The United Arab Emirates
, one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday: year-round sun, pristine beaches, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.
is building a destination of distinction centred around its natural heritage of over 200 islands and more than 400 km of pristine coastline, its tranquil oases, modern cityscapes, dramatic mountains and awe-inspiring deserts. Visitors can explore former palaces, forts, one of the world’s largest mosques, and the cultural district’s many museums, art galleries and performing arts centres, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
is a thrilling mix of the old and new. Whether it is shopping tax free in the city’s modern malls or exploring the many souks, staying in luxury hotels or experiencing the famed hospitality of the Arabian Bedouin, relaxing on miles of deserted beaches or partying in hip clubs and bars, Dubai has something for everyone.
Camel racing is a spectacular and highly popular sport throughout the winter months and the annual sailing dhow race - an event which features smaller versions of the traditional dhow - draws the crowds in their thousands for a sight from another century and that is the very essence of Dubai.
is a skyscraper in Dubai, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction on the $1.5 billion project began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. In July 2007 the Burj Khalifa became the world’s tallest building when it reached a height of 512 meters. The building was officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
on 4 January 2010.
traces the city's growth with innovative multi-media displays showing crafts, ecology and the way people lived. The Gold Souq is impressive for the sheer quantity of jewelry on display in the more than 200 shops. Not far from here is the Spice Souq, which merits a visit for its tremendous variety and exotic aromas.
A trip on an abra, one of the small wooden motorboats that ferries people across Dubai Creek, is a wonderful way to discover the emirate's traditional charms. These include the Heritage Village, a great venue for traditional handicrafts in the making, and the dhows that transport goods to neighbouring countries.
There is far more to the UAE than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. First settled during the Bronze Age, Sharjah
is renowned throughout the Arab world for its commitment to art and culture, and was named the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014. Holidaymakers can explore the emirate’s heritage sites and admire the beautiful mosques and minarets, and enjoy the sandy beaches and clear blue seas of the Gulf of Oman
Ajman is famous for its stunning beaches and Musfoot mountains, while visitors keen to escape the heat are attracted to Fujairah
’s more moderate climate and the opportunity to explore the sheer cliffs, rocky coves and coral reefs of the Musandam Peninsula.
Ra’s al Khaimah
, on the boarder with Oman, is a top destination for adventures travellers keen to discover unspoilt beaches and the rugged Hajar mountains, while wildlife lovers will be attracted to Sinaiyah Island in Umm al-Qaiwain, which is home to cormorants, Arabian gazelles and abundant marine life.
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