Once known for its fishing-based economy, today, this country is much more than glowing deserts and decaying forts. Immersed in its rich Emirati culture, the UAE is one of the most popular tourist destinations 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.
The UAE, or simply Emirates, is a federation that comprises of seven emirates namely: Abu Dhabi (also the capital of the UAE), Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, 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 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
The best time to beat the scorching heat is to visit between the months of October and February. Temperature at this time of the year is cool, requiring a light jacket or a sweater. However, if you want to visit beaches, then plan your visit in October, March or April when the weather is hot but in a pleasant way. Months from June to September experience hot and humid weather conditions, which is the time for summer sales and the best time to go diving.
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.
Shopping lovers. People who relish architecture. Adventure enthusiasts. Heritage and culture buffs.
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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