Ask anyone not from the Middle East region to name the 7 Emirates of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and chances are they’ll get stuck after listing off Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While those two glittering cities are the most famous, they’re just a small sample of the UAE.
The Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah together form the UAE, and each one has its own unique draw. From mountain scenery to famous buildings and sandy beaches, here’s a quick guide to each Emirate…
The 7 Emirates Of The UAE
This modern city prides itself on being one of the richest emirates while still preserving its extensive Emirati culture and history.
You’ll find a huge range of things to see and do in Dubai, from visiting impressive museums and archaeological sites to making the most of shopping ’til you drop in world-famous malls.
Fujairah boasts a 90 kilometre coastline and is the only emirate situated entirely along the Gulf of Oman, with breathtaking mountains and a golden beach.
4. Ras al Khaimah
Ras al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost emirate in the UAE and has some of the region’s most beautiful beaches and best adventure sports activities in its mountains. Whether you simply lounge on beach or seek adventure, RAK is a slick spot.
Sharjah is home to a whole host of places of interest and things to do, with specific areas devoted to the arts and cultural heritage.
From beaches and mangroves to museums and malls, Ajman city offers an exciting mix to tempt travellers of all ages.
7. Umm Al Quwain
The tiny emirate of Umm Al Quwain is kind of what Dubai would look like if oil hadn’t hit. No major resorts, peaceful lagoons and pretty mangroves with lots of wildlife.