What To Do In The Seven Emirates

UAE Travel Guide: Where To Go & What To Do In The Seven Emirates

The exotic and exciting destinations of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are often on people’s ‘must-visit’ list, but did you know that there’s actually five other great spots to discover in the UAE?

The United Arab Emirates is divided into seven emirates, each one with different scenery and things to do.

We’ve partnered with Rotana Hotels and Resorts – who have 36 hotels across the United Arab Emirates, ideal for family breaks, business trips or luxury getaways – to bring you all the best things to do in the UAE.

1. Abu Dhabi

This modern city prides itself on being one of the richest emirates while still preserving its extensive Arabian culture and history.

Top things to do?

Grand Mosque:

The largest mosque in the country, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a beautiful example of Islamic culture and beauty. It also houses the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet, both of which are handmade.

Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi:

This innovative museum has both ancient and contemporary works of historic, cultural, and sociological interest from around the world. It’s an incredible piece of design, and you’ll easily spend an entire afternoon here.

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WB World:

Experience 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment at this super fun theme park. Kids (and big kids!) will love the different worlds, such as Gotham City and Cartoon Junction.

The Joker FunHouse in Abu Dhabi

2. Dubai

You’ll find a huge range of things to see and do in Dubai, from visiting impressive museums and archaeological sites to making most of shopping ’til you drop.

Top things to do?

Burj Khalifa:

Twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. There’s two amazing  two observations decks – the two-storey At the Top on the 124th and 125th floors, as well as the world’s highest observation deck (555m) on the 148th floor.

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Abra Creek trip:

For just AED1, you can hop on a traditional Water Taxi, called an abra, to cross the creek that separates Bur Dubai from Deira, Dubai’s city centre. The journey only takes about five minutes, or you can hire your very own abra for an hour.


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3. Ras al Khaimah

Ras al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost emirate in the UAE and has some of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Whether you simply lounge on beach or seek adventure, RAK is a slick spot.

Top things to do?

Adventurati Outdoor:

Here’s where you can go on thrilling outdoor adventures. From canyoning and mountain biking to rock climbing, you’ll have a guaranteed good time with these guys. The rock climbing route includes three ziplines for an extra buzz.

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4. Fujairah

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.

Top things to do?

Water sports, paragliding and snorkeling:

At Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa you can make the most of the hot weather with beach volleyball, PADI-certified diving, paragliding and snorkeling at nearby Snoopy Island. Or, y’know, just sunbathe on the beach with a cocktail.

Snoopy Island

Have even more time to explore the UAE? Spend some time in these three other great emirates…

5. 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.

6. Ajman

From beaches and mangroves to museums and malls, Ajman city offers an exciting mix to tempt travellers of all ages.

7. Sharjah

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.

Visiting the UAE? Check out the wide range of resorts and hotels by Rotana here.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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