The United Arab Emirates is a country that in less than a century has become a symbol of the advanced development of the East, and tourism has played an important role in this. Resorts that have grown up in the middle of the desert attract with luxury, exceptional service and unique charm that only an eastern country can have. And our tourists regularly choose holidays in the UAE, despite all the global crises.
Pros and cons of the UAE
- Developed leisure industry - for children and adults
- Possibility to relax all year round
- Active recreation, both on land and at sea
- Tradition and modernity - ancient mosques and the world's tallest skyscrapers
- Rich cultural and festival life
- Shopping for every taste
- Very expensive holiday in comparison with the same Egypt
- Prohibition - in a number of emirates, alcohol is under the strictest ban
- Extremely hot weather in summer
- Sharia is the basis of the Arab way of life, and tourists have to reckon with it
The Arab Emirates are located in the subtropical climate zone with the strongest influence of the desert. In summer, temperatures are record high, and in winter the air remains warm to the average maximum of most Mediterranean countries. Precipitation in the form of rain falls little, most of it in the winter months.
Dubai is the country's most visited metropolis by tourists, without which it is impossible to imagine a single trip to this oriental fairy tale. Giant skyscrapers, white sand beaches, buggy ride dubai and kilometers of shopping streets - all this is Dubai.
The coast of Dubai has long been a legend, if only thanks to the unique artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, which made a holiday in the Emirates truly fabulous. Among other sectors of the coast, tourists most often name:
- Al Mamzar;
The shortest guide to shopping centers in Dubai will contain several dozen names. We list the most popular complexes among tourists:
- Burjuman Centre;
- Wafi Shopping Mall;
- Mall of the Emirates.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirates, a city that has earned the right to be called the New York of the Middle East. The charm of mosques here, as in Dubai, is combined with modern business districts with nightclubs, shopping centers and boutiques.
The best beaches in Abu Dhabi are not located within the city, but on the islands or on the outskirts. Top 3 looks like this:
- Yas Island beach
- Jebel Dana;
- Al Raha.
It makes no sense to list all the outlets of the capital of the Emirates - only on the central streets there are about 2 thousand stores, without visiting which it is difficult to imagine a holiday in the UAE. Among the largest centers:
- Khalidiyah Mall;
- Marina Mall;
- Al Raha Mall;
- Mushrif Mall.
Sharjah - If you want to see a different United Arab Emirates than Dubai, Sharjah is the place to be. It is impossible to find hookah halls and "forbidden" entertainments here, but it is quite possible to walk through the richest museums and exhibition halls.
The beach areas of Sharjah are usually divided into lagoons, as in Dubai. The most famous lagoon - Al Khan - is a place of hangouts for young people and fans of extreme sports. The same can be said about Al Corniche beach.
It should be noted that Sharjah is one of the few resorts where women are given a whole Monday when no man is allowed on the beach.
Shopping in Sharjah is divided into two types: either you go to the markets, or to one of the shopping streets. There are two markets worthy of attention - the Fish Market and the Blue Bazaar. Of the shopping streets, you should definitely visit:
- King Faisal Avenue;
- Al Wadha Street.
Fujairah is the only emirate and resort city where there is no oil production, and there is not a single skyscraper. All this is compensated by valleys, unusual for Arab countries, and wide beaches with a wonderful atmosphere of privacy.
Choosing an eco-friendly vacation, the UAE can offer you the beaches of Fujairah. Even the Arabs themselves are in awe of the 90-kilometer coastline, which is so clean that turtles and dolphins regularly swim up to the shallows.
Anyone who has ever been to Fujairah knows that the famous Friday market operates in the city, which can now work at least all week. They buy here all the same carpets, hookahs and inexpensive household utensils. Bargaining is a prerequisite for the purchase. But there are few large shopping and entertainment areas in Fujairah, the whole list consists of several names:
- Fujairah Tower Mall;
- Fujairah City Centre;
- Dana Plaza;
- Century Mall.
Holidays in the United Arab Emirates are not only beaches and many hours of shopping in thousands of shops and bazaars - it is also an opportunity to buy unique souvenirs in these markets. And each such purchase will allow you to keep the memory of the trip and give friends and relatives an exclusive little thing that they are unlikely to find in their homeland.
Unlike Turkey or Egypt, only real spices are sold in the Emirates, not ground curry with dye.
Any thing made of camel skin will be the best souvenir. Yes, and the figurine of the animal itself will be considered a gift at random
Not the one that you collect yourself on the nearest beach, but a special tourist souvenir - a bottle of seven branches, according to the number of emirates included in the country
The Arabs call this word a special incense that differs from the usual sticks. These are pieces of wood or balls that do not even need to be set on fire - just heat up to a certain temperature
Visa and customs
A tourist visa is required to enter the UAE. The minimum package of documents includes the following mandatory items:
- Application form filled in English;
- Hotel booking confirmation;
- A copy of all completed pages of the international passport, the validity of which will be 90 or more days at the time of return from the country;
- Consular fee payment receipt.
How to get there
The only acceptable way for Russian tourists to get to the Emirates is by plane. Currently, direct regular and charter flights depart from the cities.
The most popular type of public transport in the Emirates is a developed network of bus routes that connect almost all cities and regions. The fares are reasonable, and the transport itself is equipped with air conditioning, and sometimes TVs.
Taxis in the country are not a luxury, and sometimes a vital necessity. An interesting fact is that private cab drivers take much less money than state taxi drivers. Everything is explained simply - you can bargain with such drivers before the passenger got into the car.
You can rent transport in the UAE, but at your own risk. Most of the road signs outside the city are in Arabic, and they can provide important information. For traffic violations, guests are fined severely, up to prison and subsequent deportation.
The official currency of the UAE is the dirham, AED. There are 100 fils in 1 dirham.
All official financial procedures in the country are carried out only in the national currency, although a number of hotels can accept both dollars and euros. But be prepared for the fact that you have to overpay for "commissions".
You can exchange money at any bank branch, but their schedule is specific - from 8:30 to 13:00. Some banks are open in the evenings, but they are few and far between.
What vacation in the UAE can do without going to local restaurants, cafes or small eateries, which will abound in any area of resort cities. For some, the local cuisine will seem too familiar, and there is a reason - many dishes repeat the recipes for dishes known in the Caucasus or other Muslim regions.
- Meshui-mushakkal is the most luxurious dish, consisting of several varieties of meat, fried in olive oil, but before that marinated using a secret technology. There are many recipes - each emirate has its own secret
- Kebab - this word, familiar to everyone since childhood, the Arabs call any meat cooked on a spit, over an open fire.
- Biryani is a kind of pilaf made from a special variety of rice. Instead of halal meat, fish can be used, and for vegetarians, a set of vegetables
- Briki - pie in Arabic. The filling is the most diverse - from red fish to shrimp
- Ash-asaraya - the most famous Arabic dessert, an analogue of cheese pies