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United Arab Emirates Travel Guide

Travel Guide

The United Arab Emirates is situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia; it is in a location along southern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil.with a view of the desert landscape on the outskirts of Dubai
The mountainous region in the north

The UAE lies between 2250' and 26 north latitude and between 51 and 5625' east longitude. It shares a 530-kilometer border with Saudi Arabia on the west, south, and southeast, and a 450-kilometer border with Oman on the southeast and northeast. The land border with Qatar in the Khawr al Udayd area is about nineteen kilometers in the northwest; however, it is a source of ongoing dispute.The total area of the UAE is approximately 77,700 square kilometers.

Tourism
According to the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) the UAE ranked 18th in the world in terms of international tourism competitiveness which is benchmarked against the following criteria: safety and security, health and hygiene, infrastructure, information and communication, technology, price competitiveness, human capital, cultural and natural resources, air and ground transport, preordination of tourism and policy rules and regulations. The positive effects of the tourism sector on the UAE's economy are reflected in the fact that one in every 8.5 percent of jobs are travel and tourism related. This is expected to increase to 9.1 percent by 2016.

People
People of uae are good and friendly Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, and visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people here. To Arabs the family unit is very important, and elders are respected for their experience and ability to give advice. It is very much a male-dominated society, but women often hold all the power within the home, responsible for the welfare of large extended families. Many generations will live together in the same house.


Climate
The country experiences a desert climate and has very dry and hot weather. Sun is shining all through the year in UAE. Travelers to UAE should plan their trip in the best season of the country. Summers are not the ideal time for leisure visits to UAE. April to September is the span of summer. During this time temperature in UAE rises to as far as 50 degree centigrade. During the winter the temperature can go down to as low as 14 degree.

Customs
An Islamic greeting ( al-salam alaykom )is the most appropriate, and men follow this with a quick nose-to-nose touch while shaking hands. Women greet each other by kissing several times on both cheeks. Men normally do not shake hands with women in public. It is customary to ask about the health of a person and his or her family several times before beginning light conversation. Refreshments usually are served before serious matters are discussed.

It is customary not to use first names but to say "father or mother of (oldest son)." Respect and courtesy are shown to elders, and in their presence young men are expected to listen more and speak less. Sex segregation is still evident in social life. Men are entertained in majlis (large living rooms, often with a separate entrance), while women entertain friends in the home. It is customary to take off one's shoes before entering a private house.

Relegion
Islam dominates all aspects of life. Most Emiratis are members of the Sunni sect. Matters relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance, economics, politics, and personal conduct are affected by Sharia (Islamic) law.

Festivals

Some of the major festivals in Dubai are:

    * Eid-ul-Adha & Hajj
    * Ramadan
    * Eid Al Fitr
    * National Day Festival
    * Dubai International Film Festival
    * Dubai Shopping Festival

Food:

  • Arabic Mezze:
  • Falafel:
  • Kebab Kashkash
  • Pork
UAE cuisine

The popular cuisines of UAE  reflects it Arabic heritage. Arabic food is generally a mixture of different foods and flavors. It is served with different types of bread and a huge platter of fresh salad and vegetables.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Palm Islands & the World
  • Burj Al-Arab
  • Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)
  • Dubai Museum
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House
  • Dubai Souk
  • Bastakia Quarter (Bur Bastakia)
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Children's City
  • WonderLand
  • Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (04 3937139).
  • Fujairah Fort
  • Fujairah Heritage Village
  • Jahili Fort
  • Qasr al-Hosn
  • The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
  • Heritage Village
Museums:

Al Ain Museum
Run by the Department of Antiquities and Tourism It has two sections, archaeological and ethnographical.

The Dubai Museum
Museum housed in Al-Fahidi Fort it contains local antiquities along with artefacts from many African and Asian countries which traded with the Emirates.

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