The United Arab Emirates , sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.
Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language.
Established on 2 December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates.
The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.
For most people,the UAE means just one place: Dubai, the city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But guess what? Beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.
An hour’s drive south, oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the country’s capital, is quickly gaining a reputation as a hub of culture, sport and leisure. Beyond its borders looms the vast Al Gharbia desert, whose magical silence is interrupted only by the whisper of shifting dunes rolling towards Saudi Arabia.
North of Dubai, Sharjah has the country’s best museums, while tiny Ajman and Umm Al Quwain provide glimpses of life in the pre-oil days, and Ras Al-Khaimah is busy building up its tourism infrastructure. For the best swimming and diving, though, head across the fierce Hajar Mountains to the emirates of Fujairah, to frolic in the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, and also capital of Abu Dhabi emirate, the largest of the UAE’s seven member emirates.
Abu Dhabi has over 2,000 well-maintained parks and gardens and more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) of coastline, of which 10 kilometres (6 miles) are public beaches. There are many places to visit in Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Yas Marina Circuit, Emirates Palace, Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi Ice Rink, etc.
Ferrari World is an amusement park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It claims to be the largest indoor theme park in the world. Formula Rossa is located here. The park officially opened to the public on 4 November 2010. The Ferrari world covers an area of 86000 metre square.
Dubai is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Dubai was the 7th most visited city of the world. Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East”. Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping centres, including the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall.
There are many sightseeings: Burj Khalifa, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Aquarium,The Dubai Fountains, Dubai Marina, Wild Wadi, Dubai Museum, Bastakia (Old Dubai), Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Deira Souks, Sheikh Ziyeed Road, etc.
The Burj Al Arab is a 7 star luxury hotel. Although the hotel is frequently described as “the world’s only seven-Star hotel”.
Jumeirah is a coastal residential area of Dubai, UAE mainly comprising low rise private dwellings. It is administratively divided into three neighborhoods named “Jumeirah 1,” Jumeirah 2″ and “Jumeirah 3.” It has both expensive and large detached properties as well as more modest town houses built in a variety of architectural styles.
Sharjah is the arts capital of the United Arab Emirates, and efforts to preserve area history garnered the title of Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998. For museum and art lovers, Sharjah is crammed full of excellent sightseeing opportunities. The Art Museum is world-renowned, while the Heritage Area is full of interesting buildings dedicated to Emirati history.
This is also a wonderfully family-friendly destination, with lots to keep the kids amused including the Natural History Museum and Desert Park, where petting animals are the biggest attraction for most children, and the fun-packed exhibits at the Science Museum. And there are many places to see: Sharjah Arts Museum, Central Market, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Al Qasba, Al-Mahatta (Airport) Museum, etc.
Ras al-Khaimah (RAK)
Ras al-Khaimah is a Persian Gulf Arab emirate and a member of the UAE. It covers an area of 1,684 square km. It is served by the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.
As a Leisure destination, Ras Al Khaimah provides its guests with a choice of exciting activities and places of interest from water sports to desert experiences, from golfing to historical sites, from complete relaxation to adrenalin rush and much more.
There are many tourist destinations in RAK: Khatt Hot Springs, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Hajar Mountains, Manar Mall, Saqr Park, Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp, IceLand Water Park,etc.
Fujairah is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, and the only one of the seven that has a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Persian Gulf. The beautiful coastline is ideal for scuba diving and sunbathing, while the city is a great base for explorations into the Hajar Mountains.
Travel in and around Fujairah and the surrounding towns of Khor Kalba, Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Masafi has been made easy by the development of modern highways over the last 30 years.
The Al-Bidyah Mosque and Fujairah Fort are two excellent sightseeing highlights of a visit here. You can also visit here Al-Hayl Castle, Sheikh Ziyeed Mosque, Bithnah Fort, Fujairah Museum, etc.
Ajman is one of the seven emirates constituting the UAE. With an area of just 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi), Ajman is the smallest emirate by area. Ajman is a monarchy, ruled by Sheikh Humaid bin rashid Al Nuaimi. There are many places to see: Ajman Museum, Ajman Dhow Building Yard, Ajman Beaches, Mowaihat, etc.
Manama museum, opened on 2 December 2012, is located in Al Mareer Fort, which was originally built during the reign of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. A yard overlooks seven rooms and a well. The fort is surrounded by palm trees irrigated by the old Manama Falaj
Umm Al Quwain is one among seven emirates constituting the UAE. Located in between Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman, along the west coast of UAE. It is located along the vital trade route between Asia and India.
Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) is the best place in the world for people who enjoy sounds of waves and peace. Sailing in the calm water of lagoon offers best and most interesting sailing in the Northern Emirates
There are many places to see: Umm Al-Quwain Fort and Museum, Seneyah Island, Dreamland Aqua park, etc.