Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf is the beautiful United Arab Emirates comprising of seven different emirates. Famous for its audacious architecture, the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa 828m, artificial islands and breathtaking skyline. Each of the Emirates offers unique individual experiences in food, sights and sounds. It is no wonder the UAE is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the UAE; it offers the tourist a vast array of activities for the most exciting travel experiences. With some of the most luxurious hotels in the world including the 7star, Burj Al Arab, ultramodern architecture, cutting edge design ecosystem, a notable blend of tradition and modernity that can rarely be found in other countries. Dubai is made up almost entirely of foreign experts, there’s a level of cultural diversity that is hard to match. On discovering Dubai, one uncovers hidden gems in the traditional souk spice and gold markets or treat the family to fun-filled attractions, water and theme parks, all in a single Dubai experience itinerary which of course we can customise for you.
Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai
Spice Souk, 26 34 Street, Dubai
This Emirate is the UAE’s capital city and the largest of all seven Emirates. Abu Dhabi occupies approximately 87% of the country’s territory. The city is situated on an island off the Persian Gulf from the central western coast, while the majority of the Emirate resides on the mainland. The city's famous landmarks include the vast Sheikh Zayed Mosque, with its exuberant architecture and marble white domes, the Yas Viceroy Hotel where tourist can watch world-renowned Formula 1 races, The Ferrari World theme park and the Abu Dhabi and Marina malls,
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th Street, Abu Dhabi
Yas Viceroy Hotel, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Sharjah is the third largest and most populous city, it is also a centre for culture and industry. This Emirate independently contributes approximately 7.4% of the GDP of the UAE. Unlike Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this city holds less famous attractions. One of its most popular attractions is the Sharjah Natural History Museum, where visitors can educate themselves about the history of Arabian wildlife. This experience in its self is astounding and a great reminder that although the UAE is now populated with ultra-modern architecture and skyscrapers, it once was merely a desert. Other attractions include the Blue Souk which is magnificently adorned in blue tiling comprises of six astounding structures and approximately six hundred (600) shops. It is definitely a place for tourist to indulge in an exciting shopping experience offered by traditional shops. The Sharjah Science Museum, Sharjah Aquarium and the Al Jazeera Park all suitable for an exciting family experience.
Sharjah Natural History Museums, Al Dhaid Road, Interchange No.9, Sharjah
Blue Souk, King Faisal Road, Sharjah
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah also abbreviated as RAK City and translated in English means "top of the tent." This Emirate is home to approximately 31% of the UAE's population. With high-end beach resorts, offering sublime landscapes, astonishing coastlines and rich terracotta desert planes. This Emirate is ideal for an escape from the city. Arabian culture is known for authentic and generous hospitality which is evidently reflected in Ras Al Khaimah's diverse collection of hotels and resorts including five-star hotels such as the Banyan Tree, where guests can book rooms with their own beachfront and swimming pools. This is undoubtedly a favourite for a perfect weekend getaway. Other attractions include the Dhayah Fort historical site. Built in the 19th century over ancient ruins, this hill-shaped castle offers remarkable mountain & sea views. For thrill seekers in RAK City, a visit to Jazirat Al-Hamra also known as a ghost town is a must. Perfectly frozen in time and covered in the desert sand, Al Jazirat Al Hamra is a hamlet of perfectly-preserved Ras Al Khaimah history. This hamlet is shrouded in mystery and surrounded by rumours of allegedly even been haunted by ancient ghosts.
Dhayah Fort, Ras Al Khaimah
Jazirat Al-Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
This is the only of the seven Emirates with a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Arabian Gulf. Fujairah is a modern, industrial town and the main settlement of the east coast. Fujarah is separated from the rest of the UAE by the jagged line of the Hajar Mountains, and although the city itself is a grid pattern of high-rise office blocks with little to attractions to offer visitors, Fujairah Emirate's beaches to the north are some of the most beautiful in the UAE. This beautiful slice of coastline is ideal for scuba diving, sunbathing and snorkelling. The city is approximately an hour and a half drive away from Dubai, visitors can spend the day at Fujairah and head back to Dubai or take the opportunity to enjoy one of their various luxurious beach resorts.
Ajman and Umm Al-Quwain
Ajman and Umm Al-Quwain are much less sensational than the others, but these two Emirates still qualify as reasons to visit the UAE, with each offering unique experience. Ajman, the smallest of the seven Emirates has its share of beautiful white sand beaches, rolling desert dunes, craggy mountain backdrops, mangrove forests, as well as its history. The Ajman Museum was built by the historical Ajman Fort which provides a further insight into the history of the UAE. And while the city evokes a sense of old Arabia, Ajman is progressive and brimming with exciting leisure activities. Umm Al-Quwain is also a small city and less urban than other Emirates, it is an excellent destination for naturalists and tourists who enjoy wildlife and water sports, it is home to Dreamland Aqua Park, one of the world’s largest water parks.
Ajman Museum, Al Bustan, Ajman
Dreamland Aqua Park, Umm Al Quwain
Still searching for reasons why you should visit the UAE? Well...here are 5 more:
1. Shopper’s paradise
Home to the biggest mall in the world including high-end retail locations seemingly on every corner, it’s no surprise that tourist come to Dubai from all over the world for a bit of retail therapy. While many countries may have a few days of sale, Dubai has a month-long shopping festival which typically includes concerts and giveaways where shoppers can win gifts including cars, gold and other items.
2. Dubai has one of the most amazing skylines in the world
OK, isn't this view literally breathtaking? there are undoubtedly a lot of skyscrapers in Dubai. Whether you’re Downtown around the Burj Khalifa or at the Marina, home to four (4) of the five (5) tallest residential buildings in the world you’re never too far away from a pretty amazing view.
3. Foodies heaven
Dubai has such a diverse population and as such there is a range of food styles available in the city. These typically include Arab, Persian, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, French, Japanese, Chinese, British, and American restaurants, both humble and high-end. Throw in the array of food festivals that happen throughout the year and the stream of pop-up eateries and it’s no wonder people talk about newbie's putting on the ‘Dubai stone’ British slang for (inevitable weight gain).
4. Sand Dunes, Sun and Sea
Situated on the edge of the Arabian Gulf, the city could be considered a beachgoer’s paradise. With idyllic weather between May to October and approximately 1,000km of coastline, you’re never too far away from getting your tan on. one of the many exciting things to try includes Bashing, Sand boarding, Camel Riding, and Dinner at the sand dunes (Desert Safari)... Leave the city in a comfortable 4x4 with a tour guide, and enjoy an exciting mix of traditional and modern desert adventures.
5. Visit the traditional Gold Souk
The famous Gold Souk is one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. If you are looking for a more traditional experience, a trip to the Gold Souk located in the oldest part of the city will definitely be worth your while. The souk has been a central area of trade in Dubai since the 1940s and it’s estimated that, at any one time, approximately 10 tons of gold is present in the souk.
10 must visit Attractions in the UAE
The Burj Khalifa and is definitely the biggest star in the UAE. At approximately 829 meters,(2,717 ft), it is the tallest building in the world and one of the most breathtaking sights in Dubai. Much better than a view of the skyscraper from the outside is a view At the Top looking down at Dubai from 148 floors high.
Burj Khalifa's record-breaking titles include;
Tallest freestanding structure in the world
Highest occupied floors in the world
The highest number of stories in the world
Highest observatory deck in the world
World's highest swimming pool
Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world (76th floor)
Burj Khalifa is a must-see!!!
Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai
The Palm Jumeirah
The tree shaped Palm Jumeirah is the biggest artificial island in the world. The Island houses some of Dubai's most luxurious 5 star resorts including Atlantis, Anantara and Fairmont The Palm. And if you literally want a taste of luxury, then visit some of the top high-end restaurants and bars on the on the Island serving drinks & dishes with 24 karats of edible gold. Yes you read right ... Gold is Dubai's best friend. A popular favourite amongst tourist is sailing the island on a yacht or speedboat . Thrill-seekers can even skydive above the island for a more unique experience. Every tourist to Dubai definitely needs to see The Palm.
The Palm Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is best known for being the only 7-star hotel in Dubai. Built on a triangular manmade island reclaimed from the sea and 321 metres above sea level, the sail-boat shaped hotel is arguably one of the most iconic hotels in the world. It is also one of Dubai's most famous attractions.
For shopaholics, what could be more exciting than a trip to the biggest shopping mall in the world? A perfect destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment. The Dubai Mall is situated right next to the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa and features over 1200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, hundreds of food and beverage outlets and over 70 signature stores for high-end shoppers. For a fun family day at the Dubai mall, The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is definitely a must-visit.
Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is definitely one of the most beautiful attractions in the UAE and one of the world's largest mosques. The mosque was a project of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan a great visionary, who wanted to encompass cultural diversity, different Muslim civilisations and ultra-modern architecture. The mosque which is definitely an architectural masterpiece is made of marble and colourful stones illustrating flowers. it also has a whopping 40, 000 capacity worshippers and visitors. The open-door policy allows visitors from all over the world to enjoy the view and experience its attractions including the reflective pools, iconic prayer hall and onion top domes. The mosque also houses the world's biggest chandelier and a carpet which are both handmade.
Gold and Spice Souk
For a quintessential Dubai experience, a trip to the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk is a must for tourist. These markets or Souks (market in Arabic) provide an insight into Dubai before the advent of skyscrapers. The gold and spice souks are five minutes apart and are located in the oldest part of the city, next to the Dubai Creek. Visitors can cross the water in an Abra, a traditional water taxi to get to the souks. A walk through narrow yet romantic walkways filled with mounds of colourful aromatic herbs and spices spilling from large baskets at every turn of the spice souk.
Looking for a more thrill-seeking experience and adrenaline rush, then worlds first Ferrari themed park Ferrari World is the perfect place for you. The Ferrari-themed park houses 37 record-breaking thrill rides including the highest rollercoaster loop in the world, Formula Rossa which is the world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 250kmph in 4.9 seconds, the biggest Ferrari Store and an array of world-class cuisines. This indoor fun-filled park is recommended for a family day out.
With almost 300 days of summer in the UAE, Yas Waterworld offers exciting and refreshing rides for all ages. This futuristic water park spans across 15 hectares of land with 43 rides, slides, and other attractions. Yas Waterworld was inspired by an original story of a girl called Dana, who went on a journey to retrieve a lost pearl that brings prosperity to the village. This is a great place for the entire family to spend the warmer days in Abu Dhabi.
Famous for being one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Emirates Palace is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi. This hotel was the third most expensive to build in the world, with an estimated cost of approximately US$3 billion for its construction. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 meters above ground crafted meticulously with gold. Visitors can access the hotel by making a reservation at one of its restaurants and enjoy luxury dining and even try their famous golden cappuccino with real gold flakes.
Clearly, the word 'impossible' wasn't made for the UAE. who knew you could go skiing in the desert? Ski Dubai is one of the most iconic and innovative attractions in Dubai. Not only does it offer the full skiing and snowboarding experience, visitors can also play with penguins, build a snowman, roll down the hills, ride the Twin Track Bobsled or explore a snow cavern and experience real snow and winter conditions in Dubai.