The United Arab Emirates has grown to become one of the most diverse countries in the world offering world-class tourism experiences all year round. From white-sand beaches, crystal clear seas to sprawling skyscrapers and rich cultural heritage the home of some of the worlds most notable landmarks.
The Arabian Pearl
Standing at a whopping 829.8 metres Dubai’s landmark tourist attraction is the Burj Khalifa, also known as the tallest building in the world and is one of the cities most famous points of interest. However, you don’t have to travel far from Dubai’s famous skyline to reach some of the UAE’s most stunning desertscapes of rippling sand dunes. The dune fields and desert of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, along with the orange-hued dunes of Maleha are the perfect setting for desert adventure tours. Combining a range of activities from sandboarding and 4WD safaris to more traditional desert experiences such as camel rides and Arabian falconry displays and dinners under the stars. However if pure luxury is what you are looking for Dubai is also home to The Burj Al-Arab, the world’s tallest hotel.
The Manhattan of the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi is not only the country’s capital, but also occupies 80% of the UAE’s land territory. The city if also home to the UAE’s president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Also home to the Al Nahyan family, Abu Dhabi is perhaps the most important city in the country politically, geographically and historically. When visiting the UAE – seeing and evening staying – in the capital is a must!
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The World’s Largest Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a sight to see, with pure marble walls the construction is truly an architectural piece of art. The design intentiionally blends different Islamic architectural schools, featuring 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the worlds largest hand-knotted carpet.
As the latest landmark to join Dubai’s long list of world record-breaking attractions, Ain Dubai is located on Bluewaters Island. The giant observation wheel stands at a staggering height of 250m making it the highest and largest of its kind in the world. The monument is an amazing feat of construction with each leg of the wheel standing 126m high – long enough to fit 15 London buses – while the weight of the assembled hub and spindle is equivalent to four A380 aircrafts. Accessible from the island, Ain Dubai , which translates to ‘Dubai Eye’ in Arabic is an unforgettable experience making it a must-visit attraction!
Museum of the Future
The Museum of the Future (MOTF) takes pride of place along the city’s superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road. Founded by the Dubai Future Foundation and designed as an asymmetric torus clad in steel and glass, the Museum of the Future has been recognised by National Geographic as one of 14 most beautiful museums in the world. Designed by architect Shaun Killa, who wanted the structure to represent Dubai’s vision of the future, the museum’s striking exterior also stands out thanks to its artistic use of Arabic calligraphy by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. Incorporated into the design are lines of poetry by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. One of which translates to “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
For those who enjoy the pure luxury that the UAE is known for, The Emirates Palace will be a true jaw-dropping sight. This hotel, better known as a palace is definitely the most luxurious in the entire UAE. The hotel has gone down in history as the most expensive to ever be built, costing approximately $3 billion to construct. It is also the best spot in Abu Dhabi to sip on delicious cappuccino – with flakes of real gold! Yes, Le Cafe at The Emirates Palace offers visitors the chance to try a golden cappuccino, making this a must visit destination.
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