|Often simply referred to by its initials, UAE, the United Arab Emirates offers visitors an interesting mix of cultures, large modern cities, and many of the richest citizens in the world.
The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharaj and Umm al-Quwain, each of which has something a little different to offer. The main ones of interest to tourists are covered here…
The Abu Dhabi emirate contains the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is the main attraction of this emirate – an ultra modern urban playground, full of shopping malls, culture and more. The Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre is striking, whilst the large urban park called Khalifa Park is just one of the open spaces in the city. Here you’ll find an aquarium, museum, playing areas, and gardens. Visitors should also try to see the third largest mosque in the world, Zayed Grand Mosque.
The second city of interest in the Abu Dhabi emirate of the UAE is Al Ain. Al Ain Museum and Fort are popular attractions, as is the Camel Souq, the Al Ain Oasis, and Jebel Hafeet, the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates.
Ajman is the smallest emirate, but its small size is made up for by its attractive beaches on the Persian Gulf. Visitors who want to see United Arab Emirates on a budget, should head here.
Although Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates’ seven states, it’s more like an independent city state, because in some ways is quite different to other parts of the country. Although Muslim, some of the rules and traditional which go with this religion are more relaxed in Dubai, one of the reasons why this has become a popular tourist destination.
Best known for the more modern side of the ‘city’, Dubai boasts some of the largest and tallest structures in the world. The Burj Dubai is one example, which just keeps growing and growing in height. The Palm Islands are another – these are the largest artificial islands in the world, and then there are the huge shopping malls which include crazy things like indoor ski slopes!
Old Dubai is also worth a look to see how this emirate once looked. Attractions include Dubai Museum, the Jumeirah Mosque, and the old Bastakiya District.