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The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.

Islamic Centers:
  
           Name    
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Center for Cultural and Social Understanding (women)
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Center for Cultural Understanding
  • Royati Family society    
  • Islamic Information Center    
  • Kalemah Center     2644115    
  • Manahel Al Khair Center        
  • Jumeira Islamic learning Center     
  • Indian Islahi Center         
  • Sunnni Cultural Center    
  • Sunni Center for Islamic Education        
  • Abu Bakr Assiddiq Islamic Center    
  • Jamia Saadiya Arabiya Indian Center       
  • Dubai Kerala Muslim Center     
  • Dubai Indain Islamic Center    
  • Malabar Islamic Center     
  • Anjuman-E-Najmi    
  • Chaina Islamic Center    
Bastakiya District

This was one of the original trading districts in old Dubai. Now famous for its delightful old houses with windtowers rectangular structures that catch the wind and circulate it around the houses.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

this house was built in 1896 as a residence for the ruling family. The traditional coral-block structure has four elegant windtowers and a large central courtyard. Carved teak wood doors, wooden lattice screens and balustrades have all been restored to former glory.

Fujairah Fort

This reputedly 360-year-old fort lies on a hill at the edge of the date gardens, surrounded by the remains of the old town houses. The fort was severely damaged in the early twentieth century by a British bombardment but has been recently restored.

Fujairah Heritage Village

Near Fujairah Fort, this heritage village has a good selection of traditional houses (‘arish) and fishing boats (shasha) made from palm fronds, providing an interesting backdrop to its living reconstruction of traditional life on the East Coast.

Jahili Fort

This large restored fort set in its own grounds is situated close to the public garden. A reconstruction of the fort, which has a distinctive corner turret with four levels or terraces.

Qasr al-Hosn

Located on Khalid bin Walid St, Abu Dhabi, the White Fort or Old Fort is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The original structure was constructed in 1793 as the official residence of Abu Dhabi’s rulers. Major renovations took place in 1983.

The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation

Situated beside Qasr al-Hosn, the foundation is housed in a delightful modern building of Islamic design with arching white colonnades, cool courtyards and restful gardens. The Cultural Foundation has an important library, theatre, cinema, lecture rooms, meeting rooms, an exhibition centre and coffee shop.

Heritage Village

Situated on a 1600 sq. metre site overlooking the Corniche, near the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi, this heritage village is run by Emirates Heritage Club. Here you can journey to the past and experience traditional life in Abu Dhabi before oil revenues altered the landscape, economically and socially.

Accommodation

Accommodation in the UAE is of a very high standard and most of the world’s top hotel chains run five-star hotels in the Emirates, the pieces de resistance being the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Burj al-Arab in Dubai. There are also a number of excellent locally run properties suitable for both tourists and business travellers. Several of the hotels are outstanding examples of modern architecture. Swimming pools, tennis courts and fully equipped health centres are the norm. Most waterfront hotels have excellent beaches and extensive watersports facilities. If your budget does not extend to a five-star hotel, there are alternatives, most also of a high standard.

Shopping

A number of huge new malls have opened in recent years. Mall of the Emirates, on Sheikh Zayed Road, featuring Carrefour, Harvey Nicholls, Aspreys and Debenhams, has 223,000 square metres of shops and an indoor ski area. Dubai Festival City near the new Business Bay bridge, houses the largest Marks and Spencers outside the UK, along with a host of designer outlets. Ibn Battuta Mall on Sheikh Zayed Road, not far from Jebel Ali, is a huge themed mall centred on the travels of a renowned fourteenth century explorer. Dubai Mall in 'Downtown Dubai' near Burj Dubai covers 351,000 square metres and Mall of Arabia being built in Dubailand is destined to be the largest in Dubai.

What to buy
  • Gold                     
  • Carpts
  • Spices
  • Fabric and Textiles
  • Traditional goods
  • Electronic goods
  • Camera Equipments
  • watches
  • Perfume, etc.
Eating

In UAE almost any type of food is available, from classic European to Pacific Rim. You can eat Mexican, Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Italian and French cooking, and more, at some of the finest restaurants in the Middle East. International fast-food chains, serving the standard fare of hamburgers, chips, pizzas etc (McDonalds’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Hardee’s, Wimpy, Dunkin’ Donut) are also located in the larger cities. Kentucky Fried Chicken seems to be a particular favourite.

Gulf and Middle Eastern food is also available in a wide variety of venues, from expensive restaurants to local cafés. Fresh fish from the Arabian Gulf is always good – try lobster, crab, shrimp, or grouper, tuna, kingfish, red snapper, grilled, stuffed, or fried with spices. But it is not just a question of variety, make no mistake the food is generally good and the standard of service is high.

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