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The Northern Emirates

Former naval power, Ras Al Khaimah drew strength from its fertile palm groves and regional trade hold, which earned it some differences with the British. Today this great and peaceful Emirate is trying to attract tourists, mainly from Eastern Europe, to its luxury hotels. Its corniche is a pleasant place to walk in the evening and the discovery of the hinterland reveals unusual places. Find below the tips and advice on Ras Al Khaimah and plan your route to visit.

Visiting Ajman, the smallest emirate, is visiting the most typical coastal cities of the country: a millennial maritime history, a golden age of pearl fishing vanished, a fort-museum makes tribute to what remains of the past, a corniche and some depopulated souks. Ajman has no oil and gas on its territory, moreover it is almost isolated in the emirate of Sharjah. Today ignored by tourists, it is a peaceful provincial town that lives at the pace of its shipyards.

Umm Al-Quwain, UAQ in short, is the second smallest emirate, and the least populated. Here we are far from the skyscraper forests of other emirate capitals: life is flowing quietly and the few tourists who venture don't stay there very long. Just the time to visit the downtown museum. This article will give you the keys to understand the emirate of Umm Al-Quwain (he also carves Umm Al-Qiwain) and will be your guide for the visit of the city.

Visiting the emirates of the North is the opportunity to discover a more authentic face of the country. The emirate of Ras Al Kaïmah has the most to offer you with a nice hotel offer, while Umm Al-Quwain and Ajman will not take you more than one hour each to visit.

Map of the Northern Emirates with the location of Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Located in the north of Dubai, the emirates of Ras Al Kaimah, Umm Al-Quwain and Ajman are less known than the others, but they are nonetheless interesting to visit for those who have the time and desire to venture deeper into the country. While Umm Al-Quwain and Ajman's visit will boil down to their strong heritage museum counterparts, Ras Al Khaimah, on the other hand, offers more sites of interest and substantial hotel infrastructure.