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Welcome to United Arab Emirates

When you think of the United Arab Emirates, you likely think of its blockbuster, over-the-top city: Dubai. With the world's tallest building, man-made islands, an aquarium big enough for scuba-diving, and indoor ski slopes, there's no shortage of experiences to check off and sights to see. But beyond the glitz and glamor of this shiny, new city, there's another side to the United Arab Emirates, which existed long before Dubai started booming. Explore the Hajar Mountains, towering over the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah; or visit the hub of culture and athletics in Abu Dhabi, the capital, with highlights including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the museums at Saadiyat Island. Get to grips with art and heritage in Sharjah via visits to the Grand King Faisal Mosque, Souk Al Arsa, and the Heritage Village. No trip to the UAE is complete without a foray out into the desert, whether it's dune-bashing, riding a camel, or experiencing a cultural presentation under the protection of a luxury tent. Luckily, many of these experiences can be combined on a desert day tour. Finally, for relief from the hot, sandy desert, travelers can head to the Gulf of Oman for swimming and other water activities, visit the Aquaventure Waterpark, or experience the indoor Ski Dubai snow park.

Top 15 attractions in United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Carved along the Gulf shoreline south of Dubai’s The Palm island, Dubai Marina is a skyscraper-packed waterfront community that’s one of the city’s swishest residential and leisure hotspots. At its heart is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) waterway framed by residential blocks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.More
Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Jutting into the Persian Gulf from southern Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and ringed by a crescent-shaped breakwater. The world’s biggest artificial island, it draws visitors to its palatial hotels, theme parks, and shopping malls.More
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The massive, white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the central place of worship for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, accommodating roughly 40,000 people. Highlights inside include white marble columns with mother-of-pearl engravings, expansive Iranian carpets, and intricate crystal chandeliers.More
Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates’ history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline. Dioramas and artifacts convey what daily life was like for Dubai’s earliest communities, while life-sized re-creations of the city’s early souks and wharfs bring the past to life.More
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The race car–themed Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi features 20 rides and attractions—everything from the toddler-friendly carousel of Ferrari prototype cars to cutting-edge racing simulators that will please older kids and teens. The largest indoor theme park in the world is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, a hydraulic-powered thrill ride that sees visitors strapped into a Ferrari Formula One-like coaster car and launched at speeds of up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour.More
Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai’s internationally famous Gold Souk has its roots in the 1940s, when Indian and Iranian traders began setting up stalls in the area. Today, it’s one of the world’s busiest jewelry markets, with hundreds of shops and stalls selling just about everything that glitters—namely, gold. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through the souk, with a whopping 10 tons for sale in the market at any given moment.More
Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Running along the northwest side of the city, the Corniche (also known as Corniche Road) is a stretch of land on the waterfront perfect for a stroll or bike ride. The 5-mile (8-kilometer) promenade has dedicated cycling and pedestrian areas as well as family-friendly beaches, children’s play areas, cafes, restaurants, and shopping.More
Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Opened in 2005, the 5-star Emirates Palace hotel is one of Abu Dhabi’s top attractions for its sheer scale and grandeur. The multi-domed luxury hotel, part of Kempinski Hotels, sits on the beachfront in palm-sprinkled gardens and makes a lavish retreat for guests and a must-see for Abu Dhabi visitors.More
The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

The world’s largest shopping mall by area, The Dubai Mall boasts a huge range of attractions—making it a full-blown UAE entertainment destination. At the heart of Downtown Dubai, this 4-level colossus houses around 1,300 stores, plus restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the Burj Khalifa.More
Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Tucked into Dubai’s Deira district just north of Dubai Creek, the Dubai Spice Souk offers some of the city’s most rewarding shopping. Here, covered alleyways brim with stalls that sell all manner of Arabian and Asian spices, herbs, and delicacies, making the souk ideal for souvenir hunters and anyone hoping to get a sense of old Dubai.More
Bur Dubai Village

Bur Dubai Village

Located south of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is one of Dubai’s oldest districts, with a traditional atmosphere to match. Extending from Al Raffa in the west to Al Jaddaf in the east, it’s home to an array of sights, from the Bastakia Quarter—also called the Al Fahidi Historic District—to souks, parks, and several top museums.More
Louvre Abu Dhabi Tours

Louvre Abu Dhabi Tours

Opened in 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi stands on Saadiyat Island near central Abu Dhabi. A collaboration between the United Arab Emirates and France, this museum’s stunning, filigreed metal dome draws visitors in to view a collection of artworks and artifacts designed to chart the story of the world’s civilizations.More
Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Running about 15 miles (25 kilometers) along Dubai’s Persian Gulf coast, Jumeirah Beach is a go-to for sun and surf lovers. Named after Dubai’s nearby residential Jumeirah district, the beach extends from Jumeirah Mosque in the north to Palm Jumeirah in the south, and includes of a string of private sections and public beaches.More

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Top activities in United Arab Emirates

Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
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Dubai Helicopter Tour

Dubai Helicopter Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in United Arab Emirates

Amazing Tour, Amazing Value
Shannon_T, Jun 2022
Abu Dhabi City Tour - Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Museum Entrance
And the value was great for everything we got to see and do.
Memorable Family Experience
Jessica_D, Jun 2022
Dubai Overnight Safari, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
So many activities in one setting.
Great tour
Danessa_L, May 2022
Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai
Just note to travelers that you will only be seeing the outsides of attractions, not entering except for the Grand Mosque.
Best Tour Experience
Lawrence_H, Mar 2022
Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride, and Shows
He made us feel as though we were old friends who came to visit.
AWESOME tour with Gigi
Marta_B, Mar 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Abu Dhabi Louvre and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Got to see Sheik Zayed Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Great tour led by a fantastic guide, Haseeb!
CYNTHIA_K, Feb 2022
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Great day trip to AD to see both the magnificent Grand Mosque and Louvre.
Great tour, highly recommended
Marc_L, Aug 2022
Dubai to Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque & Qasr Al Watan Palace by OceanAir™️
We had three days in the UAE, so we decided to do this tour to get to see some highlights of Abu Dhabi (we were staying in Dubai).
Highly Recommend! Ask for Rasheed such a great driver!
James_H, Jul 2022
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
The activities provided on the tour were great from the quad bikes, camel ride and sand boarding.
Fantastic Day in Abu Dhabi
Ryan_C, May 2022
Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
If you’re looking for those attractions, book a tour that takes you there as the main attraction.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was absolutely stunning!
Kona_K, May 2022
Abu Dhabi Day Tour From Dubai
This tour was perfect as I got to see many places of just Abu Dhabi.
Amazing day
Lara_D, Apr 2022
Abu Dhabi Tour with Louvre Museum Tickets
He would drive us in Abu Dhabi to see everything even more than what we expected.
A must do!
Mahum_M, Mar 2022
Dubai: Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
Everything was organized, , they picked and dropped us off from our hotel, the tour guides were well-mannered, the activities were exciting, etc.
Luxury Trip to Abu Dhabi
Nikole_A, Mar 2022
Abu Dhabi with ferrari private Tour - A journey to The Capital
It was Great to visit Abu Dhabi from Dubai in this tour!
Amazing day trip
LinekeWang_S, Nov 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Would highly recommend to everyone who wants to see these key sights and learn about the history too.
The Best Way to Explore Jumeirah
Muhammad_U, Nov 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
The tour stopped at every site to see in the area and the two guides explained the significance of each area and were extremely knowledgeable.
Good excursion to see Dubai
Aleksandr_G, Sep 2021
Old and Modern Dubai City tour with Dubai Frame Tickets
That's a good experience if you want to see the main sights of Dubai.
Very Good Tour
Philip_P, Apr 2021
Sharjah and Ajman (Cultural & Themes tours)
We got to see parts of UAE that are not all big buildings.
Great highlight tour of Abu Dhabi
Paul_G, Mar 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
Great tour to see a lot of the sites in Abu Dhabi.
Enjoyable experience for a very fair price
cmontesinos, Feb 2020
Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
We had plenty of time to visit the Grand Mosque, which was definitely the highlight of the trip.
Excellent tour of Abu Dhabi
Albert_M, Jan 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour
He enabled us to see all we required and more avoiding long queues.
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