United Arab Emirates Tourism
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Getting to United Arab Emirates
Transit time: 5hrs from major cities
Cost ₹6,310 per person
United Arab Emirates Overview
The United Arab Emirates or UAE is sometimes simply known as UAE. UAE is a Middle Eastern country in a western part of the Asian continent. UAE is a group of the Seven Emirates which was established on 2nd December 1971. The 7 Emirates that are a part of this federation are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al- Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Abu Dhabi serves as the capital for this confederation. Each Emirate is governed by a Monarch and they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One out of these seven Monarchs is selected as the President of United Arab Emirates. Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language in UAE.
The history of UAE goes back to as early as Third century BC. The Bedouin tribe is the roots to UAE. Bedouin simply means Desert Dwellers. These people had a varied living moving from Oceans while fishing and Pearl diving to moving as nomads in deserts to cultivating vegetables and farming of dates near Oasis. These people are known for their resilience and surviving in the harsh climate and for their resourcefulness.
The Bronze Age culture of Umm al-Nar dating back to 2600-2000 BC existed in modern day UAE. The Holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad Heralded the conversion of religion to Islam in this region as early as 632 CE. When Vasco De Gamma successfully circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope in the African continent he arrived here as early as 1498. Even now the various Portuguese forts are seen in many Emirates especially near Oman. The British then followed to assert their naval power here in the colonial Era to safeguard the trade links to India.
Until 20th century UAE was economically backward. They mainly concentrated on Pearling, Fishing, Camel herding and farming in the Oasis. But it all changed with the discovery of Oil.
The present day UAE is a major international tourist destination with thriving business centers. His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi is currently holding the office as the president of UAE.
Why You Should Visit
UAE has developed as an international tourist destination over the years. In UAE you can see ancient relics and structures coexist with modern day establishments.
The desert safari offered in UAE is one of the kind experience for any traveler. It is a splendid experience to catch the gorgeous desert sunset.
The nightlife in Dubai is considered the best in all of UAE followed by the nightlife at Abu Dhabi. The nightclubs in UAE have flourished over the years and is one of the major attractions for tourists when the sun goes down.
Apart from the Desert and Nightlife in UAE, it has a lot of sightseeing locations that will quench the soul of a Traveler.
The development of UAE has made it one of the most happening and important tourist destination on the world map. The famous beach resorts, Iconic high-rises, and ancient marvels are some of the must-visit places in UAE. UAE offers a once in a lifetime experience for everyone including the cultural fans, Nature lovers, and even the adrenalin junkies.
Sheikh Zayed grand Mosque: This is one of the gigantic mosques in the world. The moment you set your foot into this mosque you will be awestruck by its beauty. The mosque is a blend of old and new. It is an amalgamation of modern design and ancient craftsmanship skills. This mosque features 82 domes, the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet which can accommodate approximately 40,000 people and chandeliers made of 24 carat gold. This white marble architectural beauty was built in honor of the memory of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan also known as the ‘Father of UAE’. People from around the world irrespective of religion are welcome here.
Burj Khalifa: This is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It’s a soaring eye-catching landmark in Dubai. It is not only the world’s tallest building but is also the world’s tallest freestanding man-made structure in the world. A visit to the observation deck to catch the panoramic view of Dubai is a must for all tourists.
Al-Bidyah Mosque: This is one of the oldest mosques in the UAE. It is an important place which has a lot of ancient history associated with it. It is located in the Emirate of Fujairah. The site and the area around it is an archeological site where many artifacts have been excavated.
Local beaches: There are a lot of beaches in UAE. There are few beaches that are off-limits for general public and few private beaches that are part of a resort which can be used by paying a day’s fee. The Ajman beach, Khor Fakkan Beach, Dibba Al-Fujairah, Al Khan Beach and Ghantoot Beach are some of the most famous and splendid beaches in UAE. Some advice for beachgoers is that Beachwear is fine for men and women alike but would have to change to everyday casual attire before stepping out of the beach. Men are highly advised not to walk bare chested outside the beach areas and in Sharjah women cannot wear Swimsuits in public beaches.
Creek Dhow rides in Dubai: The Creek flows through the city of Dubai. It gives tourists one of the best experiences while sailing on one of the traditional boats called Dhows during sunset.
Ferrari World: This is an amusement park and is one of the kind theme parks in the entire world. The operational hours of this park are between 11:00 hours to 21:00 hours. It was created as a tribute to the car manufacturer Ferrari. Formula Rossa the world’s fastest roller coaster is located here.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah: This sail-shaped hotel is one of the world’s finest hotels ever. It is voted as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. It offers pool facility, Private beach, Spa, Restaurant and bar services.
Wild Wadi Waterpark: It is an outdoor water park located in Dubai right next to Bur Al Arab. The water park offers many rides including water slides, Heated/Cooled wave pool and an 18-foot waterfall that goes off every Ten minutes.
Shopping Malls: UAE is famous for the mammoth malls. The mall of Emirates, Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta mall, Burjuman Mall and Festival center are some of the malls that one must visit when in UAE, These malls have some of the most famous fashion brands from around the world.
Favorite Local Foods:
The traditional food of United Arab Emirates uses a lot of Dairy, Grains, and Meat. Some of the traditional dishes which is must try for all the travelers are
Maqluba: It is traditionally made of meat, fried vegetables and rice made in a pot. This dish is flipped upside down when served hence the name Maqluba which simply translates to “upside-down”.
Margoog: It is a stew made of tender lamb and vegetables.
Harees: It is a dish made of meat and coarsely ground and boiled wheat.
Shawarma: It is one of the most common and most eaten food across the region. It is a wrap made of Arabic roti which is must try.
Hummus and Pita: It is a dip made of chickpea, lemon juice, Olive oil, salt, garlic and Tahini paste. It can be used as an accompaniment with shawarma or Pita bread and has a unique taste to it.
The street food in UAE is very popular. It is tasty and inexpensive. You will not be able to find pork anywhere but lamb, camel, beef, and chicken are the most popular options.
There are many restaurants that serve good vegetarian food for the non-meat eaters traveling to UAE.
Favorite Local Things to Buy:
Gold: A visit to any gold center is a very delightful experience. One can purchase exquisite jewelry, gold bars, gold bullion and coins. Precious gems and pearls are also something that one must buy while they visit UAE.
Spices: One must definitely shop for spices when they visit UAE. Walking in the narrow lanes of spice market one can experience the aroma of various spices filling the air. One can buy Bezar (a mix of Arabian Spices), Cumin, Cardamom, Cloves, turmeric, Chili Powder, Pine Nuts and the most expensive spice in world – Saffron.
Perfume and Incense: Perfumes are a must buy when in UAE. Perfume stores sell global brands to locally manufactured perfumes. Smaller shops even blend oils to suit ones individual taste.
Fabric and Textiles: UAE is the home for some of the finest silks. Pashminas is a popular item to purchase when in UAE.
Traditional Goods: Many antique shops sell old carpets, coffeepots made of copper from ancient times, hand carved wooden chests, daggers, shishas, jewelry boxes with intricate artwork and other antiques. One must be careful while purchasing though as some of them sell reproduced items and not the original antiques.
Rugs and Carpets: You will be able to find many shops or Souks selling a wide variety of carpets and rugs that are handmade.
Electronic Items: Dubai which is a duty-free port hence you can find many electronic items including TVs, Cellphones and other gadgets at cheaper prices.
Things to do in UAE
Sky Diving: Skydive Dubai offers skydiving experience to the tourists. They offer tandem jumps, solo skydiving and also have a dedicated flight school which offers free fly, canopy, formation diving and wingsuit coaching.
Desert Safaris: This is for the adrenaline junkie in you. You can experience four-wheel drive cruises at high speeds on the desert dunes, or you can take a dune buggy for a spin. You can also experience sand boarding, trekking and camel trips here. You can also experience Bedouin style dinners.
Ideal Tour Package
An Ideal tour package to UAE would consist of visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi for sure, but it is better to explore just more than that. It is ideal to spend two-three days in Dubai followed by a visit to the national park Wadi Wurrayah. The city of Al Fujairah has some of the oldest and forts and museums to visit. It is ideal to spend a day here and cover all the local attractions. Followed by this an overnight camping at Al Ain is a must. Followed by this one must visit Abu Dhabi where they can stay for two days to cover all the local attraction. Followed by Abu Dhabi a visit to Liwa concludes the entire experience. An ideal tour lasts for nine to ten days however one can visit just Dubai and Abu Dhabi for 5 days.
VISA and Travel
The United Arab Emirates is one of the destinations which is gaining popularity rapidly among travelers from around the world. It is fast turning into a getaway for super rich from around the world. To enter the United Arab Emirates one must have a valid Passport which is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the date of travel. Visas are not issued for ordinary Passports by the UAE embassy. However, a sponsor in UAE can arrange a tourist visa for Indian Nationals. Also, tourist visa can be obtained by ordinary passport holders by booking a hotel for a stay in UAE through Air Arabia office or Emirates Airlines office. A tourist visa which is valid for a duration of 60 days and applicable for a maximum of 30 days can be obtained at $96. On a tourist visa, one can enter the UAE only once. However, the cancellation charges for a visa cost $41. It takes three to five working days for (excluding Friday, Saturday and public holidays in UAE) a visa to get processed. A tourist visa is not extendable.
Best Time to Visit
The best or ideal time to visit UAE is between the months of October and April. It is not advisable to visit UAE Between May and August because of extremely high temperatures. During October the temperature is around 30 degree Celsius and is neither too hot nor too cold. However by November the temperature decline and stabilize to around 20 degree Celsius and it averages around 15 degree Celsius between November and February. By March and April, the temperature again rises to the 30-degree mark. Based on the Islamic Calendar the religious festival of Ramadan falls between the months of May and September, and one must be careful and adhere to the rules and regulations followed during this holy month if traveling to UAE.