The United Arab Emirates is a modern, rich, developed state of the Arabian Peninsula. For several decades, thanks to oil revenues, the welfare of its residents has soared to the skies, and the country itself has turned into a fabulous caliphate, where colorful oriental bazaars and glass skyscrapers, Bedouin tents and villas worth tens of millions of dollars exist side by side. The sheikhs of the UAE seem to have done everything to attract as many tourists to their country as possible. Six-star hotels with rare stone and wood finishes have been built here, comfortable beaches are equipped, and collections of all world brands are presented in huge shopping malls.
Tourist Attractions in United Arab Emirates
The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in United Arab Emirates. Photos and a brief description.
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The tallest skyscraper in the world, repeating the shape of a cave stalagmite. The height is more than 800 meters, the number of floors is 163. The tower houses offices, a hotel, a fountain system, and luxury private apartments. There are several observation decks in the building, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai.
An artificial archipelago of three islands (Deira, Jebel Ali, Jumeirah) in the form of date palms, a miracle of modern engineering. The islands were created from sand, limestone and stone quarried on the Persian Gulf coast. This is a large-scale and grandiose project, one of the most interesting sights of Dubai.
Bastakia District (Dubai)
One of the old districts of the city, leading the history since the XIX century. At that time, pearl fishermen lived here (before the start of the "golden" oil rain in the UAE, this activity brought residents the main income). In Bastakia, you can see traditional Arab houses and wind towers that served as air conditioners.
Dubai Gold Market
The bazaar, located in the shopping district of Dubai, where guests from all over the world buy gold jewelry at almost the lowest prices. Such a pricing policy is possible thanks to small taxes. White, pink and yellow gold is bought here by kilograms by weight, and not by individual products.
Musical Fountain in Dubai
It is located near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and is another man-made miracle built on fabulous oil revenues. This is the largest fountain in the world, which is illuminated by 6000 sources. It is capable of throwing water jets 150 meters high and creating more than 1000 figurative compositions from water columns.
Ferrari World Theme Park
Located near the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the artificial island of Yas. The facade of the building repeats the shapes of the legendary Ferrari GT model, it is painted red with the brand logo on the roof. The park presents all the achievements of the Italian company, all the latest and famous models of cars, technologies, interactive installations, copies of the sights of Italy.
Historical and ethnographic village in Abu Dhabi
This attraction was created in order to familiarize tourists with the past of the UAE. The village exactly reproduces the Bedouin settlement, as the last one was more than 100 years ago. Workshops where tools for processing metal, fabric and clay are presented are of great interest. In the souvenir shop you can buy authentic gizmos, traditional pastries and antique crafts.
The world's largest shopping and entertainment complex located in Dubai. In Dubai Mall, you can get lost in kilometers of shops, showrooms, markets, cinemas and attractions for tourists. It houses a huge Olympic ice rink and is listed in the Book of records Guinness aquarium with thousands of marine life.
Aquarium in the Dubai Mall shopping center
Like many other attractions of the UAE with the prefix "the largest in the world", this aquarium was created to impress the imagination of guests of the country. More than 33 thousand species of marine life swim in a giant aquarium – there are about 400 sharks and rays alone. The whole structure weighs almost 250 tons and holds 10 million liters of water.
Ski Dubai Ski Resort
An indoor complex in Dubai, the only place of this type in the region. This is an artificial ski resort, where in the absence of real snow and winter, fans of extreme skiing can enjoy the descents. "Sky Dubai" accommodates up to 1,500 people at the same time, its infrastructure is convenient and well thought out, all conditions for snowboarding and skiing are created.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The structure is made of snow-white marble, an example of modern Arabic architecture. The mosque was built in honor of the first President of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan El Nahyan. Specialists from Germany, the USA, and Italy participated in the construction and decoration of the building. The gilded chandelier of the mosque is decorated with precious stones, the carpet with an area of 5.6 thousand m2 was woven in Iran.
It is considered one of the most beautiful Islamic temples in the country. The structure was built in 1979 from pink sandstone, elements of the traditional Fatimid style were used in the construction. The mosque is open not only to Muslims – under the supervision of a guide, anyone can get inside and listen to a tour about Islamic traditions, prayers and foundations.
King Faisal Mosque
It is located in the most strict, in terms of compliance with Sharia law, the Emirate of Sharjah. The temple was built by the will and at the expense of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and given as a gift to the authorities of Sharjah. Since then, the mosque has become an important religious center of the Emirate and its main Muslim temple.
Al Jahili Fortress
A structure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the border with Oman, located in the oasis of Al Ain (which means "green garden"). The fortress was built at the end of the XIX century to protect the oasis and the city of Al Ain, over time it became the largest fort in the area. Nowadays, Al Jahili has the status of a national monument.
It is located in the small and less popular tourist emirate of Ajman. The building was erected at the end of the XVIII century . made of gypsum and coral stone using African wood. The fortress served as a residence for the sheikh's family until 1970, but after the ruler moved, it began to be used as the headquarters of the police Ajman.
Sheikh Said's House-Palace
Another historical building in Dubai, where the ruler of the emirate, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, lived. This is a palace by the sea on the shore of the bay, from where the sheikh could observe the movement of ships. Now the building houses a museum where you can see interesting expositions and learn more about the history of the UAE.
It is located in the center of Dubai and is the oldest surviving building of the city (according to sources, the fort was built at the end of the XVIII century). Once the thick walls of the fortress protected the inhabitants from the invasion of warlike tribes of wild Bedouins and from sea raids. Only small fragments of Al-Fahidi have survived, since the city walls were dismantled.
Previously it served as the residence of the ruling family of the Emirate of Sharjah Al-Qasimi and at the same time a prison. This building of the beginning of the XIX century was used to protect against the frequent attacks of enemies at that time. In the fort museum you can see collections of weapons, items belonging to representatives of the ruling dynasty, and other historical exhibits.
Al-Husn Fort (White Fort)
An iconic landmark of Abu Dhabi, one of the symbols of the history of the UAE and the former residence of the rulers of this emirate. The structure appeared at the end of the XVIII century, but most of the buildings are renovated buildings no older than 30 years. Sometimes there are elements of a century and a half old in the interior decoration, but this is rare.
The reserve, where representatives of the Arab fauna and flora are gathered, which is also called the "Arab wildlife park". It was created at the behest of Sheikh Zayed Or Nahyana. 8 million trees were planted on the deserted island, rare animals and birds were imported, restaurants and hotels were built for visitors. In a few years, the lifeless territory has turned into a lively oasis.
Capital Gate Skyscraper
A futuristic tower in Abu Dhabi, designed to be a symbol of the unity of the future and the past. The structure is built at an angle, so it seems that it "falls" like the famous tower in Pisa. But the architects did not seek to copy this technique, they simply used stepped structures during the construction, creating a tilt effect.
Wild Wadi Water Park
One of the best water parks in the East, located in one of the prestigious areas of Dubai. Fairy tales about Sinbad the sailor were used in the design, so visitors find themselves in a fairyland where all wishes seem to be fulfilled. The water park has attractions for children of any age and experienced instructors.
Parus Hotel (Burj Al Arab)
A luxury hotel, the architecture of which resembles a sail flying in the wind. It is located in the Emirate of Dubai on an artificial island. It positions itself as a "seven-star", although according to the international classification it belongs to 5*. The height of the skyscraper reaches more than 300 meters, the maximum height of the hall ceiling is more than 180 meters.
Emirates Palace Hotel
A luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi and a real palace with a green area and a dozen beautiful fountains. High-ranking officials and very wealthy tourists like to stay here. The interior of the hotel is decorated with gold, there is antique furniture in the halls and rooms.
Atlantis The Palm Resort
Luxury resort on the artificial island of Palma Jumeirah (Dubai). The number of rooms is more than 1,500 rooms designed for VIP persons and wealthy guests. A convenient infrastructure has been created for guests with children. Conferences and other large-scale events can be held at the hotel, as all the necessary equipment is available.