Whether you’re looking for a short hop or a longer weekend getaway, hire a car from your local Hertz branch and explore the UAE with these five great road trips that will reward you with incredible scenery and the experience of driving along some of the best roads in the world.

Dubai to Jabal Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

180km from Dubai and more than 300km from Abu Dhabi is this glorious mountain retreat, some 1900m above sea level and tucked in the Hajar Mountains. A long, smooth road makes this an enjoyable and easy drive, and if you want to make the trip doubly special head off the evening before so you can catch one of the most incredible sunrises in the UAE from atop Jebel Jais. Bear in mind that you’re up in the clouds, so take some warm clothing as temperatures can drop quickly. But the drive is well worth it, as the views are truly spectacular.

Fujairah

With ultra-smooth roads and stunning scenery, this popular road trip is not only a pleasure to drive, but you have a great destination at the end too. It’s not a long haul, and you’re just 184km from Dubai and 300km from Abu Dhabi. So it’s long enough to feel like a proper road trip, but easily completed in a weekend. At the end of the journey you’re rewarded with some of the best diving in the Gulf, Martini Rock is a famous rocky structure off the coast, it is perfect for a night dive , or stunning mountain roads and hiking trails to explore such as Wadi Tayyibah where you can view natural pools and traditional irrigation systems . If you want to stop en route and extend the journey rather than completing it in one go then there are good quality hotels along the way for a night’s break such as Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort and InterContinental.

Jebel Hafeet

If you’re a true driver, then this road is an absolute treat. Twists, turns, and even some 180-hairpins will challenge you as you wind your way through this mountainous route. 165 km from Dubai and around 175km from Abu Dhabi, it takes you up a 1,240m climb through limestone cliffs to the UAE’s highest peak. The drive is well worth it, as the view from the top of Jebel Hafeet is spectacular. You’ll have panoramic vistas that take in the desert, Oman, and al Ain. The road itself has 60 turns and is regarded as the ‘greatest driving road in the world’ by industry experts. Come for the drive, stay for the view!

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Al Gharbia, UAE

A journey of approximately 236km, this road trip will take you through towering sand dunes and along hundreds of kilometres of amazing coastline. That makes it a comfortable trip too, as the breeze from the coast keeps the temperatures in check. Ancient forts dot the landscape, which is truly breath-taking. You won’t see many people in this remote region, but you will see plenty of rare wildlife.

Abu Dhabi to Liwa Oasis, UAE

It’s around less than 3 hours drive to the Liwa Oasis, but it’s worth every second of that trip to see one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world. Liwa itself is simply a patchwork of small settlements that surround the lush oasis. Beyond the greenery of the oasis stretches Rub al Khali or the (appropriately named) ‘Empty Quarter’, where towering dunes dominate the landscape. If you’re here in a 4×4 and love dune bashing, then the ultimate challenge is the Mureeb Dune.

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Dubai Motor City Dubai Marina Dubai Festival City Abu Dhabi Airport Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi Al Reem, Abu Dhabi Al Reef, Abu Dhabi Sharjah Airport Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya

Address

Um Ramool, Rashidiya,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2060206

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 09:00-22:00

Dubai Airport Terminal 1

Address

Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2245222

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Address

Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2203013

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Motor City

Address

Shop 8, Ground Floor, Foxhill 8, Motor City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4273200

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday; Closed

Dubai Marina

Address

Hertz - Dubai Marina City Premiere Marina Deluxe Hotel Apartment ,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4226775

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday Closed

Dubai Festival City

Address

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 7011239

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-17:00 Saturday; Closed

Abu Dhabi Airport

Address

4th Level, Sky Plaza Park, Abu Dhabi Airport,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 5998939

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Address

Etihad Plaza, Al Raha, Etihad Village,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 55 69130

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reem, Abu Dhabi

Address

Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 6320494

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reef, Abu Dhabi

Address

Al Reef Downtown, ,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 645 8488

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Sharjah Airport

Address

Inside Arrivals Terminal, Kiosk 2, Outside baggage claim area, Sharjah Airport,
Sharjah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 6 5528290

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 08:00-20:00

Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Address

Unit 52, First Floor, Al Hamra Mall, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd,
Ras Al Khaimah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 7 2434386

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 10:00-21:00

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