The United Arab Emirates (or UAE) has quickly begun to top many bucket lists. The country consists of seven independent city-states, which are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al Quwain. While many people may have only heard of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the five other Emirates are worth visiting if you get the chance. The cities are a combination of modern and traditional, desert and sea.

Art in ‘ancient’ Arabia :

An alternative to skyscrapers? Head to Al Bastakiya, which is also known as Al Fahidi Historical District, to experience ‘old’ Dubai – all dusty winding lanes and mud-built barjeel. It's just by the creek, 25 minutes from the city centre. It’s now an up-and-coming artistic quarter with galleries and studios aplenty; spend the morning exploring, stopping for brunch in the bougainvillea-shaded courtyard of the Arabian Tea House Café.

Explore the desert on two wheels :

These days, serious adventurers are crossing the desert by ‘ bike’ – a mountain bike rigged up with wide tyres to make light work of those golden dunes. Only the super-fit need apply to Arooha's fat biking tour, which starts with a guided visit to Mleiha Archaeological Centre.

Visit an oasis :

The palms and fruit trees of Liwa rise from the desert like a thirsty traveller mirage, just as they have done for thousands of years. Thanks to its groundwater, Liwa prospers despite being three hours from Abu Dhabi city. Spend a day exploring the small fort and date farms, or visit in January to catch the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune, one of the world’s highest sand hills.

Learn about Islamic history :

The Museum of Islamic Civilization was once a busy place, stuffed with spices, camels and carpets. Now it is filled with the UAE’s largest collection of Muslim artefacts. Manuscripts, tapestries and photographs bring Islam’s stories and scripture to life, and the souk’s old shops have been transformed into galleries of exquisite religious art.

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