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About UAE


The UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven indipendant states formed in 1971,which occupy the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Each emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ra’s al-Khaimah, unique and rich in tradition. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes with wide variety of scenery.

The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s safest and fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.

The emirates has wide range of contrasts to offer that “something for every one”

Climate

This is a destination with almost year round sunshine, little rainfall and near perfect winter temperatures. UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year Temperatures range from a low of around 13C (50F), to a high of around 24C (75F) during the cooler months of November to April . During the summer’s day May to September the temperatures soar up to 45C/113F which is hot and humid.

Clothing

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed for the winter months.Although the attitude towards dress is fairly liberal throughout the Emirates, a healthy amount of respect for local customs doesn’t go amiss, especially when shopping or sightseeing. Short or tight clothing may be worn, but it will attract attention – most of it unwelcome.

Culture & Heritage

UAE’s culture is firmly rooted in Arabia’s Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam’s true commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old.

Currency

The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils and is pegged against the US $ (US$ 1: AED 3.65). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and banks.

Night Life

You will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy an active nightlife in all the major cities in the UAE, , except for Sharjah which does not have any bars or discos due to preserving the culture and values of Islam. The choice of night-time activities is obviously more limited in the rural areas.
Bars range from sophisticated cocktail lounges to informal traditional British and Irish pubs and Western style saloons. In addition, there are numerous piano and jazz bars. Clubs and discos host both local djs and big international names. You can also visit local nightclubs with Arab singers, belly dancers and musicians. Famous bands and pop stars from the the West, the Arab world, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East are frequent visitors.

Shopping

Shopping is an art form in the UAE with millions of visitors frequenting the country’s elegant and well-stocked shopping malls, a destination in themselves, atmospheric souqs and traditional shopping areas, duty-free shops, shopping festivals where bargains abound, and much more.

Eating Out

Visitors from many parts of the world along with a multi-ethnic resident community have ensured that a sophisticated and innovative food culture has developed in the UAE.You are sure to find Almost any type of food is available to suite your budget, from classic European to Pacific Rim. Mexican, Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Italian and French cooking, and some of the finest restaurants in the Middle East. In recent years, celebrity chefs have launched a variety of fashionable pricey restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Sports

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has quickly established itself as the sporting capital of the Middle East.The choice of major international sporting events is endless, holding many of the world’s major events in a wide range of sports, from horse racing to motor racing like F1, golf, tennis, football, rugby, cricket, sailing, powerboat racing and almost every other competitive sport.

Essencial info for Travelers to the UAE

  • Time Zone: UCT +4, Voltage: 220 Volts
  • Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol is not banned in the UAE. However, public drunkenness in strictly prohibited.
  • Public Display of Affection: According to the Sharia law of the UAE, public display of affection is considered offensive and should be avoided at all times.
  • Dress: Being an Islamic nation, the UAE is modest about its dress code. You may be allowed to dress in swimwear at the beach, however, any form of revealing clothing is considered inappropriate in public.
  • Language: Arabic is the official language but English is widely spoken
  • Money Exchange: UAE has countless banks, hotels and mall atms where you can safely exchange your money .
  • Drugs: Penalties for possession of illegal drugs include imprisonment .If you have a prescription of essential drugs from your doctor, check with your embassy to make sure that these drugs in particular are not illegal or prohibited in the UAE.
  • Photography: Make sure that you take photographs where it is permissible to do so. In general Government buildings and military installation’s photos should not be taken.
  • Visas: Citizens of a few countries are allowed a visa on arrival. However, citizens of most other countries will need to have visa in hand at the airport.

Attractions & Landmarks

A true destination of distinction, the UAE is developing at a significant rate while keeping a watchful eye on its intriguing past. Whether you are visiting the shoppers paradise Dubai ,the capital city Abudhabi, the oasis city of Al Ain or the western region of Al Gharbia, you will discover a genuine leisure haven, with attractions for every taste.

Dubai’s Main Attractions

  • Burj-al-Arab – knows as seven star hotel
  • Burj Khalifa- The tallest tower in the world
  • Madinat Jumeira:
  • Dubai Marina: the largest artificial marina living
  • Jumeira beach residence:the ultimate luxurious living
  • Marriot marquis.Tallest hotel tower in the world
  • Infinity tower ; The freedom of design
  • Atlantis palm;The largest submarine themed resort
  • The Man-Made Islands – Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and the World islands
  • Dubai International Financial City
  • Dubai Metro
  • Dubai Sports City, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Internet City,
  • Emirates towers:
  • Jumeira mosque,
  • Umer bin kahatab mosque
  • Dubai World Central Airport
  • Global Village:Seasonal attraction

Abudhabi’s Top Attractions

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Emirates Palace Hotel
  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Marina Circute
  • Yas Water World
  • Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Heritage club
  • Abudhabi falcon hospital
  • Sadiyat Island-Museums (U/C)
  • UAE pavilion at sadiyat island

Al Ain Top Attractions

  • Al Ain Oasis
  • Al Ain Zoo
  • Camel market and central market
  • Old market
  • Hili Archeological park
  • Jebel Hafeet Mountain
  • Hot water spring At ain alfaida

Some Do’s and Don’ts in the UAE

When you travel to a new country, it is always wise to have an idea of the Do’s and Don’ts and just like any other country, UAE has certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to in order to ensure a safe, secular and respectful environment for all. Here is a checklist of essential do’s and don’ts

Do

  • Take photographs of the UAE’s attractions.avoid taking photos from restricted areas.
  • Wear bikins and swimwear at beaches and pools but not in the streets and malls.
  • Keep your money, passport, and important documents safe at all times.
  • Drive if you have an international driving license.
  • Locate the embassy of your country and information about it for emergencies.
  • Respect the ladies’ section, including toilets.
  • Respect islam, the ruling family, and the traditions.
  • Face the person talking to you.
  • Use your right hand to greet someone, take, give, or accept something.
  • Enjoy tourist facilities and have a great time.

Don’t

  • Take photos of local ladies and strangers without their permision or official buildings(Embasies and consulates etc)
  • Drink alcohol unless you’re at a club/bar.
  • Take in drugs because they are strictly forbidden.
  • Swim topless if you are a woman(bikinis are allowed)
  • Wear short shorts, dresses, skirts, or any type of clothing that reveals much cleavage.
  • Kiss, hug or hold someone’s hand(the reader should be able to differenciate between innocent and sexual behavior.
  • (Ex: you can hug or kiss your kids or other people when greeting them, however, you cannot kiss your wife in sexual ways at public) Sit on someone’s lap (children are an exception).
  • Stare at people or point the sole of your shoe to someone’s face for they are considered rude.
  • Touch a Qur’an if you are not Muslim.
  • Joke around and shove your companions (friends, family) in public places.
  • Employ any worker on someone else’s visa, or no visa at all. You could be fined.
  • Litter since it is strictly forbidden in all 7 emirates.
  • Cross the street at undesignated areas.