The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each with a character and charm of its own. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do.
The capital of the UAE lies around 165 km southwest of Sharjah. Visitors should certainly see the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Louvre Abu Dhabi. Other highlights include Ferrari World Abu and Yas Marina Circuit, the venue for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
To the south, the adjacent emirate of Dubai is easy to reach from Sharjah. Top of any itinerary should be a visit to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. Other must-see sights include the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, historic Dubai Creek, Palm Jumeirah and The Dubai Mall.
Stretching along the Gulf of Oman on the country’s east coast, Fujairah is renowned for its beautiful beach at Al Aqah and scuba diving sites such as Martini Rock. Historic highlights include the 16th-century Fujairah Fort and the UAE’s oldest mosque at Al Bidya.
Bordering Sharjah to the north, Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates. It has a 16 km stretch of beach along the Arabian Gulf, along with mangrove forests and a natural harbour. Places of interest include Ajman Museum and the 18-hole Al Zorah golf course.
Umm Al Quwain
North of Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain offers a peek at what life was like in the UAE before the discovery of oil. Historical attractions include the Old Harbour and Umm Al Quwain Museum, while Al Sinniyah Island is a marine sanctuary noted for its mangroves and migratory birds.
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate and the gateway to the magnificent Musandam Peninsula. It has a number of beach resorts, while adventure lovers flock to Jebel Jais, the country’s highest peak that is home to a via ferrata climbing route and what is set to be the world’s longest zip line (soon to open).