The UAE tour packages
have more to offer than just Dubai; the United Arab Emirates or UAE or only Emirates is more than just Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, and palatial beach resorts. Beyond the gloss await a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each unique with its character and allure. The seven emirates are consisting of Abu Dhabi (the capital city), Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Dubai. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is positioning itself as a culture and leisure hub. North of Dubai, Sharjah is the UAE’s art and heritage centre while Ras Al Khaimah is all about beach and adventure activities. To the east is embraced by the jagged Hajar Mountains far removed from the glamour of Dubai.
Here’s a list of some of the popular attractions that you can see and experience during your UAE tour
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One of the main pleasures of tourist life in UAE (other than shopping) is the beach. The country boasts some of the most beautiful beaches. Some beaches have gorgeous white sands, few are suitable for surfing, while some are great for water sports and fishing. Jumeira Beach in Dubai is probably the best-known tourist beach; Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah are two other beach getaways worth considering.
Ajman Beach -
A two hour and forty minutes drive (about 189 km) from Abu Dhabi, Ajman beach’s coastline is a welcome change from the more touristy beaches of Dubai. With vivid blue waters and miles and miles of calmness, Ajman beach is one of the best beaches in UAE for those looking for a crowd-free beach.
Beaches of Ras Al Khaimah -
The northernmost Ras Al Khaimah emirate boasts a wealth of beautiful beaches in UAE, which are relatively undiscovered. Those who would like to venture to its shores will be rewarded with long stretches of sun-kissed beach and bath-temperature of the Persian Gulf. There are several private beach resorts, and many of them boast natural lagoons, as well as watersport activities like body-boarding, windsurfing and banana boat rides. Exclusive Ras Al Khaimah Tour Packages
Saadiyat Beach in Abu Dhabi -
The most beautiful beaches in UAE are probably on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. This broad stretch of pristine white sand along its shore with crystal clear waters is also a nesting ground for turtles. The island is mostly frequented by affluent tourists going to beach clubs and 5-star hotels. There are yoga classes to join, water sports such as windsurfing and sailing to indulge in among activities. Customize Abu Dhabi tour package
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Jumeira Open Beach in Dubai –
Dubai’s Jumeira Beach, aka Sunset Beach, is a much-loved spot for tourists to soak the sun, swim or people watch. The white sand beach is backed by high-rise hotels (Burj Al Arab is the most iconic), and there is children’s playground, jogging track, sports facilities, and BBQ areas. The small to medium waves at the beach is also ideal for surfing for beginners. Customize Dubai tour packages
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Only in the UAE, particularly in Dubai, will you find shopping locations the size of a city. The shopping malls there are not just for shopping, but for socialising, exercising, and leisure. From high-end luxury malls to souks, the market scene of UAE will beckon you with its piquant options.
The Dubai Mall -
The world’s second largest mall also has the biggest indoor aquarium in the world. It harbours a vast number of sea animals and is one of the main attractions of the emirate. There are thousands of shops, a hundred cafes, several cinema screens, a luxury hotel and entertainment areas. Don’t forget to visit this mall on your Dubai tour
Mall of the Emirates -
World’s first shopping resort, Mall of Emirates is set apart from other malls in Dubai. A great fun-filled family outing, the mall has man-made indoor Snow Park with mountainous slopes for skiing and snowboarding, toboggan runs, climbing towers and ice cave. Where else can you find shopping along with skiing experience in the desert city?
WAFI Mall -
Art and shopping go hand in hand at WAFI Mall; going inside is like stepping into a pyramid of exquisitely beautiful artworks. Its stained glass ceilings, sculptures, or even the detailed staircase railings are worth admiring. At the mall, look for Souk Khan Murjan, traditional marketplaces where hundreds of shops sell items like handicrafts and decor from the Arab region.
Deira Perfume Souk -
Fragrance is a key hallmark of Arabian life, represented by the exotic aromas of scents that you’ll get a whiff of wherever you go. At Dubai’s Perfume Souk, you will find thousands of Arabian fragrances being sold in the form of stick, powder, crystal, rock or wood element. You can even ask for a fully customised aroma created based on your skin type and personality.
Adrenaline filled Adventures:
You are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to adventurous things to do in UAE as the options are too many. There is the longest zipline in the world in Ras Al Khaimah, you can do skydiving in Dubai over the Palm, go dune bashing in Abu Dhabi, in addition to several other choices.
Skydiving over the Palm Islands –
You are probably skydiving in one of the unique locations in the world – the beautiful coastal desert landscape of the Palm in Dubai. As you jump from the plane, you will be able to catch some breathtaking images of the Palm Islands from above, and it gets bigger and better every passing second.
Glide through the longest zip-line in the world -
Troverde, aka the world’s longest zip line, can be found in the Jebel Jais Mountains, the highest peak in Ras Al Khaimah. Nearly three km in length, you will be flying at a speed of up to 150 kph over epic views of mountains and distant views of the distant ocean. Adrenaline seekers should get this activity added in their UAE holiday packages
Kayaking at Umm Al Quwain:
One of the smallest emirates, Umm Al Quwain is a lesser explored and a quiet backwater place in the Emirati where you can try kayaking, fishing and water sports. A fishing village decade ago, Umm Al Quwain is now an ideal place to explore nature where you can hire kayaks to see the mangroves. The water is calm and easy to paddle, and you will see lots of birds too, including herons.
Dune bashing in Abu Dhabi -
The Arabic desert brings ecstasy on the golden sand with dune bashing on Abu Dhabi’s high dunes and long sand valleys. The UAE capital’s Liwa and Al Khateem desert guarantees an overwhelmingly thrilling adventure. It is often that most UAE tour packages
include dune bashing as part of the Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Package along with camel riding and jeep safari.
Snorkel at Snoopy Island:
Discover underwater life in Fujairah’s Snoopy Island about two-hour or so drive from Dubai. This tiny gem on the Indian Ocean, surrounded by pristine beaches and luxurious resorts, is popular among snorkelers and deep-sea divers for its incredibly clear coral reefs. You have a chance to encounter Parrot fish, turtles, manta rays, stingrays and shoals of reef fish.
Discover Arabian wildlife at Sir Bani Yas Island -
In the country’s remote far west lies a desert island which is a wildlife reserve conserving many native animal species. Thousands of indigenous and introduced animals including endangered Arabian oryx (a type of antelope), sand gazelles, Barbary sheep, Indian blackbuck, giraffes and cheetahs are sheltered here. The unique wildlife-viewing opportunities combined with lunarscape vistas are the significant highlights of this place.
The UAE has a long cultural history that goes back to ancient times drawn from many changing civilisations. From the nomadic Bedouin tribes, who travelled across the deserts, to the pearl harvesters along the Persian Gulf who inhabited the coastal regions for centuries, UAE’s cultural heritage is rich and unique. Dubai is dotted with art galleries, museums and theatre, Abu Dhabi has ancient forts and galleries, and Sharjah is called the Cultural Capital of the Arab World with Sharjah Fort bearing its testimony.
Unfold the treasures of Sharjah -
Sharjah is called the Cultural Capital of the Arab world. There is the historical 1823 Sharjah Fort, which is a traditional rock, coral and adobe fortification. It has been restored and converted into a museum where visitors can learn about the ruling family of Sharjah. Then you have the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum; a polished gallery where you can explore the history and evolution, and admire the beauty of Arabic calligraphy. Just 15-minute drive from Dubai and 90-minute from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah is a recommended day trip on your UAE tour
Explore UAE’s Garden City Al Ain -
Located in the eastern part of Abu Dhabi, about a half-hour drive from the capital city, Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements and UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sprawling city set amid date-palm plantations and greenery owing to the city’s oases is known as the “Garden City”. Al Ain’s reputation as a cultural hub can be attributed to Al Jahili Fort now turned museum dating back to 1891, and the 5000-year-old Hili Archaeological Park.
Learn about the nomadic Bedouin heritage -
The history of nomadic Bedouin tribes of the UAE can be traced back to 4000 years. The Bedouin ingenuity helped emerge the craft of Al-Sadu, the traditional weaving technique using camel hair and wool of goats and sheep into the fabric for blankets, carpets, pillows and decoration of camel saddles and belts. Bring home your favourite motifs. Another Bedouin cultural heritage is falconry, which used to be an important source of hunting in a resource-scarce land. Practised for more than 2000 years, today, it is one of UAE’s most honoured traditional sports.
Step inside Louvre Abu Dhabi –
UAE is the only place where the world’s second Louvre Museum lies (after Paris) in the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. It is the first universal museum of the Arab world and displays works of historical, sociological and cultural significance from ancient to the modern times. Louvre Abu Dhabi is both an architectural marvel as well as home to celebrated art collections from around the world. The museum recreates UAE’s integral cultural elements in the form of a water channel that runs through the museum, transforming the space into a refreshing oasis.
When to visit UAE
UAE is an arid nation, receiving a few days of rain a year. The summer temperatures are unbearably hot and humid, which can reach up to 50 degree Celsius or even higher. The weather from late October to mid-March is quite pleasant with temperatures ranging between 27 degrees Celsius to 15 degree Celsius. It is always sunny although rain can occur between November and February. And hence, October to March can be considered the best time to visit UAE.
How to reach UAE
Dubai is the main port of entry to UAE for international travellers. The Dubai International Airport is served by several major airlines of the likes of Dubai-based Emirates, and it has been ranked as the busiest airport for international travellers. Direct flights connect India to Dubai from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Indore, Amritsar, Lucknow, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, through Air India, Air India Express, Emirates Airlines
, flydubai, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, etc.
Abu Dhabi is another important international airport in the UAE. Airlines such as Air India Express, Air India, Etihad Airways, IndiGo, GoAir, connect cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi.