Language: The official language is Arabic, but English and other languages are widely spoken
Currency: Dhs = UAE dirhams. 100 fils = 1 Dirham.
Time: Four hours ahead of UCT
Country dialing code: +971
Internet Code: .ae
Climate : The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Temp. Ranges 10 – 25 degrees during winter months from (Nov. March) and 35-50 during June to Sept. and the humidity is very high. Rest of the year experience moderate climate.
Transportation : Taxis are easily obtainable. Most modern public transport system and automated driverless metro make the move around in the country much easier.
Business Hours : The weekend is traditionally Friday and Saturday, but some organisations remain open on Saturdays. Government offices are open from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Most shops are open between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. Department stores, boutiques, souqs and many food shops remain open on Fridays, apart from prayer times
(between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm).
Located at the cross roads of Asia, Europe and Africa, the country is well positioned to attract tourists looking for somewhere new and different, a destination combining the traditions of the east and comforts of the west.
Abu Dhabi – The Capital
Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of United Arab Emirates. Being the capital, the city houses the embassies and hosts the ambassadors from all over the world.
Abu Dhabi city bursts with dazzling business-cum-leisure facilities ranging from state-of-the-art convention centre, luxurious hotels, spas, designer golf courses, theatres and museums like Guggenheim and Louvre. The palace-like shopping malls and indigenous souqs in Abu Dhabi make for a great shopping expedition, offering the best handicraft from local Bedouins to the best of the high street fashion brands. The city’s charming corniche or beachfront is just minutes away from the bustling city centre. Distinct Arabic hospitality and mystique - and world-class infrastructure - make Abu Dhabi an excellent destination both for the experienced and novice traveler.
The garden city of Al Ain is home to one of the famous peaks of the majestic Hajar Mountain and the highest point in the Emirat of Abu Dhabi (Jebel Hafeet), which rises about 1,340 metres. The famous Liwa oasis in the southern part of Abu Dhabi is home to some of the largest and most beautiful sand dunes in the world.
Dubai – The Hosting City
Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula and is the second largest among the seven emirates. Dubai is considered as the economic capital of the United Arab Emirates and is well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage. It has a fascinating history and a vibrant heritage that offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into Arabian culture. With its central geographic location between Asia and Europe Dubai has become a popular and accessible tourist destination.
Dubai is emerging as the new destination for Medical Tourism. With the presence of premier renowned hospitals and medical centres in Dubai from all over the world, Medical Tourism in Dubai is an ideal opportunity to avail world class medical facilities at relatively low cost.
Shopping: One of Dubai’s greatest attractions is its superb shopping facilities. In addition to the Dubai Duty Free at the Airport and the traditional souqs, there is an endless number of modern shopping malls and commercial complexes, offering a wide selection for eager shoppers.
Customs duties being low, luxury goods are cheaper. Best buys include clothes, textiles, oriental rugs, electronics, sporting goods, perfumes, jewelry, ethnic gifts, novelties and spices. Shopping complexes like Dubai Mall, Burjuman, Wafi, City Centre, Ibn Battuta and Mall of the Emirates are certainly worth a visit. The internationally acclaimed gold souq in Deira is one of the city’s most prominent tourist attractions. Bargaining is expected in souqs (markets) and smaller shops.
Sunshine, shopping, seaside and safety – five of the key ingredients that have earned Dubai a growing reputation as one of the World’s most attractive leisure destinations.
Discover the wonders of Dubai
- World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa
- Largest Shopping Mall in the Middle East – Dubai Mall
- Arabian Desert Adventures
- Historic Sites and Cosmopolitan Life
- Spectacular Hotels Overlooking the Pristine Beaches
- Extensive Choice of International Restaurants
Sharjah is acknowledged as the country’s cultural capital with its numerous museums and heritage sites, is the third largest of the seven emirates. The emirate likewise has an attractive coastline, which is home to several resort hotels.It is an emirate of contrasts where visitors can enjoy a holiday in the sun, discover traditional markets (souks) or visit modern shopping malls, explore the many heritage sites and museums, admire the majestic mosques, stroll around the lagoons, and experience the natural beauty of true Arabian deserts, mountains and seas.
Ajman, which lies next to Sharjah, is the smallest emirate in terms of geographical territory. Ajman is famous for its white sandy beaches. Variety of activities and attractions in Ajman will appeal to all types and tastes. While beach enthusiasts can enjoy any one of the beautiful beaches of Ajman, bargain shoppers would do well with a visit to the Ajman Souk, renowned for its architectural beauty.
Umm Al Quwain
Umm Al Quwain is situated between Sharjah to the southeast and Ras Al Khaimah to the northeast, along the beautiful, lush green coastal mangroves lining shore. Umm Al Quwain's attraction lies in its long clean beaches, an enclosed lagoon and public horse riding stables. Seneyah Island, one kilometre away from the town of Umm Al Quwain, is a natural reserve for a large species of birds, deer and Al Qaram trees.
Ras Al Khaima
Ras Al Khaimah is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Arabian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with the Sultanate of Oman. The majestic Hajjar mountains scraping the clouds at 1900 meters, the lovely Musandam peninsula, calm blue seas with clean white beaches stretching over 40 Kms, dramatic desert dunes, timeless cultural legacies and the special warmth of Arab hospitality. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has an impressive archaeological heritage and a very rich history.
Fujairah is the fifth largest of the seven emirates and situated in the country’s east along the Gulf of Oman. Due to its strategic position with the emirates’ only access to the Indian Ocean Fujairah has an important multipurpose port. Fujairah ranks as one of the top bunkering locations in the world. Fujairah is also a famous tourist destinations with its natural beauty including sandy beaches, mountains and oasis, historical attractions and archeological sites.