9 Best Staycations Near Dubai (Unique Weekend Getaways In UAE)

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Dubai is buzzing with luxury restaurants, hotels, water promenades, beaches, shopping malls, and a glittering skyline. But if you need a short break from busy city life, then there are many luxurious staycations near Dubai, which are the best weekend getaway options near Dubai. 

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So in this article, I will list some of the best staycations near Dubai with their key features or weekend trips from Dubai. Let’s check some adventurous, fun-filling, culturally rich, beautiful natural places near Dubai and some fantastic places near Dubai – Best Weekend Getaways near Dubai. 

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Sharjah – Chedi Al Bait

Best staycations near Dubai Chedi Al Bait Sharjah

AboutChedi Al Bait is a luxury, heritage boutique hotel resort where you can sense an amalgamation of Islamic lifestyle with the contemporary scene. The cluster of ancient traders’ houses is now a luxury heritage hotel. Here you get a glimpse of an old lifestyle and feel like a home away from home with all amenities and royal hospitality. Located in the heart of Sharjah and just 25 to 30 km from Dubai, this heritage & cultural property has some of the highest ratings in the luxury hotels category on hotel booking sites.

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Therefore it is one of the best cultural and heritage staycations near Dubai. 

  • Type of Staycation – History, culture – luxury Heritage staycation  
  • Distance from Dubai – 25 to 30 km – by car via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – E 311 – 30 km approx.
  • Number of Rooms – 53
  • Restaurants on-site – The Cafe and Arabic-themed open outdoor and indoor seating – The Café – Al Bareed.
  • Pets Policy – No pets or service animals are allowed.

Facilities – 

  • Outdoor Temperature Controlled Swimming Pool. (At present, they allot 2 hours of pool access to every room per day – booking in advance)
  • Sauna, Steam Room
  • Spa (Ladies & Gents separate) with special Hamam
  • Arabic-themed Restaurant. 
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Valet Service and Free Parking.
  • Concierge, 24 hours Reception & room service.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout.
  • Airport transfers (Surcharge)
  • Meeting rooms / Courtyards
  • Private Access to Old Souk – Soul Al Arsah.

Video Tour of Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah

Fujairah – Intercontinental Fujairah Resort

About – A luxury 5-star sea resort with Hajar mountains on one side and the sea on another side is a perfect nature staycation from Dubai. The enormous green grass grounds, large play areas, vast walking alleys, and four swimming pools make this resort a very big and luxurious staycation. You can hike nearby mountain ranges inside the property with professional hikers available on request by the hotel. Numerous attractions near this resort are equally worth visiting. 

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  • Type of Staycation – Luxury seaside resort and water sports lovers
  • Distance from Dubai – 2 hr (153.2 km) via Khorfakkan Rd
  • Number of Rooms – 190
  • Restaurants on site – Drift, Horizon, Nama
  • Pets Policy – Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome and are exempt from fees)

Facilities – 

  • Four outdoor pools and a children’s pool, with cabanas, sun loungers, and pool umbrellas
  • Complimentary self-parking and valet parking
  • an outdoor tennis court, 
  • Beach club on site
  • Childcare services and free infant beds
  • 24-hour gym
  • Arcade/game room
  • Beach Club
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach Yoga
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Fitness classes
  • Free children’s club
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Library
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Steam room
  • Water skiing
  • Playground with swings
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet hall

Ras Al Khaimah – The Cove Rotana Resort

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About – Explore the hidden gem near Dubai in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, for a perfect weekend staycation. Cove Rotana Resort is a cascaded hilly-beach resort overlooking azure deep blue waters and an idyllic inlet of waters. This beach resort is like a small town or county with unique architecture inspired by the Nubian cult. That is why staying here makes you feel like you are living in a different country or culture, creating a memorable staycation all over UAE.

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This cascaded resort with a view of the water and lots of landscaped greenery from every corner transports you to some different land. Therefore, at first glimpse or instance, you feel like you are living in some south European Mediterranean coastal town.

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  • Type Of Staycation – Mediterranean Coastal laidback 
  • Distance from Dubai – Approx. 115 km via Emirates Rd. – E611 OR Approx. 105 km via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd. E311. 
  • Number of Rooms – 204 rooms and 78 villas spread across a Total area – of 290,000 sq.m. with a 600m private beach. 
  • Restaurants on-site – Basilico, Cinnamon Restaurant and two bars/lounges, A beach bar, A coffee shop/cafe, A poolside bar, a swim-up bar, Coffee and tea in common areas. 
  • Pets Policy – Pets are not allowed

Video Tour of Cove Rotana, RAK

Facilities – 

  • 3 Swimming pools with an infinite view of the sea.
  • Wedding services, a gift shop, and a table tennis table
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Adventure Sports
  • Yoga Classes, Beach Yoga
  • Spa
  • Arcade/game room
  • Health Club
  • Shopping stores
  • Playground
  • 1,464 square feet of conference space
  • 24-hour business center
  • Three meeting rooms
  • Coworking space

Ajman – Fairmont Ajman

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About – A luxury resort along the Persian Gulf is the perfect staycation near Dubai for peaceful, laid-back holidays. It is a five-star luxury beach resort with modern decor, a contemporary touch, and elegant lobbies. Not only would beach lovers love this place, but proximity to mangroves is also an added advantage for nature lovers. 

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  • Type of Staycation – Luxury Sea side resort, peaceful and water sports lover
  • Distance from Dubai – 1 hr 41 min (49.2 km) via Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd/E311
  • Number of Rooms – 252
  • Restaurants on-site – Gioia Restaurant, Spectrum Lobby Lounge, Kiyi, Salt & Sea, and Spectrum.
  • Pets Policy – Pets are not allowed

Facilities – 

  • 18 holes of golf
  • 24-hour health club
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Children’s pool
  • Designer stores
  • Evening entertainment
  • Fitness classes
  • Aqua Bounce
  • Free children’s club
  • Full-service spa
  • Game viewing
  • Golf clubs/equipment
  • Helicopter/airplane tours
  • Optional golf privileges
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Playground
  • Pro golf lessons
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Volleyball
  • Ziplining
  • Children’s books, art supplies, and childcare services

Hatta – JA Hatta Fort Hotel

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Hatta Dam

About – Hatta lies to the southeast of Dubai in the UAE near the borders of OMAN. At an hour’s scenic drive on the slopes of HAJAR mountains lies a stunning mountainous range of Hatta village. This mountain resort hotel, for one night, is the best escape from the hustle and bustle of daily routine life and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil rocky mountains and their adventures. Hatta is one of the most popular weekend getaways near Dubai or weekend getaways in UAE. 

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  • Type of Staycation – Nature, Hilly adventure & Peaceful
  • Distance from Dubai – 130 to 140 km via Sharjah-Kalba Rd/E102
  • Number of Rooms – 50 deluxe chalet-styled rooms, suites, and villas surrounded by 80 acres of greenery
  • Restaurants on-site – Cafe Gazebo, Jeema, Pool Bar, and Roumoul Cocktail Bar
  • Pets Policy – Pets are allowed for an extra charge of AED 200 per pet per stay. They welcome dogs only, and that too 2 per room

Facilities – 

  • Two swimming pools
  • Shooting range/Archery range with Trainer
  • Deer Zoo
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Sunset Point
  • Two outdoor tennis courts
  • Complimentary self-parking and valet parking
  • Arcade/game room
  • Health Club
  • Playground

Abu Dhabi – Tilal Liwa, Abu Dhabi

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Liwa Desert Resort

About – Tilal Liwa Hotel Abu Dhabi is located on the edge of the Rub-Al-Khali in the sands of Liwa amidst landscaped dunes and virgin desert from a short distance from Madinat Zayed city.

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Panoramic views of long stretched deserts with rustic shades of dunes and camels roaming around this property. It is like an OASIS in the desert. It is one of the best desert resorts in the UAE.

  • Type of Staycation – Nature, Desert stay, cultural. 
  • Distance from Dubai – 175 km leisurely drive from Abu Dhabi and Dubai – Approximately 250kms
  • Number of Rooms – 111 
  • Restaurants on site – Al Badiya Restaurant, Al Liwan and Layali Bar
  • Pets Policy –  Pets are allowed an extra charge of AED 120 per pet per day. Service animals are welcome and are exempt from fees. Welcoming dogs and cats only.  and 1 per room (up to 44 lbs per pet)

Facilities –

  • Arcade/game room
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Free children’s club
  • Free water park
  • Full-service spa
  • Gym
  • Horseback riding/rentals
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Steam room

Al Ain – Rotana Al Ain 

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About – Al Ain Rotana is a perfect luxury staycation for relaxing amidst the green and oasis city of UAE. Enriched with the ideal blend of cultural Arabesque style and modern amenities, this 5-star resort located centrally in the heart of Oasis city – Al ain, makes your staycation a very relaxed retreat to rejuvenate your life. 

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Al Ain Rotana’s grand & lavish Arabesque-styled magnificent Lobby – reception welcomes you with all love and warmth. It is one of the best peaceful staycations near Dubai. 

  • Type of Staycation – Green Nature, relaxed and peaceful;
  • Distance from Dubai – 120 Km from Dubai International Airport
  • Number of Rooms – 22
  • Restaurants on site – Aquarius (Poolside bar),  Moodz Bar, Atrium Cafe, Lebanese restaurant – Min Zaman, Famous restaurant chain – Trader Vic’s, and Zest 
  • Pets Policy – No pets or service animals allowed

Facilities – 

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Two outdoor pools and a children’s pool, with pool umbrellas and a lifeguard on site
  • Health club
  • Racquetball/squash
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Complimentary self-parking and valet parking
  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge)and RV/bus/truck parking
  • Limo/town car service, meeting rooms, and coffee/tea in the lobby

Fujairah – Al Aqah Le Meridian

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Pool fun with water volley ball

About – Nestled within Hajar mountains on one side and the Gulf of Oman on another, this resort has the beauty of rocky cliffs with a wavy blue sea. The waves crashing on the rocks with the luxury resort having all top-notch amenities is a perfect staycation near Dubai for an ideal weekend getaway in UAE. 

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  • Type of Staycation – Sea side (nature), water adventure. 
  • Distance from Dubai – 170 km
  • Number of Rooms – 218
  • Restaurants on site – Gonu Bar, Sapore for Italian food, Baywatch’s poolside bar
  • Pets Policy – No pets or service animals allowed

Facilities – 

  • Terrace for view
  • Children’s Pool
  • Outdoor Pools
  • Beach massages
  • Shopping On-site
  • Spa Facilities
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna and Steam Room
  • Squash Court
  • Crazy Golf (Miniature Golf)
  • Fitness Center
  • Scuba Diving
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing/canoeing
  • Water Sports
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis Lessons
  • Aerobic Classes/Yoga classes
  • Table Tennis
  • Billiards

You loved some of these luxuries and the best staycations near Dubai with their key features. So compare these staycations near Dubai as per your choices, interests, and things to do, and then book your perfect weekend getaway from Dubai. 

Fujairah – Al Bahar Hotel & Resorts

About – This luxury 5-star beach resort has a fantastic sea view with a beautiful private beach. The aquamarine sea with waves is perfect for beach and water sports lovers. It is also located near historic forts and old souk of Fujairah. 

  • Type of Staycation – Sea side (nature), water adventure. 
  • Distance from Dubai – 1 hr 23 min (124.7 km) via Sharjah-Kalba Rd/E102 and Dubai – Fujairah Rd/Maliha – Fujairah Rd/Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Rd/E84
  • Number of Rooms – 377
  • Restaurants on site – Al Bahar Restaurant, Diwan Restaurant, Orchid Restaurant,  La Perla Cafe, Amwaj Pool & Beach Bar 
  • Pets Policy – No pets or service animals allowed

Facilities –

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Free self parking and valet parking
  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge), 
  • Meeting rooms, barbecue grills
  • 24-hour health club
  • Beach volleyball
  • Full-service spa
  • Private beach
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Garden

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Spring and Winter Time as summer, are very hot, and you cannot enjoy outdoors.

All staycations are luxurious and well-maintained; the only difference is their locations, the view from the room, and the activities type. There are choices for nature staycation, seaside staycation, mountain staycation, historic staycation, or desert staycations near Dubai hence choose unique staycations in UAE.

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Note – I experienced all these staycations for my family trip and recommended it. Any of these listed staycations has not paid me; therefore, this is not a sponsored post. 

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