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. A must visit here is the Spice Souk 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, head to the glitzy Dubai Mall in the downtown section of the city and buy yourself Arab souvenirs. 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 experience 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.
Visit the Sharjah Corniche for a relaxing windy environment and to Al Noor Mosque to grab on serenity and peace of mind. Sharjah is predominantly an Indian locality
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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
Ras Al-Khaimah - United Arab Emirates
From Abu Dhabi from Central Bus Station, take a bus ticket to Ras Al Khaimah or rent a car (if would be economical and convenient) and drive till the top of Jebel Jais, it is the highest point of the country. Pitch a tent and cook. It can be really cold, ensure to carry warm clothing.
Fujairah - United Arab Emirates
Next morning after enjoying the sunrise at the peak, head to Fujairah for a relaxed diving. Contact Barracuda Diving Center before scrambling off to Fujairah about the weather condition. It is advisable to hire a taxi if you have a restricted time. Places are far and it’s completely hilly area. Taxis are cheaper here comparatively.