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Things To Do in United Arab Emirates

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The beach is one of the most important points in tourist life (next to shopping). The waters of the UAE, although much murkier in recent years due to intensive coastal development, are still remarkably warm, clean and beautiful for those from less hot climates. There are long stretches of white sand beaches that range from completely undeveloped to very touristy (even in cities like Dubai). Snorkelling and diving can be wonderful, especially on the east coast (Indian Ocean). Vast desert areas lie south of the major urban areas and offer spectacular views and scary rides on fast safaris. The mountains are steep and spectacular cliffs, and a visit to these mountains (e.g. the town of Hatta) is rewarded with breathtaking views. Women in swimming costumes will attract unwanted attention on public beaches; it is advisable to pay for a day pass to a private beach in a hotel.

There are also many man-made wonders to enjoy. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor amusement park in the world and, as the name suggests, focuses on experiencing the world of Ferrari. It is located right next to the Yas Marina racetrack, where the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix is held. Yas Marina is widely recognised as the most technologically advanced racetrack in the world and hosts Formula 1 as well as various national and international racing series, including the GP2 and GP3 series, V8 Supercars and the now defunct FIA GT1 series. It opened its doors in 2009. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world and visitors can climb it to a viewpoint near the top of the building for stunning views of the city and beyond. Wild Wadi and Aquaventure are two world-class water parks for the whole family. In addition, those seeking proper retail therapy can visit the Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world and also the location of the world’s largest dancing fountain, with several shows starting after sunset, and one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, the Dubai Aquarium.

Ski Dubai in the Dubai Emirates Mall opened in 2005. It is the third largest indoor ski slope in the world, measures 400 metres and uses 6000 tonnes of snow. The Dubai Ski Mall is the first indoor ski slope to open in the United Arab Emirates, with more planned. All equipment, except gloves and a hat, is provided – skis/snowboards, ski suits, boots and socks are included (socks are disposable). The nearby ski shop sells equipment, including gloves. A ski slope in Ra’s al Khaymah is also in preparation.

Desert safari trips can be a fun experience for tourists. They can be booked in advance, but it is often possible to book them the day before and most hotel receptions can do this for you. The rides usually start in the late afternoon and end in the late evening. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven into the desert in a 4×4 vehicle. Most packages include a dune walk with a heart, a short camel ride, an Arabic buffet and a belly dancer. Another option would be to rent/buy a 4×4 and join the many 4×4 clubs that are developing in the UAE, which are diverse and each has its own flavour: ad4x4 [www], uaeoffroaders [www], arabianoffroader [www], me4x4 [www], emarat4x4 [www], etc. They provide a free learning experience for all novices with weekly scheduled rides for all levels of driving skills. Some of them have more than 2,000 members of many nationalities.

How To Travel To United Arab Emirates

By planeThe main air hub in the UAE is Dubai International Airport, which is served by several major airlines, including Dubai-based Emirates. Direct flights connect Dubai with Durban, Johannesburg, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Karachi, Tehran, Riyadh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, San...

How To Travel Around United Arab Emirates

Distances in the UAE are relatively short, and with the Dubai Metro you can reach several stations just in Dubai and the surrounding area. The peak hours for the Dubai Metro are in the morning and evening. The Dubai Metro offers three classes: silver class, which is used daily...

Visa & Passport Requirements for United Arab...

Visa restrictionsCitizens of Israel are denied entry. Travellers with non-Israeli passports bearing Israeli stamps and/or visas from Israel are allowed entry.Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) do not require a visa. A short-stay visa is issued on arrival to residents...

Accommodation & Hotels in United Arab Emirates

For the visitor, the UAE has one of the most spectacular ranges of tourist accommodation in the world. There are both modern hotels of breathtaking beauty, which can be extremely expensive, and more modest accommodation. Cheap accommodation is available, but like everywhere else, its condition is shockingly variable.There are...

Weather & Climate in United Arab Emirates

The country is exceptionally dry, with rainfall on only a few days a year. Nevertheless, the Emiratis use water in alarming proportions: in the large public parks, for example, there are wide swaths of grass, and in the resorts or other public places, landscaping can be extensive. Most of...

Things To See in United Arab Emirates

Some of the largest sand dunes in the world south of Abu Dhabi in the Liwa oasis regionBeautiful beaches on the east coastIsolated and difficult to access wadis in the Northern EmiratesArchaeological sites and natural rock formations in the Hajar MountainsMagnificent Oases in Al AinAlthough at first glance nature...

Food & Drinks in United Arab Emirates

Food in United Arab EmiratesDubai and, to a lesser extent, Abu Dhabi offer a wide range of products from most of the world's great cuisines. By Western standards, most restaurants are quite affordable, although it is easy to find extremely expensive food. Most upscale restaurants are located in hotels.Due...

Money & Shopping in United Arab Emirates

The currency is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED, local abbreviation dhs). It is pegged to the US dollar at AED 3.67 per dollar. The conversion rates are AED 5 to EUR 1 and AED 6 to GBP 1. The notes come in denominations of MAD 5, 10, 20,...

Festivals & Holidays in United Arab Emirates

Weekends in the UAE last from Friday to Saturday for most government and public services as well as businesses; for many, Thursday can be a half day (although they usually work all day Saturday). In almost all cities, there is little commercial activity on Friday morning, but after midday...

Traditions & Customs in United Arab Emirates

The Emiratis are proud but hospitable people, and when not in their cars, they are generally extremely civilised and friendly. Like most people in the world, they welcome visitors who are willing to show a little respect and can be extremely generous (some expatriates and visitors don't understand that...

Internet & Communications in United Arab Emirates

By phoneThe country code is 971. The mobile phone network uses GSM technology (as in Europe and Africa) and is widely used. The dialling format is as follows: +971-#-### ####, where the first "#" indicates the area code. The main area codes are Dubai (4), Sharjah (6) and Abu...

Language & Phrasebook in United Arab Emirates

The official language is Arabic, but it is certain that the majority of the population does not speak it. Iranian, Indian, Filipino and Western expatriates outnumber the Emiratis, especially in Dubai (where the foreign population is over 80%), and generally have very limited knowledge of Arabic. English is the...

Culture Of United Arab Emirates

Emirati culture is based on Arab culture and has been influenced by the cultures of Persia, India and East Africa. Arabic and Persian-inspired architecture is part of the expression of the Emirates' local identity. The influence of Persia on Emirati culture can be felt in the Emirates' traditional architecture...

History Of United Arab Emirates

AncientIt seems that the land of the Emirates has been occupied for thousands of years. Stone tools found at Jebel Faya in the Emirate of Sharjah indicate settlement by Africans some 127,000 years ago, and a stone tool for butchering animals found at Jebel Barakah on the Arabian coast...

Stay Safe & Healthy in United Arab...

Stay safe in United Arab EmiratesVisitors should be less concerned about crime than about harsh law enforcement.Homosexuality can be heavily sanctioned, so gay and lesbian tourists need to be very discreet.Sexual relations outside marriage are also illegal. Even women who report rape are imprisoned for adultery or extramarital...

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