The United Arab Emirates is a country situated on the Persian Gulf. Over the last 30 years, because of proven oil deposits, the UAE have quickly developed from being a collection of poor desert coast Sheikdoms to a thriving ultra modern country rapidly heading towards being the most popular of world destinations.
As the country developed, so did the attraction for visitors, which was greatly encouraged by an attention to building adequate visitor accommodations and amenities.
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Here are probably the 3 most popular destinations for visitors.
This is the largest city in the Emirates and is home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It is also home to Burj Al Arab the first 7 star Hotel in the world. Among its attractions are also the largest man made islands in the world, The World Islands in Dubai and The Palm Islands Dubai. Although Dubai has some great beaches to offer, most visitors come for the shopping and to encourage this there is The Dubai Mall, the largest mall by area in the world. There is also the Mall of the Emirates that boasts “Ski Dubai” the only indoor ski resort in the Middle East.
This is the capital of the Emirates and the next most populated after Dubai. Attractions here include the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque an exceptional piece of architecture that includes 80 Domes, 1,000 Columns, 24 carat Gold Chandeliers and the world’s largest hand woven carpet. It is home to the fastest Roller Coaster in the world at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Take a helicopter tour that not only gives you a unique view of the city but also includes flying over the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest expanse of unbroken desert.
The forth most populated city in the Emirates is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements and you can visit the Hili Archaeological Gardens, where combined with public gardens are remnants that go back 4,000 years. You can visit one of the Emirates most famous landmarks, the Al Jahili Fort. This stunning fort was built to protect the precious Palm Groves. The road to the top of Jebel Hafeet, UAE’s second highest peak, has been described as “one of the world’s greatest driving roads” and on reaching the top, you are rewarded with some magnificent views of Al Ain. Built into the foothills of Jebel Hafeet is Wadi Adventure, the regions first man made white water, kayaking and surf facility. This is the home of the largest man made surf wave at a height of 3.3 m.
Most of the Emirates cities offer desert camping trips that allow the visitors to experience the old Emirates way of life. They also offer desert driving in ATVs, Camel racing and other attractions.