If there is one tourist destination which has carved out a
niche for itself in the recent decades, it is undoubtedly The United Arab
Emirates (UAE). The UAE is actually a federation of seven principalities, which
include Abu Dhabi: the capital, Ajman, Dubai,Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.. If you have a plan of traveling
to United Arab Emirates, then these are a few quick facts about the country:-
Official Language- Arabic. But most people know
English and all important notifications/ sign boards are made in both the
Official religion – Islam
Currency UAE Dirham (1$ =3.67 AED)
Calling Code- +971
Legal Age of Drinking- 21
Main Tourist Attractions
The main attractions include:-
Desert- Desert safari is a major attraction with options
like morning safari, evening safari and overnight safari. These safaris include
a range of activities from dune bashing and dune driving to camel rides. Even
you can try sand ski. If you are interested in sun-set photography then this is
an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss.. Even arrangements are made for
your entertainment which includes belly dancing, henna painting and alcoholic beverages.
Dubai Museum – It gives you a glance of the social history of
the country. Built with coral shells and lime mixture, its architecture is sure
to impress you. Sheltered in the Al Fahidi Fort, it showcases almost every
feature of the Arab world: from old Arab houses, to pearl merchant mannequins. The
entry fee is 3 AED.
Palm Islands- These are artificial archipelago situated in
Dubai, off the coast in the gulf of Persia. Each settle in these islands look
like palm trees with a crescent at the top. These islands have been claimed to
be one the greatest architectural marvels ever made.
Satwa Park- Located in Dubai this park is spread over an
area of 2.54 hectares. It houses resting areas, green pastures, walkways,
playgrounds, tennis court, basket ball courts, soccer field etc. It has special
attractions from children like play grounds. Arrangements are there for
children with special needs.
Burj khalifa- Situated in Dubai, it is the tallest building
in the world having 163 floors.. A
visitor has to enter through the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. The tour is
famously called “At the Top” but it won’t actually take you to the topmost
Many multi-cuisine restaurants serve all continental and
western dishes. But pork is not much available as Muslims do not eat pork. Only select stores sell pork with special labels.
The famous restaurants in UAE are:-
Pierchic- Located in Dubai, it specializes in
European cuisine and seafood.
India Palace- Located in Abu Dhabi, it is an
authentic Indian restaurant and a favorite hunt for all those looking for a
royal Indian curry and vegetarian food.
Wrap and Roll Haandi Restaurant- Located in
Dubai, it offers international cuisines.
MacDonald’s- If you are missing your regular
foods, then you can always go back to MacDonald’s even in The UAE.
The Farm- One of the best places in Dubai. As
the name suggests, it specializes in fresh ingredients with the use of no
preservatives. It also has a good bakery.
Street Food corners- The flavor of any land,
remains incomplete without its street food! These include the Sawarma, the
Arabic burger and Fala-Fil. These foods will cost you something around $1.3.