Best things to do in United Arab Emirates
Find out more about those top places in United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a mega city that went from relatively unknown to everyone’s number one travel destination. Located on the Southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
The city is known for its outstanding ultra-modern infrastructures and it is filled with many record-breaking sites. Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa which is the world’s tallest building and the Dubai Mall which is one of the world’s largest malls. There are also activities and attractions that would interest tourists in the amazing city like going on a desert safari and visiting the awesome Aquaventure Waterpark.
Also known as the Khalifa Tower, the Burj Khalifa is a Skyscraper with the height of 2,722 ft (829.67 m) and it is regarded as the tallest structure and building in the World. Originally named Burj Dubai it was renamed to honor Sheikh Khalifa. Designed by Adrian Smith, the Burj Khalifa took over five years to complete and was opened on the 5th of January 2010. Its main attraction is the observatory floor that gives visitors a panoramic view of the city.
Definitely not your average Mall, the Dubai Mall is the second largest mall in the world in terms of total land area. A major tourist site, in 2011 it was said to be the most visited building in the world attracting over 54 million visitors annually. Designed by the architectural firm Dp Architects Pte Ltd it has 4 floors and over 1200 stores and service centers. The main attractions of the building include the Dubai Aquarium and Zoo, VR park Dubai, Hysteria, Dubai Dino, Dubai Creek Tower Replica, Real Cinema, Rainforest Café amongst others.
The number one activity performed by visitors to Dubai is the Desert Safari, made possible by the city’s topography, it is situated right beside the Arabian Desert. The trip which usually involves driving through the desert in an SUV or on the backs of camels is guaranteed to give one an unforgettable experience. Depending on your tour details, you can camp in the middle of the desert and enjoy some Dubai cuisine and witness a local dance performance.
Awarded the “Thea Outstanding Award Achievement Award” in 2007, the Ski Dubai is nothing short of breath-taking. It is situated at the Mall of the Emirates which is the world largest shopping mall. The Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with an area of over 22,500 square meters. It is always at a temperature from -1 to 2 degree Celsius, the specially built indoor ski is a place where skiers and snowboarders can feel at home. Its main attraction an 85 meters high indoor mountain.
The Atlantis the Palm is a resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah. One of its primary attractions is the Aquaventure, a fun filled water park covering over 17 hectares. There are so many things to do at this water park such as sunbathing, rushing down its slides and swimming through its rivers. The Aquaventure also features Dubai’s largest Aquarium which has over 65,000 marine species.
Flanked by the Arabian Peninsula, next to the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the capital, the commercial and cultural center of United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi translates to "Father of Gazelle" and it is believed that this name was given to the city because many Gazelles are found in the city. Before the discovery of oil in the city and country, its main industry was trade business and pearl diving, as according to some sources Persian Gulf was the finest location for pearls. This bustling city got its modern buildings after the discovery of oil in the country, which greatly boosted the economy of United Arab Emirates. Tourists from all around the world flock to this shimmery city to see its famous skyscrapers, the mammoth Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, luxury hotels, beautiful gardens and shopping malls. The beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the epitome of elegance and a top place to visit in the city. Undoubtedly, Abu Dhabi’s main attractions such as Yas Ferrari World, Yas Water World and Yas Marina Circuit are found on the Yas Island. What’s more, the city has a beautiful public beach where you can relax and bask in the sun.
The largest mosque in United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only a place of worship but a top sightseeing attraction as well. It’s the place where the Mughal, Alexandrian and Persian designs collide to make an elegant mosque. Its exquisite architecture, mind-blowing exterior, excellent interior, the beautiful colorful stones cut precisely to make the awesome flower patters, the regal grand carpets, the stunning chandelier make it a sight to behold. Words can’t fully describe the beauty of this mosque, you will be awestruck by its beauty once you visit it.
The picturesque Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is one of the best museums in Middle East. This civilization and art museum has mankind’s artistic achievements from ancient Egypt statues up to the present day. Not to mention, the museum also has the world-famous Picasso paintings, a sculpture of Bactrian Princess and much more. The museum’s architecture itself is quite amazing and attracts tourists.
Ferrari World is a theme park in Abu Dhabi and is one of the top things to do in the city. This thrilling park has many activities to do such as a Junior GT track for children, Flying Aces roller coasters, Turbo track, and Ferrari Driving. It also has a collection of Ferrari cars including models of 1947. You can also have a tour on the Ferrari factory. Simply put, you won’t get bored here, this place has something for everyone.
Yas Waterworld is a themed water park in Abu Dhabi, which offers a great variety of water games. It offers more than 40 rides, slides and attractions such as Rush Rider, Bubble’s Barrel and Bandit Bomber. It also has a water cinema and a roller coaster and you can also find delicious food here.
The Corniche beach is one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi. Whether you want to enjoy cycling or just want to relax and enjoy beautiful view the beach has it all.
Experience life in the desert at the end of the day on a 4WD safari from Abu Dhabi. Watch traditional dance shows, get the chance to ride a camel and enjoy an open buffet barbecue feast.