The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are fascinating – each one of the seven emirates has its own attractions and character. But all provide an abundance of sunshine, lovely beaches and insights into Arabian culture.
Arguably the most well known emirate is Dubai but there are many great places to visit in the UAE.
Visitors will find fabulous shopping opportunities in huge shiny malls, beautiful white beaches, excellent luxury hotels and a vibrant, modern heart. It is also home to the world’s tallest building – the magnificent Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 metres high.
But there is more to Dubai than just 21st century attractions – here you’ll also find souks where traders sell gold, dhows floating in the harbour, and deep traditions preserved in its old town.
Abu Dhabi is by far the largest emirate and is a state rich in ancient archaeological sites and wildlife. Dhabi means gazelle and you’ll find an abundance of the animals here.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is architecturally one of the most beautiful places in the UAE and is constructed with marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
While having plenty to keep history lovers absorbed, adrenaline junkies will also enjoy Ras Al Khaimah. Among its many adventurous attractions is the world’s longest zip line. It starts at 1,680 metres at the top of Jebel Jais – the highest mountain in the UAE and riders hit speeds of at 120kph to 150kph.
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