Marjan Island (Ras Al Khaimah)
The UAE is known for its manmade marvels and Marjan Island is one of the latest to have popped up in the Arabian Gulf. Four islands form this coral-shaped cluster. And they’re all filled with swanky hotels, private beaches and fancy shops.
Al Hamra (Ras Al Khaimah)
Below-the-radar beaches are Al Hamra’s trump card. They’re backed by box-fresh hotels, which are starting to multiply along the seafront. Things are still pretty low key compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the unspoilt sands won’t stay towel-free forever – so be sure you don’t miss out.
Al Aqah (Fujairah)
Easy-going Al Aqah’s a big hit with Emiratis who come here for a break from big city life. As one of the UAE’s newer holiday spots, it’s far less developed than the likes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Only a handful of hotels stand between the striking Hajar Mountains and the saffron-coloured sands of the long, ruler-straight beach.