Top 7 Tourist Attractions in the UAE
From an assortment of high-rises to world renowned beach resorts, with its iconic skylines, natural marvels and jagged peaks that are ripe for adventures galore, the United Arab Emirates is a hot favourite for family vacations and destination holiday.
With a plethora of cultural activities to engage in, desert nights to enjoy and exploring its infinite forts that have guarded its coastlines, UAE’s different destinations have a lot to offer. Declared one of the best travel destinations in the world, here are some of the finest tourist attractions in UAE.
Scything through the desert creating the jagged and wild core of the UAE are the Hajar Mountains. The meandering roller-coaster roads with breath taking scenic views along the way make for a memorable road trip with plenty of opportunities to hike, trek or engage in bird-watching for adventure enthusiasts, not to mention other charming locales that include valleys and dry riverbeds.
Dubai, which is considered one of the world’s most famous tourist cities, is also known for UAE’s most popular sky rise landmark, the Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is just not the world’s tallest but also the largest free-standing structure with the highest observation deck and an elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. A trip up the Observation Deck offers gorgeous panoramic views of Dubai.
Sharjah Arts Museum
One of the most significant museums dedicated to the arts in the Emirates, the Sharjah Arts Museum houses a diverse assortment of art, recognised for its collection by Arabic artists and other pieces that are equally significant by European Artists who’ve specialized in painting the Arab world.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
An enormous modern structure renowned for its astonishing splendour, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi harnesses contemporary designs and ancient craftsmanship and represents a new version of Islamic Architecture. With its captivating gold interiors, mosaic tiles and glass work, copious amounts of marble and shimmering white stone exteriors, the mosque shines magnificently under the Emirati blue sky.
Dubai’s Bastakia quarter is one of the last remaining fragments that represents Old Dubai. A small heritage region, Bastakia evokes the gentle past of the city with its narrow lanes that are lined with gorgeously preserved buildings, most with wind-tower features, all made in typical Arabian architecture style. The area’s numerous museums allow visitors to enter houses and witness the captivating interiors in addition to the mosques and a small remnant of the Original Dubai city wall.
Umm Al Quwain
A tiny emirate draped around an island dotted cove, Umm Al Quwain is beautiful and has a retro vibe to it. Its distinct charm is evident in the sounds of its waves, where you can sail in the calm waters and enjoy the best sailing experience in the North Emirates. Across the creek is unpopulated Al Sinniyah Island which is a protected marine environment, marked for its mangrove swamp and a large gathering of Socotra cormorants.
Ajman may be the smallest of the 7 emirates but it packs quite a punch! With its incredibly beautiful beaches that are relatively empty as compared to Dubai beaches, Ajman is also renowned for its ancient history and cultural attractions, along with several customs and traditions. The Ajman museum is quite popular, set in an 18th-century fort, while the Dhow Yard is one of the most active boat building work space in the country.