UAE Travel Guide
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United Arab Emirates Travel Guide
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The neighboring states are Saudi Arabia to the west and southwest, and Oman to the east and southeast, including Omani enclaves on the Musandam Peninsula and at Madha. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.
The Trucial States on the Persian Gulf were British protectorates 1820-1968; after 1971 they became the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern and dynamic country. To some, it is an advanced and clean country, to others a touristy “Disneyland”. For most Western tourists, the UAE offers an environment that is extremely familiar. The malls are extraordinarily modern, filled with virtually any product available in the West (save sexually explicit material – movies are censored, as are magazines to some extent). The less well known side of the UAE includes remote, magnificent desert dunes on the edge of the Empty Quarter and craggy, awe-inspiring wadis in the north-east bordering Oman.
The roads and other public facilities are modern if, at times, extremely crowded. Supermarkets offer a vast assortment of products from Europe and the U.S., depending on the shop, along with local and regional items. Major international chains such as Ikea, Carrefour, and Geant have a presence and fast-food chains (nearly all from the U.S.) such as McDonald’s and KFC operate widely. On the other hand, there are still a few crowded traditional souks filled with products from around the world and rug stores. These can be hard to find for the average traveler, as the malls tend to gain an overwhelming amount of attention. (Contrary to what is printed in some guidebooks, the souks in Abu Dhabi were torn down in 2006 and no longer exist. The souks in Dubai are still wonderful to explore, though.)
Alcohol is widely available at many restaurants and bars in Dubai and in the tourist hotels of every other emirate save Sharjah. There is a legal but roundly overlooked requirement to have a license to buy alcohol in liquor stores (of which there are few). The alcohol license is proof that the bearer is a non-Muslim. A passport will not suffice. However, you can purchase alcohol duty-free at the airport to bring into the UAE. Sharjah emirate is completely dry. An alcohol license is required in the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ajman; the remaining emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Umm al Quwain do not require any type of license. The requirement is sometimes overlooked at certain stores.
The conservative emirate and city of Sharjah offers many museums and a Heritage Area of restored homes. In Al Ain, a lush inland oasis belonging to Abu Dhabi, there’s Al Ain National Museum, artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age and the hot springs of Green Mubazzarah. The emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah is favored for its beaches, while Hatta is a picturesque enclave of Dubai in the Hajar Mountains. The emirate of Fujairah offers water sports on the Gulf of Oman. All over the federation, tour companies offer desert safaris, ranging from daytime dune and camel rides to sunset dinners, plus overnight trips to Bedouin camps.
Best time to visit United Arab Emirates
Most visitors arrive Oct–Apr when the weather is warm and dry. With a desert climate, temperatures soar in the summer (Jun–Sep). Major events include the Dubai Shopping Festival (Jan–Feb); Dubai International Jazz Festival (Feb–Mar); the Dubai World Cup horse race (Mar–Apr); the Abu Dhabi Festival (Mar–Apr), a classical arts festival; and Dubai International Film Festival (Nov–Dec). The major religious holidays are Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha (all dates vary).
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