They say, the best things in life come for free. And that is absolutely right! We spend so much time, effort and money on trivial things that we often tend to miss out on those that actually have significance. One of such things that come at no cost at all is nature and one can observe and enjoy the beautiful aspects of nature all for free! Take for instance, astronomy and stargazing. How amazing it is camp out and stare up at the sky and admire the pool of stars and the beautiful constellations they form!
Speaking of which, TicketsToDo presents to you places in the UAE that could serve as perfect sites for stargazing. Cross your fingers for a meteor shower!
Best stargazing sites in the UAE
Located in Abu Dhabi (about 350km from Dubai), the Liwa Oasis is one of the best stargazing sites in the UAE. It is unlike any other oasis on the map. Besides housing more than 50 different villages, it is also famous for being the filming location for movies like Fast and Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With dunes stretching to the horizon and offering activities like quad biking, this is one of the most adventurous deserts in all UAE. It is also beautiful place where you can take a tour or a safari, visit the national park and witness the vast expanse of the desert during the day and admire the twinkling stars at night. You may come across camel farms and bedouin camp too. Camping out under the stars is entirely possible, and here’s how you can have the perfect camping experience. But if you’re not a camp person, fret not! You can easily find a resort or a lodge to check in for some nice dinner or a spa and to spend the night after you’ve taken a good look at the night sky.
This remote island (located about 460km from Dubai) would make for one of the best weekend getaways for residents and also a must-visit for anybody interested to spend a night in one of the best sites for stargazing in UAE. For all the astronomy enthusiasts, this is the place to camp at! Besides the golden opportunity Shuweihat Island provides to admire the grandeur of the night skies, you can also take a tour of the island and engage in various other activities like hiking and sand skiing. This place is perfect for those wanting to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life, the blinding city lights and deafening noise of these non-rural areas. You can sit by the beach watching the sunset and top it off by gazing at the beautiful stars above the planet.
Mleiha Archaeological Centre
Located in the emirate of Sharjah, the Mleiha Archaeological Centre is another of the best stargazing sites in the UAE. Based on the history and archaeology of the areas surrounding the village of Mleiha, it is basically a visitor centre and exhibition. Besides stargazing, it also offers an array of daytime and night-time activities such as fossil rock sighting, ecological tracking and trekking. After a day of engaging in all these activities, you can spend the night staring at the astounding starlit skies. However, due to the remote nature of the island, it is advised to fuel up enough before you go and also, maybe take your own bubble tent and pack whatever you might require during the journey and through the night there.
More top places to observe stars
Al Quaa Desert
If you are into astronomy, you definitely need to visit this place. You are bound to love the view you will get of the night sky from this desert. If you want to get a spectacular view of the Milky Way, then this should be your spot! Located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Al Quaa Desert also sports some gorgeous dunes. With very little to negligible light pollution in the region, you can gaze all you want at those bright twinkling light. Empty and endless spaces along with the charm of the desert, it is perfect for a safari before spending the night. If you are into astrophotography, you might even be able to get some stunning shots from here. Take your telescope, imagine being in an observatory and don’t miss out on this opportunity of a wonderful desert retreat.
Al Khatim Desert
Located on the way to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi, Al Khatim desert is an amazing site for off-road experiences from sunrise to sunset. With no artificial lights hindering the beauty of stargazing, this is one of the best stargazing spots in the UAE. This beautiful stretch of land which is located 82km from Al Ain and 78km from Abu Dhabi features a stunning and peaceful landscape alongside the vast openness of the desert. With the sands shifting here and there and the slow growth of ghaf trees, this place is popular for desert safari and with dune enthusiasts and the sport of dune skiing can be enjoyed here. Besides this, it is also a much sought-after place by campers, stargazers and basically those looking for the peace and calm the desert provides.
While you are on a tour in the UAE, don’t miss out on all these amazing places to visit in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah too! If you are planning to travel anytime soon, you avoid the hassle of standing in queues by booking your tickets from TicketsToDo.com. Apply the promo codes and coupon codes to avail special discounts on the tickets.
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