United Arab Emirates Holidays

By Travel Infoz Member on 15/02/2008

Thanks mainly to its swanky metropolises and mega malls the UAE is fast emerging as an attractive tourist destination for shopaholics as well as travel enthusiasts and sightseers. Once you are firmly ensconced in the country, you can avail of the taxis which are relatively inexpensive. The UAE is also among the safest countries to visit. As a matter of fact, it is said that in Abu Dhabi a woman can go around unescorted at any time of the day – or night without fear of being harassed.  So which are the places you could visit while in the country? You could, of course, start with Abu Dhabi. 

“Luxury:  The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master…”  When the eminent poet Kahlil Gibran wrote these immortal lines in his widely –acclaimed book, The Prophet, he may well have been writing about the Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates. What was once an obscure village is today one of the world’s richest metropolises. Thanks mainly to the revenues earned from oil. Its great infrastructure, amazing shopping complexes, and other attractions have rendered the city a big draw with foreigners.

In Abu Dhabi you could shop till you drop both in upmarket shopping centers as well as in wayside souks. You could sample Bedouin culture at Heritage Village, visit the White Fort which belonged to the erstwhile royal family, or you could go off riding a camel in the middle of the desert… the choice is yours.

Next, you might visit Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s mainland capital in the Eastern Region. Here you ought to pay a visit to the Al Ain Museum which is well-known for its comprehensive ethnographical and archaeological collections. Coming out of there you simply HAVE TO visit the lush Al Ain Oasis with its verdant palm groves.
And when in the UAE, how could you possibly miss Dubai? A major tourist centre, its malls, resorts, and restaurants are a byword in the lexicon of the worldly-wise tourist. And you must simply visit the Bastakiya District, an ancient trading district now renowned for its old mansions with wind-towers and narrow alleys. Other places of touristic interest are the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (which once housed the royal family) and the Heritage and Diving Village which stands as a restoration of the city’s glorious maritime past.

There are other parts of the country you will not want to miss such as Sharjah, a great commercial centre, Ra’s al- Khaimah, known for its impressive shoreline and old-world somnolence, and many others. As they say, seeing is believing- book your ticket now!