Twenty years ago, no one thought of traveling to the UAE for pleasure. Today, the UAE is at the very top as far as leisure travel goes. We can give you any number of reasons to visit UAE, right from getting an eyeful of the stupendous Burj Khalifa to gazing in awe at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Talk about being an international shopping and foodie destination as well! Whether you plan on exploring Dubai, the city of joy, or Sharjah, or Abu Dhabi or Fujairah, there is many delights in store for you. Here are several solid reasons why you should visit the UAE right away.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Standing proud and majestic at a spectacular height of 829 meters, the Burj Khalifa is totally without rival in the world for its incredible views. There are two observatory decks – one on the 125th floor and one on the 148th floor. Visit UAE, and you can you can enjoy unparalleled views of Dubai and surroundings the Burj Khalifa.
Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai
One of Dubai’s oldest water parks, the Wild Wadi Water Park is based on the Arabian folk theme of Sinbad and his 40 sailors. Several other water parks have come up in Dubai since then, but the Wild Wadi Water Park is still one of the most popular Dubai attractions.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is sheer poetry in Macedonian marble and gem stones. Designed with multiple domes and minarets, this mosque is home to the world’s largest carpet and the world’s largest chandelier.
The World Map Islands, Dubai
This incredible artificial archipelago is located near the Palm Jumeirah Islands. It comprises of a number of small islands constructed in the shape of various continents, joined together to form the world map. It is best to view this incredible sight from the air.
Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi
Jebel Hafeet is the tallest peak in the Hajar Mountain range. You can trek or drive up to the top and enjoy some of the most incredible desert panoramas in the world. The Jebel Hafeet is one of the most natural UAE attractions.
Dubai’s souqs are truly impressive, selling everything from piles of 24-carat gold to spices, carpets, silks, jewellery, food and much more. Check out the fragrant spice souqs in Bur Dubai and the carpet souqs in Deira. There’s also a huge gold souq at the Emirates Mall and in other places in Dubai.
Don’t forget to sign up for a desert safari, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi’s famous Liwa Desert, or Dubai’s desert or the tall red dunes of Fujairah’s desert. You can enjoy various desert sports – camel riding, dune bashing, sand boarding, quad biking and more. Sign up for the overnight or evening desert safari and you get to enjoy one of the best dinners of your life as well.
The Corniche, Abu Dhabi
The Corniche is a 6 kilometre long seaside boardwalk in Abu Dhabi, which is the place to see and to be seen in the city. The Corniche is a wonderful place to walk and take in the sights of the city. There are several entrances to the beach as well from the Corniche, including special beaches for kids and women. The Corniche is one of the best places to visit in UAE.
Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the only Ferrari-themed amusement park in the world which has fearsome rides such as the Formula Rossa, the longest and loopiest rollercoaster in the world. Yas Waterworld is Abu Dhabi’s spectacular water park with plenty of incredible rides, thrills and splashes.
This lovely saltwater creek cuts through Dubai, dividing it into Bur Dubai and Deira. On the Bur Dubai side, you’ll find the historical neighbourhood of Al Fahidi, or Bastikaya as it was called. This area gives you a glimpse into the Dubai that was before all the glamour. Take a dhow cruise on the Dubai Creek and appreciate the views on both sides – one of the top things to do in UAE.
Palm Jumeirah Islands, Dubai
The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago, created by reclaiming land from the sea. It is shaped like a palm trees, complete with multiple fronds that reach out in a circular shape. The Palm Jumeirah is so spectacular; it can even be seen from outer space.
The Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall with more than 1200 retail outlets, 1000+ eateries and a number of other attractions. The mall includes an Ice Rink, a 22 screen multiplex cinema, and the Dubai Aquarium, the most spectacular aquarium in the world.
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Jumeirah Beach is a pristine, white sand beach that’s very popular with tourists. From this beach, you can get a fantastic view of the Burj Al Arab. The Jumeirah Beach stretches a long way, providing incredible opportunities for water sports, swimming, beach bumming, and a whole lot of beach fun.
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is set on the spectacular 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountain shoots water jets up to 500 feet, illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 coloured projectors. The fountains spread over 1,000ft in length and perform according to a range of classical, contemporary, Arabic and world music.
Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo is 400-hectares large, located at the very foothills of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains in Abu Dhabi. The zoo is divided into various geographical zones, with each zone containing animals belonging to that geographical destination.
Ski Dubai is the world’s largest indoor ski resort. It spans an area of 22,500 square meters. Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates; it is maintained at a steady temperature of -2 degrees. There are several slopes of varying difficulty, including the world’s first indoor black diamond run.
Burj Al Arab
The spectacular 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab is one of the most recognizable buildings in Dubai. Non-guests are not allowed inside the hotel, so if you want to check out the hotel’s insides, we recommend taking high tea at the SkyView bar in the Burj. This gives you the chance to explore the hotel.
Al Ain Oasis, Abu Dhabi
The Al Ain Oasis is the largest oasis in the UAE. It is the perfect place to spend a day enjoying the cool oasis, with its date palm plantations and verdant green landscapes. The oasis is spread over 1,200 hectares, and contains over 147,000 date palms 100 or more varieties.
Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Island is Abu Dhabi’s cultural district. The most notable thing about Saadiyat Island is the presence of the world’s second Louvre, the largest art museum of the Middle East. There’s also the second Guggenheim museum designed by Frank Gehry, which is yet to open.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts comprises of 5 zones – Bollywood Parks, LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Waterpark, MotionGate Dubai, and Riverland Dubai. It is one of the largest and most spectacular theme parks in the world. The Dubai Parks and Resorts is so expansive, it’s well worth obtaining a UAE visa just to visit it.
The UAE has everything a traveller might desire – pristine environment, clean surroundings, fabulous attractions and excellent food. So the next time you pack your bags for a holiday, be sure that it’s tickets to the UAE that you’ve got in your little travel pocket.
About the author
Priya is an avid traveller who loves exploring different holiday destinations and shares her experience as a travel blogger. She believes in enjoying the present moments of her life to the fullest and loves adventurous travel.