The United Arab Emirates is a federation of the formerly independent seven sheikhdoms of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. It has an area of about 84,000 square kilometers - three quarters of the population are "foreigners". The country is known for its openness, tolerance and hospitality which attract visitors from all over the world.
Another important factor is security - the UAE is amongst the countries with a very low crime rate which is nearly zero. The UAE offers a unique tourist infrastructure which meets even the highest requirements:
- White sand beaches with crystal clear water
- Undiscovered desert
- Innumerable shopping centers
- Historical places and museums
- Magnificent choice of hotels in all categories from luxurious to low budget
- Excellent restaurants
- Daily multiple flight connections from different airlines to various cities of the world.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE and one of the most modern cities in the world. It is the center of government and business life in the UAE. The architecture of its modern buildings and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East. Large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, state-of-the-art communication services and transport, the presence of all the international luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events provide tourists a one-of-a-kind experience all the year round.
Dubai is the main and tourism destination of the UAE and second largest emirate in the federation after Abu Dhabi. It offers various attractions for visitors and embraces a wide variety of scenery in which the tourist can experience everything, from mountains and sand dunes to green parks and sandy beaches, and from luxurious residential districts, wind-towers and ultra-modern shopping malls to ancient houses and dusty villages. It has its special personality combining deeply rooted traditions of Arabia and international lifestyle.
Sharjah is situated between Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah interrupted by the small enclave of Ajman. Its coastline runs to approximately thirty kilometers along the Arabian Gulf. Sophisticated highways connect it. The peaceful hamlets of Khorfakkan and Kalba are a major tourist attraction and provide a getaway from the hustle bustle of the city life.
Ajman is situated on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, extending over a distance of 16 km, between the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah. The town of Ajman, the capital of the emirate, lies on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. The port of Ajman is located along a natural creek (Khor) which penetrates the town.
Umm Al Quwain
Umm Al Quwain is situated between Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah on the West coast. The traditional occupation of this emirate has been fishing and date cultivation. Umm Al Quwain's attraction lies in its long clean beaches, an enclosed lagoon and public horse riding stables. Seneyah Island, one kilometer away from the town of Umm Al Quwain, is a natural reserve for a large species of birds, deer and Al Qaram trees. Now tourism in Umm Al Quwain will receive a further boost with "Dreamland" - the world's largest aqua-park.
Ras Al Khaimah
RAK's history extends into antiquity. Archeological excavations reveal that a settlement with an advanced civilization that carried on trade with the Indian sub-continent existed in this region.
Fujairah holds a unique position in the UAE. It is the only emirate that lies on the eastern side of the UAE, along the Gulf of Oman, while all the six other emirates are along the Arabian Gulf. Its clean beaches, the numerous water sports like swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep sea fishing attract tourists all round the year.