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In pictures: Explore the seven Emirates

January 6, 2014

Ajman: Omar Al Ayoobi says the starting point in exploring the smallest emirate is the Corniche. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Ajman: Omar Al Ayoobi says the starting point in exploring the smallest emirate is the Corniche. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Abu Dhabi: Bashayer Mohammed, 34, says Abu Dhabi’s diverse activities, like Yas Waterworld make it one of the leading cities for tourism Pawan Singh / The National
Abu Dhabi: Bashayer Mohammed, 34, says Abu Dhabi’s diverse activities, like Yas Waterworld make it one of the leading cities for tourism Pawan Singh / The National
Ras Al Khaimah: Maryam Al Shehhi, 22, says RAK is a place for families, as well as home to mountains, sea and desert. Jeff Topping / The National
Ras Al Khaimah: Maryam Al Shehhi, 22, says RAK is a place for families, as well as home to mountains, sea and desert. Jeff Topping / The National
Dubai: Nasir Ali, 23, recommends sky diving in Dubai Pawan Singh / The National
Dubai: Nasir Ali, 23, recommends sky diving in Dubai Pawan Singh / The National
Umm Al Qaiwain: Sarah Al Shamsi, 24, recommends the UAQ Museum to her fellow Emiratis. Pawan Singh / The National
Umm Al Qaiwain: Sarah Al Shamsi, 24, recommends the UAQ Museum to her fellow Emiratis. Pawan Singh / The National
Sharjah: Sharjah has undergone a dramatic change as a tourist destination in recent years. Noor Al Yafaei, 28, recommends Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront. Antonie Robertson / The National
Sharjah: Sharjah has undergone a dramatic change as a tourist destination in recent years. Noor Al Yafaei, 28, recommends Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront. Antonie Robertson / The National
Fujairah: For those interested in improving their historical knowledge, Fujairah Fort has a story to tell, says Haytham Alyteem, 33. Siddharth Siva / Arabian Eye
Fujairah: For those interested in improving their historical knowledge, Fujairah Fort has a story to tell, says Haytham Alyteem, 33. Siddharth Siva / Arabian Eye

Emiratis should leave their passports at home and become tourists in their own country, the Federal National Council heard recently. By doing so, families would not just have an enjoyable break, but also gain a deeper understanding of their culture and what the country has to offer. Here, seven Emiratis, one from each emirate, offer tips to staycationers and pick some of their favourite places on their doorstep, Asmaa Al Hameli writes.