Umm Al Quwain

Offering recreational activities from sailing to skydiving, Umm Al Quwain is an ideal place to visit in the Middle East.

Just over an hour’s drive from Dubai, the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain offers coastal mangroves and several pretty islands east of the mainland. The largest island, Al Seniah, is home to Arabian gazelles, falcons and turtles, making it a popular place for nature lovers.

Umm Al Quwain offers a range of recreational activities from sailing to skydiving. Traditional activities such as dhow building and sports such as camel racing and falconry are extremely popular in the Emirate.

Umm Al Quwain is also home to Dreamland Aqua Park which is the UAE’s largest water park.

Like all of the other Emirates, Umm Al Quwain offers palatial hotels and resorts where visitors can live like a King or Queen

Sharjah

With museums, light shows and Arabic architecture, Sharjah is the cultural heart of the UAE.

Less than an hour away from Dubai, the Emirate of Sharjah is another up-and-coming tourism hub which is experiencing major growth.

Along with must-do activities in the UAE, like going on a desert safari or taking a dhow cruise, Sharjah offers a range of museums and historical sites for visitors to explore, and is widely considered as the nation’s cultural capital.

The yearly Sharjah Light Festival illuminates the city’s landmarks, with light and sound installations projecting incredible images and animations on the facades of buildings.

Sharjah’s attractive Al Majaz Waterfront is a lakeside hub for food, with restaurants offering local cuisine and delightful dishes from around the globe.

Sharjah also offers a range of opulent hotels and resorts with every amenity imaginable.

Ajman

Offering palm trees, white sand and crystal-clear water, Ajman is a great choice for a beach holiday in the UAE.

Ajman is the smallest of the seven Emirates which comprise the United Arab Emirates. Only a forty minute drive from Dubai, it is definitely worth checking out.

Ajman is a pretty paradise with palm trees, pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters, making it a great choice for a beach holiday or a stopover on the way to destinations such as the Maldives.

It offers ultra luxury resorts and hotels and is often a more affordable choice than neighbouring Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is becoming more and more popular with guests due to the welcoming nature of the locals.

Ajman is also home to Dino Live - one of the world’s largest indoor dinosaur exhibitions, featuring over 30 life-sized dinosaurs, a planetarium and a 9D cinema.

Dubai

With glittering skyscrapers, world class shopping and incredible beaches, Dubai really is a diamond in the desert.

Dubai is an incredible city which effortlessly combines traditional Middle Eastern charm with seven-star luxury.

Discover a world of fine-dining, designer shopping, atmospheric markets, soaring skyscrapers and bright blue skies. Dubai offers outstanding beaches, lined with palm trees and world-class hotels and resorts, such as the Atlantis which is built on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree.

Head to Downtown Dubai where you will find the colossal Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination.

Experience the spectacular water displays at the Dubai Fountain or walk around the glittering Gold Souk where you’ll not only find gold, but diamond-encrusted ornaments, stings of pearls, platinum and silver.

Wander around the spice markets infused with exotic aromas, take a dhow boat cruise along the Dubai Creek, explore the landscape on a hot air balloon adventure, or learn about Dubai’s culture and history at the Dubai Museum at the Al Fahidi Fort.

Visit the Burj Al Arab hotel, designed to look like the sail of a ship, for an ultra stylish brunch or zoom across the massive sand dunes in a 4x4 on a desert safari before heading to a traditional Arab encampment for dinner, surrounded by belly dancers, fire eaters and jugglers.

Dubai Parks and Resorts offers a world of family fun. The Middle East’s largest integrated theme park comprises Motiongate™ Dubai, Legoland® Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, Legoland® Water Park and a centrally located retail, dining and entertainment area called Riverland ™ Dubai.

Don’t worry if you get tired with all of the sightseeing and activities, Dubai offers a number of truly outstanding beaches, all with superb facilities, where you can take some time to relax and enjoy the glorious sunshine.

If it’s a great night out you're looking for, Dubai will not disappoint. The city is packed full of restaurants offering local cuisine and dishes from around the world. Visit Madinat Jumeirah, where you’ll find cocktail parties, vibrant drinking spots and nightclubs to kick back after the sun goes down.

Our team of Travel Experts have toured the United Arab Emirates extensively. Get in touch and let them help you to discover Dubai.

Fujairah

With rugged mountains, waterfalls and sandy beaches, Fujairah is the perfect place to relax in the UAE.

Less than a two hour drive from Dubai you will find the Emirate of Fujairah which is the only Emirate lying on the country’s eastern side along the Gulf of Oman.

Fujairah is distinguished with its rugged mountains, valleys, waterfalls, oases and wide sandy beaches. It also features several hot, cold and mineral springs.

Due to its easterly location, Fujairah’s climate is more moderate than that of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Visitors looking to escape the heat are drawn to Fujairah’s relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Major tourist attractions include the Wadi Al Wurayah waterfalls and Ain Al Madhab Gardens and the historic Al Bidya Mosque and Heritage Village.

Fujairah is growing increasingly popular with water sport enthusiasts, especially divers, due its magnificent coral reefs.

Fujairah offers a range of five-star, all-inclusive resorts, affordable family-activity options and local hospitality without the traffic congestion and commercialism that characterize the UAE's West coast cities.

Ras Al-Khaimah

Offering mountains, wildlife, and luxury, Ras Al Khaimah is a great place to visit in the UAE.

Less than a two hour drive from Dubai you will find the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah which is located in the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates.

Ras Al Khaimah is an up-and-coming tourism hub which is experiencing exponential growth. It has scenic locations with diverse landscapes ranging from rolling sand dunes, coastal strips, salt flats, mangroves and mountains.

There are sulfur springs near to the mountain areas and the Emirate is home to a diverse range of wildlife including foxes, jerboas and hundreds of bird species.

Ras Al Khaimah offers some great golf courses and is home to the mind-blowing Jebel Jais Flight zipline, officially the longest zipline in the world.

Like the other Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah offers several ultra-luxury hotels and resorts where visitors can relax and soak up the sun.

Abu Dhabi

Offering adventure activities, luxury hotels, and beautiful beaches, Abu Dhabi is the perfect Middle Eastern escape.

Abu Dhabi is without a doubt one of the world’s most luxurious and wealthy cities.

Like its neighbour Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a sprawling Middle Eastern metropolis, where you’ll find ultra-luxury hotels such as the jaw-dropping Emirates Palace, immaculate beaches, designer boutiques and futuristic skyscrapers.

Culture vultures can experience the Abu Dhabi Louvre or Guggenheim on Saadiyat Island or head to Qasr Al Hosn, an 18th century watchtower with displays on Abu Dhabi culture and history.

A must-see is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - this marble marvel has giant domes, towering minarets and a prayer hall glistening with chandeliers.

Abu Dhabi is also a shopper’s paradise with the gigantic Yas Mall being the retail hub offering over 370 stores and boutiques. There are also plenty of traditional souks and bazaars where visitors can barter for a bargain.

You will find lots of water sports, camel rides and desert buggies, but when it comes to entertainment and activities, Abu Dhabi has a whole island filled with fun.

The incredible Yas Island is home to the Yas Marina Formula 1ᵀᴹ circuit, world-class water and amusement parks, including Ferrari World featuring the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and Warner Bros. World. It even has an 18 hole championship golf course and much more!

Abu Dhabi is bursting with food stalls, cafes and stylish restaurants serving up aromatic and flavourful Emirati cuisine, as well as popular dishes from around the globe.

Visitors will find plenty to stay up for in Abu Dhabi, with beach parties, cocktail lounges, piano bars and nightclubs, this glamorous metropolis really is a round-the-clock destination.

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