The other 6 emirates offer great value holidays, culture and nature. Abu Dhabi is the sports capital of the country, and there are several natural islands nearby, where one can see unique wildlife. A visit to Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque is a must, even if you end up staying in Dubai. The desert in Abu Dhabi starts to get really interesting as the dunes are bigger and bigger the more you advance into the Empty Quarter.
Sharjah is the cultural emirate which can be visited in a day trip from Dubai. Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah are perfect for a family holiday and have a great choice of beach and desert resorts. Umm al Quwain, the smallest emirate, is more off the beaten track, but if you are into fishing – this might be a great place for that.