The United Arab Emirates has quickly become one of the most popular destination sites as it continues to develop rapidly and offer incredible travel experiences. The country consists of seven independent city-states. These are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al Quwain. The beauty of the UAE is the blend of modern and traditional, as well as the contrast of desert and sea. There is so much so see and experience while visiting just one of these city-states. Here are some that you can cross off your bucket list.
If you’re planning on going to Dubai, you absolutely cannot miss out on experiencing a desert safari. How many of us have been able to try sand-skiing before? Book your trip in advance to make sure you can experience everything available. Ride through the desert on a camel or try quad biking. There are lots of exhilarating options available. You can even camp out in the desert overnight if you’re feeling up for it.
For those who prefer the city life, make sure you climb to the very top of Burj Khalifa, which happens to be the tallest skyscraper in the whole word, standing at 2,722 feet, which comes out to just a bit over half a mile! The view from the top of the 16 stories is absolutely breathtaking.
Before you leave Dubai, you absolutely have to visit or even stay at Rixos The Palm, a lavish all-inclusive hotel located on the iconic Palm Jumeriah Dubai that will blow your mind. It features top of the line accommodations and incredible panoramic views of the Dubai skyline along with the Arabian Gulf. It also features incredible restaurants like L’Olivio Ristorante and A La Turca Restaurant.
If you’re in Abu Dhabi, you must visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is one of the biggest mosques in the whole world. Its architecture style blends different types of Islamic architectural school designs. The mosque features 82 domes, over 1000 columns, and even the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world. It is named for the late president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Nature lovers will have to take a trip to the Jebel Jais Mountains located in Ras Al-Khaimah, found right at the tip of the north of the city-state. While there, you can try out the world’s longest zipline, which is 9,291 feet long, and allows you to zip at 93 mph! In February 2017, snow fell on Jebel Jais, which was only the third time in the history of the UAE to record snowfall.
Of course, no trip would be complete with relaxing at a Turkish-style Hammam, or bathhouse. These lavish bathhouses often offer every accoutrement available at any luxury spa and more. Make sure to try out this unique and relaxing experience before you head back hope, we promise that you’ll be thanking us.