United Arab Emirates Luxury Yachting Guide

Composed of 7 separate states, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a former desert-come-oasis, attracting some of the world’s most celebrated personalities and offering luxury goods and experiences beyond compare. From the sleek modernity of Abu Dhabi to the flamboyant opulence of Dubai, the UAE is a destination to spark the imagination and entertain the eye.

The UAE is a federation made up of seven emirates, states, which are as follows: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm-alQaiwain. Whether travellers come to the UAE for shopping, naturalist’s pleasures or outdoor adventures, every Emirate within the UAE is more than capable of pleasing the eye as well as the mind.

Abu Dhabi
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is home to the city of the same name, which is the largest within the Emirates and one of the most modern in the world. Housing the headquarters of innumerable oil companies and embassies, the city of Abu Dhabi is ultra-chic, having been described by CNN as the richest city in the world. Shopping is king in the UAE, and few do it better than affluent Abu Dhabi; for those with a naturalists leaning, a desert safari in a 4x4 or a trip to verdant Khalifa Park should do the trick.

Dubai
Dubai is a destination about which much has been said and, no matter how extreme the claim, it always seems to be true. From and immense indoor snow skiing centre to the world’s tallest (and still growing) building, Dubai is a flamboyant city of bustling vitality that oozes luxury and pleasure. From an indulgent laze on Jumeriah Beach to dune bashing and creek cruises, Dubai is a city-state of enormous possibility.

Ajman
Ajman is the smallest of the seven Emirates and centrally located on the western coast of the UAE. More sedate than its pulsing brothers, Ajman still offers much to the weary travellers. Shopping of all kinds is available at the well-stocked City Center Mall, while the Ajman Museum, housed in an old fort, contains many diverse artifacts and reconstructions of traditional life. Those longing for relaxation will find Ajman Beach delicious with its glittering sands and crystalline waters bursting with various marine life, which includes several inquisitive dolphin pods.

Fujairah
The youngest of the Emirates, and the only one without a Persian Gulf coastline, Fujairah is a newcomer to the tourist scene. Boasting two large cities, that of Diba and Fujairah City, the main attractions in these bustling commercial centres are the buzzing souks and the groundfloor café’s serving delicious shawarmas, shishas and falafel. Head to the coast for a sultry sun-soaking and dip a toe in the balmy Indian Ocean. Fujairah Beach has a lovely marina and attracts a modicum of sleepy trade.

Ras al-Khaimah (RAK)
Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) is located on the north end of the Arabian Gulf coastline and enjoys a mountainous border with the Sultanate of Oman. Boasting gorgeous azure seas and pristine white san beaches, RAK is a tranquil tourist hub. The dramatic dunes of the sweltering desert and the imposing line of the Hajjar Mountains are a majestic backdrop for this lovely locale.

Sharjah
Generally the place where those who work in Dubai come to live, Sharjah has, uniquely, a coastline on both the eastern and western coast of the peninsula. Touted as the centre for Islamic education in the UAE, Sharjah also has some lovely beaches and beautiful architectural delights, such as the mosque of Qanat al Qasba.

Umm Al Quwain
Umm Al Quwain stretches over 800 square kilometers of lovely surroundings, from the lush coastal mangrove forests to the rolling dunes and fertile oases of the sultry desert. With the traditional activities of falconery, camel racing and dhow building evident in Umm Al Quwain, it is safe to say that the customs of the past are still heavily embraced. A trip to the sandy islands of the coast is a unique treat: explore the dense mangroves forests, bubbling creeks and immense coastal plains.

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