Top 50 Things to Do and to See in United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is an Arab country in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. The UAE is a federation of seven emirates and among the most popular tourist destinations of the world. UAE is one of the world’s youngest nations. Traditional forms of art and culture are preserved while modern architecture and the rapidity of development can be easily witnessed throughout the emirate. The desert climate, warm seas and lovely beaches make it an ideal tourist destination. Fifty things that you can enjoy in the emirates along with your family are listed below:

1. Dubai

Dubai is a city-state in the United Arab Emirates; the emirate of Dubai is situated southeast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. It has the largest population in the entire UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory by area of 4,114 km2. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics center and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic core of the Arabian Gulf region. The desert climate, warm seas and lovely beaches make it a popular tourist destination.

2. Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the federal capital city of United Arab Emirates and one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cities. Abu Dhabi is also considered to be among the richest cities of the world. Abu Dhabi is located on a T-shaped island bulging into the Persian Gulf. It is positioned in the center towards the northern part of the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest city of UAE and also famous as a paradise for shopping.

3. Sharjah

Sharjah is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities of UAE and is the third largest state among the seven states, that constitute the United Arab Emirates. Sharjah is an extremely popular tourist destination of the state that occupies a total area of around 2,600 sq km. it is renowned for its art, culture and conservation of the local heritage. Some of the popular museums are the Islamic Museum, Sharjah Science Museum, Al Mahata Museum, Sharjah Art Museum and Sharjah archaeological museum.

4. Ajman

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates. The city of Ajman is one of the most popular cities to visit in U.A.E. it is situated towards the northern part of U.A.E. along the Persian Gulf, like jewels strung on a necklace, are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ajman. It is one of the prominent cities and also a well developed region of UAE. It has a total population of over 360,000.

5. Ras-Al-Khaimah

Ras-Al-Khaimah is one of the most famous destinations of emirates, it is also referred as the ‘Wild West’ of the United Arab Emirates because it is both adventurous and fascinating. It was renowned for its pearl-market and today it became a hub of major industrial region after the establishment of Saleh oil fields. This city is filled by loads of beautiful attractions.

6. Fujairah

Fujairah is one of the most beautiful cities of the emirates and offers some of the finest tourist attractions. It is renowned for its jagged mountains and verdant valleys. Besides tourism agriculture and fishing are the main activities of Fujairah. The emirate of Fujairah occupies an area of 1.5 percent of the country. Fujairah is framed by the Indian Ocean to the east and the Hajar mountains to the west. Here you will find beautiful beaches and mountains that slope all the way down to the ocean in some places.

7. Ras Al-Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah is anther most attractive tourist attractions of UAE, you will find it situated towards the northernmost point of the United Arab Emirates along the Persian Gulf, which resembles a triangular tent top. Northwestern RAK borders on the Persian Gulf. Covering 1,700 square kilometers, plenty of attractions are waiting to be explored in the city Ras Al-Khaimah.

8. Umm Al-Quwain

Umm Al-Quwain is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Umm al quwain is one of the most preferred tourist attractions of UAE and geographically, it features lush coastal mangroves on the Persian Gulf, large rolling sand dunes in the interior and fertile land around Falaj Al Moalla, which is a natural oasis and vicinity town.

9. Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is truly is one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and is a grand structure. It is well s aid about this most popular building that no trip to Dubai would be complete without at least seeing it. It was constructed in the shape of sail of ship, The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is the world only 7 star hotel and it soars to a height of 321 meters, dominating the Dubai skyline making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world. It has been described as the spirit of Dubai, and it is the most famous structure in the Dubai which is served as the finest and best accommodation for luxurious and tourists in the world and inside the Burj al arab.

10. Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower and is an amazing feat of engineering. The high point of any Burj Khalifa experience is the view from the Top. Located on level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. There are so many things to see and to do in Burj Khalifa. You will find the most popular restaurant and hotels are situated inside, this is also residential and some its floor are reserved, it is one of the top destination and visited places in the Dubai and the entrance in the building is not free, at the bottom there is Dubai fountain which has display of water with music tunes and pulses. The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel that is the Burj Khalifa.

11. Desert Safari

Desert Safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dubai. It is well said about Desert Safari that there’s nothing like rambling across the dunes of the Arabian Desert. Skilled drivers lead caravans of four-wheel drive vehicles in a roller coaster ride across the wind-swept dunes. These Desert Safari rides are marketed as half-day events and include timeout to enjoy the sunset, before participants arrive at a recreated Bedouin village, where dinner, dancing and hookah smoking are all on the schedule.

12. Palm Island

The palm island is one of the most visited tourist attraction of Dubai. It is an archipelago created in the shape of palm tree and providing the residential, parks, hotels, restaurants, amusement and entertainment things to do in the palm tree, and is located in the Arabic ocean. The palm island is having the many private beaches where you can enjoy the beach life liberally. This is considered on the most aqua venture Water Park and project in the world. It is considered as one of the most ideal place to enjoy with the complete family in Dubai.

13. Global Village

Global Village is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai. For the past 15 years, it has been providing all sorts of entertainment and above all an international shopping experience to millions of visitors. Breathtaking live performances, mouth-watering cuisine, genuine handicrafts and merchandise from different countries await you at the many national pavilions in Global Village. You will also find many more attractions besides shopping which includes thrilling rides, games and firework displays, to complete your visit. Global Village is open from November to March every year.

14. Blue Souk

The vibrant and lively city of Sharjah offers some of the most beautiful attractions. Among numerous of attractions, the Blue Souk is the most famous souk in Sharjah and was constructed during the year 1979. In this magnificent souk you will find more than 600 shops that sell all types of goods from gold and precious stones to cosmetics, apparel, perfumes and many more. It is situated at Al Majaz, near to the Khalid Lagoon.

15. The Musfoot area of Ajman

One of the most certain tourist attractions of Ajman is the Musfoot region of the emirate. You will find it situated towards the southeast part of the city of Ajman. It is an extremely beautiful spot of the city which offers mountains and valleys, and the valleys are the most fertile agricultural areas in the UAE. The climate here is more moderate than the blazing heat along the Persian Gulf.

16. Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace hotel is considered to be the major landmark of the emirates capital Abu Dhabi, is perhaps the most luxurious hotels of the city. In terms of style it is completely different from the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is renowned as a huge, amazing architectural structure surrounded by 85 hectares of perfectly groomed gardens.

17. The Al Bidyah Mosque

The Al Bidyah Mosque is located in the fascinating city of Fujairah, it is one of the magnificent mosque of emirates. It is indeed one of the oldest mosque in the UAE, and said to be as old as 600 year. it is exceptionally beautiful from outside, very small, and gives the impression that it grew from the earth like a beautiful fruit.

18. The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road

The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road rises over 1200 meters in elevation and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is rightly described by Edmunds that it is the great driving roads in the world, it is the best one. Drive is considered to its major attraction. Cyclists also use the road for training, and there is an annual Jebel Hafeet Mercure challenge where riders from the whole world tackle the 8% ascent of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain.

19. Fujairah Fort

The incredibly attractive Fujairah Fort is a famous tourist attraction of the emirates. This magnificent for was constructed during the year 1670, making it the oldest fort in the United Arab Emirates. It is made of mud brick with two round towers and one square one. You will find it situated quite close to the Fujairah coast on the edge of date gardens, the fort is encircled by the ruins of old houses.

20. Bird watching in Umm al-Quwain

One of the most favorite activities of tourist as well as locals in Khor al Beidah is bird watching. Once in Umm al-Quwain you can find numerous of amazing bird watching sites in Umm al-Quwain. Al Sinniyah Island is a huge marine sanctuary. Several species of heron and plover enjoy habitats in shallow lagoons and along mud flats. Also worth noticing are terns, flamingos, gulls, and in winter Great Cormorants. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Umm al Quwain.

21. Fujairah Heritage Village

Fujairah Heritage Village is situated quite close to the Fujairah Fort and is one of the most tourist attractions of emirates. This heritage village is occupied by tourist throughout the year. At display you will find numerous of traditional houses and fishing boats. These houses and boats reflect the traditional life of the eastern coast.

22. Fujairah Museum

Fujairah Museum is considered to be a famous landmark of the city of Fujairah. The museum is mostly visited for various artifacts of Qidfa and Bithnah. You will find numerous of interesting items on display, making it worth a visit.

23. Ain Al Madhab Gardens

Ain Al Madhab Gardens is one of the most famous spots, offering plenty of things to do and see. It is also referred as National Park. The garden also has a heritage village which displays traditional costumes,utensils and pottery.

24. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Dubai which is loved by each and every one. It is well known as the new Dubai having built man made in the world, the tourists here gets the opportunity to enjoy the deep fishing, water sports and activities, wind surfing, parasailing, diving and deep swimming and other many more things. Visitors here can perform various activities here like; can go to the shopping venues, parks and the beaches for swimming or the water activities.

25. Dubai Fountain

The Dubai fountain is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dubai which is to be found at the base of Burj Khalifa. It is considered as one of the most popular entertainment destination of Dubai tourists and local people. It is very beautiful and has been designed to show the water rise and down as the music tune and frequency run, in the peak moment it creates the incredible views with colorful water fountain.

26. Dubai Mall

The Dubai mall is one of the largest shopping mall in the world and largely populated with tourist and locals through out the year. Dubai has always been a shopper’s paradise and the best place for shopping in Dubai is the Dubai mall. You will also find entertainments zones inside the mall which provide the family activities, Sega republic amusements, kidzania, and Dubai aquarium, under water zoo with having the biggest viewing panel in the world.

27. Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates is the 2nd most popular shopping malls in the Dubai that presents you with largest varieties in the shops, dining and family entertainment areas. Inside this beautiful Mall you will find the Dubai community theatre, arts centers which are located in the barsha district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is said that during the year 2009 about 30 9 million visitors’ visit the mall. You will also here a special shopping area in the mall for china town where you can find the plenty of Chinese kind of products, clothes, toys, foods and other many things.

28. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is one of the most popular spots of Dubai. It is among the great places of Dubai which is located in the salt lake sea, dividing the city in two parts one is Deira and another is Bur Dubai. It is an ideal place for family entertainment and also for boating and fishing. You will also find wild life sanctuary, and it has been very important route and golden route of pearl traders and in the evening time you can enjoy the delicious and Dhow dinner cruise in the Dubai creek.

29. Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the single and the oldest existing building that you will find in Dubai. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort in the bur dubai. It is said to be produced during the year 1787 and modernized by the ruler during the year 1971 for having the preserve evidence, culture and tradition in the present, it is having the collected artifacts of Africa, Asia and other countries of world. You can see the life of Dubai including the all seven emirates of Persian gulf pre oil era. There is found more crowds during the august to April and in the 2007 every day people used to visit 1800. You can see the old time bells, bronze canon, canon ball, various types of boats.

30. The Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dubai. It is said to a dominant landmark of Dubai. This stone structure was constructed in the medieval Fatimid tradition, and presents tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, the visitor is washed in shadows by this elegant formation.

31. Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most visited tourist spots of Dubai. It is owned by Jumeirah and is the largest resort in Dubai, occupying an area of across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. The resort is said to have two beautiful boutique hotels (Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam) and a courtyard of summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf.

32. Al Mamzar Park

Al Mamzar is a very famous locality in Dubai. You will find this amazing locality situated in the area of Deira, in the north-east of Dubai. The locality is bounded by the Persian Gulf to the north, Al Waheda to the west, Hor Al Anz to the south and the emirate of Sharjah to the east. The north-east section of the locality is residential. Al Ittihad School, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Gaz Mosque, Dubai Police Headquarters and Al Mamzar Park are the most significant landmarks of the area.

33. Dubai Heritage Village

The Dubai Heritage Village is a substantial, cultural campaign works to encourage the long-standing way of life in the Middle East. Tourist here get a change to explore a lot of varieties and will also find handicraft merchants selling ceramics, woven goods and wooden carvings, and during the day it’s possible to watch the artisans at work. Other attractions at the Dubai Heritage Village have a tendency to spotlight on the Bedouin lifestyle and the region’s once-thriving pearl-diving industry. It is open daily for the visitors and the entry is free of charge.

34. Ski Dubai

The Ski Dubai is one of the major tourist attractions of Dubai. This famous complex is to be found inside the Mall of the Emirates. This self-contained ski slope is more an innovation than a normal attraction, and offers an excellent opportunity for less-experienced skiers to give the sport a try in the middle of a desert oasis. There are five slopes in all (the longest runs 396 metres / 1,300 feet), and participants are provided with equipment and snow suits.

35. Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise is one of the most fascinating things about Dubai. It is said that there is no better way to take in the city’s spectacular skyline than from the waters of the Dubai Creek. It offers to you some of the finest cruises that also include various and amazing onboard attractions and entertainment, such as traditional belly dancing and a buffet dinner. Those looking for a trip across the Creek without all of the fanfare can take advantage of the water taxis (abras) that offer quick, affordable service between banks.

36. Souks (Traditional Markets)

Souks also known as the Traditional markets of Dubai. It is considered as melting pots of Arab culture. The Spice Souk, which holds textiles, handicrafts, and rugs along with a myriad of regional spices, is the most popular with visitors. Also of interest is the Gold Souk, where expensive and ornate jewellery is available at every turn. Don’t be afraid to try out your bargaining skills.

37. Majlis Gallery

Majlis Gallery is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dubai. It is indeed one of the oldest art galleries in Dubai. It was owned by Allisa Collins, an emigrant who said to have fallen in love with this amazing country, the culture and locals. The Majilis Gallery’s main motive is to promote art work of both international and local artists in Dubai. This today stands as the oldest and the most reputable art gallery in Dubai.

38. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is essentially an aquarium where fishes are kept for entertainment and aesthetic reasons. Dubai has come up with the idea of keeping dolphins for no other purposes than education, entertainment and conservation. Dubai Dolphinarium aimed at providing entertainment, education and environmental beauty for local residents and foreign visitors. It can also be seen as a vision of developing a possible source of income outside oil concerns and in the process, entrenching the need for dolphins and other aquatic animal protection. From the looks of things, the plan is going on smoothly and successfully.

39. Bastikiya Quarter

Bastikiya quarter is one of the most amazing tourist spot in Dubai. It is a famous Persian trading port in Dubai which is considered as one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai and the last wind tower quarter left on the Arab side of the Gulf. Its name is a derivative from the Iranian town of Bastak, from where many of Dubai’s first trading immigrants hailed in the early 19th century. The wind towers are the finest architecture as back in the earlier days there was no air conditioning and these wind towers or tunnels provided better ventilation and temperature than the modern day equipment.

40. Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.7 kilometer long, 2 million square meter gross floor area waterfront community. It is situated against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina. It is the leading sole phase residential development in the globe and includes forty towers (36 are residential and 4 are hotels) JBR’s capacity is about 10.000 people living in its apartments and hotel rooms. It is a very popular location for Al Fresco dining.

41. Souk Al Bahar

Souk Al Bahar is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination to be found in the heart of the prominent Downtown Burj Dubai. It features over 100 retail shops in a mix that contains 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade. You can also find here some fine Arabic handicrafts, fashion wear, accessories, carpets, furnishings etc. Its unique and exceptional “seaside” site on an island in the Burj Dubai man-made lake makes it a tremendously well-liked night & weekend spot.

42. Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Dubai is one of the most famous tourist attractions. It was only reconstructed in 1998 and boasts the city’s biggest minaret, at 70m. It is situated on the Bur Dubai side of the creek, near the Ruler’s Court; the marvelous Grand Mosque includes nine large domes and 45 smaller ones. This huge religious edifice can house up to 1,200 worshippers.

43. Children’s City

Children’s City is one of the most famous places in Dubai among both local and international youngsters. It is to be found in Dubai Creek Park, The 7,700sq m (82,882sq ft) development takes young minds on a journey through the human body, science and space, with the help of different ‘zones’. With plenty of hands-on action to keep even the most demanding children occupied, this is no dull old museum. Displays are in English and also in Arabic. This place is considered as an ideal place for enjoying with the complete family.

44. Dubai Gold Souks

The city of Dubai is considered as a shopper’s paradise but more specifically it is famous for its gold markets. Thus the city is world wide famous as ‘The City of Gold’. These open markets are for major extent responsible for earning a number of tourists from all around the world. Whenever you are looking for gold for oneself, for gifts or for weddings, Dubai is the ideal city in all manners.

45. The Dubai Internet City

The Dubai internet city is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Dubai. It is something that proves its elegance and effectiveness as one of cost effective and most planned pathways for all the ICT companies whose main motives are to conquer the international markets. It is said that it offers tax free ownership of the business completely.

46. Deira Clock tower

One of the major landmarks of Dubai is Deira Clock tower. It is indeed one of the prominent tourist spots of Dubai. This landmark is said to be a silent witness to the changing faces of the Dubai. This beautiful Clock tower was constructed during the year 1963. This was built in order to mark the first oil export of the city.

47. Sheikh Zayad Road

Sheikh Zayad Road is said to be an interesting tourist spot of Dubai. It is said that the portrayal of Dubai is incomplete if we don’t talk about Sheikh Zayad Road. It is the most famous and the longest highway in the entire United Arab Emirates which enlarges from Abu Dhabi and goes to Ras Al Khaimah. It is known as E11 in Dubai. It is named after the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

48. Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef house

Another among of the prominent places of Dubai is thee Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef, once you visit this place it is possible to look into into the wealthy world of the moneyed men of Dubai. The late ruler of Dubai, Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef, used this building as his ‘home from home’ but it is now open to the public. The building dates back to 1955 and its most impressive feature are the majlis gardens, which include a reproduction of a traditional Arab irrigation system.

49. Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi is to be found right in front of the Burj Al Arab. The Wild Wadi presents 30 rides and attractions for all the complete family. It is said to be themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore. It is an ideal place for family picnicking and when it comes to excitement, you just can’t get enough at Wild Wadi.

50. Archeological sites

In Dubai you can witness some of the most appealing archeological sites which is said to be attracting a lot of visitors and researchers from all over the world. This began in 1959 when the first archeological site was discovered in al- Nar Island. In Dubai the most famous and fascinating three archeological sites include:

  • Al Ghusals
  • Al Sufooh
  • Jumeirah

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