A striking confluence of different Emirates, the UAE is truly a traveller’s delight. Famed for its iconic architectural marvels, arid landscape, wonderful beaches, and palm-shaped islands, the country promises a delightful time to the tourists who arrive here in millions each year. Read on to learn about five of the UAE’s most popular emirates and the reasons that make them so popular among the holidaymakers.
Dubai is the most glamorous and popular travel destination in the UAE. Famed for its modern architecture and incredible shopping opportunities, the city appeals to all those who love luxury and opulence. It is home to the world’s tallest building, tallest hotel, largest shopping mall etc. Water sports and adventure activities like desert safari are popular here. Visit souks such as the gold souk, perfume souk, textile souk and spice souk to enjoy traditional shopping in Dubai.
Attractions: Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Creek, Ski Dubai, Dubai Marina
Beaches: Jumeirah, Sunset, Black Palace, Al Mamzar
Theme Parks: Bollywood Parks Dubai, IMG World of Adventure, Motiongate Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Legoland Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Aquaventure Waterpark
Festivals: Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises, Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai World Cup, Dubai International Jazz Festival
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the largest emirate in the UAE. Featuring some of the oldest buildings, structures and mosques, a visit to the city offers a perfect insight into the country’s rich history and legacy. Besides exploring the city, you can enjoy other activities like camel safari and water sports. Old Souq and Gold Souq are the popular shopping haunts here. For some authentic Arabian cuisine, make your way to the beachside shacks and streetside eateries.
Attractions: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Qasr al-Hosn, Yas Marina Circuit
Beaches: Yas, Saadiyat and Al Bateen
Theme Parks: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Marjan Aqua Park, Yas Waterworld
Festivals: Camel Racing, Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Formula One, Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival
Located along the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is a beautiful emirate much loved for its scenic surroundings. Famed for its pristine beaches and other natural wonders, the city is an ideal destination to enjoy a perfect holiday with your friends and family. Home to some of the oldest structures and museums and mosques, Fujairah promises a great time to culture lovers. Water sports especially diving and snorkelling are very popular in the city.
Attractions: Al Badiyah Mosque, Wadi Wurayah, Wadi Wurayah, Jebel Al Mebrah, Al-Bithnah Fort
Beaches: Sandy, Umbrella, Sambraid
Theme Parks: Ice Land Waterpark
Festivals: The International Heritage Da and Maktoum Championship
Recognised as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World, Sharjah is the best place to learn about the rich heritage and traditions of the UAE. Noted for its historic structures, forts and monuments, this beautiful emirate boasts an array of exciting things to do and activities to enjoy. If you are looking for unique gifts, make sure you visit the famous City Centre Sharjah, Safeer Mall and streetside shops in the city.
Attractions: Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Maritime Museum, Sharjah Art Museum, Al Mamzar Beach Park
Beaches: Al Khan, Khor Fakkan, Lou Loua
Theme Parks: Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park, Antic’s Land, Adventureland, Al Majaz Splash Park, Wonderland Amusement Park
Festivals: Sharjah Light Festival
Ras Al Khaimah
Sprawling oasis, hot springs and stunning scenic surroundings are some of the elements that make Ras Al Khaimah a perfect holiday destination. Along with sightseeing around old monuments and visiting interesting museums, the emirate offers you an opportunity to enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, ziplinning, motorsports, golf and different water activities. Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais is the world’s longest zip line.
Attractions: Dhayah Fort, RAK National Museum, Jebel Al Mebrah, Al Marjan Island
Beaches: Most resorts have private beaches
Theme Parks: Ice land Waterpark
Festivals: UAE Awafi Festival