In pictures: the UAE’s best cultural escapes; ArabianBusiness

UAE – Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)

If you need an antedote to the fast-paced corporate lifestyle, the UAE has plenty of places – some little more than an hour from the city – where the weary businessperson can fold up their suit and get a breath of fresh air and historic surroundings. Here are our top 10 picks of the UAE’s cultural escapes.

Hatta Heritage Village

This traditional Emirati village dates back more than 2,000 years and was restored in 2011. Nestled in the Hajar Mountains, Hatta is a monument to the UAE’s heritage, with homes, shops, farms, a freshwater canal and cemetery. If you have time, drive north to Fujairah and visit the lively Friday Market in Masafi and Al Baadiya Mosque, thought to be the oldest extant mosque in the UAE.

Jebel Jais


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