Why visit the UAE? 10 great reasons for a vacation there

United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The United Arab Emirates is renowned for the endless sunshine, the golden sand dunes that roll for miles and some of the most ambitious, luxurious buildings of the modern era.

But not all super-high skyscrapers and shifted sands. The country, founded 47 years ago by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, today hosts more than 200 nationalities and a world leader in many fields.

Every year, we welcome millions of tourists from around the world to explore the rich and varied experiences of our Arabic jewelery.

Here are 10 things the UAE does when traveling here:

Keeping you safe

Day or night, the UAE is extremely safe.

Day or night, the UAE is extremely safe.


Are you an anxious traveler? You do not have to worry about being in the UAE.

Not surprisingly, over the past two years, Abu Dhabi has overtaken cities such as Vienna and Tokyo to vote for the world's safest online Numbeo index.

And we would like to keep it that way, so you will have to go through an extremely strict customs system to visit us.

Say laughter to 944 control systems, including 23 drug and explosion detectors and 700 radioactivity detectors as you pass through Dubai International Airport.

Connect to the world

Dubai airport

Connection to the World: Dubai International Airport.

Courtesy of Dubai International Airport

For such a new country, the UAE has climb quickly on the ladder to become one of the most important and thriving air hubs in the world.

The strategic position of the UAE between Oman and Saudi Arabia makes it ideal for connecting Western-oriented travelers to the East and vice versa.

Dubai International Airport is ranked as the busiest airport for international travelers for four consecutive years, with more than 88 million passengers going through it last year. This is almost 10 times the number of inhabitants (9.4 million).

They do not just pass, though. Travelers can enjoy facilities such as a five star hotel, an outdoor pool and a Zen garden – all without leaving the airport.

Yes, other international air hubs are now being built to compete with us, but we have also planned to expand Dubai airport to handle a whopping 220 million passengers by 2050.

So if you're looking for the new Dubai, it's Dubai.

Shopping malls to rule them all

Only in Dubai: Shopping and skiing in the desert.

Only in Dubai: Shopping and skiing in the desert.


Surely we have rolling dunes and all kinds of activities, but there is no one remote from the fact that it is very hot out there.

With a tropical desert climate, most of our time is spent indoors in the comfort of air conditioning, especially during wet summer days.

This is precisely why shopping centers in the UAE are designed not only for shopping but for friends, exercise, relaxation, and shopping.

Mall of the Emirates in Dubai has an indoor ski park with the world's largest indoor ski slope on a closed 85-meter mountain.

He also has real-life penguins.

The Dubai Mall, the second largest in the world, has the largest indoor aquarium in the world, hosting over 33,000 marine animals and is one of Dubai's main tourist attractions.

Adventures that they remember

CNN's Becky Anderson is touring the new World Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi, one of the largest indoor theme parks ever built.

Shopping centers are not the only ones that can keep travelers busy.

Take, for example, Warner Bros. World of Abu Dhabi. The largest indoor theme park in the world, includes six blue lands to explore – including the reputation of Gotham City of Batman. The Warner Bros. shares the same parent company with CNN – WarnerMedia of AT & T.

Museum lovers and culture seekers will appreciate Sharjah, the home of Sharjah Fort. A royal residence dating back to 1823, the coral stone building has been restored and transformed into a history museum where visitors can learn about the defense tactics of the Sarkozy government.

Situated in the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is where we go to dive and enjoy some rays.

Back in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world and an architectural marvel with white domes, large chandeliers and marble-lined columns.
But for those travelers looking for things to do and not just to see, you can not beat the wildlife adventure on Sir Abu Dhabi's Sir Bani Yas Island. If you are lucky, your visit to the Arabian Wildlife Park will lead to careful excavations of the giraffes, cigarettes and gazelles.

Appropriate food for rights

Al Muntaha Dubai Restaurant

Al Muntaha Dubai Restaurant: One of the impressive homes of the OAE's excellent restaurants.

Gracious offer Al Muntaha

The country is known in the Arabian region for the growing scene of her restaurant, and with good reason. You can not find a better tea tea than any number of local chai cafes, and these are the places to rest your feet and relax in the heavily air-conditioned area when you need a break from the desert.

We may not be on the map like, say, in Paris, but we are sure you will not be disappointed by our luxurious dining choices.

Famous international chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Jamie Oliver have opened up world class restaurants that have raised our food.

Residents of the United Arab Emirates are an important part of the dining room scene. Some local restaurateurs and businessmen even get their international brands.

Amateur businessman Shayma Fawwaz, founder of the famous local Gossip Café, opened MlkCake from Gossip in London's Covent Garden in 2017, though there is nothing like the original cafes of the UAE Gossip.

Ministries to improve the quality of life

Sheikh Luba Al Qasimi was the first UAE Tolerant.

Sheikh Luba Al Qasimi was the first UAE Tolerant.

Sheikha Luba Al Qasimi

The United Arab Emirates hosts many of the world's first and largest and extends to government affairs, with the appointment of the Minister of Artificial Intelligence and the Minister of Tolerance – the first roles of their kind in the world.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rassid Al Maktoum, prime minister and head of Dubai, says the introduction of a Tolerance Minister will help in "spiritual reconstruction."

AI's appointment is part of the country's ambitious effort to be at the forefront of technological progress, save billions of dollars in infrastructure and growth, and improve the quality of life of people worldwide.

Do not get the word about it, however – go out for a visit to yourself and see what you think about the way of life in the UAE.

Architecture in awe

The Abu Dhabi Capital Market Gate is the world's most towering tower at 18 degrees west - four times compared to the virtual tower of Pisa.

The Abu Dhabi Capital Market Gate is the world's most towering tower at 18 degrees west – four times compared to the virtual tower of Pisa.


The first thing to see when you get to Dubai is the spectacular skyscrapers that adorn the Sheikh Zayed Road on both sides.

They light up in the sky at night and make you want your smartphone to make the dazzling fairness of the scene.

The tallest building in the world, in fact, is in the UAE (adding to the ever-increasing list of superlatives): Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

But its overlapping with the impressive factor can only be the Abu Dhabi capital gateway – the most tower in the world at 18 degrees to the west, four times that of the virtual tower of Pisa.

These buildings serve as artwork for the architect of architecture as well as for the traveler who just likes to admire high, beautiful things, but one of the most cool and innovative structures in the country is actually a picture frame. Not just any picture frame, but the largest picture frame in the world.

Located in Zabeel Park in Dubai, the landmark (150 meters high) is a strategically positioned rectangle that allows visitors to see the two sides of Dubai, the old and the new.

Dedicated care for camels

Hampers Treatment: Camel Hospital in Dubai.

Hampers Treatment: Camel Hospital in Dubai.

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The rise of camels in the Arab world is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. These races even amount to millions of dollars.

Camel Hospital, which was officially opened in Dubai late last year, is one of the only facilities in the world that have been used to care for these spike-based creatures.

Guests can organize camel tours, as well as camel races are also a popular event. It is unlikely that you will leave the UAE without encountering a favorite camel in our country.

Hotels from this world

For a unique experience of the hotel, stay at Qasr Al Sarab, a hotel located in the vacant quarter - the world's longest unbroken sand desert.

For a unique experience of the hotel, stay at Qasr Al Sarab, a hotel located in the vacant quarter – the world's longest unbroken sand desert.


The UAE is one of the countries where tourists outnumber the inhabitants. Last year, the number of international travelers arrived in the country was 20.7 million, and many hotels in the country offer accommodation that suit a variety of flavors.

Tourists can enjoy a stay at international shopping venues, Regis, Hilton and Marriott, or choose unique experiences, such as the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort located in the vacant quarter, the world's largest endless sand desert.
Want something a bit less dry? Book a submarine suite in Atlanta, The Palm, where the panoramic view of the rooms overlooks a lagoon that hosts more than 30,000 marine animals, including butterflies and sharks.

Flowering cultural scene

The Abu Dhabi Louvre - which is not yet so full of the original.

The Abu Dhabi Louvre – which is not yet so full of the original.


Over the last 10 years, the UAE has seen increased interest in the arts. In addition to the Abu Dhabi coast, Saadiyat Island is a piece of land devoted to promoting the cultural interests of the area.

Case: This is where the second Louvre Museum lives. It is not so full of the Louvre of Paris, but not at least, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer their art without a crowd side.

For more bizarre experiences, there is the Dubai Cafe Museum in the historic Al Fahidi district and the Dubai Women's Museum. And make sure you do not miss Dubai's Alserkal Avenue – an emerging art hub – where you can book an indie movie ticket at Cinema Akil, the first cinema on the Arabian Peninsula.

Manar Al Hinai is an Emirates journalist, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Sekka, an electronic magazine dedicated to documenting the region's stories.