Major Tourist Attractions: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, The World, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has exploded into a regional hub for business and commerce, but it is also quickly growing into a major destination for leisure travel. Visitors come for warm weather, delicious food, ample shopping, and attractions you can’t find anywhere else.
Founded in 1971, the UAE is made up of seven original emirates (or principalities), but most visitors focus on the three largest: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Since the UAE is less than a 6-hour flight from Europe, India, and much of Africa, tourism is exploding. The country is one of the most progressive of the Islamic countries, making it a good first experience for many foreign travelers.
Dubai is a spectacle for the senses. The city has the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest mall, the world’s biggest and most complex musically choreographed dancing fountain, intricate manmade islands in the shape of a palm tree or the continents of the globe, an indoor ski slope, and arguably the world’s busiest airport.
In contrast to the lights and panache of Dubai, Abu Dhabi is more restrained. The emirate is both the center of government as well as a major commercial center. Abu Dhabi has developed first class cultural and sporting facilities. The emirate of Sharjah is the most traditional of the three and is considerably less expensive than Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while boasting coastlines on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
The United Arab Emirates caters to holiday makers and business professionals, so accommodations and dining both tend to be luxurious. It’s very common for visitors to spend a few days in Abu Dhabi and then move to Dubai/Sharjah (or vice versa). Increasingly with the growth of the regional airlines, Dubai is also becoming a popular layover for several days on long-haul flights between Asia/The Pacific and Europe/North America/South America.
Here are some of the activities for travelers to the United Arab Emirates:
- Overcome your fear of heights at the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building.
- Stay at a luxury hotel on a man-made island.
- Ski indoors on real snow.
- Visit the world’s largest shopping mall and it’s indoor 2.65-million-gallon aquarium.
- Participate in one of the massive festival spectacles.
- Experience the thrill of Ferrari World.
- Stroll along the Corniche of Abu Dhabi.
- Connect with the spiritual at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
- Cool off at the Yas Waterworld aqua park.
- Visit the Sharjah Heritage Area.
- Dine at some of the of the best restaurants in the world.
- Explore the depths of the ocean by scuba diving on a ship wreck or reef.
- Go dune bashing in the warm desert sands.
- Shop in the traditional souks or visit contemporary malls.
Address: Embassies District,
Plot 38, Sector W59-02,
Street No. 4, Abu Dhabi