About United Arab Emirates
It’s hard to accurately sum up the United Arab Emirates in a few words, but here is an attempt: its futuristic, glitzy and glamorous, while solidly rooted in Islamic tradition and beliefs. Take time to meander through the air conditioned tunnels that connect pristine, over-the-top, city-sized malls. Explore ultramodern skyscrapers, hit the indoor ski slopes before popping your ears at the top of the tallest building in the world. You can even skydive over a man made island shaped like a palm tree. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is too much to fathom, supported by thousands of pillars and decorated with gold, rainbow colored stones and marble. It is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite buildings on the planet. Once you are ready to reconnect with nature, jump in a luxurious Land Cruiser and go dune-bashing, sand boarding and camel riding before enjoying coffee, dates and a phenomenal show in the middle of the desert.
When to Go: November-March for the most manageable temperatures.
Good to Know:
- Capital: Abu Dhabi
- Population: 5.5 million
- Language: Arabic
- Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham