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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country consisting of a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Located in the Middle East - more specifically on the Persian Gulf - the country has a population of almost 10 million (a large percent of which are expatriates). The official religion of the country is Islam, and the official language Arabic.

Getting around

For tourists travelling short distances within a city (or to destinations nearby), simply grab a taxi to your destination as they are readily available, efficient, with relatively inexpensive fares. But for those who intend to travel long distances within the UAE and are new to the country, do consider enlisting the help of a tour operator or travel expert.

Domestic plane travel is restricted to larger cities, so land transport is necessary for those who wish to see the many off-road attractions the UAE has to offer. Though driving in the UAE is relatively safe and easy with the country’s developed road system and inexpensive petrol, those unused to special conditions (such as driving on the right, or desert conditions) are advised to follow a tour company or travel in groups.

What to see and do

To get a feeling of what the UAE is like, you can’t miss exploring its capital city Abu Dhabi. Visit the lavish and stunning Emirates Palace, which has more than 100 domes and 1000 chandeliers made of precious materials such as gold, mother-of-pearl and crystals. Also, don’t miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, largest mosque in the UAE and the eighth largest mosque in the world. Interestingly, the mosque was built using materials and artisans from all around the world, including Italy, Morocco, China and Greece, to name a few. With its shimmering marble, precious stones, gold and crystals, it is truly a sight to behold.

Another must-see in the UAE is the Oasis city of Al Ain. With its multiple oases, the city is renowned for its lush greenery and is the fourth largest city in the UAE. Visit the city’s famous prehistoric tombs, restored forts, and get close to feisty camels at the traditional camel market – the last souk of its kind in the UAE. On top of seeing the majestic beasts up close, this is one of last few places you can watch animal bartering – observe the traders bargaining the merits of their camels and buyers bartering with goats and sheep.

For thrill-seekers, don’t miss having a unique Middle Eastern adventure at Al Khaznah. Less than 2 hours away by car, Al Khaznah offers some amazingly majestically tall sand dunes and sand valleys. There, you can live your desert safari dreams of dune-bashing, sand skiing, quad biking, camel riding, and more.

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