United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is a country in the farthest region of the Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf. The country is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The country is rich in high-rise buildings and world-famous beaches,  making UAE a favorite place to spend the holidays. Tourists coming to UAE enter its territory through Dubai or Abu Dhabi airport. Since the distances from one destination to another is short, touring around the UAE is a breeze. Major thoroughfares are in good condition and the road system is mostly patterned from European standards.  Taxis are widely available in big cities and car rentals are good options as well, but visitors are required to obtain an international license before they can drive around.

UAE has an array of spectacular accommodations and tourists can easily find the right ‘’home’’ that matches their requirements. Over the years, upscale and modern hotels sprawl in UAE, including the most luxurious and world’s only 7-star hotel Burj al-Arab. There are also modest apartments and affordable hotels that are found in all corners of the UAE.  Finding the right dining place to satisfy the craving for authentic khubz, biryani, shawarma and falafel sandwiches is easy as well, thanks to the line-up of good restaurants that comprise UAE’s dining scene.

The skyscrapers of UAE has been one of the major attractions of the country and leading the pack of giant structures is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest building. Climbing its observation deck to view the magnificent cityscape of Dubai is an experience that should not be missed.  The mosques in UAE, due to its cultural and historic relevance, are also worth visiting. Al-Bidyah Mosque in the Emirate of Fujairah is UAE’s oldest mosque, while Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a massive modern mosque that lavishly used gold, glass, marble, granite, white stone and mosaic to create a dazzling structure.

The panoramic view of the desert is also a major UAE attraction. Reaching the peak of Jebel Hafeet may be a challenge due to its winding, narrow roads but upon reaching the top, the sight of the marvelous desert is all worth the ride. The massive open space of the desert offers a different kind of outdoor adventure. From 4-wheel exciting ride to sandboarding, from caramel treks to hiking, there is a bundle of action-packed activities waiting to happen in the deserts of UAE.

The heat of the sun may be a fixed feature of UAE, but the fine, sandy beaches take all the heat away. Commercial and city beaches are found in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but for less-crowded and laid-back ones, there are the wilder beaches of the Emirate of Fujairah. The Liwa Oasis is proud to have the largest dunes in the world, while the Harjar Mountains have breath-taking rock formation and is a haven to the country’s archaeological works.

The trip to UAE is not complete without stepping-in to its shopping centers, where the retail satisfaction is synonymous with New York and Paris shopping experience. United Arab Emirates is a gem that has been polished over time. It has captured the world’s attention by exposing the country’s gifts of nature and its people’s splendid works.  With so much to see, do, and experience in UAE, this part of the world has become a favorite destination of tourists and travelers.