3 best driving experiences in the UAE

Desert road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience during your stay in the UAE? Simply rent a sports car and go for a road trip.

You can rent a fun or exotic car for around $300-$400 per day, and with a valid driver’s license and a passport from any of the following countries, you should be good to go: GCC, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Germany, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Canada, the United States, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa . If you have a passport from another country not mentioned above, all you have to do is get an international driving permit, which is available in your home country or you can get it through Emirates Post in the UAE.

When driving in the UAE, expect refreshing views of glistening sand dunes as far as the eyes can see and rustic mountains in the backdrop, along with a few exciting routes to keep you enticed. However, keep in mind it’s probably best to do these road trips during the winter months or early in morning. So, let’s check out the three of the best road trips you can take!

Jebel Hafeet

Famous for being one of the greatest driving roads, Jebel Hafeet (Jebel means “mountain” in Arabic) is a twisty road with never-ending corners that is bound to challenge you. Located in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and just over 2 hours away from Dubai, the drive up and down the mountain is a lot of fun with breathtaking views you can enjoy during your drive and at the very top. It’s not surprising that many popular car TV Shows (including Top Gear) have filmed at Jebel Hafeet, testing the limits of some of the world’s most powerful supercars.

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Jebel Al Jais

It’s another mountain road featuring stunning views. Approximately 2 hours away from Dubai, Jebel Al Jais is popular destination amongst car enthusiasts, since the road is fairly new with excellent tarmac. What’s the best part? It’s full of fun corners and longer stretches and includes other exciting activities such as world’s longest zip line and hiking treks.


Getting to Liwa can be over 3 hours on a straight road, but it’s worth the wait. Liwa is part of the Empty Quarter which is the largest sand desert in the world and home to one of the tallest sand dunes, Moreeb (in Arabic Moreeb or Tal Mireb means scary hill) which rises at a 50% angle and is 300m tall.

There are many motorsport events happening there and you will probably catch some daredevils going up the dune on their motorbikes or dune buggies. Driving in between the sand dunes will make you feel like you’re the modern Lawrence of Arabia and if you time it well, you can watch the stunning sunset.

Find out what else should be on your checklist before you adventure out. Ask our local experts for the best tips, tricks, and routes now!

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