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UAE has no dearth of attractions, both man-made and natural, to explore while in the country. Just in time for the long Eid Al Adha break, here are some beautiful lakes to check out – some of these are man-made while others are natural gems. Whatever trips you take ensure you follow COVID-19 protocols, and check in advance to ensure there are no entry or number restrictions.
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Dubai’s Moon Lake is the latest viral trend among residents and a must-see destination. Located in Al Qudra desert, it is frequented by Arabian Onyx and gazelles. In true UAE-style, head over there in a 4x4 vehicle for a nice sunset visit.
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While you’re in Al Qudra, don’t forget to check out a lake in the shape of intertwined hearts, called the Love Lake. The venue is perfect for barbeques and sunsets with your significant other, or the entire family. Flamingos, ducks, and swans are aplenty around the lakes in the area.
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With just a few months left for the ‘World’s Greatest Show’, this is a great time to visit the Expo 2020 lake. Located just beyond the Expo site near the Al Maktoum Airport, you may get a bird’s eye view if you were flying out of Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport.
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Long Salt Lake in Al Wathba will give you amazing pictures for the gram. There are two lakes on each side of the road, and the Al Wathba reserve in Abu Dhabi's salt lake, which used to be salt flats or'sabkha,' has now blossomed into natural and man-made lakes, allowing wildlife species to thrive.
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The Instagram-worthy Plant Lake is reportedly located on the eastern side of Al Jubail Island, close to Zeera Island and across the water from Khor Laffan. This newly discovered lake was also appropriately named due to its unique shape, which in this case resembles a plant with its structure akin to a root and leaves.
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UAE university student Ammar Al Farsi first captured stunning photos of what he affectionately called the ‘Pink Lake’, which went viral on social networking sites. In an article published by the website howstuffworks.com, it explained that Halobacteria and the algae Dunaliella salina cause lakes to turn pink in colour, as they both which thrive in salty environments. The exact cause of this lake hasn’t been verified yet, but it’s worth a visit and a photography session.
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