While Dubai may be the most sought after destination in the UAE, other emirates boast ample draws which are worthy of a detour from Dubai. Take a quick look at some of the attractions in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah that merit inclusion in your otherwise conventional Dubai itinerary.
Abu Dhabi – Art
Abu Dhabi, UAE’s capital, is a great place for art connoisseurs. The city has commissioned two ambitious projects – new branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. While Louvre is expected to be completed by the end of the year, Guggenheim might still take around 2 years before opening its gates to the visitors. Abu Dhabi’s neighbour, Al-Ain has majestic old forts and a lovely date-palm oasis, contributing to the emirates’ popularity among those who love art.
Sharjah – Museums
Sharjah may not be as vibrant as its cousin Dubai, nonetheless the cultural capital of the UAE draws its fair share of visitors. Sharjah has an interesting range of art galleries and museums. The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is among the most significant tourist landmarks in the region. It houses more than 5,000 remarkable Islamic artefacts spanning over seven galleries and display areas. Sharjah Arts Museum and Sharjah Maritime Museum are other two venues if you want to discover the region’s heritage and traditions.
Fujairah – Adventure
Often dismissed as a less popular destination, Fujairah has enough to mesmerise its guests. Hajar Mountains dominate the topography of the emirate which has more serene beaches than any of UAE’s other emirates. Explore the well preserved natural beauty, go diving and sample the beautiful underwater marine life; trek or drive through the rugged terrain of the fascinating Hajar Mountains – there are plenty of the activities that attract adventure buffs to Fujairah.
There are endless possibilities beyond Dubai and most business and leisure travellers to the UAE who stay in Dubai often add any or all of these to their itineraries. All the emirates are conveniently accessible from Dubai by car and each one of them can be conveniently covered on a full-day tour.