U.A.E. Travel Guide

By Admin | Last Updated September 04, 2019

The United Arab Emirates or UAE is a conglomeration of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. One of the richest countries in the world now, UAE also has a long history and culture. The Sumerians used to call this desert region ‘Magan’, because of the rich deposits of copper and bronze.

Modern United Arab Emirates has a per capita income of $70,262, which is 7th in the world. Its Human Development Index is also very high. UAE is now a financial and transit capital. Many tourists traveling between Europe, Asia, and Africa have a stop-over at Dubai or Abu Dhabi. You will find some of the best shopping malls, hotels, and other attractions, including desert safari and dhow cruise. The country is blessed with rocky terrain, desserts and sand dunes.

From its gold markets to the traditional bazaars, financial districts to the souks, palm-shaped islands to the sky-scraper hotels, and also the rich culture, heritage, and architecture, UAE offers a lot to every kind of traveler.

Stop-over in the UAE while visiting your destination to witness the transition of a traditional society or spend a longer time in this country.

Dubai International Airport is the world’s third busiest airport by passenger numbers after Atlanta and Beijing. 89,149,387 people passed through the airport in 2017.

United Arab Emirates Quick Facts

Capital – Abu Dhabi Largest City – Dubai
Time Zone – UTC+4 (GST) Currency – UAE Dirham (AED)
A country of 7 emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ra’s al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Ajman, and Fujairah. Dubai police have some of the costliest and fastest vehicles – Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley.
Literacy rate - 93%. 15.79 million tourists visited Dubai in 2017
There are ATMs in Dubai that give away gold bars. Burj Khalifa employs 90,000, contributing more than US$26.7 billion to the economy.
Many indoor tourist attractions – Ferrari World, Ski Dubai, Louvre. Falcons are special birds – They need a passport to leave the country.

Dubai

It is the most famous and populated city in the United Arab Emirates. It is the hub of all trade and commerce. It is listed as one of the ten global tourist destinations of the world. Dubai is the transit point for many travel circuits. The massive oil industry has given a wholesome boost to this capital of the Emirates. Here, you will find the best hotels, condominiums, man-made islands, and malls.

There is Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building. There is also the Jumeirah Open Beach Park, The Dubai Mall, Desert Safari and the Global Village. Dubai Gold Souk is in Deira. It is the hub of the Middle East, for supply of gold jewelry.

Read our Dubai Travel Guide here.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE. Abu Dhabi started off with a booming pearl industry, and grew when oil fields were discovered in the Southern Gulf. It is also one of the first emirates to export oil in 1962.

A modern city now, but Abu Dhabi has retained its cultural heritage. You will see many mosques and architecture, but side by side, there are tall buildings, swanky office spaces and condominiums.

Most popular attractions include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Lovre Museum (a branch of the famous museum of Paris), Heritage Village, Ferrari World and the Emirates Palace. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most expensive mosque in the world.

Sharjah

It is the third largest and third-most populated city in the Emirates. Sharjah is the center for trade and industry, and also a cultural melting pot. You will find many culturally rich landmarks and art galleries. UNESCO has honored Sharjah as the cultural capital of the Arab World.

See the Art Museum, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Fort, Al Qasba, Al Noor Island and the Al Mataz Waterfront. There are 22 museums here. Also visit the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum. Sharjah also boasts of the first air strip in the area - the Al Mahatta Airport.

Al Ain

About 160 km from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is the second biggest city in the Abu Dhabi Emirates.  It is also called the green city, because of its natural surroundings. Abu Dhabi is fast developing into a popular tourist destination. Visit the Al Ain National Museum, Archaeological Park Site, and the Palace museum.

Al Ain is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. For leisure, play golf or try horse riding. The Al Ain Mall features an ice skating rink, which is entirely made of real ice.

Ajman

The 5th biggest city in the UAE! Ajman is also emerging as a tourist destination. Ajman beach is great place to hangout. Also visit the Ajman Museum. You will find many mid-range resorts like the Dana Beach Resort, Emirates Plaza Hotel and Safari Hotel Apartments. The Red Fort and Manama Museum are the other top draws. You can also shop at the Iranian Souk at Ajman.

Al Gharbia

Liwa, an oasis town, is the entry point to the city. There are many small islands and sand dunes. The Arabian Wildlife Park is a top attraction. Visit the Shuweihat Island, Tal Mor’eb, Al Marfa Beach and Ghagha Island. The emirate has large reservoirs of petroleum and natural gas. There are seven towns in this desert haven.

Make sure to visit Mleisa, near Al Gharbia. See the fossilized foot prints of prehistoric elephants.

Ras Al Khaimah

There are beautiful beaches here. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is housed in an old fort. See the archaeological objects here. The Mohammed Bin Salem Mosque is also worth a visit.