About Al Ayn
Al Ain has always been an upmarket tourist resort in UAE and is a gifted land of abundance. On both sides I could see the desert vastness spread all around creating variegated geometrical patterns on the sands. The breathtaking beauty of almost nothingness is unique, ethereal and tranquil. As we entered the so called 'Garden City', part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE's most fertile areas, a literal oasis. I could feel a rush of adrenaline as we ascended Jebel Hafeet mountain from where we could see the verdant landscape as the driver took the steep turns.
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Where: United Arab EmiratesWhat to do: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of those few places that is worth every bit of hype. This world's most expensive mosque should top your list of things to do in Abu Dhabi, as its grandeur will trump everything else. Head to Al Bateen Shipyar, the restored dock, which is one of the oldest inhabited parts of the modern city and gives an insight into the history of the emirate. Abu Dhabi boasts of quite a few art galleries, such as the Gallery One in the Emirates Palace and the Ghaf Art Gallery. If you want to head out of the city, then go dune bashing at the Rub' al Khali.
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The heart of the Sultanate – Muscat Muscat, the largest natural port of the world, is the capital of Oman and the place without which a visit to Oman is null and void. Muscat is a place where we see the traditional merge in harmony with modernization; the harbor of Muscat flaunts the traditional wooden dhows along with the Sultan’s Yatch; the Sultanate roads and hotels are world famous and so are the Grand mosque aka Sultan Qaboos Mosque and the Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani forts. The grand mosque in particular is known for its grandeur, architecture, world’s largest hand woven carpet and a 14 meter tall chandelier that is festooned in the praying hall. Though the whole mosque is not open to women, the mere site of it can leave you speechless.
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The 34th Sharjah International Book Fair is scheduled to be held from November 4 to 14 and will witness participation of as many as 1,502 publishing houses from 64 countries, oﬀering a display of over 1.5 million books. There will be 33 seminars, spanning various literary and cultural topics, book reviews and discussion panels—if you are a bookworm then November sure is a month to be in Sharjah. Interestingly, a popular feature at the fair is the Cooking Corner that will host famous chefs.