With its extensive development, iconic high-rise towers and world-famous beach resorts, the UAE has become a favorite tourist destination for vacations of all kind. Historic attractions such as the majestic Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi have branded the UAE as a luxury tourist destination.
The beautiful country, however, boasts more than its skyscrapers, shopping centres and sandy beaches. The various tourist attractions of the UAE offer plenty of activities, such as exploring the history of the Bedouin in the starlit desert nights, or the fortresses that protected the coast long before the dominance of the spectacular high-rise towers. For nature lovers, the peaks of Al Hajar Mountains are waiting to be explored.
One of the most prominent tourist attractions throughout the UAE is…
Burj Khalifa – Dubai
Burj Khalifa is one of the most famous buildings in the UAE and the tallest landmark in Dubai. It is not only the tallest skyscraper in the world, but also broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest structure, highest observation deck, and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.
A trip to the rooftop to see a panoramic view of Dubai is a must-do destination for most tourists visiting the city, but for those who suffer from vertigo, perhaps it’s better to take pictures from the base of the tower, rather than travelling to the top.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi
A huge modern mosque with giant carpets and incredible beauty. The mosque integrates contemporary design and craftsmanship while harmoniously blending modern techniques with old styles to create a new interpretation of Islamic architecture.
Visiting the mosque is a must on any trip to Abu Dhabi. The interior design uses large amounts of gold, mosaic tiles, glass work and huge pieces of marble, while exterior designs combine white stone that sparkle dramatically under the blue sky.
Al Hajar Mountains
Al Hajar Mountains penetrate the desert, creating a zigzag pattern at the heart of the UAE. The scenic, winding roads along the way connect the small villages of the region, making this paradise a wonderful journey in the region.
Nature lovers will find plenty of opportunities to hike, trek and watch birds, while the vast number of beautiful valleys in the area are also perfect for visitors.
Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah is an emirate with its own unique characteristics that make it different from the rest of the UAE, both when it comes to living and housing, or in terms of the number of tourist attractions and places. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the Sharjah Art Museum, which is home to a diverse variety of art collections by Arab artists and also recognized for some wonderful pieces by European painters who were dedicated to drawing the Arab world.
Jebel Hafeet – Abu Dhabi
Jebel Hafeet is an essential part of any visit to the UAE if you are looking for a fun trip. The mountain peak can be reached via a two-hour drive from either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Travel on the twisting road up the mountain, and be rewarded with a far-reaching desert view.
Al Bastakia District – Dubai
Al Bastakiya district is the last remaining part of the old Dubai and therefore should not be missed out in any visit. This small heritage area evokes the city’s past as a fast-growing trading and pearling hub, before skyscrapers took over the horizon. Narrow corridors are lined with beautifully preserved old buildings in a typical Arab architectural style.
Those who have a sense of adventure will enjoy travelling across the vast desert that embraces the coast outside the cities. There, you will find many things to do, from four-wheel drive trips and dune-buggy safaris to camel riding.
Most people plan their desert trip from Dubai, but Abu Dhabi and Fujairah are also excellent destinations for desert sightseeing. Bedouin-style dining is also a perfect choice if you want to experience the endless beauty of the desert.
They always say “there is a beach for everyone in the UAE.” You really have plenty of choices, from the city beaches along the coast of Dubai with its towering backdrop, and the golden sandy beaches of Abu Dhabi. You can also choose from beautiful stretches of sand in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
The Dhow Wharves at Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek, which carves its way through the city, is the best place from which you can experience Dubai. Just hop on one of the beautiful dhows, especially for the setpiece sunset cruises that often come with entertainment and dinner programs, to enjoy a romantic ambiance accompanied by lights of the high-rises that begin to twinkle in the dusk.
Al Badiyah Mosque – Fujairah
Al Badiyah Mosque is the oldest extant mosque in the UAE, and one of the most important historical sites in the Emirate of Fujairah. Although modest in size, this mud brick building is beautifully designed, with its original ventilation shaft patterns in the walls that are still visible till now.The whole surrounding area is an archaeological site, where many artifacts made of pottery and metal were excavated. For lovers of history, this small mosque is a must-do destination.