Cities in UAE You Must Visit When Visiting The Emirates

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Cities in UAE

Once known for its fishing-based economy, today, UAE is much more than vast deserts and ancient forts. Immersed in its rich Emirati culture, the cities in UAE are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world offering touches of modernity with its ever-expanding infrastructure.

Here is the list of 13 Cities in UAE You Must Visit When Visiting The Emirates

1. Dubai

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Known For : Burj Khalifa Palm Jumeirah Burj Al Arab

Essentially a desert city, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that combines together to form U.A.E. This global city is mainly known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and plethora of tourist landmarks making it an ideal vacation spot for vacationers from all around the globe.

Best Time: November to April

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2. Abu Dhabi

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Known For : Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Louvre Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Abu Dhabi is a luxurious metropolitan city in UAE with the flair of traditional values combined with the modernism of 21st century. It is the largest of the seven Emirates and referred to as a shopperês paradise. The city is dotted with some of the worldês best modern and historic architecture making it a must-visit destination.

Best Time: Late October to April

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3. Sharjah

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Known For : Sharjah Desert Park Al Qasba Sharjah Aquarium

The art capital of United States of Emirates, Sharjah displays its history and heritage through its landscape, plethora of museums and conservative living.

Best Time: October to April

4. Ajman

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Known For : Ajman National Museum City Centre Ajman Sheikh Zayed Ajman Mosque

Peaceful and relaxed, Ajman is the smallest of all seven cities in UAE known for its scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. It is also a growing economy with numerous options of sightseeing such as museums, beaches, fort and shopping complexes.

Best Time: November to March

5. Al Ain

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Known For : Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Zoo Al Jahili Fort

Al Ain literally translates to 'the spring' in English, and it was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. The oasis is still open to tourists. Al Ain stands on the UAE - Oman border and is a small and sleepy town away from the hustle bustle of the major cities in UAE like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is largely known for its greenery and is a beautiful sight to view in the midst of a desert.

Best Time: October to April

6. Fujairah

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Known For : Fujairah Fort and Fujairah Village Snoopy Island Al Bidyah Mosque

Calm and serene, the Emirates of Fujairah is a picturesque place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary city life. This youngest city in UAE is an industrial city settled along the east coast still reflecting an essence of simplicity in its life style.

Best Time: September to December and January to March

7. Ras Al Khaimah

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Known For : Jebel Jais Jazirat Al Hamra Ras Al-Khaimah National Museum

One of the most scenic emirates of U.A.E, Ras Al-Khaimah is nestled along the Persian Gulf Coast at the northern end. The emirate serves as a perfect retreat for locals and tourists with its serene and calm environment and long sandy beaches.

Best Time: October to mid April

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8. Kalba

Kalba is a quaint town located near Sharjah, UAE. It is defined as an exclave of the Emirate of Sharjah that lies on the coastline bordering the Gulf of Oman. Inter spaced between Oman and the emirate of Fujairah, it is particularly well known for Khor Kalba or the Kalba creek, a swampy area populated by thick mangrove forests deemed to be the oldest in Arabia. This city in UAE is also home to some of the most amazing and rarest species of birds.

9. Umm Al Quwain

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Known For : Dreamland Aqua Park UAQ National Museum Al Sinniyah Island

Umm al-Quwain is the least populous and the second smallest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The emirate covers an area of 750 square kilometres. Umm al-Quwain is a city not exposed to catastrophic urbanisation like its neighbours and the city still remains reminiscent of its past as a fishing hub.

10. Ghayathi

This city in UAE is about a 3-hour drive from Abu Dhabi and has earned the name of "a place in the middle of nowhere". You can relax here for a weekend, away from the city's rush, in a semi-urban Arabic atmosphere. The Western Hotel is one of the best bed 'n' breakfast places here and costs about AED 360. To add some fun, you can visit the Ghayathi Hypermarket, Ruwais Mall and other nearby shopping hubs. The Aquapark is also very famous in this locality.

11. Dibba Al Hisn

Dibba is known for its remnant Portuguese fortress, also where it got its name (Hisn) from. This city is at a distance of 148 kms from Dubai. There's so much to see here that you'll be wayfaring the city all day. If you're an artistic person, you must visit the Dibba Society for Culture Arts and Theatre. Chill by the peaceful Dibba Al Hisn beach and Sambraid beach. You could also sail along the coast in a dhow cruise and see the Dolphins dive by. Dibba has a very famous fish market known as the seafood souk. There are various affordable hotels like the Dibba Beach resort, Radisson Blu etc. which fall in the range of INR 4-6k.

12. Al Madam

"The Ghost City" of UAE is the title earned by this city, and we know you're wondering why? That's because this place was abandoned by its residents more than a decade ago and the houses are drowned in sand today. People say this happened due to a ghost which drove it's residents away, or probably a desert storm did that. If you really want to visit this place, be prepared to walk a lot and get the spooky vibes. To reach here, you can do an easy drive of 50 minutes from Dubai. You might find a mosque and a place or two to eat nearby the city.

13. Dhaid

One of the best places for a relaxing getaway, Dhaid is mostly an oasis that doesn't have much to explore. Its Friday market is the most famous for pottery, carpets, dry fruits and especially dates. You can experience the unique camel race that takes place at its camel race track. Bedouin Oasis Camp is the best place to spend the night here. You can reach here after 60 kms, which is a drive of 50 minutes from Sharjah. In the city, you'll get to see large plantations of fruits and vegetables.

Now that we've covered the various cities in UAE, where will you be heading to when visiting the Emirates?

This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer

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