of Abu Dhabi city most of the emirates is desert with the
exception of the oases of Al Ain and Liwa. Liwa is about a
five hour drive from the capital city and passes through
some of the largest sand dunes in the world. The oasis
itself is one of the largest in the Arabian peninsula and is
the gateway to Rub Al Khali.
Al Ain is an oasis city and the second largest in the
emirate of Abu Dhabi. Having a history dating back to the 4
millenium BC, Al Ain has grown into the modern city it is
today only since unification. Planned as a garden city, the
visitor is mesmerized the multitude of roundabouts, each
offering an unique display of water, landscaping and
sculpture. Boulevards are tree lined and there are no high
rise buildings. Al Ain is the home of UAE University, the
nations largest museum, a huge zoo and many parks, gardens
and guest houses. It is also one of the nation's leading
agricultural centres and is now serviced by a new
in the city of Abu Dhabi there is no lack of things to do.
For those wanting a taste of traditional Arab hospitality, a
visit to the National Heritage Village offers that and more
in traditional huts and tents, one can view the old,
harshway of life of the genuine pearl divers. After seeing
the ways of the past you may want to see how Abu Dhabi got
to be what it is today. For this a trip to the Petroleum
industry from composition and formation to transporting and
Dhabi also has its share of parks and gardens, world class
shopping centers, beaches (including one exclusively for
ladies), ice-skating, scuba diving. Camel racing, antique
ships and old forts. The visitor faces the delightful
dilemma of deciding on what to be done first.
Dubai is the second largest emirate and includes the desert hill town of
Hatta. While most of the emirate is uninhabited desert, the city of
Dubai is a busting metropolis mix of Arab, western and south Asian
cultures. Spoken nearly everywhere. Hindi, Farci and Urdu are also quite
prides itself on being the trade capital of the UAE; and has been
progressing to that grandeur over since Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al
Maktoum, them ruler of Dubai, decided to open it to trade and commerce
in order to establish in a secondary economic base which would supercede
the oil industry. Every avenue is sought to make Dubai an attractive
place to do business.
1996, Dubai began hosting a now annual, month long shopping Festival is
held from March to April and encompasses the entire city. Items of every
type are discounted, especially cars, jewelry and electronics. Special
events are scheduled every day, including fireworks, laser shows and
carnivals. One part of the Festival is the Carpet Oasis Expo, where you
can buy world-class carpets at substantial discounts.
Dubai Trade Center, the tallest building in the Gulf houses many
business organizations and trade commissions from around the works.
supported by the recently expanded exhibition halls, the Trade Center is
a perennial venue of Expos, including Gitex, held every fall, which is
the largest computer show in the region.
its desert location, Dubai is a spectular green city with beautiful
land-scaped roadways and roundabouts. a drive through some of the busy
interchanges is like a drive through a park. Yet its expansive parks
from a major tourist attraction. Several large parks offer beautiful
land-scaped areas for strolls, picnics and playing. Whether you are
interested in splashing at the beach, riding a camel, taking the
children on amusement rides or viewing an old desert village, Dubai
offers it all. There are several smaller parks with playground and
shaded seating areas. A few parks are for ladies and children only and
all the major parks have some days exclusively for ladies and children.
is also home to the Dubai Zoo and the Dubai Museum which incorporates Al
Fahidi Fort with a modern under ground cultural museum, which preserve,
the old Arabic way of life. Also noteworthy are the Sheikh Saeed Al
Makotoum House, the Heritage and Diving Village, the Old Spice Souk, the
Gold and Fabric Souks and Majlis Al Ghoraifa
a trek across the desert, there is the Dubai enclave of Hatta near the
Oman border. Nestled into the Hajar Mountains, Hatta offers the resort
complex of Hatta Fort Hotel where the visitor can enjoy crazy golf,
swimming, archery, clay pigeon shooting and tennis. There is also the
new heritage park that has a falaj system, or series of wells opening
into the underground water supply, a restored mosque and a village.
STRATEGIC HEART OF THE EMIRATES
is the UAEs third largest emirate and over 2,600 sq. kms.
the Arabian Gulf from the West and the Gulf of Oman from the East - its
unique position makes it one of the most geographically diverse of the
Emirates. Part of the Emirates is bordered by Dubai and Ajman on either
side, while the other part extends east of the Gulf of Oman and is doted
by three scenic cities - Khor Fakkan, al Dhaid, Dibba and Kalba.
Although spread out, Sharjah borders all other emirates in the UAE and
has some of the most diverse scenery as well as superb waterfront
areas-including islands like Abu Moosa, Seer Bunaire, Sharjah has
fertile farmlands and many off beat beautiful oases, mainly at Al Dhaid,
which is now a full-fledged city just half an hour away from metropolis
Sharjah City Center.
TOURIST DESTINATION - SINCE 1932
special strategic location at the center of the Emirates has made
Sharjah a leader in serving international traffic for the last 65 years.
Sprawling across the beaches of the Gulf of Oman, extending over a vast
area of valleys and mountains - international flights were operating out
of Sharjah's historic airport (soon to be made a museum) long before oil
was discovered in the UAE. Sharjah city is surrounded with a number of
waterfront hotels, lakefront properties and apartment buildings,
restaurants and out-standing parks - all of which makes Sharjah a
tourist attraction for people from all over the world.
HOSPITALITY AND MEMORABLE SHOPPING
is a blend of the old and new, where East and West meet with a magical
confluence which is at once sophisticated and exotic. Modern hotels
jostle for space with quaint mosques and department stores vie with
traditional souks to form together, the modern city of Sharjah. Famous
for its hospitality and blend of past with present, the Blue Souq is a
destination that no tourist in the Northern Emirates fails to enjoy for
a unique shopping experience. Nearly every tourist takes home a piece of
memorabilia, a fine carpet, finely worked brass and copper utensils or
exquisitely finished brass inlaid wooden furniture and items from
Sharjah's famous souqs - a trip that has to be made!
- DEDICATED TO HERITAGE CULTURE AND EDUCATION
majestically, the cultural and educational landmarks that cover the
emirate give a clear picture of modern city that has kept traditional
is widely considered to be the cultural capital of the UAE and the Gulf
region, and has consistently dedicated its resources to establishing an
enviable life style for its citizens with solid values at the very core
of all future planning.
hosts (9) world class museums including the outstanding new Art Museum,
home of a significant Orientalist art collection with unique pieces of
art with historical significance on the UAE. The Science Museum and
Children's Learning Center are a must for families as is the Natural
History Museum and petting zoo. The Archeology museum houses ancient
artifacts in an outstanding setting, as does the Islamic Museum. Fine
cultural centers offering film festivals, public lecture series. public
and private schools are all part of the living landscape in Sharjah.
new Higher College of Technology, the full curricula American University
of Sharjah, training centers, schools and outlets for the handicapped,
sports fields and dedicated clubs for women all make Sharjah a haven of
culture backed by a dynamic, modern infrastructure.
- A LOT OF GOOD REASONS TO SMILE
famous roundabout landmark "SMILE YOU ARE IN SHARJAH" has been
a visible reminder of a saying that started a long time ago. Whether for
tourism or choosing a great place of live - Sharjah is a beautiful
modern city - friendly, safe and secure with an offshore tax base, great
facilities, schools, shopping, green parks and clean streets.
over to Sharjah - relax, smile have a coffee and enjoy yourself in a
mo9dern oasis of peaceful fun.
the Emirates, Fujairah is the only one located on the Gulf of Oman
rather than the Arabian Gulf. Whereas the other emirates are comprised
of coastline, plains and desert, Fujairah ahs only a narrow coastal
strip at the edge of its mountainous terrain.
to the formation of the UAE and the subsequent development of
infrastructure, Fujairah was very isolated from the rest of the country,
With the construction of the first all weather road through the
mountains twenty years ago, it has been opened to the rest of the
country and has some of the most scenic highways in the country.
Fujairah has invested in its unique geography to develop tourism as an
industry. You can enjoy unspoiled beaches and some of the best deep sea
fishing, with game species like marlin and shark awaiting the angler
Port, completed in 1882, is a regular port of call for container ships.
It is a main holding station for sheep and cattle for the Arabian
peninsula at the port. An international airport also services the
assistance from the central government and foreign investors, a number
of small industries have been established including a marble tile
factory, a shoe factory and a cement factory.
is home to a many old Portuguese forts and watchtowers including
Fujairah Fort, built in 1670. There is also a new museum and Ain Al
Madab Garden equipped with natural spring and sulfuric bath.
smallest of the seven emirates is Ajman with an area of just 260 square
kilometers. Most of this is located on the Arabian Gulf coast
immediately north of Sharjah. However, it also includes two tiny
enclaves inland in the Hajar Mountains " Masfut and Manama.
excavations show that Ajman was once an important Bronze Age settlement
is now…..more of fishing villages recent centuries. With unification
as the United Arab Emirates, Ajman has benefited from the development in
Sharjah and Dubai, which has pushed towards this tiny emirate. Many
people working in the cities have found Ajman to be a quieter and less
expensive place to live.
has not yet been successful in the search for oil and natural gas
resources. This has limited its ability to develop on a graniose scale
but it has been working towards development of light industry and houses
an important dockyard.
the charm of Ajman is its slow, quiet pace. It is home to the Ajman
Museum, a local history and heritage museum, housed in a 200 residence
of the ruler. It is best known for being the largest ocean-going dhow
construction centre. Here dhows are still built using time-honoured
techniques along the shore, providing an insight for the visitors into a
the northern-most portion of the U.A.E. and lying at the foot of the
Hajar Mountains, close to the Strait of Hormuz, Ras Al Khaimah is an
important port, fishing and agricultural centre.
this Emirate was dependent upon traditional forms of employment such as
fishing and agriculture but since unification, a great deal of effort
has been put into modernizing these. At Digdagga Lhaimah, is a modern
agricultural farm, also equipped to meet the dairy and poultry needs.
The industrial sector has not been ignored and though small, it is now
include raw materials such as building stone quarried from the
mountains, explosives and pharmaceuticals.
Al Khaimah has also discovered a limited but important oil field, the
Saleh off-shore oil field. Its production of 10,000 barrels per day has
enabled Ras Al Khaimah to enhance its growth and development.
Al Khaimah has a museum covering archaeology, ethnology and history.
There is also the archaeological site at Shimal khatt.
off the main coastal highway, Umm Al Quwain is a small peninsular
emirate and city. Isolated and poor in the years preceding discovery of
oil and national unification, it has come a long way in developing its
infrastructure and business opportunities since the past 26 years.
Ahmed bin Rashid offers an international standard port with four quays
ranging from 115 meters to 400 meters. It is also the location of the
Free Zone, which was established in 1987. Here foreign companies are
offered great incentives. The aim is to set up 34 light industrial units
with accommodation for personnel and catering facilities all the expense
of the Umm Al Quwain government.
Al Quawain has an excellent transport and telecommunications system, a
modern hospital and a local radio station. It is also developing its
historic towers and forts and tradition of horse and camel racing into
huge entertainment complex has recently been completed that covers an
area of over 250,000 sq. meters along the coast into a garden and water
park called Dreamland Aqua Park. It is one of the largest water parks in
the world and provides water games. Rides, and picnic areas. In
addition, the park has a souk containing many sh9ops, restaurants and
fast food outlets. Dreamland offers a quality family destination for the
interesting sites to explore are the mangrove swamps, the gorgeous
national park, the famous archaeological site at Ad Door, the horse
riding club and the scuba diving facility.