The United Arab Emirates is a seven-state congregation that has ruled the coastal region since 1971 at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. These places were known as the Pirate Coast and still retain an adventurous charm. In fact, first the Portuguese and then the British opposed the illegal trade, putting an end to the slave trade. If you are wondering what to see in the UAE, but above all what to do, this article will answer your questions.
Dubai, the record city of the United Arab Emirates
Among the unmissable attractions of the United Arab Emirates, a visit to Dubai, the Manhattan of the desert, is a must. This city hosts Expo 2020 and is one step away from the desert. It is famous for its innovative nature and its future projection. See the 830-meter-high Burj Khalifa, the tallest building ever built by man, and get lost in the Dubai Mall, which is the size of 50 football fields. Another highly recommended experience is a creek cruise.
Dubai is not only the future, it is also full of testimonies of the past. First, enter the historic site of Al Fahidi, the first inhabited nucleus. Stroll through the alleys where you will find cafes, restaurants, craft shops, museums and art galleries that will offer you a relaxed cultural atmosphere. Finally, take a tour of the must-see souks and visit the spectacular gold and spice market.
Continuing our journey through the attractions of the United Arab Emirates, we cannot miss the attractions of the capital Abu Dhabi. The Bedouin origins of this old warehouse, founded in 1791, have given way to technological innovations and the mobile life of the business world. First we recommend visiting the Ferrari Word, a park dedicated to speed. So we recommend a visit to the brand new presidential palace from Qasar to Watan. Today, as the seat of the administrative government, the palace is characterized by majesty and luxury. In addition, the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum in the Sa’diyyat Island Cultural District with its 24,000 square meters contains works of art from all over the world.
Finally visit the great Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a building with tall minarets and classic Moorish-style domes. Not far away, the beautiful white beaches of Saadiyat and Yas Island offer sun and relaxation to seafarers. If we walk along Hamdan Street at sunset and the working life of the capital slows down, we will reach the Central Market, where we can shop in the characteristic base.
The man-made island of Yas is minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and offers a variety of attractions and recreational options. Indeed, it seems impossible to get bored in an area of 2500 hectares, where we can find cinemas, shopping centers, hotels, amusement parks and even a highway, the Yas Marina, where the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place. which allows you to experience world-bound speed that will leave you breathless.
Not just motorcycles, but water parks like Yas Waterworld and places dedicated to relaxing on the beach like Yas Beach. For shopping lovers we recommend a visit to the Yas Mall with its 370 international brand stores, 60 restaurants and 20 cinemas. You certainly won’t be disappointed!
The Hajar Mountains
We have said it several times: first among the places to see in the United Arab Emirates are the modern exasperations of Dubai. However, if you are looking for an escape from these excesses, you can find it easily: just move to the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah. This is the territory that occupies the northernmost part of the country, largely surrounded by the imposing Hajar mountains, which then descend steeply towards the sea, creating a particular territory that allows you to organize excursions in wild areas and not just deserts. Furthermore, there is a rich archaeological tradition that is bringing to light very ancient finds: archaeologists reveal that this area has been inhabited since the third millennium BC. C. The National Museum of Ras Al-Khaimah collects a good part of the artifacts and objects that tell this long history.
Although much of the city is modern, visit the Jazirat al-Hamra area which captures the peaceful life of the Emirati and pearl fishermen who lived there before the mid-20th century oil boom.
Fujairah is also a modern city and is the main settlement on the east coast. The emirate is separated from the rest of the country by the jagged line of the Hajar Mountains and is perhaps the least visited area by tourists. Excluding those looking for dive sites. Although the city today is a predictable network of office skyscrapers and steel buildings, residents are very proud of their past and have carefully restored the few historic attractions such as the Al-Bidyah Mosque and Fujairah Fort – two must-see spots during a tourist visit.
For many tourists and visitors, Fujairah is a pleasant surprise that brings relief and relaxation after the hustle and bustle of Dubai. This is also the case in the Emirates and is a popular weekend spot thanks to the good selection of pleasant beaches. The beautiful coastline is ideal for snorkeling and sunbathing, while the town is an ideal base for exploring the Hajar Mountains.
Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Ain is an increasingly popular destination with tourists. Belonging to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, it is just under 2 hours from the capital, but offers completely different scenarios, perfect for immersing yourself in the climate of the ‘Thousand and One Nights’. It is in fact a border oasis where silence and tranquility reign and where a traditional lifestyle is preserved, far from the cosmopolitan and modern of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by arid and deserted landscapes, Al Ain is a place to visit on foot, starting from the famous camellia and luego market, walking among testimonies of the past such as the fuerte Al Jahili, one of the oldest buildings in the country, which hosts its very interesting internal exhibits. Nearby is the Al Ain National Museum which, through its rich collection of artifacts, photographs and documents, allows you to travel through the history of the country, from its birth to its recent and very rapid development.
About 15 km from the center of Al Ain is the famous Jebel Hafeet mountain, which reaches 1200 meters above sea level: it is one of the highest mountains in the country. From its summit, accessible by a road that runs along the slopes of the mountain, you can admire suggestive views of the desert.