- Flight Time: 7 Hours
- Time Zone: UTC +4:00
- Best Time to Travel: November - May
The United Arab Emirates, often referred to as the U.A.E, is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia to the west, and Oman to the east. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.
Comprised of little more than sand dunes, crumbling forts and fishing villages a century ago, the United Arab Emirates has grown into a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination which offers an intriguing blend of traditional Islamic culture and rampant consumerism.
Powered largely by oil wealth, the UAE today is defined by opulent resort hotels, ultra-modern architecture and a seemingly unending thirst for new and innovative mega-projects. Man-made islands in the shape of palm trees. Billionaire royals taking over Premiership football clubs. Tallest building on the planet.
Seven separate emirates make up the country, but visitor attention falls mainly on Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both are home to an ever-growing spread of luxury accommodation, gourmet restaurants, branded nightclubs and gleaming shopping malls. Dubai’s most iconic sights include the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the sea-themed Atlantis Resort, which are microcosms of the UAE’s lofty ambitions
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