There are so many tourist attractions that entice and draw people, visitors and travelers from all over the world to come to the United Arab Emirates. Of the wonderful sights and sounds there are, one of the most popular would be the King’s Fountain in Dubai.
Things You Need to Know about the United Arab Emirates
Kingdoms have united in Europe, states have united in the Americas, and now it’s the emirates' turn in the Middle East. Well, it’s not really a new fusion, but it is only in recent history that the United Arab Emirates is making a mark in the world of business, technology and tourism. People should take notice because the UAE is fast rivaling the UK and the US in international significance and tourism appeal. Below are a few things you should know about the UAE.
It is the union of seven emirates, which are nations or territories that are ruled by an emir (thus the name, “emirate”). These are Umm al-Quwain, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaima, Ajman, Fujairah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Not many know the first five but the last two should ring a bell. Technically, these are territories or cities (not counties), and UAE is one country.
Abu Dhabi is the most well-known and most successful since it was the first emirate that decided to export its oils around the world. It is the capital emirate and the center of everything (trade, business, technology, politics and culture) in UAE. In 2007, CNN declared Abu Dhabi as the richest city in the world.
The UAE is oil-rich. This is not a surprise since the Middle East has always been synonymous to oil and wealth. UAE has the seventh largest oil reserve in the world, which also makes it the seventh city in the world with the highest per capita income, which in turn makes the United Arab Emirates the seventh richest country in the world according to Maps of World. (The richest in the list is neighboring Qatar.)
Meanwhile, the Middle East is still highly misunderstood by most people in the West. It might come as a surprise to many that UAE is governed by a constitution that is similar to the ones held by the rest of the free world – governed by liberty, equality, law, freedom of speech and presumption of innocence. It also upholds Human Rights for everyone.
And last but definitely not the least, people should know about the many world-class attractions in UAE, such as Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai, Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, among others.
Dubai Museum is definitely a must see attraction in Dubai. Located at the historical Al Fahidi Fort near the Dubai Creek, the museum houses numerous relics and galleries that provide an informative introduction to the city’s rich cultural heritage.
The Al Fahidi Fort itself, which houses the museum, is one of the city’s oldest and most important links to the past. It was built in 1787 to fortify the Dubai Creek’s [Read more…]
The weather in Dubai is a major determinant in the number of tourists that visit the city every year. With Dubai being a desert city, it will come as no surprise that the climate in the city is hot. However, the skies over Dubai are generally blue with little clouds to cover making it the perfect backdrop for those amazing Dubai pictures.
Winter in Dubai can be exceedingly felt during the months of January to March. Temperatures can drop to at least 10 degree Celsius making it the most comfortable [Read more…]
The Grand Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai is one of the most popular tourist spots in the United Arab Emirates because of its educationally, culturally and spiritually enlightening role. It is, in fact, the only mosque in all of the UAE nations that is open for visits from the non-Muslim public. These non-Muslim tours and visits are part of Dubai’s ‘Open doors, open minds’ program, operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
The Open doors, Open minds program began more than a decade ago in 1998, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The [Read more…]
The captivating Dubai Creek is the other half of the dualistic charm of Dubai. Set against the soaring and sleek skyscrapers of the modern emirate, this old world district intertwines with the urban to form the ultra dynamic city known today.
The salt water creek runs through the middle of Dubai, virtually splitting the city in two. The northern end is known as Deira Dubai, while the southern end is the Bur [Read more…]
A long time ago, Dubai was a trading port in the Middle East, relying on oil revenues and trades with neighboring lands. Today, however, it is well known as a commerce and tourism haven. The metropolis suddenly burst out of the desert with its skyline toppling previous world records and its architecture never failing to impress. Dubai became the definition of luxury and grandeur. By this standard, what type of accommodation could be more expected to spearhead the city’s transformation than the Burj Al Arab?
Standing at 1,053 feet, the Tower of the Arabs, also known as the Arab Sail, is the fourth highest hotel in the world. It houses 202 suites, a couple of restaurants and bars, a helipad, and numerous leisure facilities. The construction of the artificial island and the building itself began in 1994 and ended in 1999. But apart from its height, the hotel gained global attention because of its design. Located in a man-made island 300 meters from the Jumeirah beach, the boat sail-shaped structure has become one of the most iconic hotels in the world. [Read more…]