The Best of all Worlds
The United Arab Emirates has indeed cast a spell in the past few decades. From having endless stretches of sanddunes, the country has transformed itself to set an example in city planning and development. One of the richest nations in the world, UAE consists of seven emirates. Every year, the country plays host to millions of tourists who visit this land of man-made marvels and natural wonders. From museums and adventure spots, to exotic hotels and architectural wonders, this country has it all.
The country’s well-stocked museums bespeak its rich traditions and history. While the Al Ain National Museum at Abu Dhabi focuses on the country’s archeological and ethnographic aspects; the Dubai Camel Museum explains why the camel is such a prized animal in Arabian heritage and culture. Fujairah, the biggest town on the East Coast makes for an intriguing historical experience with its ancient and restored fort and museum. Along with a slice of heritage, you can also enjoy visiting UAE’s contemporary marvels such as Burj Khalifa at Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi, Yas Island – the man-made island at Abu Dhabi, and the Sharjah Science Museum and Planetarium.
Home to some of the world’s finest restaurants, UAE offers endless international and indigenous options in food. While international food chains, cafes, and pizzerias, are located all over the country, local Emirati food too is widely available at posh restaurants and inexpensive roadside eateries alike. For the authentic fare of the region, do visit Mezlai at Emirates Palace Hotel at Abu Dhabi and Milas in Dubai Mall. You can also head for interesting cafes like Majilis and Café2go that have tweaked contemporary dishes using traditional ingredients, for instance serving camel-meat burgers and camel milk chocolates and ice-creams. The food festival of Taste of Dubai, held in March at Dubai Media City too is worth going to for sampling gourmet food.
UAE is blessed with a stunning coastline. The Jumeirah Beach, Yas Beach and Saadiyat Beach are some of the most popular beaches frequented by locals and travellers who want to spend a lazy day lounging on the beach or indulging in some thrilling adventure sports such as wakeboarding, and scuba-diving. Children and families can have a whale of a time at the magnificent water-theme parks of Yas Waterworld at Abu Dhabi and Dreamland Aqua Park at Umm Al Quwain. You may also embark on a desert safari on camel-back at Dubai or watch an exciting camel race at Ras Al Khaimah.
UAE has truly blossomed into a global destination for travel aficionados. Figures indicate the facts. Digest this: the annual tourism growth rate of UAE is 7.6% or an approximated influx 16.47 million tourists every year! Before embarking on this exciting trip, make sure you buy travel insurance, so you can enjoy a safe, fun-packed vacation.