Go dune-bashing on a desert safari, camp beneath thestars, take a dinner cruise on a dhow and bargain for gold and spices intraditional souks.
The UnitedArab Emirates are the crossroads of Middle Eastern and Western culture, where vastdeserts contrast with luxury shopping malls, fine dining and beautifulstretches of beach. The Emirates are made up of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Visit famous shopping malls and luxury hotels, as well asdesert culture and history.
TheEmirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi, is packed with historic sites such as the Al AinPalace Museum, Al Jahili Fort, Al Qattara Arts Centre, the fossil-filled HiliArcheological Park and Heritage Village,where traditional crafts are displayed. Visit a camel market. See the ArabianOryx deer and free-roaming eland at the ArabianWildlife Park or take a boat ride to SaadiyatIsland to enjoy pristine beaches and resort getaways.
Discoverthe unusual attractions of Dubai’s malls, from indoor skiing runs to enormousaquariums and zoos. Learn about Dubai’s history in the 18th-century Al FahidiFort, now the home of the Dubai Museum.Appreciate the beautiful architecture of the Jumeirah Mosque. Along DubaiCreek, see historic wooden ships and board a dhow for a dinner cruise. Explorethe souks to pick up traditional crafts, hand-loomed carpets, spices or goldjewelry. Have an inexpensive seafood dinner at the fish market or trymulticultural street food in the souks.
Enjoy hot summersand warm winters on the golden sands and clear waters of the United ArabEmirates. Women have restrictions regarding swimsuit lengths on public beaches,but on private beaches and pools owned by hotels, Western bathing suits areaccepted.
Dive amongcolorful coral beds with reef fish, sharks and turtles in Fujairah on the eastcoast. Underwater caves off Dibbaand shallow reefs and wrecks off Abu Dhabi are also popular sites foradventurous divers.
See thestunning sunsets over the desert on a dune-bashing expedition. Stay overnightbeneath the stars and awake to a cooked breakfast with morning light spreadingover the dunes.
Fly into large international airport hubsin Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and make use of the Emirates’ excellent road network toget around.