What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Visiting the Grand Mosque and taking a tour is very interesting. The presidential palace is great, Al Hosn, going to Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, Warner Brothers Studio Park, Yas Mall, enjoying the beautiful beaches. Going on a desert safari tour with sand dune bashing, glamping in the desert, and so on. Lots of things to do here. And then there are, of course, lots and lots of fun things to do in Dubai. Entrance fees can be high, but looking for deals on the Entertainer App, Groupon, Isme (for Jumeirah-related restaurants, spas) can lower costs. There are also many great deals during Ramadan for daily or yearly passes to parks. - Jun 2019


Driving to Oman, visiting the other Emirates, and camping in the desert. - Sep 2017


Oman turtle reserve, desert trips, camel beauty shows, crazy boozy brunches, amazing Christmas displays at the posh hotels, desert astronomy adventures, the (British) Club, meetup groups, bonfires at kite beach... - Jun 2015


There are some nice beaches, although fewer and fewer free ones. And at public beaches, some people may not feel comfortable in Western swimwear, which attracts either lecherous or disapproving stares. And for five months of the year it is just too hot. There is lots of shopping. Dubai is a regular getaway for many, although that mostly means just more shopping and hotels. The city of Al Ain, in the interior, is an interesting place and a nice weekend destination. And it can be fun to explore the smaller emirates. - May 2013


Fabulous if you like natural history, camping or stargzing in the desert; sailing opportunites plentiful; horse and camel racing worth seeing; a festival of some sort be it falconry, films or food every few weeks in the splendid conference centres; arts well catered for with new Guggeneim, Louvre and classical concert series; world music festival on the corniche and easy distance to Indian Ocean or Mediterranean holiday spots for long weekends. - Jul 2012


Outdoors types will love the desert and the sea; some will love the shopping. When something special is on, AD can be fun - the Film Festival brings in new movies and stars, Abu Dhabi Classics hosts a few high-profile concerts, and there are pop concerts (Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, etc.) every few months. - Aug 2011


Many water parks, great restaurants and hotels. India is a 2-hour flight from the UAE; Europe is a 6-hour flight, etc. - Jul 2011


Shopping, eating, and more shopping. Quad bike riding in the desert is fun as well. Trips to Dubai for more shopping and eating are also fun. Visits to the Emirates Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque are a must. - Nov 2010


Desert camping, camping in Oman, clubs, golfing, dune bashing, shopping, day trips to Dubai, hotel clubs. - Jan 2010


Desert Safari, shopping in Sharjah, scuba diving. Spas are abundant. - Aug 2009


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