A city like no other, cosmopolitan Dubai is home to futuristic architecture, fabulous restaurants, and world-class beaches. Reach new heights at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building with the world's highest observation deck, nightclub, and restaurant. Make your way to the heart of prestigious Downtown Dubai for a taste of shopping heaven at The Dubai Mall, featuring over 1,000 shops. Hungry for an adventure? Why not book a desert safari, complete with camel rides, sandboarding, and live cultural performances.
Home to the 19-century Sharjah Fort, the UNESCO-declared cultural capital is a witness of the history of the Arab world. Discover the home of Sharjah’s most popular sport at the Cricket Stadium, which has hosted more One Day Internationals than any other venue. Indulge in some retail therapy at the city center mall with its huge collection of stores selling local and international brands. Step it up one more level at the Mega Mall, one of the largest malls in the UAE.
Visit the smallest of the seven emirates in the UAE, known for its stunning beaches, its pearl production, and natural attractions. The Al Zorah Natural Reserve is a little slice of heaven, with mangrove forests and lagoons to explore and exotic birds to spot. Get back in the saddle at Ajman Equestrian Club, a relaxed horseback riding center with a range of classes to suit all abilities. In the heart of the city, Ajman City Centre Mall is your go-to for shopping the world over.
Escape the hustle of Dubai in Fujairah. Nestled between the scenic Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, the area is home to varied wildlife and nature. Visit the Palms Dive Center to journey underwater and spot exotic fish and bright corals during wreck and night diving excursions. At Wadi Wurayah, Fujairah’s national park, archaeological sites, rare local animals like the Arabian leopard, and spectacular waterfalls will draw you in, while the 16th century Fujairah Fort, perched on a hilltop surrounded by lush date gardens, will transport you to another time.
The United Arab Emirates’ capital, sitting on an island in the Persian Gulf, is a sparkling gem of a city. Take in the calming beauty of the white sands and crystal clear waters at Yas Beach on a day trip to Yas Island: an idyllically tranquil getaway for the entire family. Yas Island also hosts attractions such as Waterworld and Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park. For an adrenaline antidote, immerse yourself into the traditional culture of Abu Dhabi at Heritage Village, which brings an ancient souk to life.
East of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is an inland oasis dotted with heritage sites and greenery. Take a scenic drive up the tallest peak that is Jebel Hafeet for panoramic views before visiting the ancient Hafeet tombs in the foothills. Also known as Al Ain Palace Museum, the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is the former residence of president Sheikh Zayed and makes for a captivating look into the past, while Al Ain Oasis is a peaceful refuge in the desert with plantations that double as working farms and a proud UNESCO title since 2011 –now extended with an educational eco center.
With mountains and desert on one side and the Gulf of Oman on the other, Muscat is a place of rare scenic beauty. The architecture adds to the attraction in a city that dates back to antiquity. Stop by the Royal Opera House, even if time doesn't allow for a show: with the allure of a grand palace, a walk through will make you feel like royalty. Swim and relax on sandy beaches, or book a diving session with Scuba Diving Fahal. Above all else, don’t miss Al Alam Palace: a spectacular royal residence that offers a tantalizing glimpse into the upper echelons of Oman's royal family.
The rumored home of Sinbad the Sailor, the port city of Sohar has long been a city with maritime associations, having first made its name shipping copper to Mesopotamia. Stroll along Sohar Corniche and take in a waterfront haven with restaurants and a fish market. The corniche gives access to the wonderful Sohar Fort, a whitewashed fortification with an excellent museum inside. Relax in the leafy haven that is Sallan Park, featuring perfectly-manicured gardens that invite picnics and lazy afternoons.