The UAE is home to many wonderful natural terrains – from rocky mountains to wadis or ravines, and sandy beaches. On Nature Photography Day (June 15) take a look at some of the most picturesque nature spots the country offers, to explore, or to simply capture.
Umm al-Quwain wetlands
The Umm al-Quwain wetlands have been built nearby a prominent and bright blue lagoon, surrounded by little islands. For nature lovers and bird watchers, this spot is a treat made complete with an escapade in a boat or a kayak, especially in the mangroves and water channels between the islands.
The Fujairah mountains are a vast vista of jagged peaks and rocky mountains and make for a great driving route away from the bustle of city life. This is the perfect spot for active travelers and water sports since it is home to a series of hiking trails that border the Indian Ocean.
Located high in the Hajjar mountains and bordering Oman, Hatta is a wonderful nature reserve, a one hour drive from Dubai. It’s the perfect spot for those craving outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, camping, and kayaking in Hatta Lake.
Jubail Mangrove Park
Jubail Mangrove Park is the ﬁrst self-contained educational, nature and leisure destination of its kind in Abu Dhabi. Here, you can visit and explore a haven of marine species native to Abu Dhabi.
The UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais is part of the Hajar mountains that were formed over 70 million years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah and Oman. Towering at 1,934 meters above sea level, Jebel Jais not only offers panoramic views of the desert but also makes for great day treks.
Big Red is the largest sand dune close to the city, making it the ultimate spot for desert safaris. Located near Al Badayer, this dune is well known for dune bashing, quad biking and sand skiing.
Wadi Al Bih
Spanning through Ras Al Khaimah’s clock tower to the UAE border, Wadi Al Bih is popularly known as the Grand Canyon of the UAE. ‘Wadi’ is an Arabic term for ravine or valley, and this 1 km (0.62 mile)-long ravine offers spectacular views of the UAE, making it an ideal location for hiking, mountain biking, and camping.