The United Arab Emirates consists of seven wondrous emirates, each very different from each other and offering travellers a chance to explore a number of places that will give them the opportunity to learn new things, indulge in delicious cuisine and see a number of amazing tourist attractions.
If you are searching for the perfect place to take your next vacation – whether you are travelling solo, with a group of friends or with your family – the United Arab Emirate has a lot to offer.
We have put together a short list of five things you can do in a couple of the different emirates, showing you the variety of attractions and giving you an idea of which emirates you may want to visit while you are there:
Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai
Known to be the best water park in Dubai, Aquaventure Water Park is located at one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai.
Atlantis, The Palm offers visitors many things. From having their very own on-site aquarium to some of the best celebrity chef owned restaurants in the city, this holiday resort has a bit of everything to entertain every guest that walks through their big glass doors.
However, with the city’s super-hot climate, the resort’s most popular attraction is their water park – and for good reason, too.
Home to a number of record-breaking, fast and furious slides and rides, Aquaventure has pulled out all of the stops when it comes to ensuring that their guests are not only cool during Dubai’s scorching hot days, but are entertained while they are cooling off!
Split into two areas – The Tower of Poseidon and The Tower of Neptune – there are a wide variety of slides and rides to suit the whole family, meaning no one will feel left out and the little ones can get in on the fun, too.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi
A large modern mosque situated in Abu Dhabi – the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is considered to be the country’s key site for worship and is an attraction that should be at the top of your list if you are visiting and staying in Abu Dhabi during your stay in the United Arab Emirates.
With grand and contemporary design combined with ancient craftsmanship skills, it is the perfect combination of old and new and will dazzle those who choose to visit it with all of its glorious gold details, mosaic and glass work, and elegant marble that is striking in comparison to Abu Dhabi’s bright blue sky.
Visitors can look forward to either exploring the mosque on their own in a group of eight or less individuals and see the library and take photographs, or there is the option to take a guided tour that is complimentary, enlightening, professional and interactive.
During a guided tour – which take approximately 45 minutes to complete and is led by one of their official SZGMC Tourist Guides – there is the opportunity to be guided around the mosque and gain insight into various element, including: the arts, culture and Islamic architecture.
Sharjah Arts Museum – Sharjah
One the most important museums in the country regarding the arts, the Sharjah Arts Museum, located in Sharjah, is home to the a vast and diverse collection of art, the most diverse collection in the whole of the United Arab Emirates.
Art lovers will enjoy visiting this gem, as it is recognised for its collection of art works by Arabic artists, but also showcases important pieces by European artists who specialised in painting and capturing the Arab world.
A visit this this beautiful art museum will give you insight into the history of the United Arab Emirates through a number of beautiful pieces and a visual journey that should not be missed.
Make sure to add these attractions to your itinerary if you are visiting any of the above mentioned Emirates, as they are magical and worth the time you will spend indulging in their beauty and history.
Ibtisaam is a self-diagnosed wanderlust with a healthy obsession for travelling the globe. You can find her ticking off her bucket list of places to go when she is not on the lookout for the comfiest hotel suites from Dubai all the way to Buenos Aires.