Long Drive? Top Pit Stop Ideas on your UAE Road Trips

BY - 19th June 2018
 

When it comes to zipping along on the UAE’s excellent roads, the fun is in the journey. For convenience, you can even rent a car in the UAE, just for a weekend perhaps, with GPS installed to explore the country. You could be headed to the adventure packed roads of Jebel Hafeet or visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. You could be on your way to Snoopy Island in Fujairah or headed towards Sharjah’s Blue Souq. The journey can be even more interesting with fun pit stops woven into UAE road trips.

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While most petrol stations serve various brands of fast foods, there are lesser known food destinations located all over the UAE where you can enjoy the view with the food. Carlease recommends these pit stops for UAE road trips.

1) Bikers Café, Fujairah:

Bikers Cafe in Fujairah

Vibrant vibes with the shore

When in Fujairah, do as bikers do and get yourself to this bold motorbike themed café located on the corniche, within the Harbor Club premises. The food along with an amazing view will bring you back for more. While there is a Bikers Café on Dubai’s Jumeirah Road, the one in Fujairah really does justice to its theme.

The food is great, with some UAE favorites such as karak chai, maramieh (herb tea) and saffron milk. The portions are generous and there are multiple choices available including all-day breakfasts as well as main courses. For dessert, we recommend the freshly made luqaimat, with a crunchy crust, dipped in date syrup.

2) Bystro at Mleiha Archaeological Center, Sharjah:

Mleiha Archaeological Center

Natural landscapes, stunning views and good coffee

Nestled in the shadow of the famed Fossil Rock, the road trip to Mleiha Archaeological Center acquaints you with sand that is a deep earthy orange color. Once inside the archaeological center (tickets cost AED25), you can enjoy a fascinating tour of the artefacts discovered from dwellings going far back into the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages.

In case you don’t have a couple of hours, keep the tour on your bucket list and head straight to the Bystro. With large picture windows all around showcasing wandering camels on sand, the café serves a delectable selection of food and desserts. You can try home-style chocolates, freshen up with a ginger brew or settle for a coffee with a camel-shaped swish on the surface.

3) Shakespeare and Co at Al Zorah, Ajman:

Shakespeare & Co - Ajman

Views that are worth the drive

Shakespeare and Co already exists at many of our favorite places in Dubai, right from Souq Al Bahar to Palm Jumeirah amongst others, with its quirky menu – Croque Ma’am Sir, anyone? The uniqueness about Al Zorah is the stunning view it offers.

The mangroves are right there, you can see flamingoes, egrets and herons waddling around in their natural habitat. The area is cooler than many others during summers, and outdoor seating is still an option – in shade and under an umbrella.

4) Yansoon Restaurant, Ras al Khaimah:

Yansoon Restaurant, Ras al Khaimah

Shisha with a view

When in Ras Al Khaimah, make sure to stop at Yansoon on Al Qawasim Corniche. The Lebanese restaurant and shisha lounge has received rave reviews from diners. It offers splendid views over the mangrove nature reserve and consistently serves fresh ingredients, be it in the cold and hot mezze or the aromatic delights of the brick oven, which takes center stage at the restaurant.

After a refreshing glass of jallab drink, with hints of rose, dates and grape molasses, tuck into rich, creamy hummus, fattoush and moutabal, or savor hot Levantine dishes such as cheese rakakat. The kitchen also serves up grilled gulf prawns at reasonable prices. We recommend sitting at the rooftop terrace to enjoy breathtaking vistas over the mangroves and water. And if you fancy a stroll after your meal, take a walk on the corniche, the lively pedestrian boulevard which runs alongside an entirely natural mangrove.

5) Al Nokhada Restaurant, Fujairah:

Al Nokhada Restaurant, Fujairah

This hidden gem has great food and an amazing landscape

A short 15-minute drive from Fujairah, this Emirati restaurant is a hidden gem. Located on the picturesque corniche of Kalba, an exclave of Sharjah on the border of Oman, Al Nokhada Restaurant is as laid back as the town itself, which is known for being a birdwatcher’s paradise with its creek, old mangrove swamps and sandy beaches.

Featuring an outdoor yard facing the sea and fishing boats, the quaint hangout makes delicious marinated grilled fish and seafood dishes at affordable prices. You can also take a three-minute walk to Kalba Beach, one of the quietest in the UAE. Boasting big skies, crystal clear waters and zero development, the lengthy stretch of beach is ideal for discovering shells, capturing a perfect sunrise or sunset, and spotting the flocks of migratory birds flying over the wetlands.

6) Breakers Beach Bar & Lounge, Ras al Khaimah:

Breakers Beach Bar & Lounge at Cove Rotana Resorts

The perfect place to unwind

This atmospheric beachside bar at Cove Rotana Resort is a favorite with visitors to Ras Al Khaimah, thanks to the hotel’s convenient location off the main highway, near the entrance to the emirate. Open all day, the venue sits in the middle of a 600-meter beach and offers a good choice of sandwiches, wraps and nibbles, from fish and chips to Punjabi samosa, with views to die for.

And if you happen to be there on a Thursday or Friday, you can enjoy a sumptuous barbecue buffet during sunset. With sand under your feet, the cool sea breeze gently blowing across your face and waves crashing in the background, Breakers Beach Bar is the perfect place to unwind and recharge before hitting the road again.

Do you know any spots that are worth the drive? Tell us about them.

*This is not a sponsored post – all opinions are 100% honest.

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