United Arab Emirates
UAE is located on the south-eastern coast of the Persian Gulf and is home to the famous city Dubai which contains some of the world’s most pioneering architecture from the tallest skyscrapers to constructed luxury islands, this metropolis attracts millions of people each year and has some of the world’s most luxury hotels!
The UAE is situated in western Asia and consists of seven ‘emirates’ which are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
The local currency in UAE is UAE dirham. All the coins use Eastern Arabic numbers so it is wise learning numbers 0-9 before you travel, it will really help during your stay. ATMs are available across the country but be aware that they may charge extra for their usage, it is always best to double check with your bank before you travel.
The weather in UAE is more of a desert climate, although it does experience all 4 seasons. The summers start in late May and last until September. Temperatures can get up to over 45oc with a humidity of over 90% it can become very unbearable for those of us not use to it. The best time to visit is during winter time which starts late October and lasts until March; the weather remains mostly pleasant and sunny during winter with an average of 25oc. It’s the best time to get out and explore the sites. Spring and autumn are also a good time to visit although temperatures can still get hot around these times, just not as humid.
The official language is Arabic with English as a second language although in certain areas especially Dubai more English is spoken due to the number of expats. You can also find the following other languages in this area Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Tagalog, Persian, Chinese, Malayalam, in addition to many other languages.
The ‘Emirati’ cuisine is a blend of Middle Eastern and Asian dishes, rice, meat and fish are used in a lot of dishes with Thyme, Saffron, Tumeric, and Cardamon as the core flavours along with an abundance of other fresh and seasonal spices. Some popular dishes are Al Harees made from meat and wheat, Al Machboos made with red meat and rice, Al Thereed bread mixed with mead gravy and Al Muhammar bil dibs: Rice cooked with dibs, which is a sweet extract derived from dates.
Coasts of United Arab Emirates
is the perfect place for families and not to far from Dubai if you would like to experience it but not be at the centre of it. This city has such an authentic feel and activities such as hiking through the Hajar mountains, visiting the old abandoned town of Jazirat al Hamra, visiting the national pearl museums or relaxing at Khatt Springs can all be done here.Search Hotels Here
Sharjah offers a mix of culture, art and outdoor activities, the third largest county of Emirates, Sharjah is the only one to have land both on the Persian gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Visitors can enjoy a ride in a 4x4 on the sand dunes, visit the museum of Islam or a range of other museums, take a trip on the Sharjah arts and culture heritage tour or visit the beautiful beaches where you can also take part in a range of beech or water sport activities. Popular resorts within Sharjah are Dibba Al Hisn and Kalba.Search Hotels Here
Ajman is the smallest of the seven Emirates, it is an attractive location for those who prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities like Dubai and its pretty sandy beaches are not to be missed. Ajman is more of a budget-friendly area and nowhere near as pricey as the more popular areas.Search Hotels Here
Probably the most well-known and popular destination in UAE, it is the second largest but has the biggest population (Over 2.1 Million) 90 percent of whom are expats.
Before the 1960s Dubai served and an important port fishing port and hotspot for pearl divers. 1969 was a historical turning point that changed Dubai forever when the first shipment of oil sailed away sparking an economic boom for the now built up city. The selling of natural resources along with the formation of United Arab Emirates in 1971 jumpstarted a major development for the country.
In just 50 years they have created structures that no one in the world has ever managed to achieve, palm islands in the shape of massive palm trees, the world islands and 7-star hotels some with private pools on every balcony. Dubai is also home to some of the biggest water slides in the world. Popular resorts Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Main Land.