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Cheap flights from the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes called the Emirates or UAE, is a country at the end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the west, as well as water borders with Iran and Qatar. The Emirates was established in December of 1971 as a federation of seven 'emirates' or principalities. Each emirate is governed by a hereditary ruler who jointly forms the Federal Supreme Council, the highest legislative and executive body in the country. In general, one of the rulers represents the country as the president, and in turn represents the country during various diplomatic events and conferences.

The constituent emirates comprise of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The official capital of the country is Abu Dhabi, while the largest city is Dubai. More so, the capital city became the first of the emirates to begin exporting oil, since the time of Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the UAE, oversaw the development of the Emirates. He led the country and steered oil revenues into healthcare, education, and infrastructure, boosting the country's human development and growth while standardising all things in the country.

Since then, the world has seen the country rise and modernise, with the transformations of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in the recent years. Abu Dhabi and Dubai is currently holding a few world records due to huge structures built in their lands, and the cities within has emerged as business hubs and global cities.

Where to go

Abu Dhabi – While not as cosmopolitan and sophisticated as its sister, Dubai, Abu Dhabi has its own unique character. Being the biggest emirate, the whole region is a distinct, attractive, and green city that mainly feeds on the money generated from its oil production since the 20th century. Laid-back, relaxed, but currently hitting its stride, the emirate is yet another rising star in the country. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the biggest and grandest mosque in the world, the Emirates Palace, and Ferrari World, and defy the Formula Rossa.

Dubai – Futuristic skyscrapers flanked by a glittering coastline and surrounded by endless desert, Dubai seems like an oasis; an other-worldly appearance of a beautiful and established city that is hip, modern, and cosmopolitan. Before it became famous in the 70s, the emirate is just plain and traditional like any other Arab city in the world. When it came into full throttle, it has blossomed and has become a beautiful metro – rubbing elbows with New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Almost every destination and point of interest can be found here – from retail therapy down to swimming and of course, cultural, traditional, and food explorations. Dubai will give a dose of each, like a multivitamin. Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Dubai Museum, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the Meydan Racecourse, and the shopping districts.

Sharjah – Unlike Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the city is a breath of fresh air – and although modern in its own way, it is also a highly cultural emirate, declared as the Arab Capital of Culture. Set aside a few hours to explore the heritage and arts areas, as well as the traditional souqs and museums.

Chennai (India) – Quiet Chennai down the south of India will enchant every traveller coming to the city. The 70-square kilometre region is a wonder to behold, filled with neighbourhoods, temples, museums, and enthusiastic locals.

Djibouti City (Djibouti) – A country on its own, this destination packs such beauty you may forget it's tiny. What it lacks in size it makes up with geological oddities, and what it lacks in manpower, it makes up with adventure like superb hiking, diving, kitesurfing, and snorkelling with whale sharks. Vjisit Djibouti City for some of the best eco-tourism activities in the world.

Baku (Azerbaijan) – The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in South Caucasus. Its Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fascinating spot in the land, perfect for just walking down and enjoying the breeze.

Singapore – A strange concoction of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western Cultures, Singapore is a rich social stew that is more surprising and explosive than boring. Almost pollution, poverty, and chaos-free, the very clean and almost sterile wholesomeness of the place may daunt travellers at first, but scratch the surface and discover the fun-loving nature of its citizens. Visit the Lion City and make sure to prime your stomach.

Manila – Like Morocco's Casablanca, Manila in the Philippines is the perfect spot to dance the night away, with swank clubs over the central business districts of Makati and Taguig. Delve into the shopping destinations where even Michael Kors would be surprised, and of course, enjoy the food and try to eat with bare hands during a boodle fight.

Kuala Lumpur – Another risen and awakened giant today, Malaysia's Kuala Lumpr is halfway traditional and halfway modern. It's a city with a skyline of skyscrapers, mogul domes, and colourful food stall-lined streets, while below, a leafy archway of banyan and rain trees put up a natural shade when the sun is at its full glare. Visit the city and pay a gape at the Petronas, the twin towers of Malaysia, and stay in the rich and iconic hotels.

How to get out

The busiest airport in the United Arab Emirates is the Dubai International Airport found in the Emirate of Dubai. It receives a total of 67 million passengers every year, with aircraft movements reaching as much as 326,317. Aside from these figures, its third terminal is the biggest building in the world by land area, and is also the biggest airport terminal in the world. Weekly, the airport handles at least 7,000 flights operated by 140 airlines to over 230 destinations across the world except Antarctica. Major airlines that travel to this destination include Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air India, Delta, EgyptAir, Korean Air, Lufthansa, KLM, Saudia, and many others. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines including the above-mentioned.

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