United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates share borders with Oman, Saudi Arabia, as well as Qatar. They are made up of seven small former sheikhdoms. Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate; the remaining six (Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al Qaiwain and Ras al-Khaimah) are known collectively as the Northern States. The landscape is mountainous and mostly desert. Abu Dhabi is flat and sandy but boasts the Buraimi Oasis. Dubai has a 16km deep-water creek, giving it the popular name of ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Sharjah has a deep-water port on the Batinah coast at Khor Fakkan, looking out to the Indian Ocean. Ras al-Khaimah is the fourth largest emirate. Fujairah, one of the three smaller sheikhdoms situated on the Batinah coast, has some agricultural potential, while Ajman and Umm al Qaiwain were once small coastal fishing villages.
The best time to visit is between October and May, when temperatures are cooler, while the hottest montsh are between June and September; there is very little rainfall.
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