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Cheap flights to UAE (United Arab Emirates)

The United Arab Emirates – often called the Emirates or UAE – consists of seven different principalities established in 1971: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. It is located along the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, and bordered by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman. A country of extremes, it boasts some hugely contrasting landscapes within its borders – from huge imposing desert sand dunes, beautiful oases with lush greenery, to rich fertile plains and ominous rocky mountains. Parts of the UAE are also booming economically – Emirates oil and natural gas reserves are among the largest in the world.

Although the official language of the UAE is Arabic, tourists need not worry as most of the population speak English to some degree, many fluently.

Getting around

The best way to get around the UAE is by car; with the relatively short distances and excellent road systems, driving would allow you great flexibility and scenic enjoyment along the way. It is also safe thanks to the good infrastructure – cities are linked by multilane highways that are fully lit. Do note that you will need an international driver’s licence to rent a car in the UAE, though. Otherwise, you can also take inter-emirate buses that make the journey between regions regularly, if you’d prefer not to drive.

What to see and do

If you’re in the UAE you can’t miss visiting Abu Dhabi, the capital city. Have a look at 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, the 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.

Also, the Oasis city of Al Ain is definitely worth a visit. With its multiple oases, the city is known 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 your unique Middle Eastern adventure at Al Khaznah. Less than 2 hours away by car, Al Khaznah offers some amazingly majestic and beautiful 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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