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Places To Visit in United Arab Emirates

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Here are the top 12 tourist places in United Arab Emirates

Here are the best places to visit and things to do in UAE to explore sightseeing and tourist attractions. Read more to plan your travel to UAE.

1. Dubai

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A city of many faces, Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, this global city is known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and a plethora of tourist attractions that break records to be the tallest, l...

Best Time: November to April

2. Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is a luxurious metropolis that is a stylish blend of beautiful cultural monuments and stark 21st century megastructures. It is the largest of the seven Emirates and it has everything from massive and beautiful mosques, one of the best theme parks in the world and endless des...

Best Time: Late October to April

3. Sharjah

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Earning a title of 'Cultural Capital of the Arab World' by UNESCO in 1998, the city of Sharjah is best known for preserving its culture, tradition and heritage. Its Art Museum is world-renowned while fascinating buildings in the Heritage Area are immersed with Emirati history.

Best Time: October to April

4. Al Ain

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Al Ain literally translates to 'the spring', and it was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from UAE to Oman. It is a small and sleepy town away from the crowds of the major cities of UAE. It is largely known for its greenery and is a beautiful sight to view in the midst of a desert.

Best Time: October to April

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5. Fujairah

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Calm and serene, the Emirate of Fujairah is a picturesque beach town tucked away from the fast-paced city life. A busy city lined with business skyscrapers and beautiful mountains and beaches, it is known to be a peaceful retreat for locals and travellers. 

Best Time: September to December and January to March

6. Ajman

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Peaceful and relaxed, Ajman is the smallest of all seven emirates and is known for its scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. It is also a growing economy with numerous options of sightseeing such as museums, beaches, fort and shopping complexes.

Best Time: November to March

7. Ras Al Khaimah

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One of the most scenic emirates in the U.A.E, Ras Al Khaimah covers 27 miles of coastline adorned with beautiful lagoons and tranquil sandy beaches making it a perfect destination for vacationers. Go camping, biking and even the World's longest zipline at the UAE's tallest peak, ...

Best Time: October to mid April

8. Hatta

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Staying true to the vision of the founders of the United Arab Emirates of expanding into modern horizons while sticking to its roots, Hatta is an amalgamation of adventure and culture. It is an exclave of the United Arab Emirates and is located high above in the Hajar Mountains. Cosseted&n...

9. Umm Al Quwain

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Umm Al Quwain is the least populous and the second smallest emirate of the United Arab Emirates. Unlike its neighbours, the sudden burst of modernisation hasn't impacted here like its southern Emirate. This makes it a quaint and retro village where fishing is still the main occupation amongst t...

10. Jebel Ali

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Jebel Ali is located on the south-west coast of Dubai and has a historical significance as it is the world's ninth busiest port, the largest man-made harbour, and the biggest and by far the busiest port in the Middle-East. The port Jebel Ali was constructed in the late 1970s to help take the pressur...

11. Madinat Zayed

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Located in Abu Dhabi, at the westernmost tip of the region, Madinat Zayed is the major and most prominent administrative district in Al Gharbia. However, it is also well-known for a festival that consists of a beauty pageant for camels called Al Dhafra Festival. It also features several quirky ...

12. Khor Fakkan

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Situated on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Khor Fakkan is an exclave of the Emirate of Sharjah and is nothing less than a paradise on Earth. With the Khor Fakkan Beach present on the banks of Gulf of Oman and the Bay of Khor Fakkan, the city is geographically surrounded b...

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What is the history of United Arab Emirates?

The history of UAE goes back to the Middle Ages when it served as a major part of the Kingdom of Hormuz that controlled the trade in the Gulf. Things began to change as Portuguese levied tax on the trade of Gulf with India and other far-east countries during the 16th century. By the mid-18th century, the Qawasim and the Bani Yas, two powerful tribal confederations took charge along the coast of the lower Gulf. Amid the regular fight for the control of power over the region, between the British and these tribal confederations, the British established a protectorate over the Trucial Coast in 1892. Soon after granting for oil concessions to foreign companies by Shaikh Shakhbut of Abu Dhabi in 1939, oil was discovered in 1958 in Abu Dhabi followed by the discovery of oil in Dubai in 1966 making them the region's busiest trading centre. The United Arab Emirates, a new federation of six Arab states was formed in December 1971 Ras al-Khaimah joining it in February 1972.

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What is unique about culture of United Arab Emirates?

The UAE is a religious country but other religions are well tolerated and respected there. Islam is the official religion. Arabs are very particular about their dress code, which is followed almost similarly throughout United Arab Emirates. Arabic is the official language of UAE whereas English is also widely spoken being the business language. One will find road signs, menus and shop signs both in Arabic and English, however, as you move out of major cities and towns, Arabic becomes more commonly used both in written and in speaking. Commonly used phrases, which can be useful while travelling in UAE, are: Hello: Salam Good Morning: Sabah el kheer Welcome: Marhaba Thank you: shukran Good night: Tosbeho ala khair Goodbye: Maa salama

What is the currency of United Arab Emirates?

Dirham is the only currency that is accepted in the UAE. One can get the currency exchanged on reaching the Dubai airport. UAE Dirham notes are in denominations of AED 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. Almost all the hotels, restaurants and shops in Dubai accept several major cards such as MasterCard, Visa and American Express, Diners Club. But if you are planning to shop in the souks or markets, cash is the perfect option.
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