Often christened as the Pearl of the Gulf, Dubai concocts adventures for every kind of tourist. This is the city where glossy locales peppered with dazzling malls meets the the Bedouin life across the magnificent desert dunes. Start with an understanding of the emirate’s history at the Dubai Museum in the historic Al Fahidi Fort. Hop onto an abra (boat) and visit the Deira side of the Dubai creek for its bustling bazaars. Dubai’s tourism can be credited to the city’s Spice Souk, that is brimming with an assortment of spices, teas, dry fruits and flowers. If you are in the lookout for a local breakfast (especially, the falafels) by the beach, the sandy Jumeirah Beach is your best bet. Visit the Burj Khalifa to witness the magnificent view of the city, particularly after sundown. For that mandatory shopping spree, the glitzy Dubai Mall in the downtown section of the city should be the next stop in your Dubai tour. You can get all your Arab souvenirs from here. Downtown Dubai is also one of the most popular places to visit in the city primarily because of the al fresco dining scene, that boasts of some of the best baba ganoush and flatbread you have ever tasted. And as no Dubai trip is complete without a Desert Safari, book yourself a package that has it all - dune bashing, camel-riding, belly dancing, and a flavoursome dinner of kebabs.
Sharjah is all about culture and people. It is a United Arab Emirates city on the Arabian Gulf. Traditionally more conservative than its southern neighbor, Dubai, Sharjah is widely considered the nation’s cultural capital. Its Heritage Area is on the creek that the city first developed around, with restored homes and museums devoted to Emirati customs. It's also home to Sharjah Fort, a 19th-century royal residence turned local history museum.
We had to get ready by 9 in morning. After a hot water bath, I was all set for the breakfast till 8:30 a.m. The sun strokes were high as usual. The buffet had its cuisine ready for the morning breakfast. Our cab arrived by 9 and we were all set to leave. We had a city tour to Abu Dhabi. The view of the buildings standing tall, blocked the sun rays to fall on roads. United Arab Emirates (UAE) has 7 states. An amazing thing about travelling through all 7 states is that you get to discover difference in the color of roads in all 7 states. When we reached Abu Dhabi, the color of the road was slightly green. We saw all the palaces where the prince of the UAE and his wives resided, famous hotels, dockyards and harbors. The import/export plays a very important role in a deserted place. We also saw the World Trade Center (where the Fast and Furious series was shot).
Umm Al Quwain - United Arab Emirates
Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) gives you a taste of UAE from it’s pre-oil days. The retro Arabic feel to the place and its rustic infrastructure of sand dunes on either side of the roads makes for an amazing day trip from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is believed that during the bronze age of 3000 to 1300 BC semi nomadic tribes inhabited the region, thus, the place also holds great architectural interest till date with major finds at the sites of Al Dour and Tell Abraq in Umm Al Quwain.
Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Al Ain, an oasis in the middle of the desert, is the largest in-land city in UAE. Though smaller than Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Al Ain still has so much to offer that you can't not visit this place. Located only two hours east of Dubai, this destination makes for a great weekend getaway!Al Ain is full of parks, tree-lined avenues, green roundabouts and mini oasis, giving it the nickname 'Garden City'. It is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of UAE, and an ancient settlement that was one of the pitstops between Oman and other Gulf countries. It is one of world's oldest permanent settlements and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The city has picturesque forts, beautiful gardens, traditional souks and adventure hotspots. It truly is a coming together of the ancient and modern worlds and shows how a city can retain its cultural roots while still evolving into a modern and developed entity.Things To Do
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Burj Khalifa is spectacular at night. It is the highest towers in the world right next to the Dubai Mall. If you are lucky you can catch the last show of the musical fountains at the Dubai Mall - they are spectacular. Dubai Mall in itself is huge with an inbuilt aquarium!. But for me the lights and splendor of Burj Khalifa at night stole the show.