Saturday, July 25, 2009

My 100th post! Trip to the Northern Emirates

When Caz said she had booked a weekend for us in Sharjah, I did think that she had lost it for a minute. Sharjah is known as a bit of a dump, a poor neighbour to Dubai. As it turned out we used it as a staging post for a trip around the Northern Emirates and it was a good weekend.

The United Arab Emirates is made up of 7 Emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Fujeirah. We live in Abu Dhabi and we have been to Dubai numerous times, but we have never been to any of the Emirates in the northern part of the country. So, we stayed overnight in Sharjah and took advantage of our starting position to cover them all in one day! Here is the route we took...

It was an interesting trip. Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al Quwain have nothing much to look at, although they are trying to develop as tourist destinations -good luck I say! RAK has some nice coastline, some good hotels and some mountains which make a nice change of scenery. The drive across the mountains from RAK to Fujeirah is quite pleasant. Fujeirah has a really nice coastline, overlooked by the hills and mountains. There are some lovely beaches and hotels. It's a part of the country where you can enjoy some of the best diving. I'd love to go back to Fujeirah in the winter when we could enjoy the beaches more.

If you want to take a look at my pictures they are all here.....

Trip to the Northern Emirates


  1. There are hidden valleys in both Ras al Khaimah and Khor Fakkan. There are also hot water springs. There are amazing sights that really need a guide to go between and behind the mountains. Nice website, thank you.

  2. Thanks anon I'll have to explore more!