Once known for its fishing-based economy, today, UAE is much more than vast deserts and ancient forts. Immersed in its rich Emirati culture, the UAE is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world offering touches of modernity with its ever-expanding infrastructure. From its traditional souks to palm-shaped islands, glittering huge malls, luxurious hotels, grand architecture and theme parks, the country offers you a complete package to relax, rejuvenate and be adventurous, all at the same time.
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The UAE, or simply Emirates, is a federation that comprises of seven emirates namely: Abu Dhabi (the capital of the UAE), Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain, each adorned with a unique quality of its own. Apart from being an oil-based economy, the country invites its visitors to the glittering skylines and palm-shaped islands of Dubai; immersed in the culture and oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the mystical charm of heritage and art at Sharjah and to glimpse at the pure Emirati culture at Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain. A visit to Fujairah will take you to the most beautiful beaches and rising Hajar Mountains.
October - April (Winters) is the best time to visit United Arab Emirates
Great shopping places including traditional markets and modern malls. Rich Emirati culture. Theme and adventure parks. Grand architecture.
Extremely hot summers. Terrible traffic during peak time.
The UAE offers a variety of luxury accommodations with glamorous decorations and over-the-top facilities and class. There are many other hotels where one can get the true essence of Emirati and Arab culture and spend their holiday feeling like an Arab royalty. If you are looking for some economical accommodation options then there are several such international hotel chains too. In general, hotel tariffs tend to be lower during the summer season, which are sweltering hot. One can find few hostels around the country run by the United Arab Emirates Youth Hostel Association at places including Sharjah, Kourfakkan, Dubai (two hostels) and Fujairah.
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