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Welcome to United Arab Emirates

When you think of the United Arab Emirates, you likely think of its blockbuster, over-the-top city: Dubai. With the world's tallest building, man-made islands, an aquarium big enough for scuba-diving, and indoor ski slopes, there's no shortage of experiences to check off and sights to see. But beyond the glitz and glamor of this shiny, new city, there's another side to the United Arab Emirates, which existed long before Dubai started booming. Explore the Hajar Mountains, towering over the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah; or visit the hub of culture and athletics in Abu Dhabi, the capital, with highlights including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the museums at Saadiyat Island. Get to grips with art and heritage in Sharjah via visits to the Grand King Faisal Mosque, Souk Al Arsa, and the Heritage Village. No trip to the UAE is complete without a foray out into the desert, whether it's dune-bashing, riding a camel, or experiencing a cultural presentation under the protection of a luxury tent. Luckily, many of these experiences can be combined on a desert day tour. Finally, for relief from the hot, sandy desert, travelers can head to the Gulf of Oman for swimming and other water activities, visit the Aquaventure Waterpark, or experience the indoor Ski Dubai snow park.

Top 10 attractions in United Arab Emirates

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

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Carved along the Gulf shoreline south of Dubai’s The Palm island, Dubai Marina is a skyscraper-packed waterfront community that’s one of the city’s swishest residential and leisure hotspots. At its heart is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) waterway framed by residential blocks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.More
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

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The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

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Jutting into the Persian Gulf from southern Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and ringed by a crescent-shaped breakwater. The world’s biggest artificial island, it draws visitors to its palatial hotels, theme parks, and shopping malls.More
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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The race car–themed Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi features 20 rides and attractions—everything from the toddler-friendly carousel of Ferrari prototype cars to cutting-edge racing simulators that will please older kids and teens. The largest indoor theme park in the world is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, a hydraulic-powered thrill ride that sees visitors strapped into a Ferrari Formula One-like coaster car and launched at speeds of up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour.More
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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The massive, white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the central place of worship for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, accommodating roughly 40,000 people. Highlights inside include white marble columns with mother-of-pearl engravings, expansive Iranian carpets, and intricate crystal chandeliers.More
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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

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Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates’ history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline. Dioramas and artifacts convey what daily life was like for Dubai’s earliest communities, while life-sized re-creations of the city’s early souks and wharfs bring the past to life.More
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Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

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Running along the northwest side of the city, the Corniche (also known as Corniche Road) is a stretch of land on the waterfront perfect for a stroll or bike ride. The 5-mile (8-kilometer) promenade has dedicated cycling and pedestrian areas as well as family-friendly beaches, children’s play areas, cafes, restaurants, and shopping.More
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Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

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Dubai’s internationally famous Gold Souk has its roots in the 1940s, when Indian and Iranian traders began setting up stalls in the area. Today, it’s one of the world’s busiest jewelry markets, with hundreds of shops and stalls selling just about everything that glitters—namely, gold. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through the souk, with a whopping 10 tons for sale in the market at any given moment.More
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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The world’s largest shopping mall by area, The Dubai Mall boasts a huge range of attractions—making it a full-blown UAE entertainment destination. At the heart of Downtown Dubai, this 4-level colossus houses around 1,300 stores, plus restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the Burj Khalifa.More

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Top activities in United Arab Emirates

Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Abu Dhabi City Tour Including Ferrari World Tickets Guided Tour from Dubai
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Recent reviews from experiences in United Arab Emirates

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Amazing day trip
LinekeWang_S, Nov 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Would highly recommend to everyone who wants to see these key sights and learn about the history too.
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The Best Way to Explore Jumeirah
Muhammad_U, Nov 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
The tour stopped at every site to see in the area and the two guides explained the significance of each area and were extremely knowledgeable.
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a lovely group with a...
Sokar_H, Oct 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
a lovely group with a great guide, Abu Dhabi is a very different experience than Dubai, I very much encourage the tourists to explore Abu Dhabi to see different sides of UAE
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Good excursion to see Dubai
Aleksandr_G, Sep 2021
Old and Modern Dubai City tour with Dubai Frame Tickets
That's a good experience if you want to see the main sights of Dubai.
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Good summary of the UAE out of Dubai and Abi Dhabi
Lucie_P, Nov 2021
Five Emirates Tour in a Day from Dubai - Know the East-Coast.
Interesting to see less famous Emirates, especially the mountainous areas on the East Coast in Fujirah.
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Once in a life time experience!!!
Muhammad_U, Nov 2021
Red Sand Safari, Quad Bike, Live Show, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Board
He is fluent in English too which was extremely convenient.
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Insightful trip
Kiana_A, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
Despite the effort of having to get a PCR test prior to visiting Abu Dhabi and having to show our vaccination status everywhere we went, the tour was worth it in particular to see the mosque which is absolutely stunning (the photos really do not do it justice).
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Very good day out
Nicole_G, May 2021
Five Emirates Tour in a Day from Dubai - Know the East-Coast.
And has given me a good on what more I would like to see in the UAE.
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Very Good Tour
Philip_P, Apr 2021
Sharjah and Ajman (Cultural & Themes tours)
We got to see parts of UAE that are not all big buildings.
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Great highlight tour of Abu Dhabi
Paul_G, Mar 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
Great tour to see a lot of the sites in Abu Dhabi.
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Enjoyable experience for a very fair price
cmontesinos, Feb 2020
Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
We had plenty of time to visit the Grand Mosque, which was definitely the highlight of the trip.
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Lovely day tour of Abu Dhabi
frankderrickm, Jan 2020
Abu Dhabi Small-Group Day Trip from Dubai by OceanAir™️
It was an amazing tour of Abu Dhabi where we got to visit the Grand Mosque, Presidential Palace and the Emirates Towers.
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Great tour!
pkort, Jan 2020
Dubai Sightseeing Day Trip from Abu Dhabi
Great tour, got to see both old and new Dubai and learn a lot about the city (and UAE in general).
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Abu Dhabi in a day
Ranjana_C, Dec 2019
Abu Dhabi Small-Group Day Trip from Dubai by OceanAir™️
With a short stay in UAE, this was the perfect way to see Abu Dhabi.
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Must do tour
Dawn_W, Jul 2018
Abu Dhabi Tour: Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Marina Mall
This was a great way to see so many different attractions in a very efficient manner.
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Izabela A, Mar 2018
Full Day Al Ain tour with Lunch from Dubai
I would include few more attractions in the tour like camel market, souk, zoo, etc.
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I had sooooo much fun. The tour...
Ashleah N, Apr 2018
Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari with Camp activities & BBQ Dinner
The camp was nice although not a lot of time for all the activities.
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Great tour. Friendly staff on...
Carl_L, Oct 2017
Musandam Khasab Day Trip and Dhow Cruise from Dubai
Friendly staff on the boat and transfer, great food - fantastic to see dolphins up so close, and feeding the fish while swimming.
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This is a excellent way to see the...
Gordon M, Aug 2017
Dubai Sightseeing Day Trip from Abu Dhabi
This is a excellent way to see the contrast between the to main cities of the UAE, taken at a leisurely pace with a friendly, knowledgeable guide.
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This tour was a great way to see...
RaymondAllen_A, Aug 2016
Day Tour of Abu Dhabi from Dubai
This tour was a great way to see part of UAE and Abu Dhabi.
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