UAE is a country of Islamic culture, record-breaking architecture, red dune desert, preserved heritage, craggy mountains, and turquoise beaches. Many travelers find UAE synonymous with Dubai, and they visit this rich emirate and depart. However, the country is much more than exploring just the glitz of Dubai.
Here we are updating your UAE trip with these fresh and unique ideas to help you leave footprints all over the country-
Spend the maximum time of the tour in Dubai, as, no doubt it has more offerings than the rest in the list. Looking like a dream city, you can discover the neck-wrecking skyscrapers, numerous beaches, Michelin-star restaurants, and mind-blowing adventure keeps you involved and entertained.
Perhaps, you would have read a lot about Dubai. Besides this urbane-styled tourism, you can escape to the desert. The Dubai desert safari tour comes in various packages giving you the thrill of dune bashing to the calmness of camel ride, the excitement of quad biking to the nervousness of the hot air balloon ride. The camping with dinner and shows under the starlit sky is amazing.
The best time to visit the city is during December and January when there is perfect weather and annual celebrations like New Year’s Eve and the Dubai Shopping Festival.
2 Abu Dhabi
The oil-rich capital of UAE falls next and could be reached via road in an hour and a half. Spend the entire day or more as the tourists are fascinated by the endless entertainment options.
• The top and must-visit attraction is the Ferrari World, the first Ferrari branded theme park in the world, where you can enjoy incredible rides, see the most exquisite cars and even ride those.
• Pay your visit to one of the world’s largest mosque Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which has an intricate design, white and gold facade, 82 domes, and over 1000 columns.
• Soak in the Abu Dhabi’s charm by strolling on the 5 miles long, seaside promenade, the Corniche, that is lined by some of the city’s most popular hotels, restaurants, and cafes, including the remarkable resort, Emirates Palace.
• Dig into the history of the nation at Al Jahili Fort, Heritage Village, and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum.
• Spectate the Falcon show, take a ride to the desert, scrutinize the Marina Mall and check out the jaw-dropping Louvre Museum.
For history buffs, no emirate better than Sharjah will display the restored heritage and tradition of UAE. Declared by UNESCO in 1998 as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World, it has a plethora of museums and galleries to delve deeper into how the Arab lifestyle was. The city defines low-key traveling with its subtle approach. Also, it’s a dry place, with no alcohol anywhere.
• Sharjah Art Museum is the three-story artistic wonder with a huge collection of the late 19th-century Arab arts, paintings, and visuals. You can also appreciate the splendor of a variety of collections of art and artifacts at the Sharjah Heritage Museum and Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
• A fort revamped to a museum today, Sharjah Fort from 1823 is a historic building.
• Admire the design of the Al Noor Mosque, unwind at Al Mamzar Beach, witness the underwater species at Sharjah Aquarium and shop at Blue Souk.
4 Ras Al Khaimah
Famous for Arabian Gulf beaches and backed by Hajjar Mountains, this northernmost emirate has a wonderful atmosphere.
• Challenge your inner guts to zip line across the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais. The ultimate adventure for adrenaline junkies, this is performed under guidance and surveillance.
• To get your breath back from wandering and hiking, bask in the sun at the pretty beaches around.
• Also, sharpen your knowledge at RAK National Museum. Anyone interested in seeing the ruins and learning history could head towards the Dhayah Fort, Jazirat al-Hamra and Khatt Springs.
Lying across the Gulf Of Oman, Fujairah beaches are an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming and diving.
Go back centuries ago as you find the monuments made of stones and mud. The city has the oldest surviving mosque in UAE, Al Bidyah Mosque, oldest fort in the UAE, Fujairah Fort and what used to be the headquarters of the ruling family, Al-Hayl Castle. Trek through the picturesque wadis and villages.
The smallest emirate in UAE is located at a 40-minute drive away from Dubai. The underrated city has natural reserves, parks, all-inclusive museums, golf clubs, beach resorts and more.
7 Umm Al Quwain
Located between RAK and Ajman, the city has unique attractions and activities going around. From witnessing camel racing to watching snakes and fishes in the aquarium, from relaxing on islands to sailing on the sea, from checking the old port to capturing the old fort, the trip could be your weekend getaway.
So, the next time you think of flying to Dubai, don’t forget its fascinating and diverse six neighbouring emirates.