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Experience the UAE of olden times on this private day trip to the country’s scenic east coast from Dubai. With a private guide, drive through the desert and Hajar Mountains to this gorgeous chunk of coast, dotted with old-time villages, forts and idyllic beaches. Stroll along the waterfronts of the fishing towns of Dibba and Khor Fakkan; visit the old stone-and-mud Al Badiyah Mosque; admire picture-perfect Fujairah Fort, and stop to swim or sunbathe at a beautiful beach. Finish with a visit to colorful Masafi Market before returning to Dubai.


  • Private day trip to the UAE East Coast from Dubai
  • Visit the fishing village of Dibba, near the border of Oman
  • Make the most of some free time to sunbathe or swim in the Indian Ocean
  • Stop for photos at Badiyah Mosque and Fujairah Fort while learning about their history
  • Stroll around the chic coastal town of Khor Fakkan, and visit the Friday Market in Masafi
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a knowledgeable, private guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: UAE East Coast Day Trip from Dubai

Relax on the beach before visiting the famous Fujairah Fort

After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, travel by air-conditioned minivan through the desert and craggy Hajar Mountains to the UAE’s east coast.

On route, enjoy the views and hear from your guide how this scenic shoreline attracts visitors who swap Dubai’s bustle for its peaceful harbor towns, old forts and pristine beaches.

As you travel, let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more of. Since your tour is private, your itinerary can be customized around you.

Arrive in Dibba, a picturesque port town, and stroll along the waterfront past fisherman gathering their catches. Then, follow the beautiful coastal roads to either a public beach or the Sandy Beach Hotel and Resort —just select your preference on the day. If you opt for the Sandy Beach hotel, pay the entrance fee and enjoy the sands, sea and swimming pool, together with a delicious included lunch buffet.

After your relaxation time, reconvene with your guide and continue to Badiyah, home to one of the UAE’s oldest mosques. Stop to visit the beautifully simple, mud-and-stone place of worship, admiring its low domes and wooden doors as you hear how it’s believed to date back to the 1400s.

Continue to the port town of Khor Fakkan to stroll along its garden-lined waterfront, and then drive through the village of Murbah to Fujairah.

Here, visit Fujairah Fort, a splendidly restored fort perched above old Fujairah. Admire its round and square towers as your guide explains how the fort was constructed in 1670, before being badly damaged by a British bombardment in the early 20th century.

After taking photos here, finish your east coast explorations at the Masafi Friday Market. Despite its name, this bustling outdoor market is open seven days a week and offers rich pickings for visitors.

Scour the stalls for handicrafts such as rugs, pottery and jewelry, and then drive back to Dubai, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

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Customer Reviews

carol b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved our guide - very informative. We saw other things than skyscrapers. Lunch was very nice. He was very flexible with our shopping time. And, also actually took us to the gold souk when we returned to Dubai. I would highly recommend this trip.

Seyed S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

we had the best tour guide ever! He was so knowledgeable about everything and we enjoyed our adventure so much.

sunilmathur India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a private tour of the East Coast of Dubai. The guide and the driver were both courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. The tour entailed a drive through the city of Sharjah and then a visit to the Friday Market at Masafi. Here we saw various handicrafts on sale and savored some fresh oranges and coconut water. The mountainous terrain of Fujairah was beautiful, as also were the large number of oases, both man-made and natural, that fell on the way. All types of scenery, mountains, deep valleys, sea, oases, fell on the way and I was able to capture some of it on celluloid. At Dibba, the sight of the sea near the Fish Market, with large number of lovely boats and ships anchored, was breathtaking. I regretted having purchased dates from Dubai, as fresh dates of very good quality were available in the shop here as well as in the Friday Market. We also had a good look at the historic Baidiyah Mosque and the Fujairah Fort bounded by the sea and excavations of ancient sites. We had delicious Lebanese food at a small restaurant in Khor Fakkan offering beautiful views of the sea and of palm trees. On way back, the guide showed me the large cylindrical tanks at Fujairah where oil delivered through underground pipes from Abu Dhabi is stored for supply not only to UAE but also to foreign lands like Japan. It was altogether a most enjoyable and memorable trip.

Oneka R

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Would def recommend it.

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