When you think of the mysterious United Arab Emirates, I’m sure you think of Dubai first. The sci-fi looking oasis in the desert lands, home to iconic skyscrapers and indoor ski slopes. One would not even blame you if you were completely enamored by the malls that could fit a whole city in them or the extravagant beach resorts of Dubai. However, the UAE is a federation of seven emirates, each having its own mystical Arabic beauty to it.
If you are traveling from India, reaching the UAE is very easy. There are multiple luxuries as well as budget flight tickets that you can avail. Some of the most common ones are, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Mumbai to UAE flights. For those who have never been to this enchanting Arabic land, we give you some of the best attractions of the seven emirates that you may not know about.
Dubai is undoubtedly the most popular destination in the United Arab Emirates. Its futuristic vision portrayed in its architecture will leave you dumbfounded. It is not just the way the city is built though. Dubai is also highly culturally diverse. It is a place which although routed in its Islamic traditions, offers an open environment for newcomers and visitors to experience the city.
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of UAE. It is one that has never been afraid to cross the boundaries. With the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the highest high tea and many other world records. If you want to completely embrace the culture of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the place to be. You can get a taste of the culture through the numerous museums, tours, monuments etc.
UNESCO declared Sharjah to be the cultural capital of the United Arad Emirates because of its sensitivity to the Gulf culture and lifestyle. It may not glisten like Dubai but is rich in its history and the preservation of its values.
It is the smallest of the seven emirates. It is a palm-lined beachy land. Minus the extravagance of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Ajman is a modest yet beautiful Arabic city. Just like how every city has a countryside which is low-key, calm and peaceful. The same way Ajman is the calm before the storm that is Dubai.
Known as the business and commercial hub of the UAE, Fujairah City is popular for its vast fields of oil storage containers. However, it still does restore some history in the museum and refurbished forts.
Think of the complete opposite of Dubai and you get Umm-al Quwain. It is a small, quaint little city. Here you will not see any mega malls or glamorous hotels. This place will give you a feel of what UAE was in its pre-oil days.
For the ones who love the outdoors, you will love RAK. It has the Hajar Mountains on one side, sandy beaches on the other, golden deserts on the next and a calming oasis. It also has an artificial island which has some luxury resorts.