glitzy hidden gems in Dubai. Built in the 1800s for Persian immigrants from the Bastak city, this district is a perfect getaway to know about ancient Dubai, and the Emirati lifestyle.

If you desire to keep aside Dubai’s modernism and get a deeper insight into the city’s cultural heritage, then you must pass through the narrow lanes of Al Bastakiya, viewing the old-fashioned buildings, and the gorgeous wind towers.

Location: District in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Timings: Open every day, visitors allowed between 9 AM- 9 PM

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Coffee Museum

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Tucked away in Bur Dubai’s Al Fahidi neighborhood, the Coffee Museum is all that a coffee lover can dream of. This eccentric museum is a paradise for the coffee lovers and showcases the journey of coffee beans from all across the globe.

When you come here, you will be welcomed with popcorn, and a warm cup of brewed Java. During your exploration, you can also gather deep-rooted intel on coffee’s importance, its apparatuses, preparations like grinding and roasting besides tasting some aromatic coffee from the Brew Bar.

Location: Historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Villa 44 - Al Hisn St - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: Closed on Fridays, Monday-Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM

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Wafi Light and Sound Show

One of the spectacular hidden gems in Dubai, has to be the Wafi Light and Sound Show that showcases a stunning symphony of sound and light across the pyramid building. It is held in winter and makes you believe that the tale of the “return of the Pharaohs” is slowly unfolding.

This special effect presents a stunning blend of music, anecdotes, and history. This show runs during the October month when the exterior ambiance creates an unforgettable spectacle, and experience for the viewers. 

Location:
Wafi - Oud Metha Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings:
Monday-Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk

If you want to stroll, dine and shop by the sea then the popular promenade of Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk is sure to appeal to you. This beachside boulevard is a buzzing destination and offers you the opportunity to fulfil your retail cravings.

That is because the place is lined with a wide selection of handicraft, home, and fashion boutiques. You can explore the stalls selling homeware, food treats, and jewelry, here besides relishing an indulgent dinner.

Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence/Dubai Marina area of Dubai

Timings: Sunday - Saturday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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Love Lake

The Love Lake Dubai, which opened in November 2018, gained popularity following an Instagram post by Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council. It consists of two huge interconnected heart-shaped lakes.

This lake is so enormous that it can be seen from space! Located in the Al Qudra Oasis, The Love Lake, not only offers views of hearts but also plants and flowers that represent the concept of love. In spite of the fact that this is a popular family destination, it is also a perfect romantic getaway in Dubai. The orange sky at sunset is something never to be missed here!

Location: Located along the Al Qudra Road (D63), approximately a 45- minute drive away from Dubai

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The Farm

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From greenery to snow, Dubai really has it all! Once you come to The Farm, you will never miss the lush green meadows of Europe. That is because this botanical paradise in Al Barari, lives up to its promise of presenting a tranquil, and lush background.

The Farm is a culinary hub situated on an estate with gardens, waterways, and lakes. This eco-friendly initiative away from the city’s hassles makes for a fantastic secret place, and serves you the most delicious food.

Location: Al Barari, Dubai

Timings: Monday-Sunday 7:30 AM – 10:30 PM

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Cinema Akil

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Cinema Akil is located in Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz and brings critically acclaimed films from across the globe to UAE audiences. If you are a movie enthusiast and crazy about cinema, you should visit this cinema, Akil, as it provides a platform dedicated to promoting and exhibiting cinematic arts.

Location:
Al Quoz - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings:
Monday-Thursday 6 PM -10:30 PM Friday & Saturday  3PM -10PM

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Moon Island

About 70 km away from Dubai beach, Moon Island offers a peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of the city. In addition to being a hidden gem, this recreational destination has been given the name Moon Island because of its distinctive crescent-moon shape. 

Moon Island offers a wide variety of watersports. You can enjoy jet skiing while enjoying the gusty winds. If you prefer a more relaxed experience with your family, you may consider a boat trip. Moon Island is a magnificent place to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the ocean and discover the abundant marine life that exists here. You may even enjoy a luxurious yacht ride on the island, alongside fishing.

Location:
70 km away from Dubai beach

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Dubai Ladies Beach Club

The Dubai Ladies Beach Club also abbreviated as the DLC is a den for all the wonderful ladies. It offers them the much needed privacy during spa, gym, swimming, and beauty treatment sessions. It is the chill out place for the orthodox and conservative ladies of Dubai, and even has lockers for women to store their essentials.

To make the most of the amenities of this elite club you need to be a member. 

Location: 23a Jumeirah Street - Dubai Ladies Club - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: Monday-Sunday 7 AM – 10 PM

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02 March 2020
Excellent
Awesome experience with a very close view of such big fishes. Underwater zoo is also very big and needs atleast 2 hours to complete. Super package deal. Please go for it.
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Amazing journey with fast service and great host
25 February 2021
Very Good
Park is fine. Shopping inside is much expensive. Swimming costumes were more than expected price.
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10 February 2021
Excellent
A definite watch. This is awesome. Thanks to thrillophilia for a very quick service. This is the cheapest price I found across various sites and I'm amazed with that.
04 February 2021
Excellent
Just loved the experience. the dune bashing was amazing and we were well informed in time about everything.

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  1. Which are the best hidden gems in Dubai?

    1. Underwater Zoo of Dubai: To get up close and personal with the marine creatures, ride a glass-bottom boat or to take a BTS tour of an underwater zoo, you must come to the underwater Aquarium of Dubai. You will absolutely love spending the night cage snorkeling alongside the close encounters with myriad forms of aquatic species. 

    2. Burj Khalifa:
    If you have always wanted to catch an exclusive city view of the vehicles moving on the highway, the illuminated creek, fountains and skyscrapers, you must head to the top of Burj Khalifa. 

    3. Dubai Coffee Museum:
    The Dubai Coffee Museum appeals to coffee aficionados from all across the world. If you love all things coffee, you will be delighted to learn about roasters, pots, old grinders, while sipping on a cup of Ethiopian coffee, at this museum.

    4. Love Lake:
    Also called the Al Qudra Lake, the Love Lake is the ideal place for any couple that desires to spend some romantic moments. This lake is also a great place to spot exotic animals and birds. 

    5. Iranian Mosque:
    Hidden in Satwa’s hassles, the Iranian Mosque is not to be missed during a Dubai visit because the magnificent and blue intricate architecture casts a spell on visitors.

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  2. Which are the best places to have a romantic dinner in Dubai?

  3. Which are the best hidden gems to visit in Dubai at night?

    1. Al Sadeem Observatory: One of the most notable hidden gems in Dubai has to be the Al Sadeem Observatory that treats the stargazers with state of the art telescopes, majestic campfires, and magical night under a starry sky. 

    2. Tee and Putt:
    If you have played the game before, and would love to try the light hearted version of this sophisticated game indoors, then you must come to Tee and Putt. It is one of the fabulous hidden gems in Dubai that is the city’s mini golf course and glows in the dark. 

    3. Zabeel Park:
    One of the most fascinating hidden gems in Dubai has to be the Zabeel Park because it is this illuminating gardenscape that houses other theme parks namely the Art Park, Dinosaur Park, and the Ice Park, and sparkles at night. 

    4. La Mer:
    One of the scintillating Dubai beach fronts has to be of La Mer. You must come here to enjoy sessions of diving, theme rides, beach walks, and dining in world-class restaurants. 

    5. Dubai Creek:
    There is nothing quite enchanting like cruising down the Dubai Creek’s serene waters, and reveling in the beauty of Deira Dubai’s sparkling skyline. This is one night place that you cannot miss.

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  4. Which are some of the lesser known markets in Dubai?

    1. Ripe: If you want to shop from an open market, to fill your bags with things, seasonal, fresh and exciting then nothing can beat the Ripe Market. It is set up every Friday and not many people know about it. You must come to shop for handcrafted veggies, organic and fresh fruits here. 

    2. Farmers
    : Farmer’s Market is another weekend event which happens on Bay Avenue’s terrace in Dubai. It is also an open market and here you can purchase the freshest produce that is grown locally. 

    3. Dubai Flea:
    If you are a collector of second-hand, pre-loved items then you can head to the Dubai Flea market where you can get hold of everything from antiques to games, books, ceramics, toys and textiles. It is held every weekend in different corners of Zabeel Park so stay updated. 

    4. Karama:
    Located in an older residential area, Karama is an affordable open market that lets you purchase the most inexpensive souvenirs, gifts, handbags, accessories, and other items. 

    5. The Market (the beach):
    Outdoor shopping in Dubai does not get better than The Market. There are a variety of stalls scattered across The Beach which sells everything from toys to wooden tools, seasonal décor and handicrafts. You can shop for organic skin care items, and home-made artisanal soaps.

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  5. What is the best time to visit Dubai?

    The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter season which extends from November-March. During this time, the Dubai weather is characterized by clear blue skies, and less heat which means you can hit the beach, explore the old Dubai, roam around, and stroll in the Al Bastakiya lanes. It is advisable to avoid the summer (April to October) because the mercury level soars and it gets extremely humid and hot.

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