The United Arab Emirates is a modern, rich, developed state of the Arabian Peninsula. For several decades, thanks to oil revenues, the well-being of its inhabitants has skyrocketed, 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. Sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates seem to have done everything to attract as many tourists as possible to their country. “Six-star” hotels with rare stone and wood finishes have been built here, comfortable beaches have been equipped, and collections of all world brands are presented in huge shopping malls.
What to see in the UAE?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
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 system of fountains, and luxurious private apartments. The building has several observation decks, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai.
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An artificial archipelago of three islands (Deira, Jebel Ali, Jumeirah) in the form of date palms, a marvel of modern engineering. The islands were created from sand, limestone and stone mined from the coast of the Persian Gulf. This is a large-scale and grandiose project, one of the most interesting attractions in Dubai.
Bastakiya District (Dubai)
One of the old districts of the city, leading the history from the 19th century. In those days, pearl divers lived here (before the start of the “golden” oil rain in the UAE, this activity brought residents the main income). In Bastakiya, you can see traditional Arab houses and wind towers that acted as air conditioners.
Gold Souk in Dubai
A bazaar located in the shopping district of Dubai, where visitors from all over the world buy gold jewelry at almost the lowest prices. This pricing policy is possible thanks to small taxes. White, pink and yellow gold are bought here by weight, and not by individual items.
Musical fountain in Dubai
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 jets of water up to 150 meters high and creating more than 1000 figured 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 follows the shape of the legendary Ferrari GT model, it is painted red with the logo of the brand on the roof. The park presents all the achievements of the Italian company, all the latest and famous car models, technologies, interactive installations, copies of Italian sights.
Historical and ethnographic village in Abu Dhabi
This attraction was created to acquaint tourists with the past of the UAE. The village is an exact reproduction of the Bedouin settlement as it was over 100 years ago. Of great interest are the workshops, where tools for working metal, fabric and clay are presented. In the souvenir shop you can buy authentic gizmos, traditional pastries and old handicrafts.
The world's largest shopping and entertainment complex located in Dubai. In Dubai Mall, you can get lost in the miles of shops, showrooms, markets, cinemas and tourist attractions. It houses a huge Olympic skating rink and an aquarium with thousands of marine life listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Aquarium in the Dubai Mall
Like many other attractions in the UAE with the prefix "the largest in the world", this aquarium was created to capture the imagination of the country's guests. More than 33 thousand species of marine life swim in a giant aquarium - only sharks and rays, there are about 400 pieces. The whole structure weighs almost 250 tons and holds 10 million liters of water.
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, extreme skiers can enjoy the slopes. Sky Dubai can accommodate up to 1500 people at the same time, its infrastructure is convenient and well thought out, all conditions for snowboarding and skiing have been created.
sheikh zayed mosque
The building is made of snow-white marble, an example of modern Arab architecture. The mosque was erected in honor of the first President of the United Arab Emirates, 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 adorned with precious stones, the carpet with an area of 5.6 thousand m² was woven in Iran.
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 for 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 strictest, 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 was 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.
Fort Al Jahili
A building in the emirate of Abu Dhabi on the border with Oman, located in the oasis of Al Ain (which means “green garden” in translation). The fortress was built at the end of the 19th century to protect the oasis and the city of Al Ain, over time it became the largest fort in the area. Today, Al Jahili has the status of a national monument.
It is located in the smaller and less popular emirate of Ajman. The building was erected at the end of the 18th century. made of plaster and coral stone using African wood. The fortress served as the residence for the sheikh's family until 1970, but after the ruler moved, it began to be used as the headquarters of the Ajman police.
House-Palace of Sheikh Said
Another historical building in Dubai, where the ruler of the emirate, Sheikh Said 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.
Al Fahidi Fort
It is located in the center of Dubai and is the oldest surviving building in the city (according to sources, the fort was built at the end of the 18th century). Once upon a time, the thick walls of the fortress protected the inhabitants from the invasion of the warlike tribes of wild Bedouins and from sea raids. From Al-Fahidi, only small fragments survived, as the city walls were dismantled.
Al Hisn Fort
Previously 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 19th century was used to protect against enemy attacks, which were not uncommon in those days. 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 construction appeared at the end of the 18th century, but most of the buildings are renovated buildings no older than 30 years. Sometimes in the interior decoration there are elements of a century and a half ago, but this is rare.
Sir Bani Yas Island
The reserve, where representatives of the Arab fauna and flora are collected, which is also called the "Arab Wildlife Park". It was created at the behest of Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. 8 million trees were planted on the deserted island, rare animals and birds were brought in, restaurants and hotels were built for visitors. Within a few years, the lifeless territory turned into a lively oasis.
Capital Gate skyscraper
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 the effect of inclination.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
One of the best water parks in the East, located in one of the prestigious areas of Dubai. When decorating, fairy tales about Sinbad the Sailor were used, so visitors enter a fairy-tale land where all wishes seem to come true. The water park has attractions for children of all ages and experienced instructors.
Parus Hotel (Burj Al Arab)
A luxurious hotel whose architecture resembles a sail flying in the wind. 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 skyscraper reaches a height of more than 300 meters, the maximum ceiling height of the hall 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, antique furniture in the halls and rooms.
Atlantis The Palm Resort
Luxury resort on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah (Dubai). Rooms - more than 1500 rooms designed for VIPs and wealthy guests. A convenient infrastructure has been created for guests with children. The hotel can hold conferences and other large-scale events, as there is all the necessary equipment.