This Emirate is the UAE’s capital and its largest state, occupying approximately 87% of the country’s territory. Abu Dhabi is the home of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most beautiful and picturesque mosques in the world. In addition to the mosque, Abu Dhabi is also home to the Yas Viceroy Hotel, where visitor can see the Formula 1 racing track and watch world renowned races. Only a few minutes drive away, you will find Ferrari World, an indoor amusement park themed after the famous car brand.
Everyone in the world has heard of Dubai, and for many this city will be the main reason to visit the UAE. Dubai’s list of landmarks is not far from limited. From the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, to its old spice and gold markets – the city truly has it all. Here, tourists can shop at the biggest shopping mall in the world, see the only 7 star hotel on the planet and still visit mosques and get a better grasp of a city that grew so huge, so fast, but never lost its roots.
Sharjah is located North of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and although the city doesn’t hold the same world famous attractions as the above two, like all other Emirates, it is definitely worth checking out. Perhaps one of its most popular attractions is the Sharjah Natural History Museum, where visitors can educate themselves about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert. Another must see in Sharjah, is the Blue Souk, its impressive architecture is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.
This is the only Emirates on the East Coast of the UAE. Fujairah has a breathtakingly beautiful geography that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. The Emirate offers the perfect contrast of massive mountains and endless beaches to either side of it. Only approximately an hour and a half drive away from Dubai, visitors can spend the day here and head back to their hotels in the evening, although it’s better to take the opportunity to stay in one of their various luxurious beach resorts.
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal Emirate for an escape from the city. With high-end beach resorts such as Banyan Tree, where guests can book rooms with their own beach front and swimming pools, this is one of the UAE residents’ favorite places for a weekend get away. The Emirate is also well known for its historical ruins such as Dhayah Fort. For those seeking a thrill in Ras Al Khaimah, they must visit Jazirat Al-Hamra, also known as Ghost Town, where there are now only abandoned houses as residents left the area decades ago amid suspicion that it was haunted.
Ajman and Umm Al-Quwain
Ajman has its share of beautiful beaches as well as history. The Ajman Museum was built by the historical Ajman Fort and gives a further insight into the past of the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, Umm Al-Quwain is home to Dreamland Aqua Park, one of the world’s largest waterparks, offering families visiting the UAE an opportunity to road trip to this awesome park and enjoy their day in the sun.