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An intoxicating contrast of sandy dunes and soaring skyscrapers, the United Arab Emirates offers culture and heritage as well as world-famous attractions.

Many people think of the sparkling high-rise skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi when they think of the United Arab Emirates, but the region actually consists of seven different emirates, each with their own appeal. Experience glitzy beach resorts, huge shopping malls and seven-star hotels one day and enjoy camel rides through the desert and traditional Bedouin feasts the next.

Visit the stunning island capital of Abu Dhabi, which is packed with famous landmarks and luxury hotels. Wander around the stunning white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques. Scream your way around the collection of roller coasters at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which is great fun for all the family. Yas Waterworld, a futuristic waterpark with over 43 rides, is another family favorite.

Take a four-wheel drive tour through the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island, where more than 13,000 animals roam free. If you want to go faster, drive a race car around the track of the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Discover Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates’ most popular vacation destinations. Wander around the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel considered to be one of the best in the world. Head to the observation deck at the top of the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building. Enjoy a spot of shopping in the Mall of the Emirates, which features an indoor ski resort.

Explore the culture of Sharjah, one of the more low-key and conservative emirates. Watch the dancing fountains at the Al Majaz Waterfront and marvel at the architecture of the Al Noor Mosque.

Fly into the international airport of Dubai or Abu Dhabi for the best flight connections and largest range of airlines. Ride the metro, buses and water taxis around the major cities. Several of the large hotel chains may also provide their own free shuttle bus service to certain attractions. Visit during fall, winter and spring to avoid the hottest temperatures.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most fast-rising tourist destinations.

Popular cities in United Arab Emirates

Dubai Emirate which includes a fountain, night scenes and a skyscraper


Reasons to visit

  • Gold Souk
    Gold Souk
  • Wild Wadi Water Park
    Wild Wadi Water Park
  • Burj Al Arab
    Burj Al Arab
Abu Dhabi Emirate which includes landscape views, a sunset and desert views
Abu Dhabi
Known for Beaches, Shopping and Sports


Reasons to visit

  • The Corniche
    The Corniche
  • Ferrari World
    Ferrari World
  • Yas Waterworld
    Yas Waterworld
Al Ain
Known for Swimming, Shopping and Zoo


Ras Al Khaimah
Known for Beaches, Swimming and Relaxing


Known for Swimming, Beaches and Family-Friendly


Sir Bani Yas Island
Known for Wildlife, Nature and Recreation


Popular places to visit in United Arab Emirates

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

Browse, shop, play and dine at one of the largest shopping and entertainment malls in the world.

Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa

The tallest man-made structure on earth is a city in the sky that houses luxury apartments, offices and a hotel.

Palm Jumeirah
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Palm Jumeirah

Discover the romantic area of Palm Jumeirah—amazing beaches, gourmet restaurants, and top sights from Aquaventure to Dubai Marina.

Ferrari World
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Ferrari World

On the island that hosts one of the most thrilling legs of the Formula 1 world tour is a theme park devoted to the most iconic racing team of all.

Miracle Garden
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Miracle Garden

Check out Dubai Autodrome and Global Village—just two of the popular sights around Miracle Garden, a city also known for its beaches and shopping.

Dubai Fountain
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Dubai Fountain

A free light and water show in downtown Dubai attracts the crowds for its spectacular choreography.