Exploring the UAE: Must-Visit Destinations for Filipinos

  • November 06, 2023
  • 05:15 Minutes


The UAE is renowned as a mecca of opportunity for skilled professionals and expatriates to find fulfilling careers. While gainful employment and business opportunities are certainly a core part of the UAE’s charm, there’s much more the jewel of the Middle East has to offer.

This blog explains where you can go in the UAE and the most popular destinations Filipinos love.

Tourist or not, if you want to make the most of your time in the UAE, you cannot afford to miss out on some of its main attractions. Thousands of people worldwide travel thousands of kilometers for them every day.

Here’s a curated bucket list of the best places to go in the UAE for Filipinos.

At the Top, Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building, can never get enough credit for its spectacular architecture. At an elevation of 828m, the Burj Khalifa is approximately three times taller than the PBCom Tower in Metro Manila and stands. The view from level 148 is panoramic enough to give you a glimpse of the earth’s curvature!

To avoid the rush, the best time to visit is at 8. a.m. when it opens or around 10 p.m. right before closing hours if you want to catch the mesmerizing view of the night skyline. Please note that the ticket price can vary a bit with the time and day of your visit.

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Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi

If you’re a fan of art, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is a must-visit destination in the UAE. The museum houses an extensive collection of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from various cultures around the world.

The museum’s unique architecture features a stunning dome that filters the sun’s rays to create mesmerizing imagery across the museum floor and walls.

The visiting hours are 10 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 8:30 pm on the weekends. The adult admission tickets cost AED 60, but if you’re an under-18 adult with a valid UAE ID, it’s completely free!

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World is an adrenaline-pumping adventure for thrill-seekers and motorsport enthusiasts. Featuring exhilarating roller coasters and rides inspired by Ferrari’s legendary cars, it’s a day of non-stop excitement. You can also test drive a Ferrari!

One of the park’s highlights is Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, which simulates the feeling of a Formula 1 race.

The park’s opening hours are subject to change from day to day, but it’s usually open to visitors from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on all days. You can check today’s timings here before planning a visit. The admission ticket costs AED 345 and gives you unlimited access to Ferrari World for an entire day.

Hatta Lake

Nestled in the Hajar Mountain range, Hatta Lake has been a place of escape for UAE residents from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can quickly fill an entire day with fun outdoor games and sports or simply relax and decompress in the serene waters, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

There are lots of activities for all age groups:

  • Zorbing
  • Zorbing Football
  • Gel Ball
  • Tube Sliding
  • ATVs
  • Big Plunge (Trampoline park)
  • Horseback riding
  • Splash Mountain
  • Paragliding
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Axe-throwing
  • Zipline
  • Net walk
  • Mountain Cart
  • Mountain Biking
  • Water Slides
  • Wall Clim


Kite Beach, Dubai

Kite Beach is one of the best places to visit in Dubai for free. It’s a vibrant,  family-friendly beach with a beautiful sandy white shore for strolls, morning jogs, and crystal blue water that glints as it catches the sun.

You can also indulge in water sports like volleyball, parasailing, and kayaking, and delicious food stalls offering a variety of tasty treats.

If you want to avoid the rush, your best bet is to visit on a weekday.

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Yas Island is a world-class entertainment hub featuring four award-winning theme parks, including Ferrari World, and various leisure activities like sailing in the Marina, taking in a dancing fountain show, or parties on the beach.

It would take at least a week to explore everything this recreational paradise has to offer. The island is a one-stop destination for adventure, entertainment, shopping, and memorable family outings.

Global Village, Dubai

Global Village is a cultural and entertainment extravaganza where you can travel worldwide without leaving Dubai. It’s a theme park with 27 pavilions, each representing a different country’s regional ambiance, delicacies, items, clothes, and cultural performances with immense talent on display.

The park timings are 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday to Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Entry tickets can be purchased at the entry gates, costing up to AED 25.

Desert Safari, Dubai

Whether you experience it with a car, a dune buddy, on camelback, or foot, the majesty of the Arabian desert will leave you speechless. During the sunsets, it’s every photographer’s dream backdrop.

Different local tourism agencies offer multiple desert safari packages, so that the prices can vary depending on your selected package or agency. Some packages may also include a traditional Arabic dinner under the stars.

Al Ain

Often referred to as the ‘Graden City,’ Al Ain is a stunning inland oasis city on the eastern border with Oman. It provides a peaceful retreat from the busy city life and a glimpse into UAE’s traditional side.

It’s also a great place to get in touch with the country’s history, as you can find remains that go back to the bronze age. While you’re in Al Ain, don’t forget to visit the famous Al Jahili Fort.

Alternatively, you can go hiking, visit the Al Ain Zoo, or visit famous museums.

Al Qudra Lake, Dubai

Al Qudra Lake is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts. It’s an artificial lake surrounded by a desert landscape, which creates a mindblowing contrast of aridness and habitability. The area is famous for picnics, bird-watching, and cycling along its picturesque track.

The ideal time of the year to visit AL Qudra Lake would be during winter when the climate is pleasant enough to take a long walk around the lake.

Final Words

The UAE hosts a trove of remarkable cuisines, activities, spectacles, and experiences for people worldwide. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, visiting these places will enrich your overall experience and allow you to meet fellow Filipinos of the UAE and forge beautiful memories that will stay with you for life.

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