The United Arab Emirates consist of 7 Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. All together they occupy a territory equal to Portugal. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi occupies 85% of the total area, and the area of the smallest Emirate, Ajman, is equal to 250 sq. km.
The most part of the United Arab Emirates is a lifeless desert which is the biggest in the world and reaches to the southeast part of Saudi Arabia. The coastal areas of the United Arab Emirates represent saline soils, while the northern and the eastern areas of the country amaze with the beauty of the greens and open a magnificent mountain landscape.
Abu Dhabi: this is mirror-glass skyscrapers directed towards the cloudless blue sky, huge parks and the most beautiful gardens, numerous fountains and bright spots of flower-beds and lawns, modern shopping centers and ancient markets.
Abu Dhabi is located in the southeast part of the Arabian peninsula and it is administratively divided into three regions. Here seat the majority of the ministries, educational establishments, foreign embassies, the television center, the international airport, and offices of the majority of the oil companies working in the country. The most part of the territory of Abu Dhabi consists of stony plains and sand, which is gradually covering the fertile grounds year after year. Nevertheless, here you may also find fine oases.
In the East of the Emirate there is the area with the capital in the city of Al-Ain, famous for its fertility and numerous artesian wells with the purest water. And in the south you may find a whole group of small oases with the name of Liva, the last guaranteed source of water on the border with mountain-like dunes of Rab-Al-Khali.
The city will surround you with its warmth and hospitality. Modern and comfortable hotels of Abu Dabi will open their doors to you, and will provide really royal service.
Dubai is the most picturesque city in the Near East, where modern business centers and zones of rest are harmoniously combined; with buildings in the "modernist style", of glass and steel, and ancient mosques; high-speed highways and narrow twisting streets with noisy east markets; the European and Arabian traditions.
Dubai is the second-largest Emirate with the capital of the same name, located near to Abu-Dhabi on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The city of Dubai is crossed by a gulf named Khor-Dubai, which is 10 kilometers long, and divides the city into two parts. Here you may find the very best: hotels, aqua parks, shopping centers, showrooms, museums. In Dubai, cultural and sports actions of a high international level are constantly held, and the night life is so various and interesting, that it is possible to go on without sleeping during all the time of stay in this amazing city. Tourism here is one of the basic articles of income. The government allocates huge monies for its development.
Fine parks and gardens of Dubai are scattered all over the city. Giving a small rest after the turmoil of the city, parks will provide you and your children with high-grade rest, providing children's playgrounds and pools, camel and pony rides, multi-colored gardens and well-groomed lawns, restaurants and cafeterias.
A conclusive advantage of Dubai are low trading taxes that will allow you to make here lots of pleasant and purchases which will not be a disaster for your budget.
Ras al-Khaimah mainly consists of emerald greens, warm waters of the Persian Gulf, a half-destroyed fort with watchtowers, the Old Town with narrow streets, an ancient mosque and rural houses with walls of corals, palm trunks and mango tree... It is charming and unique...
Ras al-Khaimah (which is translated from Arabian as "the head of the marquee") is the most ancient Emirate of the country located near passage Khormuz and adjoining to the Sultanate of Oman. Ras al-Khaimah includes islands, among which you may find the Big and the Small Islands of Tunb occupied by Iran in 1971. In the Old town you will see the National Museum, governmental departments, sites of archeological excavations, ancient forts and clock towers, and apartment houses. When getting to the Al Nakhil district, you will see the Court of Emir, modern schools and hospitals, the exhibition center and markets, and offices of large companies.
Emirate Ras al-Khaimah is famous for the natural sources of hot mineral water in the tourist zone of Aine Khat. The curative water comes here directly to a special pool, into which you may dive at any time.
The Emirate of Umm al-Quwain is located on the picturesque coast of the Persian Gulf, cut by various lagoons and smaller gulfs. It occupies the distance of 24 km between Sharjah in the West and Ras al-Khaimah in the East.
This small Emirate is laid on a small peninsula surrounded by a congestion of small islets. The quick development of the Emirate during the latest years has allowed it to change its image. Here appeared modern buildings, roads, parks, and conditions for high-grade recreation were fully created, and convenient highways connected the capital to typical small villages of Bedouins.
Since the city itself is small enough and compact, you may easily cross it on feet.
The central part of Umm al-Quwain is located in the depth of the quay, which has stretched along the whole peninsula. Here you will see the Palace of Emir, banks and commercial centers, and markets. Here also is located the Research Fishing Center, which assists in the development of fishing in the country. Its building is made of corals and is one of significant achievements of architecture of the Emirates.
The tourist center of Umm al-Quwain is located in a lagoon surrounded by greens and transparent water.
Fujairah is remarkable for its landscapes, emerald oases with fertile soils, small ancient settlements in valleys of mountains... And the hot sources located near the city, will help to cure rheumatism and skin diseases.
Fujairah is a practically untouched treasure of the Arabian Sea, it is located in the East part of the United Arab Emirates, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. The superb rising mountains Khajar with valleys going down directly to the sea, with a collection of ancient forts, fortresses and small caves surrounding this Emirate from different directions. The city is decorated by numerous fountains, sculptural compositions with the image of falcons, smokers of aromas, traditional coffee pots and cups.
Recreation in Fujairah is a touch of the ancient and modern Arabian culture. Numerous monuments, ancient tombs and the Portuguese forts favorably emphasize the originality and beauty of Fujairah.
It is provincially cozy and easy in seaside hotels, with sandy beaches having the finest sand, which have superb equipment with all the necessary for scuba diving and hunting, even at night. This is not in vain that Arabs still prefer Fujairah to other Emirates.
Sharjah, with picturesque green oases, majestic mountain ridges, solar beaches, a fine lagoon with coast for walks, with parks and gardens, represents a true paradise for tourists.
The magnificent and most "deserved" Emirate Sharjah is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Sharjah is a unique Emirate which has territories both in the Eastern, and in the Western parts of the country. Owing to this, its landscape varies from huge deserts to mountain chains and coastal territories, and is very interesting.
Among all Emirates, the history of Sharjah is the richest. The Arabian Gulf served for Mesopotamia as an exit to the Indian Ocean, and early trade with Persia has determined the style of a life of inhabitants of this Emirate. Being the third Emirate in size, Sharjah was a cradle of development of the coastal tribes and remained a succeeding port during many centuries.
Now, Sharjah is a surprising merger of the old and the new. Many of the best east markets are located in this Emirate and are masterpieces of the Arabian architecture and a heritage of the United Arab Emirates.
Today it is the cultural capital of the country, attracting numerous tourists by an abundance of historical and cultural values, stored in museums of the Emirate.