Once a vast desert, the United Arab Emirates is now a country where you can find an ideal blend of the traditional and ultra-modern. With humble beginnings in camel rearing, pearl farming and fishing, the 7 UAE emirates now offer an exciting mix of adventure, history, culture and fun for everyone. So, what makes the UAE’s 7 emirates unique? What sets them apart from each other? Why is the UAE one of the best places to live in the world? Here’s everything you need to know about the UAE’s seven emirates.
Rulers of the EmiratesAlthough a nation-state, all seven emirates in the UAE are ruled by different royal families in the UAE.
THE SEVEN EMIRATES OF THE UAE AND WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIALLet’s now take a detailed look at each of the seven emirates of the UAE and see how each is unique. Here’s a map of the UAE with the 7 emirates pinpointed to give you an idea of their geographical locations.
DUBAIMulticultural Dubai is home to people from more than 200 nationalities. The emirate is known for its modern skyscrapers, extravagant landmarks, star-studded skyline, vibrant nightlife and high-end shopping experiences. The emirate’s economy is majorly driven by its real estate and tourism sector. However, this was not always so. One of the interesting facts about Dubai is that until the 1700s, Dubai’s economy relied heavily on fishing and pearl farming. Similarly, the history of Dubai architecture is also quite exciting. Many things make Dubai a popular tourist destination, but here are some of the best ones.
BURJ KHALIFABurj Khalifa needs no introduction. It’s the tallest building in the world and is expected to remain so for a long time. There are plenty of things to do at Burj Khalifa. Whether you fancy an afternoon tea or a view of Dubai from the top of Burj, you can have it all.
THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTUREThe Museum of the Future opened its doors to the public on February 22 2022. Referred to as the “most beautiful building on Earth” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this museum building on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road promises an exhilarating experience to all lucky visitors. You can explore the future of artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies here.
PALM JUMEIRAHThis is the largest artificial island in the world, shaped like a palm tree – complete with the fronds and a trunk. Palm Jumeirah is a luxury development that offers high-end waterfront living for residents, with all lifestyle amenities and leisure activities nearby. The Pointe is an exclusive waterfront destination on the world’s largest artificial island, dotted with restaurants and retail outlets.
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ABU DHABIAbu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the UAE, is also the country’s capital. In Arabic, the name Abu Dhabi translates to “land of the gazelle.” Legend is that the name originated when a young gazelle led a lost tribe to fresh water on an island with some coral buildings, a fort and some 300 palm frond huts (barasti). The tribe settled there, marking the beginning of modern Abu Dhabi. One of the most interesting facts about Abu Dhabi is that the earliest settlement in the area can be traced back to the 3rd millennium B.C! Today, this thriving archipelago blends a rich heritage with glorious high-rises, stunning landscapes and a vibrant high-end lifestyle. You can discover some of the best things the UAE has to offer right here, in Abu Dhabi.
MANGROVE PARKSOne of the distinguishing features of Abu Dhabi is its thriving mangrove population. Whether you go kayaking at the Eastern Mangroves or set out to explore the Jubail Mangrove Park, you can witness the lush vegetation and the prolific ecosystem it supports firsthand.
QASR AL HOSNQasr Al Hosn or the Al Hosn Palace once served as the home of the ruling family. It holds a watchtower that was Abu Dhabi’s first permanent structure, built in the 1790s to protect the island settlements. Today, the palace has been converted into a museum displaying artefacts dating as far back as 6000 B.C.
SHARJAHThe third-largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah is home to extensive deserts, beaches, and significant archaeological monuments that are dispersed throughout the city. Sharjah was named both the “Unique and Distinguished Tourist Destination” and the “Capital of Islamic Culture.” Additionally, UNESCO designated it as the “Cultural Capital of the Arab world.” The Eastern Coast of the Gulf of Oman can be seen from a number of locations throughout the emirate. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Sharjah harmonises its best historical and Islamic influences. You can witness the best of Sharjah at these must-visit places.
SHARJAH SAFARI PARKThe 8000-hectare Sharjah Safari is the world’s largest safari park outside Africa. It features fascinating and exotic species, such as giraffes, lions and even a black rhinoceros.
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