Shopping, dining, and desert safaris would be the typical to-dos on a vacation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, that’s not all that the destination has to offer. Lush mangroves, wildlife safaris, and sparkling coastal waters reside among the seven states of UAE, but are often overlooked for the modern indulgences the region offers. We recently discovered the Beyond experience by Seawings, which introduces one to such hidden, exquisite experiences in and around Dubai. If you’re looking for something more that the high life offered by the Emirates, be it an adrenaline rush or soulful getaway, these day trips are a perfect match.
Curating seaplane trips from the beautiful Dubai creek across UAE for 11 years now, Seawings has vetted mini-breaks, catering to four distinct themes — Nature, Adventure, Lifestyle, and Explore. Their three seaplanes, all Cessna 208 Caravan, fly to 25 locations in the Middle East, with short flights ranging between 25 to 60 minutes. Their CEO, Stuart Wheeler, explained that each of these excursions are crafted based on their team’s personal experience and expertise. The trusted trips are chartered by the nine-seater luxury seaplanes, with seven individual chairs and a loveseat at the back; large windows allowing for splendid views of what’s below. These Beyond getaways can be personalised to preference, with alterations in destinations and activities being welcome.
A flight to the Sir Bani Yas island takes one on a wildlife safari, replete with giraffes, oryx, gazelles, and others of the 13,000 species inhabiting the area. The open jeep safari is followed by a leisurely lunch at a luxury resort, private surface transfers and return to the Dubai Creek. Another favourite is the picnic at the mountain top. Flying to the Jebel Jais Ras Al Khaimah for a bespoke picnic, with the magnificent Hajar mountain in view, it’s perfect for friends and family gatherings or private romantic getaways. The Norway of the Middle East, Musandam is a delight. The fjords, or natural rock formations at the coast, are set against striking blue-green waters are a peaceful escapade as you serenely sail through.
Cruise dinner, golf course excursion, snorkelling, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi — they have a multitude of options to pick from. Plus, these one-day holidays are easily accessible: A total of 5-7 hours means you can fly to Dubai, take a trip, and be back home the same day, or spread the visit over a weekend. If you want a more relaxed vacation, take one or more of these over the course of a few days.
You can book a Beyond by Seawings journey here.
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