UAE Travel Archive
Planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, or UAE, are a wonderful travel destination.
Well organized and home to the major airport hub of Dubai, it is a great place to visit if you are looking for winter sun, staggering modern architecture and a taste of the exotic, all in the comfort of luxury hotels and welcoming tourism facilities.
Here are some tips to get you started planning your trips to the UAE.
The best things to see in the UAE
The UAE have a lot to offer to tourists. The most popular destinations are:
The UAS developed in the desert and they are a wonderful place for desert adventures.
Depending on your taste and party, you can go dune bashing, take a 4x4 safari, ride a camel or spend the night under the stars in a beautiful desert camp.
Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
One of the most famous buildings in the whole of the UAE, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest tower in the world, touching the Dubai sky at 828 meters!
A marvel of modern architecture, it is home to the world's highest observation decks and offers incredible views over the distinctive skyline of Dubai and incredible layout.
This is by far the most visited landmark in Dubai and a UAE must see.
Sheik Grand Zayed Mosque (Abu Dhabi)
The modern Sheik Grand Zayed Mosques is in Abu Dhabi and is a building of breathtaking beauty that mixes contemporary design and influences from traditional aesthetic and craftsmanship.
This is the most famous and beautiful building in the country and an attraction that cannot miss when planning your UAE itinerary.
Dubai is most famous for modern architecture and over the top luxury however, it also has an old part which allows visitors to tap into a quieter, cultural side of Dubai that is often missed.
This is a beautiful walkable area with well-preserved buildings and interesting museums and cafes.
The UAE has wonderful beaches perfect for family time but also more adventurous ursuits such as kite surfing and jet skiing.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah all offer plenty of choices for a sea and sun afternoon.
Al-Ain UNESCO world heritage site in the UAE
Al-Ain is the only Unesco world heritage site in the UAE and an easy one to reach from Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The city has many forts, including UAE's most historic building, the Al Jahili Fort built in 1891 and is famous for its palm oasis, which has a 3000 year old irrigation system and offers wonderful opportunities for walks in the shade.
if you have seen photos of Dubai, chances are you have encountered dreamy shots of a traditional-looking Dubai area with peaceful canals: that area is Madinat Jumeira, a modern development offering visitors a modern interpretation of a traditional Arab village, complete with souk, hotels and eating options
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in 2017 and is an Abu Dhabi must-see and not just for the art it contains. The building itself, built by architect Jean Nouvel is impressive and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Abu Dhabi.
Burj Al Arab
One of the most distinctive buildings in the UAE and in the world, the Burj Al Arab offers wonderful photo ops and the chance to experience a 7 star hotel experience.
Dubai Mall and Dubai Souks
Dubai is a wonderful destination for shopping lovers: Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping mall in the world!
A very different shopping experience yet one to have is also a trip to the Dubai Gold Souk and Spice Souk, next to Dubai creek, offering as the name suggests spices and incredible jewelry.
If you look at Dubai from above, you will see part of its coastline has the shape of a palm. This area is called Palm Jumeira and is the biggest artificial island in the world, hosting many stunning hotels including the world-famous Atlantis and Anantara.
The UAE are also a wonderful family-friendly destination with plenty of theme parks and kid-friendly attractions.
Some worth mentioning for kids and adults are Ski Dubai, Dubai Miracle Gardens, Ferrari World, Legoland, Yas Waterworld, IMG worlds of adventure, Wild Wadi Water Park, Warner Bros Abu Dhabi.
The best time to go to visit the UAE
The best time to visit the UAE are between November and April and especially the month of March, when the weather is beautiful yet not excessively hot.
At this time, you can enjoy winter sun yet not melt in the relentless heat of the UAE summer.
Best airports to visit the UAE
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two biggest tourist destinations in the area are less than 2 hours away by car from each other and both served by good international airport.
Where to fly depends on your plans. While not far, driving between the two will eat into your time in the UAE so it is best to fly in the city you want to spend the majority of your time in.
What to wear to visit the UAE
The UAE is a Muslim country that demands modest clothing, no matter how the temperature. However, it is also a very welcoming country to tourists and, once you know what is acceptable, it is remarkably easy to dress in comfort while always staying respectful.
What you can and cannot wear depends also on the specific parts of the UAE you are visiting. More touristy parts of Dubai will see many dressed very casually while other locations such as traditional area or off the beaten path locations as well as religious buildings will demand to abide to stricter rules.
In general, as a woman, the most comfortable and weather appropriate clothes are linen pants/ trousers and long dresses however, knee-length skirts and t-shirts are allowed.
For men and women, see-through clothing, very tight-fitting clothing and anything that reveals undergarments is an absolute no.