Discover United Arab Emirates over and over again. United Arab Emirates is a travel destination where the impossible becomes possible. Enjoy the golden sandy beaches, interesting cultural experiences, delicious cuisine, breath taking views, magical attractions and a glimpse of the local lifestyle and history. UAE offers something special for everyone. Explore its unique architecture and sparkly skyscrapers. Get lost in the old souks and enjoy a cup of fine and tasty coffee in an artsy café. Dance your heart out to the latest tunes in the most glamorous nightclubs or listen to Mozart at Dubai Opera House. Drive a Porsche or ride a camel. Stay in a 6-star hotel or camp in a tent in the middle of the desert. The possibilities are endless.
U.A.E is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Each year it offers its visitors amazing new attractions which makes it a perfect destination to come back too again and again. World-class hospitality, striking landscapes and mind-blowing adventures are waiting for you in a destination that doesn’t only meet your expectations but exceeds them.
What would be a better way to relax on your holiday than to feel the warm sea breeze on your skin and stare at the crystal-clear ocean. UAE is famous for its excellent selection of well-maintained and clean beaches. Most of them have a vast variety of services including eateries, water sports and -activities, kids play areas and shopping opportunities. Visitors should note that swimsuits and bikinis are only allowed in the beach and pool areas.
Kite Beach is the perfect choice for water sports lovers. Try kite surfing, wakeboarding or grab a tasty snack from one of the food trucks and just chill.
La Mer is a trendy beach hotspot with its own waterpark, Laguna. La Mer offers an impressive selection of restaurants and shops, which makes it the perfect place to spend the whole day.
If you are looking for a beach with a buzz, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a great option. This lively and family-friendly beach has it all, from a vast variety of restaurants, shops and cafes to amazing views of the coastline.
Jumeirah Beach Park and Al Mamzar Beach Park are a great choice if you are looking for a relaxing picnic under the palm trees. Visitors are advised to check the opening hours online, as these public beaches have ‘ladies days’ when male visitors are not allowed to enter.
Other beaches worth visiting include Sunset Beach and Black Palace Beach in Dubai and Corniche Beach and Yas Beach in Abu Dhabi.
If you interested in combining water with a little bit of action, try any of the regions exciting waterparks. Dubai’s waterparks include Wild Wadi in Jumeirah, Aqua Adventure in the Palm Dubai, Legoland waterpark in Jebel Ali and Laguna in La Mer. Outside of Dubai, you can find Ice Land in Ras Al Khaimah, Dream Land in Umm Al Quwain and Yas Waterpark near Abu Dhabi.
Enjoy chic atmosphere and panoramic views in of the vibrant beach clubs. It’s a perfect combination of chill out tunes, refreshing cocktails and a dip in the cool pool. Parties continue in the early hours in most of these venues. Zero Gravity, Nikki Beach Club, RIVA, Barasti and Nasimi Beach are just a few examples of what Dubai has to offer. If you are headed to Abu Dhabi, hit the Yas Beach Club or Saadiyat Beach Club. Entry is usually complimentary for ladies, however some clubs have an entry charge.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are full of lush, green parks with a huge amount of various bird- and plant species. They have good facilities including cafes, barbeque areas, kids play areas and a range of activities for example mini golf, go-carting and bouncy castles. The Creek Park in Deira has additional activities for children including Children’s City and a dolphinarium with live shows. Al Safa Park is one of the oldest parks in Dubai and it offers you magnificent views of the Dubai Canal Bridge that lights up during the evening. Zabeel Park hosts food fairs and flea markets. It’s the largest and most popular park in Dubai with activities including BMX track, skateboarding park, boating lake and a mini cricket pitch.
Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi is a home to a cultural library and a maritime museum. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a family picnic and a ride on a train around the park. The capitals Heritage Park gives you a chance to marvel old-style buildings and has a great view over the city.
Exploring the scenic mountains all over UAE is a great way to escape the bustling city life and take in the magnificent sights.
Tallest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais, is located in Ras Al Khaimah and is a part of the Hajar Mountains. Challenge yourself in this scenic place and go hiking, mountain biking or camp under the stars. The Hatta Dam and the local heritage village are worth visiting to find out more about the local history. At the lake you can also paddle in kayak or pedal by water bicycle surrounded by mountains.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai
Visit this peaceful wildlife sanctuary that is a home to thousands of birds. It has over 500 beautiful pink flamingos that can be observed from newly renovated bird watching points. Take your binoculars with you and click amazing photos of the flamingos with Burj Khalifa on the background.
Mangrove National Park in Abu Dhabi
Take a guided tour around in the mangrove area and explore different species of birds, fish and other wildlife. This is a perfect place for all nature lovers as you can observe the animals in their natural habitat. Rent a kayak or a donut boat and paddle your way around this relaxing oasis.
Visit also the Wasit Nature Reserve in Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain wetlands that are great spots for bird watchers.
The live entertainment shows in Dubai are unparallel. La Perle live show promises a jaw dropping theatrical experience. Be prepared to be transported to a magical journey with lights, sounds, acrobatics and amazing choreography.
The Dubai Opera offers a wide array of shows from ballet to modern dance. The opera house itself is an architectural masterpiece with warm ambience. Let the music and outstanding performances take you to a whole new world.
Catch more fabulous shows in Madinat Theatre, The Laughter Factory and the Autism Rocks Arena.
Dubai hosts many exhibitions and conferences. The World Trade Centre has top of the class facilities for international events and meetings. It welcomes millions of visitors yearly and is the perfect venue for business, pioneering and interacting. Madinat Jumeirah and Intercontinental in Dubai Festival City are also fabulous places to host meetings and conferences.
You can find plenty of interesting exhibitions in Dubai in many fields. Explore art, technology, jewellery, health and food exhibitions and fairs around the area.
UAE is a host to interesting annual events where people from all over the world come together to enjoy sports, music, arts and entertainment. Don’t miss out on some of the biggest including Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai World Cup in horse racing and Dubai Jazz Festival.
Dubai’s vibrant nightlife is one of it’s kind. Again, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The venues vary from swanky rooftop lounges and crystal-decorated clubs to relaxed English pubs. Most of the clubs have theme nights and you can choose from anything between urban and electronic music. Ladies are being treated on Ladies Nights with special offers and free drinks. In recent years, some of the bars in Dubai have introduced Men’s Nights, which have been a huge success. There is something interesting going on in Dubai every night and the clubs offer performances from the most famous international DJ’s and artists. The venues get very busy on Thursdays and Fridays when it’s better to be prepared to queue to the latest hotspots.
You can admire Dubai’s skyline from some of the trendy lounges like Level 43, The Observatory and 40 Kong. If you are looking for something even more relaxed, hit the Lock, Stock and Barrel in Barsha Heights or JBR. Dome, Boa and WHITE are clubs that guarantee an amazing night out.
Dubai clubs are relatively strict with their dress code and age limit of 21. Clubbers are advised to carry their passports and dress to impress. Entry will most likely be denied if you are wearing shorts or sandals. Some of the clubs follow a strict ‘couples and mixed groups only’- policy.
Alcoholic drinks are only served in licensed hotels and clubs. Visitors will only be able to buy alcohol from the airports as it can’t be found from any of the local shops or supermarkets. The purchased amount of alcohol should not exceed more than 4 litres or 2 cartons of beer. Responsible use of alcohol is expected from visitors to avoid any punishments as it’s against the UAE law to be intoxicated in public. The use of drugs is strictly prohibited.
UAE’s shopping opportunities are endless. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have huge malls with hundreds of shops to choose from. There are many shopping festivals throughout the year including the Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. If you are looking to buy gold, head to the Gold Souk in Deira for amazing bargains.
The Dubai Mall is the largest mall and it’s connected to Souk Al Bahar, an Arabic-style shopping centre with antique and garments stores. In Dubai Mall, you can marvel the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa and the artificial lake that has spectacular fountain shows in the evenings. The mall has around 1200 stores, huge aquarium, ice rink and amusement parks.
Mall of the Emirates is a retail paradise in Dubai. It has an indoor skiing centre, Ski Dubai, where you can have fun in the snow and even see the penguins.
Mirdif City Centre is a great option if you are looking for a less-crowded mall with lots of stores and entertainment. Try indoor skydiving in iFly Dubai and enjoy the thrilling experience in the wind tunnel.
Spacious and unique Ibn Battuta Mall is situated near Jebel Ali. The mall has been divided into six beautifully decorated countries and is based on the famous traveller Ibn Battuta. It has hundreds of lifestyle and fashion stores and is worth visiting.
Dubai Outlet Village and Dubai Outlet Mall offer superb discounts on some of the famous brands.
Marina Mall is one of the largest malls in Abu Dhabi. It has an elegant design and it offers you a classy shopping experience.
Yas Mall in Yas Island offers the ultimate combination of shopping, dining and entertainment. Its connected to Ferrari World which makes it a perfect place for shopping and thrilling rides.
UAE has a strong national identity and it does it utmost best to preserve its heritage and tradition. Visiting museums, heritage villages and historical districts are a great way to explore UAE’s rich history. It is polite for all women to cover theirs knees and shoulders outside the touristic areas in order of respecting the local culture.
Arabic cuisine is one of the most rich and delicious cuisines on this side of the world. Its taste comes mostly from the spices and herbs that are used in Middle eastern cooking. Cumin, cardamom, saffron and cinnamon are just some of the key ingredients that make the food taste so great.
Lamb and chicken are the most popular meat dishes accompanied with rice, lentils and vegetables like eggplant, zucchini and olives. Traditional dishes of the UAE include Maq’louba, Margooga and Machbous. The meal is complimented with Arabic bread and different sauces and dressings. Arabic mezze, hummus and lamb kebab are a great option to start your meal. Arabic desert consists of a variety of the local sweets, dates and figs followed by Arabic coffee and tea.
Due to UAE’s multicultural population, it’s the perfect place to experiment cuisines from all over the world. Enjoy food in some of the award-winning restaurants, street food joints, cosy cafes or food courts all around the region.
Mosques are a place for prayers and practicing Islamic religion. It is a holy place where people also gather to study and rest. There are nearly 5000 mosques in the UAE. The largest and by far, the most beautiful mosque in the UAE is located in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the most visited attractions in the region and its exquisite design will leave you breathless. Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in Dubai where tours are organized for tourists. Diwan Mosque and Deira Fish Market Mosque are also worth visiting. Al Noor is a stunning mosque in Sharjah where also visitors can enter. The oldest mosque in the UAE, Al Badiyah, can be found in Fujairah. Modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees is expected from visitors. One can also borrow appropriate costume from the mosque.
Heritage and cultural areas
UAE has an interesting history and heritage. Visit the museums to get more information on the regions past times. Abu Dhabi Heritage Museum, Dubai Museum, Dubai Heritage House and Sharjah Heritage Museum are some of the best places to embrace the rich Emirati history.
Explore the cultural Al Bastakiya area that is full of art galleries and quirky cafes. The Arabian Tea House Café is a must visit for traditional Arabic food and of course, some delicious tea.
Most of the UAE’s attractions are located in Dubai. Spend a relaxing day strolling along the Marina Walk, City Walk or Boxpark. These retail and entertainment areas are packed with cafés, ice-cream parlours and trendy restaurants. Get to know the older area of Dubai by visiting Deira’s Spice and Gold Souks. Catch a traditional Abra Boat to the historic district of Bur Dubai.
The worlds tallest building, Burj Khalifa, towers over Downtown Dubai and is one of the famous landmarks of Dubai. You can take a lift as high as the 124th floor and catch breath taking views from the bustling city below. Visitors are advised to book their tickets in advance online to guarantee an entry at desired time.
The magnificent Dubai Fountain show combines water element with light effects and music. Its located in the Burj Khalifa Lake in Dubai Mall. This experience will stimulate your senses and will leave you in awe.
Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world and it features over 1200 stores, hundreds of eateries, indoor ice rink, children’s entertainment centre, massive cinema and an indoor fountain. It is also a home to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which has more than 33,000 aquatic species. Dubai Mall offers a wide range from luxury brands to high street fashion. Shop until you drop while marvelling the gorgeous surroundings.
The Dubai Frame is a 150 metres tall frame shaped attraction in Zabeel Park. It represents both old and new Dubai. It has been named as one of the ‘best new attraction’ in the Middle East.
Burj Al Arab is one of the worlds finest hotels and dominates the Jumeirah coastline with it’s striking tail-shaped design. As one of the most popular attractions in Dubai, it offers excellent fine dining opportunities or just a little peek to the extravagant luxury of a 6-star hotel.
Atlantis is an upscale hotel and resort that is located on The Dubai Palm, a palm shaped, man-made island. This huge pink hotel looks like a fairy tale castle and certainly dazzles you.
Souk Al Madinat is located near the Burj Al Arab, it’s a shopping, dining and entertainment construction with a stunning water canal. You can marvel at the slowly gliding Abra boats and the traditional style architecture in this labyrinth shape venue.
Dubai Marina is a retail and dining area with stunning waterfront views. Have a relaxing stroll around the area and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the upscale restaurants. Jump on a Dhow Cruise and take in the illuminating city under the stars.
The selection of theme parks in the UAE is exceptional. From superfast rollercoasters and spectacular rides to colourful butterflies and a life-size aeroplane covered in flowers, you must see it for yourself to believe it.
Dubai Miracle Garden is a unique flower garden and absolutely one of its kind. Over 50 million flowers have been used to create the most breath-taking structures. Walk through a heart-shaped tunnel and take pictures of life-size houses covered in flowers. This is a must-see place in Dubai that is open only during the winter season.
Dubai Butterfly Garden is located right next to Miracle Garden. See thousands of colourful butterflies fly around the temperature-controlled domes. If you are lucky, you might even be able to touch one! This is a great place to visit with kids.
Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park is the biggest glow-in-the dark garden in the world. Its most likely something you’ve never seen before, a magical fairy tale setting straight from a storybook. You can also find a huge ice sculpture park and a dinosaur park right next to the garden. Glow garden is a wonderful experience for both children and adults.
IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai is the largest indoor theme park in the world. It’s thrilling rides and attractions are based on action heroes and cartoon characters. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, this fabulous amusement park is open all year round.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a combination of four bewildering theme parks; Motiongate, Bollywood Park, Legoland and Legoland Water Park. The entrance area, Riverland, is a beautifully designed dining and shopping destination that also hosts events during the winter season.
Global Village in Dubailand is a massive hub for culture, entertainment and shopping. Would you like to travel around the world in just one day? Here its possible. Many countries of the world are represented in their respective area. Global village takes you for a mind-blowing journey where you can enjoy culture though live shows, activities and events. Try the different cuisines of the world or shop for handicrafts, garments and souvenirs.
Warner Bros. World in Yas Island is the newest addition to UAE’s theme parks. Enjoy a day in this incredible place based on your favourite Warner Bros characters like Batman, Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny.
Ferrari World is an amusement park located in the Yas Island and it has the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa. It’s the most awesome place for adrenaline junkies.
Experience one of the region’s most marvellous activities. During the desert safari, you’ll enjoy dune bashing, barbeque dinner, belly dancing show, camel ride and sand-skiing. You can indulge on the local delicacies and try out the traditional costumes. Due to driving in the desert and dune bashing, this activity is not recommended for small children.
Golf enthusiasts will find an impressive amount of top class golf courses all over UAE. Dubai has 11 extraordinary golf courses while Abu Dhabi has stunning courses along it’s coastline. Come and see your favourite players and feel the excitement during the yearly international golf tournaments.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Although the waters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are good for diving and snorkelling, the best place to discover the marine life is in Fujairah. Its turquoise, crystal clear water invites you to the incredible world of colourful fish, reefs and interesting wrecks. The are plenty of professional Diving Centres to choose from and the are courses from beginners and pros.
Dhow Cruise in Dubai Deira or in Dubai Marina is a fantastic way to enjoy the local hospitality while indulging on international buffet dinner. Beautifully decorated wooden dhow boats take you to an unforgettable ride where you have a chance to enjoy the waterfront views of Dubai by night.
Cruises and boat trips are an excellent way to travel and discover the sights of the UAE. Many of the landmarks and striking architecture can be seen from the sea while you can relax and take in the fresh sea breeze.
Sports and wellness
UAE has a huge array of sports and wellness activities. It’s a home to some of the world’s biggest sports events including Formula 1, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Dubai Rugby7s.
Try adventure sports like mountain biking, desert driving and kite surfing on your own or with the help of professional crew. Get your adrenaline pumping and jump from a plane with Skydive Dubai. Take the worlds longest zipline in Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah or the superfast ziplines in the Marina and Dubai Mall.
If you are into horse racing, Dubai is hosting a yearly World Cup that is one of the most anticipated events in the area. Explore something new and intriguing and see the famous camel races in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Dubai is a destination committed to wellness, healthy living and fitness. You can find hundreds of spas, gyms and wellness centres all over the city. Enjoy a relaxing massage or try a yoga class on the beach.
UAE and particularly Dubai is a paradise to kids of all ages. Most of the beaches and parks have play areas and activities specifically designed for children for example banana boat riding, trampolines, climbing walls and much more.
All the biggest malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have a play area for toddlers who might be still too small to fully enjoy the big theme parks. Magic Planet in Festival City Mall, Mall of The Emirates and Mirdif City Centre offer rides and games for smaller children. Stay and Play entertainment centres in Festival City Mall and Dubai Outlet Village are perfect for toddlers.
Kidzania in Dubai Mall is a magical place where kids can discover and learn through role play. They get a chance to live in a made-up town and work as firemen or doctors. Kidzania is suitable for kids over 4 years.
Oli Oli, interactive children’s play museum is a fairly new destination and a must visit. Kids can for example build their own car from legos and race them or draw a fish and watch it swim in the virtual aquarium. There is lots to do in this huge centre and it has a special play area for toddlers.
The Dubai Zoo and Al Ain Zoo are perfect places to spend the day with the family. See and observe a big variety of animals in their natural habitat.
DUBAI AREA DESCRIPTION
JBR – Jumeirah Beach Residence is a community by the waterfront near Dubai Marina. Very close to The Walk, Ferris Wheel, beach, restaurants, shops and sports activities. Famous area for tourists. Get the metro in JBR tram station.
MARINA- a residential district with a gorgeous waterfront and urban chic lifestyle. Close to bars, nightclubs, Marina mall, Marina Walk, restaurants, zipline and waterfront views. Catch a metro in Damac Properties.
AL BARSHA- a good choice for reasonable priced hotels. Next to Mall of the Emirates and close to Marina, Al Barsha Pond Park, Dubai Autodrome and many restaurants. Catch the metro in Sharaf DG or Mall of the Emirates stations.
TECOM/BARSHA HEIGHTS-you will find many 3-star hotels in this area that’s close to Mall of the Emirates, Marina and Al Barsha. Catch a metro in The Internet City station.
THE PALM- a palm shaped, man-made island with many luxury accommodations. Close to The Atlantis Hotel and waterpark, Nasimi Beach, restaurants, bars and coastline views. Get the tram in The Palm station and from there by monorail till the top of Palm island.
DUBAI MEDIA CITY-next to Marina, near the Palm Dubai. Get the metro in Dubai Internet City or Nakheel station. Catch the tram in Media City Station.
JUMEIRAH- a coastal residential area with good quality hotels and great facilities, very popular with families with kids. Close to Burj Al Arab, The Jumeirah Beach Park, Al Safa Park, Dubai Canal, Box Park and La Mer. Get there by bus or a car.
DOWNTOWN DUBAI- the centre of Dubai filled with entertainment, dining options and luxury high-end hotels. Close to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera and The Dubai Fountains. From the Dubai Mall 6 km to the La Mer beach. Find the metro in Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station.
DIFC-Dubai International Financial Centre and Trade Centre are the financial and exhibition district. Close to Dubai Mall and Downtown. 4 km to the La Mer beach. Catch the metro in Emirates Towers or World Trade Center stations.
BUSINESS BAY- Close to Dubai Mall and Downtown. Find the first 2-star hotels in this area from . Get the metro in Business Bay station.
DEIRA- a historical and commercial area filled with interesting attractions, museums and older parts of Dubai. You can find many reasonably priced hotels in this area. Close to The Creek Park, Dubai Museum, Deira City Centre mall, The Dubai Creek Golf Club, Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Dubai Creek with dhow boats.
BUR DUBAI- a historic area with lots of fabric and souvenir shops. A good area for finding low-cost hotels. Close to Burjuman Mall, Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Fahidi Historic District and many local shopping districts.
Our selection of the hotels in Bur Dubai and Deira are close to the metro stations. Al Baniyas station is the closest to the Dubai Creek at Deira´s side.
ABU DHABI AND YAS ISLAND
The capital of UAE is home to some of the most fabulous and remarkable attractions in the region. See the world’s most expensive hotel, Emirates Palace or visit the famous Louvre museum. Marvel the white shining domes of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and get your pulse racing in the rides of Ferrari World. Abu Dhabi has so much to offer that anyone who visits the city, must plan it well to get the most out of their holiday.
RAS AL KHAIMAH
Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities. It’s located just 45 minutes from Dubai and has 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches. Surrounded by the striking Hajar Mountains, breath taking coastlines and terracotta coloured desert, this city is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to do adventure sports, enjoy outdoors, play golf or spend relaxing time with family. RAK is full of superb resorts and hotels that offer a relaxing setting for your stay. The major attractions in RAK include Ice Land Water Park, Marjan Island, RAK National Museum and Jabal Jais Mountain. Al Hamra mall is an idyllic shopping centre, where you can grab a bite to eat or do a bit of shopping.
Fujairah is located on the east coast of UAE and is a paradise for diving and snorkelling. It’s clear blue waters and the towering mountains provide a striking contrast. Fujairah offers some of the most fabulous beach resorts in the UAE. Enjoy the local hospitality and unparallel coastal scenery in this stunning oasis. Fujairah’s best touristic attractions include Al Badiyah Mosque, Fujairah Fort and any of its beautiful beaches.
UMM AL QUWAIN
Umm Al Quwain is a small emirate and a complete opposite to Dubai. Go and explore the quiet Al Sinniyah Island that is a home to many exotic birds and protected marine life. Camel racing, Dream Land Aqua Park and UAQ National Museum are just some of the superb attractions the city has to offer.
Sharjah is considered the cultural centre of the UAE. Heritage District and Sharjah Heritage Museum both give a fantastic insight into the local traditions and past. Visit the white, beautiful beaches or bash the dunes in the desert. Sharjah has great shopping opportunities, get lost in the old souks or shop the latest fashion in Sharjah City Centre mall. Sharjah is more conservative than other emirates and visitors are advised to dress modestly. Alcohol is not available anywhere in the city and its transportation through the area is prohibited by law.
Ajman is the smallest of the emirates. Despite it’s small size, it has some amazing attractions to offer including Al Zorah Nature Reserve, Saleh Souq, and the Ajman Fort that has been converted into a museum. The area is also great for water sports and golf.
Al Ain is an inland city with many interesting places to visit. Drive all the way up to the Jebel Hafeet mountain and enjoy the view of the desert. Visit the Al Ain Zoo, forts, museums and heritage sites. Get the perfect souvenir, a camel from the Camel Souk!
-Currency: dirham AED
-Language: Official language is Arabic, although English is widely spoken.
-U.A.E is arab country but home to more than 200 different nationalities, where immigrants constitute around 80 % of the population.
-The capital of the U.A.E is Abu Dhabi, however the most well-known city is Dubai as most of the country’s attractions are located there.
-United Arab Emirates is located in the Middle East in between Oman And Saudi Arabia. The country consists of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
U.A.E is easily accessible from all over the world and it is rated as one of the safest places in the world, due to it’s low crime rate, developed transportation system and advanced infrastructure, which makes it very safe for travellers to move around the country. UAE’s restaurants and food outlets are required to follow a high level of food hygiene standards. This can also be seen all around the public areas as they are well-maintained and organized.
Bit of history
U.A.E was founded on 2 December 1971 and its seventh emirate Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation a year later. Even though the country has been independent for a relatively short time, the area’s history goes back to ancient times when it was inhabited by Beduins. Some of the remains of the past times have been discovered and can be found in the local museums. Before the oil was discovered in the 1950’s, UAE’s economy relied mainly on fishing and pearl diving. Over the years, the country has gone through a huge economical change and is now getting its revenue mostly from tourism and oil export.
The best way to travel from one city to another is by travelling by renting a car a or with tour or catching a bus. Buses from Dubai to Abu Dhabi run daily, every 30 minutes. Fly to Abu Dhabi from Dubai with a helicopter in only 45 minutes and enjoy the spectacular view up in the air. Dubai in particular, has a well organised public transportation system including metro, tram and busses.
There are two metro lines in Dubai. The red line runs along Sheikh Zayed road and continues to Deira and the airport. The green line runs through Bur Dubai and Deira. You can catch a Tram from JBR to Al Sufouh through Marina. Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina are connected to the red metro line. Monorail runs from the beginning of The Palm all the way to the Atlantis Hotel.
Travel cards can be purchased and recharged at the metro stations. Bare in mind that women and children have designated carriages where men are not allowed to travel. Remember to check the carriage sings carefully while boarding.
If you can’t get to your desired destination by metro, bus or tram, grab a taxi. A ferry or a water taxi with Ferry Dubai will take you on a tour across the city. Route goes from Business Bay to Marina via Dubai Canal.
U.A.E has a tropical desert climate. It means that the sun is shining throughout the year and there is extremely little rain that normally occurs during the winter months. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beach and the stunning sunset throughout the year. The temperatures soar high during the summer months, but it also means that rates are low, and the touristic places are not too crowded. A huge variety of indoor activities are available for visitors from airconditioned malls to theme parks and indoor zoos. The weather is ideal from October to April, when it’s the most comfortable to enjoy all the outdoor attractions in the region. It is also advised to carry drinking water as dehydration can occur quickly in hot climate.
Visitors are advised that hotels charge tourism fee per room, per night of occupancy. It varies from 7-20 AED depending on the rating of the hotel. Hotels might also charge service or municipality fees. Tourism fees are introduced by the Government of Dubai to help fund the Dubai World Expo 2020.