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
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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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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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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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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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 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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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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