United Arab Emirates (al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyyah al-Muttaḥidah)
Capital – Abu Dhabi
Official languages – Arabic
Recognized minority languages – English
Religion – Islam (76.0%), Christianity (12.6%), Hinduism (6.6%), Buddhism (2.0%)
Government – Federal elective constitutional monarchy
Area – 83 600 km2 (32 300 sq mi)
Population – 9 890 400
Inter. Tel. prefix – +971
Currency – UAE Dirham
Time zone – UTC +4 (GST)
In the UAE, there is no bad weather or low season – after all, there are luxurious hotels for quality rest and excellent shopping at attractive prices in November and July.
Perhaps, in a nutshell, the approach to tourism in the UAE can be summed up as follows: “We will surprise everyone with what is in the country and what is not – we will build and surprise even more.” As practice shows, this action plan of the Emirates has a very beneficial effect on tourist flow.
In the Emirates, everything is combined with everything: the sea breeze plays with expensive curtains in the windows of the “seven-star” hotel, the luminous Burj Khalifa needle can be seen from the nomads’ camp in the dunes, and the dromedrome for camel racing is neatly squeezed between the skyscrapers of modern business centers.
So the UAE is a “must-visit” destination for all those who are not indifferent to Arabian exoticism and at the same time appreciate comfort. As for the cost of recreation, this is a country for tourists with an upper middle and high income level. However, in not the most popular emirates it is quite possible to find almost budget accommodation.
MOST VISITED AREAS
The capital is Abu Dhabi City.
The federation includes 7 emirates, each of them, to a greater or lesser extent, also a tourist resort: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah, Sharjah.
The main sights of the country are “urban”. The few historical monuments of the capital of Abu Dhabi are adjacent to grandiose modern skyscrapers and green parks. Dubai is more interesting in this regard – it is here that the tallest building in the world is located – the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. On one of its upper floors, there is an observation deck with gorgeous views of the city. Not far from the skyscraper, there is a famous musical fountain – a truly enchanting composition of light, sound and water. It is installed in an artificial lake with an area of 12 hectares.
In addition to modern architecture, the UAE has museums, including the curious Archaeological Museum in Sharjah, which tells about the history of the emirate and the region as a whole, from its inception. As for entertainment for children, every emirate has amusement parks (always with a water park), and the world’s largest aquarium in Dubai, as high as a three-story building and a zoo, are especially popular.
In winter, from December to February, the UAE has warm and sunny weather: +20 … + 30 ° C. The water temperature on the open beaches of the Persian Gulf ranges from +17 ° C in winter to +35 ° C in summer. The best time to travel is from October to May. In the summer, from May to September, the daytime air temperature reaches + 45 ° C, while high humidity is felt.