Introduction

The Gulf State of the United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates, all of which are exciting to visit and a bit different to one another. The largest cities are the capital of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but the oasis city of Al Ain and other cities also have nice sights worth driving for.

Abu Dhabi is home to the president of the Emirates, and here you can see the famous hotel, Emirates Palace, next to the Presidential Palace. The city has been dominated by growth in recent years, but the city's old fort can still be seen between the high-rise buildings on a nice stroll though the city center.

Many arrive to Dubai Airport as the start of their journey to the Emirates. As in Abu Dhabi, there are many interesting modern buildings with The Frame and Burj Khalifa as some of the best known in the city of Dubai. You can also explore the city's old souks where gold is abundant.

The country is located on the Arabian Peninsula and is dominated by beautiful deserts with both endless sand dunes and barren mountains. The landscape can be seen on a drive inland to, for example, the large and interesting city of Al Ain, whose oases are listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Biggest cities
  • Dubai: 2,976,455
  • Abu Dhabi: 1,807,000
  • Sharjah: 1,274,749
  • Al Ain: 766,936
  • Ajman: 226,172
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • Date varies: Eid al Fitr
  • Date varies:  Arafah Day & Eid Al Adha
  • Date varies: Hijri New Year
  • December 1: Memorial Day
  • December 2-3: National Day
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates

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Practical info
  • Official Name: United Arab Emirates.
  • Capital:  Abu Dhabi.
  • National anthem:  Īšiy Bilādī.
  • Languages: English, Arabic
  • Population (2018): 9,599,353
  • Primary religion: Islam
  • Currency: Dirham (AED)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .ae
  • Phone code: +971
  • Time Zone:  UTC + 4
  • Power and plugs: 220 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, G
Geography
  • Area: 83,600 km² / 32,278 sq mi
  • Highest point: Jabal Yibir 1,727 m / 5,666 feet
  • Largest island: Abu al Abyad 306 km² / 195 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North:  Persian Gulf. South:  Saudi Arabia. East:  Oman. West:  Saudi Arabia.
Celebrities
  • Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh and President, 1918-2004
  • Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,  President, 1948-
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh, 1949-