When most people think about the Middle East or more specifically The United Arab Emirates (UAE) they think or associate the whole region with Dubai.
Of course, Dubai is the most well-known, a popular holiday destination, with beautiful beaches, modern architecture, luxury lifestyle, and thriving business hubs. However, the UAE offers so much more and has a total of 6 other Emirates/States, each emirate has its own identity, offering different opportunities and experiences to work and live in. Below is a brief overview of what each of the emirates can offer.
In 1972, the UAE became a federation of 7 Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and is the largest emirate in the country. The city is known for its oil reserves, finance, and business sector. Abu Dhabi has a diverse economy, and the city is investing heavily in infrastructure projects, tourism, and education. Abu Dhabi is home to some of the top universities and research institutes, making it an ideal place for those who want to work in the education sector. Additionally, the city offers a high standard of living with modern facilities and amenities.
Sharjah: Sharjah is the third-largest emirate in the UAE and is located on the northern coast of the country. The city is known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to many museums, art galleries, the famous Rain Room, Family fun at Al Qasba, Khalid Lagoon, Al Majaz Waterfront, tranquil Al Noor Island, the 600 store Central Souq and much more
Ajman: Ajman is the smallest emirate in the UAE and is located on the west coast of the country. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, natural landscapes and mangroves, Al Zorah Nature Reserve, Masfout Castle, hiking in the foothills of the Hajars, Saleh Souq is a charming mix of past and present. Ajman is also home to a growing industrial sector and has a thriving tourism industry.
Ras Al Khaimah: Ras Al Khaimah is located on the northern coast of the UAE and is known for its natural landscapes, the Jebel Jais, Flamingo beach, sophisticated islands, creeks and mangroves including the extraordinary Al Rams Beach and Saraya Island and if you’re lucky you may get to witness the “Pink Lake”, Al Qawasim Corniche where you will find 3 kilometre of waterfront lined with international restaurants, local cafes, water activities, children’s play area, the RAK Eye, Jais Viewing Deck Park and of course the breath taking Al Qassimi Palace
Fujairah: Fujairah is located on the east coast of the UAE and is famous for its stunning beaches, rugged mountains, rich history, and thriving economy. Fujairah is also known for its natural beauty and pristine beaches including Al Aqah Beach, Sandy Beach, and Dibba Beach. These beaches offer pristine white sand, crystal-clear water, and breathtaking views, the Fujairah Fort, Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest mosque in the UAE built in the 15th century and for those who want to shop until they drop visit the Fujairah Mall
Umm Al Quwain: Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) is located on the north coast of the UAE, Umm Al Quwain is a beautiful and diverse destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, nature, or adventure, Umm Al Quwain has it all, Umm Al Quwain Fort, Dreamland Aqua Park, UAQ Marine Club, Al Sinniyah Island and Emirates Motorplex are amongst the many things to do and see.
Compared to Dubai, the other Emirates are a more affordable with lower living costs. The cities have a more relaxed atmosphere, have a more traditional culture, offering an authentic Emirati experience. However, this is not at the expense of comfort or development, you will still find luxury resorts, hotels, and beaches, thriving expat communities, business hubs and excellent international schools, whilst still being able to enjoy natural landscapes, mountains, and deserts. But if you do feel like going down to Dubai for the weekend or just an evening, then Dubai is only a 30min to 1hour 20min drive away from the other emirates. Hence you can get best of both worlds.