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Filipino Summer Bucket List: Fun summer destinations for families and friends

Fulfill your wanderlust by exploring these hidden gems within the UAE together with your loved ones this summer!

Hatta Dam in Dubai

Experience part of Dubai’s rich heritage by visiting the Hatta Dam – with its iconic defensive tower, stone houses, and its falaj or the traditional water system that it has maintained to date. Capture a glimpse of one of the UAE’s hidden treasures and reminisce a moment of the country’s history on your visit.

How to go there:

Commuting from the city center of Dubai to Hatta Dam takes around 4 hours: Take the metro and head down to the Oud Metha station, followed by a bus ride from Oud Metha Bus station to the Hatta bus station. After you get down from the Hatta bus station, a quick five-minute taxi ride would land you at the Hatta Dam.

Visitors can enjoy a mountain safari ride, barbecue with a view at the Hatta Hill park, a historic visit at the Hatta Heritage village. Travelers can also wade through the Hatta Dam waters through kayaking and enjoy a splash at the Hatta Drop-in and at the Green Hata Rock Pools!

If you fancy skipping public transportation, you also have the opportunity to drive around from your home towards Hatta Dam in your very own Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Drive knowing that you’re safe from harm as Jeep Grand Cherokee features spacious interiors for a family of 5 as well as a huge space for the luggage.

The car also has a collision alert, an auto-brake facility and is also easy to drive and doesn’t tire the driver or the people traveling in it due to its comfortable seats and plenty of leg space.

Jebel Jais at Ras Al Khaimah

The UAE’s highest mountain range is where you’ll experience the country’s coolest temperatures all year round, even in the summer! The majestic views will take your breath away as it provides an overlooking view of the lands below, overlooking the entire Ras Al Khaimah.

Among the exciting things visitors can do include ziplining across the Jebel Jais valleys – recognized as the Guinness World Records’ world’s largest zip line! In addition, you can even do ice skating at the top of the mountains with Jebel Jais’ ice rinks.

How to go there:

From Dubai, travelers can take several public transportation options towards Ras Al Khaimah. Take the metro’s red line and get off at the Dubai Deira Terminal. From there you can board the C19 or C26 bus to head towards the Ras Al Khaimah Bus Station and just take a taxi from there. There are also several shuttle buses from RAK’s Al Hamra Area, Al  Marjan Island and within the city that take travelers directly to Jebel Jais.

Travelers who intend to maximize their time at the UAE’s peaks can travel from their home towards Ras Al Khaimah’s heights with their Nissan Pathfinder. Journey towards the country’s various terrains with ease as you and your family and loved ones enjoy the comforts of safety and security for the Nissan Pathfinder with features including intelligent mobility features such as intelligent cruise control, around view monitor, moving object detection, blind spot warning, and other alerts.

Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain

Residents and travelers who wish to get their minds off from the busy city vibes of Abu Dhabi can enjoy a retreat towards the mountains at Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. What’s even nicer is that Jebel Hafeet isn’t just a trek towards higher peaks at this area in Abu Dhabi: Travelers can also explore archaic tombs at the foothills of the mountains, relive memories of the royal family at the Al Jahili Fort, and get to enjoy quality family fun time at the Al Ain Zoo and the Al Ain Date Oasis!

How to go there:

From Abu Dhabi, travelers can take an intercity bus that goes from the Abu Dhabi Bus Station all the way to the Al Ain Bus Station. Line 970 and Line 990 goes to Jebel Hafeet and there are several taxis that travelers can ride to head towards Al Ain’s mountainous heights.

You can shorten the travel time and enjoy more sceneries of Al Ain’s breath-taking heights as you traverse from your home all the way to the rough treks of Jebel Hafeet’s roads in your Toyota Prado. Enjoy a smooth drive together with your loved ones no matter what the terrain is while driving your Toyota Prado terrain with its multi-terrain monitor with panoramic view monitors as it tracks the conditions right around the vehicle. This ensures that your entire families enjoy scenic views with peace of mind as you are also assured of safety and security as you drive along Al Ain.

Drivers interested to get any of these cars and other vehicles can avail instant cash discounts of up to AED 5,000 on multiple car makes and models until the end of the month. In addition, customers can also get a 1 year / 20,000 kms car warranty when they purchase from Al-Futtaim Automall.

Al-Futtaim Automall is your one-stop shop that provides customers with quality used cars they need depending on their budget range across various manufacturers and models. All the cars from Automall come with a 99-point bumper to bumper check and a mileage certification to bring that peace of mind with the car purchase. Those who purchase a vehicle from Automall can also enjoy a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee on their  car.

 

Neil Bie

Neil Bie is the Assistant Editor for The Filipino Times, responsible for gathering news that will resonate among OFW readers in the UAE, Philippines, and around 200 countries, where the platform reaches both Filipinos and worldwide audiences. ||| Get in touch with Neil at: Facebook: Neil Bie ||| Email: [email protected]||| or by sending a message to the Facebook page of The Filipino Times at: https://www.facebook.com/FilipinoTimes/

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