Explore the endless possibilities of the UAE: Seven delightfully diverse destinations
With its soaring skyline and sultry backstreets, slick Abu Dhabi offers an intriguing mix of new and traditional. With a host of attractions like the Corniche Park, White Fort, world-class culture, shopping, sports, entertainment and exceptional Radisson hotels. Ambitious Abu Dhabi also just loves setting records. The world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea - all within such easy reach of EXPO 2020 DUBAI. The perfect end to the trip of a lifetime...
While Dubai may be loud, proud, ritzy and glitzy, neighbouring Sharjah has a far more subtle focus on Arabian culture and history. Sharjah works hard to preserve its heritage as home of some of the UAE’s best museums and art galleries, like the restored Sharjah Heritage Area and the awesome history of the Mleiha Archaeological Site. With a relaxing Radisson Blu resort - an easy drive from EXPO - this alcohol-free destination is a great place to take a break after life in Dubai’s party central.
Ajman may the smallest of the seven emirates, but it still packs a mighty punch. Home to the world’s largest dhow building yard, Adman’s compact size and sense of history gives it a charm all of its own - with a good choice of shops and reasonably-priced restaurants. The Hajar Mountains offer a majestic backdrop to the uncrowded sandy beaches and visitors can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding or walking through nature at the Al Zorah Natural Reserve – also a great spot for tranquil birdwatching.
Take time out to breathe and enjoy the beauty of Fujairah, known for its beaches, its magnificent Hajar Mountains and it’s bustling business center. Visit the city's impressive Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its towering minarets. Savor the atmosphere of the bustling souks or local archaeological gems. Explore the fabled Fujairah Fort, known for its significant role in fighting colonialism, or sleuth around the fascinating Fujairah Museum to discover more about the emirate’s unique heritage.
Charming and historic, Al Ain is a verdant oasis, located to the east of Abu Dhabi. Home to natural springs and palm trees, it’s known as the Garden City. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a treat for culture buffs and nature lovers alike. Its varied landscape is dotted with historic sites – like the Bronze Age tombs on towering Jebel Hafeet. Take a drive to the summit with its awesome views, explore the enchanting old forts, relax in the beautiful Al Ain Oasis or have fun at the camel races.
Discover the romance of Oman; An ancient otherworldly delight with a modern outlook
Modern Duqm was born from a 21st century vision. Formerly, a sleepy fishing village, the Omani’s reimagined it in 2011 as a special new economic zone and sea port. Now, less than 10 years later, ABRACADABRA! The village has gone, replaced by the stylish hotels, restaurants and shops of a thriving, urban, economic hub. Duqm is growing by the day, but its traditional main attractions - the beautiful natural rock garden of wind-eroded forms and glorious beaches – are still carefully preserved.
Mesmerising Muscat sits right on the glittering Gulf of Oman, surrounded by mountains and desert. This gem of a city mixes stylish modern living with ancient history. There’s plenty to see in its many museums, fabled old forts and exquisite mosques. There’s also lots to do: shop, climb mountains, take a night safari, go snorkelling or turtle watching: Muscat is Arabia at its best. Don't miss the spectacular Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. And round off your trip with a 4x4 jaunt into the desert.
A stylish, thriving coastal city has grown up around the port at Sohar – gateway to the Gulf of Oman. Sohar is now a vibrant and popular resort, full of sophisticated beach life, with great swimming, watersports, shopping and restaurants. Well located for exploring the unforgettable wonders of Oman - like its magical capital, Muscat - and the beautiful Hajar mountains, home to picturesque Wakan village. Enjoy the incredible views across the country from Wakan’s many lovely hiking trails.