August 17, 2022

Best Cities to Visit in the UAE

The UAE may be a compact country, but its emirates and cities are so diverse and distinct that each of them deserves a stop in its own right. Of the seven emirates in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the surefire favorites, with its unrivaled glitz, sparkle and extraordinary offerings. Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah are just as charming. Then, there are Ajman and Umm Al Quwain where their quaint settings will blow you away. Continue scrolling through this post to know more about the best cities and places to visit in the UAE. 

There is probably no city in the Middle East that is as activity-packed and vibrant as Dubai. It is where you get to see some of the most superlative and record-breaking sights, such as the tallest of its kind Burj Khalifa, the highest of its kind Ain Dubai (observation wheel), the largest of its kind Dubai Frame, and the deepest of its kind Deep Dive Pool. With a whole heap of leisure attractions, you can further buy Legoland Dubai tickets or sign up for a Museum of the Future tour for that added fun and entertainment. Unsurprisingly, Dubai has always remained a popular destination for tourists, particularly sightseers and families traveling with kids.

Unspoiled nature, painstakingly preserved past, and exciting outdoor adventure: these three elements effortlessly put Hatta on the radar of those in the know. See the traces of a bygone era at the 3,000-year-old Hatta Heritage Village, enjoy camping amidst a stunning landscape featuring mountains, wadis, lakes etc, and mostly, engage in activities like biking, hiking, ziplining and kayaking along Hatta Lake. Located about an hour’s drive away from Dubai, it is one of the closest destinations that you can escape to take a break from the city crowd and heavy glamor. 


Abu Dhabi 
The historic past and modernity are gracefully blended and displayed in Abu Dhabi, which is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Dubai. More than that, it is the UAE’s largest and the capital city. You will find here the age-old structures such as the 18th century Qasr Al Hosn, juxtaposed with the uber contemporary sights and cultural landmarks like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Moreover, there is Yas Island that is dedicated to wholesome adventure and thrill, thanks to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, CLYMB Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros Abu Dhabi. Once in Abu Dhabi, the best thing is that you don’t have to travel any far for an invigorating bout of fresh air and nature; simply make a trip to Eastern Mangrove National Park which is just a few minutes away from the city center. 

Al Ain 
Nicknamed as the UAE’s greenest city, Al Ain is the largest city in Abu Dhabi. Rightly so, you will come across lush verdant views wherever you turn during your Al Ain City Tour. Be in awe as you discover the stunning Al Ain Oasis with over 150,000 date palms and further meet over 4,000 animals at Al Ain Zoo. Another must-experience here is a drive up to Jebel Hafeet where you get to experience the UAE’s second highest mountain peak. Stop at the Mubazzarah Park’s hot spring pools that lie at the foothills of the mountain. You will see here several public gardens plus historical attractions such as Al Jahili Fort. 

Al Ain

Ras Al Khaimah 
The stunning combination of unparalleled desert, sparkling waters (along Arabian Gulf), and rugged mountains is what Ras Al Khaimah is all about. It is a dream come true place for luxury seekers, a paradise for history lovers plus outdoor enthusiasts, and an absolute destination for daredevils who wish to indulge in the most thrilling activities. With Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain, just less than an hour’s drive from Ras Al Khaimah, you get to experience the world’s longest zipline (Jebel Jais Flight), set out on Jais Sky Tour, and head to the Viewing Deck Park perched high on the mountain. 

There is no better way to get artsy and cultured in the UAE than with a drive down to Sharjah, just about 40 to 45 minutes’ drive from Dubai. Every emirate in the UAE has its share of cultural and historical landmarks, but Sharjah is quite awe-inspiring. A visit to its attractions including Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Fort, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, and Mleiha Archaeological Centre will prove you right. That said, Sharjah has some fantastic fun zones by way of vibrant activities and sights across the Al Majaz waterfront and Al Qasba areas. 


When you are surrounded by too much of glamor and sparkle, Ajman is your go-to destination for the much-needed small-city vibe. It is the smallest emirate in the UAE, but is instantly captivating for its laid-back settings, unparalleled beach, marvelous Corniche area, and traditional style architecture. You can further revisit the region’s past at Ajman Museum that is housed within an 18th century fort. For bargain shopping, don’t miss to make a stop at the Ajman Gold Souk. The best thing is that Ajman is easily accessible from Dubai via a 30 minutes’ drive. 

Umm Al Quwain 
Umm Al Quwain is a bit of an idyllic destination with bountiful of nature, history and culture. In fact, that’s what makes it one of the hidden gems in the UAE. Feel the serenity and tranquility of its pristine mangrove forests, explore the spotless Umm Al Quwain and its magnificent coastline, look for some unique species of birds including flamingoes, and transport yourself to its modest olden days at UAQ National Museum. For some action and thrill, you can embark on a kite surf tour or make a visit to Dreamland Aqua Park. 


Fujairah is quite unique when it comes to its captivating landscapes, being the UAE’s only emirate that is located along the Gulf of Oman. Visit its mesmeric beaches, enjoy snorkeling and diving, and glance into the region’s intriguing past and culture with a stop at attractions, such as Fujairah Fort. Also, a must-visit is the city’s Friday Market or Masafi Market where you can shop fresh fruits, vegetable and souvenirs at bargain rates. 

Whether you’re an urban trend-setter or one looking to experience the Arabian landscape at its best or anyone in between, it is definite that you will get to experience the holiday of your dreams in the UAE. So, what type of vacation you look forward to in the UAE and where you would like to visit here? Share your thoughts about this wonderful country in the comment section below. 

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