Introducing the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates lies on the south-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. While Abu Dhabi is the capital city, Dubai has taken the world by storm, in terms of its innovative skyscrapers, high-tech infrastructure and lavish shopping malls. The Dubai Mall and its aquarium are both one of the biggest in the world. The dancing fountain show is held every hour in the evenings at the promenade behind the mall, with excellent views of the Burj Khalifa. This is the world's tallest building at 828 meters. Another architectural wonder is the Palm Islands, an artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree.
In total contrast are the other tourist attractions in Dubai, like the desert safari. This holiday adventure includes dune bashing, camel rides, falcon feeding, belly dancing performances and mouth-watering Arabian cuisine like lamb kebabs. The camp site is situated in the heart of the desert and after watching a glorious sunset, visitors are taken back to their accommodation or rented apartment to get refreshed, before another day of adventure.
Deira has the cheapest accommodation options in Dubai, since it is the older part of the city and is centrally located. The high-speed metro connects all the major sights and taking a ride is a must-do activity as the best and cheapest way to sight-see Dubai.
The other emirates can be explored on day trips from Dubai. Abu Dhabi has the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, second largest in the world. Sharjah is the cultural capital, dedicated to preserving the Islamic culture. Its souqs or marketplaces are filled with valuable souvenirs like hookahs for smoking shisha, silver filigreed urns and the most beautiful hand-woven carpets and rugs. Ras-al-Khaimah has coral beaches while Ajman, Fujairah and Umm-al-Quwain have a number of interesting monuments.
The local women are seen in full-length black cloaks calls abayas, while the men wear white dishdasha. Visitors are expected to dress modestly. The delicious traditional food includes kebabs and shawarma. It is worth buying fresh dates as well as some high quality exotic spices to take back home. The gold souks have a dazzling display of ornaments, while branded perfumes are available at a good price. Sports enthusiasts have a lot to keep them occupied while on vacation in the United Arab Emirates; they can choose from Formula 1 car racing, horse racing, camel racing, golf and tennis. This country truly has something for everyone.