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UAE travel guide

UAE

Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around UAE.

UAE highlights

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Dubai, UAE
Dubai
Dubai is best known as a destination where you can spend copious amounts of money in its many modern hotels, shops, and restaurants but there is also another side to the place. Visit old Dubai to get a taste of the neighbourhoods with old mosques and bazaars or take a trip along Dubai Creek on a traditional wooden dhow boat .
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Sharjah, UAE
Sharjah
More conservative than Dubai, Sharjah is known as UAE’s cultural capital with a more traditional way of life. Visit one of the many museums or galleries or just take in the bustling souks and bazaars.
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Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi
In the largest emirate of the UAE, Abu Dhabi city is a modern metropolis with many attractions. Visit the large Sheikh Zayed Mosque or stroll along the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s long waterfront. If city life gets too much, you are surrounded by the desert and there are numerous camel treks or safaris available.
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Ajman, UAE
Ajman
Less developed and cheaper than the other well-known UAE destinations, Ajman is a great place to experience a more traditional way of life. You can visit the museum in the 16th century fort or pick up local crafts in the Iranian souk.
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Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE
Ras Al-Khaimah
Located at the northern tip of UAE, Ras Al-Khaimah is the perfect place for a more active trip. The clear waters and sandy beaches are perfect for a variety of water-sports and there is some great trekking in the nearby mountains and wildlife conservation areas.
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Main travellers routes

  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the main international airports in UAE and receive flights from numerous European and US airports. There are also smaller airports at Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al-Khaimah.
  • United Arab Emirates has a decent road system and is well supported by a modern bus network that makes travelling between the various Emirates easy.
  • Hiring a car is also a great way to see UAE to the relatively short distances involved. Be aware that cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai can sometimes have crippling traffic problems where you can easily spend several hours stuck in a jam.
  • UAE has land borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman and it is possible to easily enter by car from these states.

Capital and main cities

  • Abu Dhabi is the capital
  • Other main populated areas: Dubai, Al Ain, Sharjah.

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English in main tourist areas and businesses.

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