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Dubai is a place that consistently exceeds expectations. On the sandy shores of the Middle Eastern desert, this modern oasis always offers something new to do, taste, see, and experience.
Dubai is the kind of place you can ski an indoor ski slope in the desert, then go next door to visit the biggest shopping mall in the world. You can have a cocktail in a bar made from ice, play polo on a camel at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, or sleep among the fish in an underwater suite at Atlantis, The Palm hotel.
Our friend Adam of Paddock Rent a Car, a Dubai resident, says the luxury and attention to detail in Dubai makes it one of the most comfortable places to live, work, and explore. For visitors, the collision of modern cosmopolitan tastes and rich heritage make for a fascinating experience. Adam recommends travelers try local foods like stuffed camel, al harees, al machboos, and of course, hummus.
Thanks to the United Arab Emirates’ incredible concentration of wealth, Dubai’s streets are positively filled with supercars and expensive exotics. The Dubai police department famously has a number of million-dollar squad cars in its employ — not your typical black-and-whites. For travelers with appropriate means, driving a supercar while visiting the city is an exciting way to experience Dubai’s car culture.
Adam specializes in providing luxury and exotic cars to cater to this Dubai experience. In addition to more common luxury vehicles, Adam offers gems like the Rolls-Royce Ghost, McLaren 570S, and Lamborghini Aventador. Adam’s personal favorite of his collection is the excellent McLaren 650S Spider, a sleek, sophisticated rocket with legitimate supercar presence (butterfly doors).
Tourists in the UAE will find themselves plenty entertained by the sandy beaches, world-class shopping, and pristine resorts. But the best way to explore the UAE, according to Adam, is by getting out and driving the exquisite roads in the deserts surrounding Dubai. Here are Adam’s recommendations for the best roads to visit around Dubai:
Roads for driving
JEBEL HAFEET MOUNTAIN ROAD
The road snaking up the Emirates’ second-highest mountain, Jebel Hafeet, is commonly regarded as the UAE’s best driving road. The seven-mile, 3,900-foot climb was once called the greatest driving road in the world by Edmunds.com. Sixty turns of smooth asphalt lead to Jebel Hafeet’s summit, where a palace belonging to the country’s rulers roosts among the rocks. This is an incredible strip of asphalt — every driving enthusiast who visits the UAE should try to pay Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road a visit.
Hidden in the Hajar Mountains lies Al Taween Road. It’s a lesser-known and somewhat-hidden road starting deep in the mountain range, and its seclusion is a big part of the appeal. Steep grades and sharp turns require a capable car and demand your focus. Towards the top of Al Taween, you’re rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding rugged mountain ranges with few others to spoil the beauty.
JEBEL JAIS MOUNTAIN ROAD
At over 6,300 feet, Jebel al Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE. The brand-new road twisting up the mountain leads to literally nowhere. But the destination isn’t the draw — enthusiasts flock to the road for its snaking switchbacks, hairpin turns, and consistent breathtaking views. The top portion of Jebel Jais Mountain Road is still under construction, so you can’t yet reach the summit, but once completed the road will culminate at a planned luxury hotel.
Roads for scenery
The road from Liwa Oasis to Al Ain runs through the Rub al Khali Desert, also known as the Empty Quarter, in the south part of the UAE. This road has no thrilling turns or mountaintop views; instead, you drive through a vast expanse of rolling sand dunes with a charm all their own. Adam recommends this road to enjoy the peace and quiet of the desert’s shifting sands.
FUJAIRAH MOUNTAIN ROAD
This road is one of the oldest routes connecting the two coasts of the UAE. From Dubai, you can take the Sharjah-Kalba road to reach the Fujairah Mountain Road, which takes you through the Hajar Mountain range. After some cruising over sand dunes, past oases, and through the mountains, the route finishes at the coastal town Fujairah where you can explore the famous Friday market to find anything from pottery to tapestries.