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The Northern Emirates

Updated on 09.06.2018

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.

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.

Umm Al-Quwain, UAQ in short, is the second smallest emirate, and the least populated.

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.