Discover the United Arab Emirates, a show-stopping destination that seamlessly blends traditional Islamic culture with modern consumerism. Once comprised of sand dunes, crumbling forts, and fishing villages, the UAE today is defined by opulent resort hotels, ultra-modern architecture, and innovative mega-projects. With seven separate emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most well-known and offer an ever-growing selection of luxury accommodations, gourmet restaurants, branded nightclubs, and gleaming shopping malls. Iconic sights include the sail-shaped “7-star” hotel Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, and the sea-themed Atlantis Resort. The regular fountain show in the Downtown area rivals that of the Bellagio in Las Vegas, while Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates offer a vast selection of premium international labels. But don't just limit yourself to Dubai and Abu Dhabi – the other emirates are also worth exploring.Get Started
The eight natural islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi showcase the stunning Sir Bani Yas Island. This locale is the site of the luxurious Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa and is a sanctuary for approximately 30 species of Arabian and African animals roaming freely.
Travel east from Abu Dhabi or Dubai through breathtaking landscapes to reach the resort and historic caravan halt, Al-Ain. This resort features a camel market, a zoo, and a museum showcasing a mix of ancient and modern artifacts along with Mesopotamian pottery. The verdant oasis town also provides outstanding hiking opportunities at the nearby Jebel Hafeet.
The age-old fortified villages of Hatta and Wadi Hatta, located near Dubai, nestle in an unexpectedly verdant and appealing valley at the base of the Hajar Mountains. The area also features a series of naturally formed pools, providing a refreshing respite.
The historic Bastakiya district, located alongside Dubai Creek, serves as Dubai's Bohemian quarter. It boasts delightful cafés and diverse art galleries. The area becomes particularly captivating in the evening when the mosques echo their call to prayer.