The country of United Arab Emirates is well known for its modern skyscrapers and opulent lifestyle. But did you know that it has a rich history and cultural side too?
Here are our top picks for places to visit and things to do when you are in UAE, which is filled with diverse natural and manmade locations that will take your breath away. Are you ready for a few facts about the country before we start?
Know Your United Arab Emirates
Telephone Code: +971
Languages: Arabic, English
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
Visa: Tourist visas are issued for 30 or 90 days for single or multiple entries. Visa-free entry and Visa on arrival are available for select nations.
Weather: Average temperature - 35.5°C (96°F); Average high temperature - 42 °C (108 °F) average low temperature - 26 °C (80 °F)
Best time to visit: December to February
Clothing & Personal Care: Pack light clothes and add a sweater and a scarf for the evening, in winter. Modest clothing for women and men.
Places to Visit in the United Arab Emirates
Red Desert, Dubai
There is nothing that shouts UAE than the big Red Desert that lies just outside of the modern Dubai city. Explore the desert on a safari and take part in some desert activities like camel rides, ATV rides, and sandboarding. If you can, catch up on the Arab belly dance when you are on the safari.
Jubail Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi
It is might be surprise you to know there are several mangrove forests and parks that you can explore and even have a leisurely stay. Kayak around the mangrove sanctuaries, or take a stroll along the beaches when you take a trip to Abu Dhabi. You can also find mangroves in Umm-Al-Quwain
Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
At 1,934 meters above sea level, Jebel Jais is the highest peak in the UAE and is a part of the Hajar mountains. If you are looking for a colder temperature, take a trip to the mountains for some breathtaking views of the sunset. Make sure the trip also includes trying out the world’s longest Zipline between the canyons at the speed of 150 km per hour.
The City of Dubai
Dubai has to be the hero of your UAE trip without all its glory and attractions. Some of the places that have to be on your itinerary around Dubai are.
- Burj Al Arab
- Dubai and Burj Khalifa
- Dubai Frame and glow garden
- Palm Island
- Dubai Corniche
The City of Abu Dhabi
Little less than its ostentatious twin city Dubai, Abu Dhabi has its fair share of tourist attractions to keep you hooked for days. From opulent palaces, and bustling souqs to picturesque mosques, the capital city has it all.
Also, you have a chance to visit the Formula 1 racing track and an indoor amusement park called Ferrari World, themed after the car brand while you are there.
Have we tempted you enough to book a ticket to the nation of the United Arab Emirates? We are sure we have even mentioned half of the must-see places. You know what, take a trip to discover more.
Must-Do Things In The United Arab Emirates
Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
With more than 1000 columns and 82 domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and is one of the things you can’t miss to visit when you are in UAE.
Named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates, the Grand Mosque is true to its name - grand in every sense. With a capacity of 50,000 visitors, the mosque has influences from various countries and has a separate place for worshipping believers.
As in every other religious place, you are required to dress modestly to enter the mosque and women might be required to cover their heads as well. Be respectful throughout the trip.
Take a view from the top of the world at Burj Khalifa
The high point of any trip to the nation is the view from the top of the tallest building in the world. Soaring high at 456m, At the Top, Burj Khalifa offers a mind-blowing view of the city from two observation decks.
With more than 160 floors, Burj Khalifa stands tall at over 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) and you can travel to the 148th floor, At the Top Sky, and 125th floor, At the Top. There are several coveted restaurants in the building that keep your appetite and thirst quenched as well.
Ride an Abra in Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek has been bustling with activities for ages, and the abra has been the most popular mode of transportation for generations. Abra means to cross, refers to the water taxi that is regulated by the Dubai RTA.
Each abra holds about 20 passengers and is the cheapest and fastest means of transportation between the busiest parts of the city. Riding an abra is the correct way to enjoy the history and culture of this side of the city and to admire the spectacular views as well.
Visit The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Themed based on the Lost City of Atlantis, the Lost Chambers Aquarium at the Atlantis, The Palm offers you a chance to enjoy and admire the beauty of the marine life through glass tunnels.
With 10 different chambers and other exhibits, The Lost Chambers plays home to more than 65000 aquatic animals. You can also observe them at your own pace and feed some of them with the help of the guide at specified timings.