United Arab Emirates
Situated in the Eastern Coast of the Arabian Peninsula, United Arab Emirates is a federation of Seven Emirates; namely, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al – Quwain, Ras al- Khaimah and Fujairah.
The strategic location of the Emirates bordered by the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Oman, meant that maritime travelers from all over the world historically visited and traded over the centuries. Being located in geographic and historic crossroads has resulted in the diverse, rich and striking blend of nationalities, ethnic groups, cultures, and colorful history with a vivid, unique combination of ancient customs, modern technology and cosmopolitanism.
A destination that offers everything…
Environmentally, The Emirates consists of rocky desert, coastal plains, wetlands and mountains. Birdwatchers gather to observe the migratory waterfowl at the seashores. The pristine beaches attract sun seekers from around the globe each year.
For the visitor, the Emirates is unique due to its sheer range of offerings. With its rich culture, heritage, second to none gastronomic adventures, world-class hospitality, shopping and much more, the Emirates has something for everybody. As a result, solo travelers, families, thrill seekers, history buffs, beach lovers, technology enthusiasts, business travelers and many more descend upon the modern-day land of opportunity each year in the millions.
Dubai is a diverse city catering to the entire family, offering a wide range of history, culture, adventure, shopping and culinary experiences. Popular attractions include Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, desert safari, Dubai Marina, water parks, Dhow cruise, old Dubai, Souks and much more.
The capital was planned by Japanese architect Katsuhiko Takahashi under the guidance of Sheikh Zayed in 1967. The modern city has undertaken an ambitious development project under “Abu Dhabi plan 2030” under which many new skyscrapers are under construction, along with developments of Al Mayrah Island and Al Reem Island. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the founder’s memorial, presidential palace, multi faith worship places, Qasr al Hosn and gardens are particularly popular attractions in Abu Dhabi along with its myriad of unique experiences.
Sharjah is also the home for the museum of Islamic civilization, which opened in year 2018. Furthermore, Sharjah contains an international airport and connected by road to Ras Al- Khaimah city and Abu Dhabi.
Historically, the economy of Ajman dependent on pearling and date palm plantations. Today, Ajman has developed its infrastructure and home to many industrial operations. Ajman is popular amount travelers for its unique beach front atmosphere, with many bars, restaurants, and night clubs. Ajman is connected by road to cities of Dubai and Ra’s al-Khaymah.
Umm al-Quwain is the second smallest and the least populous emirate. The local economy traditionally thrived on pearl diving and fishing. The emirate is also historically well known for boat building, an industry still practiced to this day.
The oasis of Falaj al-Mu’alla is popular for its extensive date palm plantations. Away from the oasis, the majority of the emirate is made of desert land. Umm al- Quwain is connected by road to Ras al-Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.
Ras al-Khaimah was historically part of Sharjah and was a popular pearling location. Today, the emirate is well known as the principal producer of the country’s crops including Cabbages, Onions, tomatoes, dates and fruit. Furthermore, it’s also home for industries such as ceramics, pharmaceuticals, cement and construction material. From ancient times, the city was a well-known port, and today port Saqr handles the emirates traffic for shipping.
Interestingly, the name Ras al-Khaimah translates to “The tent point” referring to a large tent erected by an early chief as an aid to navigation. The emirate is connected to Dubai and Sharjah city by road.
The capital of Fujairah is connected to Sharjah by road.
Oman is widely considered to be an undiscovered treasure of the Arabian Peninsula.
A traveler can experience the breathtaking combination of rich tradition and modern life in Oman. The incredible hospitality of the Omani people is certainly part of Oman’s unique charm and appeal. Oman is a country where the old and new blend together in a simply enchanting manner.
Furthermore, Oman has a diverse range of experiences to offer, including hiking, scuba diving, fishing, kitesurfing and caving. Visitors can enjoy cool temperatures even during the summer Dhofar and the mountain tops of the Al Hajar range, making it a unique destination in the Arabian Peninsula.