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The Desert

A wilderness of magnificent red dunes and stark mountains with pockets of green oases. It's possible to meet the nomadic Bedu people whose hospitality is famous, and also watch camel races at dawn.

Excursions in the desert

The Bedu villages and to the stunning white sand dunes at Awir, where there is a national park. There are a number of ‘safari’ holidays available.

The East Coast

This stretch of lush coastline makes a dramatic change from the desert. The steep mountains, un-spoilt sandy bays and beaches, ancient fortresses and date palm groves sloping down to the edge of the Indian Ocean with its varied marine life. Snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular. Many forms of water sports are available at the hotels.

Excursions for the east coast

The resorts of Dibba and Fujairah where there is a museum, a Necropolis, an old fort and many small mountain villages.

The Northern Emirates

This region has made a dramatic transformation since the discovery of natural gas in 1980. There has been a considerable amount of expansion in the commercial sector. Sharjah is a place for excellent shopping center. The new souk contains hundreds of shops. Places to visit include an ancient fort and heritage museum.

Excursions for the northern emirates

Ras al-Khaimah is an old seaport with spectacular views over the coast and the Hajar Mountains. Also visits to the Dhaid and Khatt oases, the latter with mineral springs. Trips are available to the natural harbour at Dibba and the beautiful Khor Kalba, one of the most famous shell beaches in the world. There is an archaeological site at Mileiha (in Sharjah itself) that dates back to the fourth century BC where 80 million year old fossils can be seen here. Other historical sites include Dur at Umm al-Qaiwain where Hellenic ruins can be seen and date back to 210-100 BC. Also the Drabhaniya ruins in Ras al-Khaimah and the Zaura ruins in Ajman. Large resort areas are Khor Fakkan with excellent beaches and water sports facilities and the Khalid Lagoon an aquatic park with several islands and a miniature theme park.