The United Arab Emirates, which comprises seven countries within a large country, has become one of the world's most tourist destinations. Its popularity has only increased with cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, adding massive glass skyscrapers, beach resorts, shopping centres, luxury hotels and all types of attractions for families, individuals and couples. However, each Emirate has a distinct offering to discover.
The UAE's Geography and Landscape:
The UAE is located in the Middle East, between Oman and Saudi Arabia, bordering the Oman Gulf and the Persian Gulf. It is located in a strategic position slightly south of the Hormuz Strait, a crucial transit route for crude oil worldwide.
Seven Emirates of the UAE:
The United Arab Emirates, abbreviated as the U.A.E, is comprised of seven emirates.
Visiting Places in the UAE:
Dubai is the most tourist destination in the UAE. Now a thriving city with great skyscrapers and there is lots to see and do. In Dubai, you can go shopping, enjoy activities like skydiving, water sports and relax in the Burj Khalifa – the world's tallest building– at any of the beautiful hotels.
The Hajar Mountains are a paradise for nature lovers where birds and wildlife watching are popular with hiking or off-road driving.
The capital city of Abu Dhabi is a vibrant city with fascinating attractions, architecture, shops, beaches, and luxury hotels. The deserts, with panoramic views of dunes, historic sites, and the top of Jebel Hafeet, are iconic day trips from Abu Dhabi.
The Emirates such as Sharjah, Fujairah, and Umm Al-Quwain less visited are not to be ignored – mainly to discover the region's history and heritage. Historic relics such as old forts have also been restored in each of these areas, and monuments show the country's history. For a perfect getaway, each Emirate has its hotels, resorts, beaches and other attractions.
On December 2, 1971, the UAE was established as an autonomous federation, comprising six countries: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah.
Language, Customs & Community:
While Arabic is the UAE's official language, English is commonly spoken and recognized. Due to the UAE's sizeable expatriate population, various other languages are widely spoken, including Persian, Hindi, Urdu, and Chinese.
Emiratis in the United Arab Emirates are mainly Sunni Muslims, and Sharia (Islamic) law governs all social and political matters. However, the UAE is compassionate of other religions and allows its expatriate community religious freedom.
Family is vital in the UAE culture and is focused on the values of Emirati tribal family for many years. Children are highly appreciated, and families are close to each other and prefer to live in the same place. The 'UAE National Charter 2021' was adopted in February 2010 and seeks to improve family relationships and uphold traditional marriage principles.
The UAE's cuisine is the product of a long history of evolving civilizations. Because a significant proportion of the Emirates is located on the Persian Gulf coast, fish and seafood are a substantial part of the UAE diet. No Muslims consume pork, but other meats are preferred, like lamb, goat, and chicken.
Stuffed camel is a national dish made from an ancient Bedouin recipe that has been modified over time. Shawarma is a popular dish that consists of spit-roasted meat served with a variety of ingredients. Harees is a popular dish served frequently during the festivals of Ramadan and Eid.
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