The United Arab Emirates is probably the world’s fastest growing tourist destination. The country has all the essential ingredients for an outstanding trip, be it for business or leisure. Travel to the UAE with Qatar Airways and enjoy year-round sunshine, brilliant sandy beaches, first-class restaurants and hotels and a fascinating culture.
The city’s capital, Abu Dhabi, consists of 200 islands and a long coastline characterised by dramatic mountains, modern cityscapes and cool oases. Here, you can indulge in water sports and outdoor pursuits. For some sightseeing, head to any of the city’s forts and palaces or pass by the biggest mosque in the world. Art galleries, museums and performing arts are also plenty, with the Louvre Abu Dhabi taking up residence here.
Dubai is an eclectic mix of old and new, with traditional souks and modern shopping malls sitting easily together, providing visitors a magnificent shopping experience. Camel racing is a hugely popular sport across the Emirates, and there’s also an annual dhow race which draws thousands of visitors every year, making the ancient culture of this region an intrinsic part of the 21st century.
The biggest attractions in the UAE are undoubtedly some of the buildings, such as the mosque in Abu Dhabi and the spectacular Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It’s the tallest residential structure ever made by man, reaching 512 metres. To see something of the city’s growth you can visit the Dubai Museum and enjoy the numerous multimedia displays and state-of-the-art interactive models. No expense has been spared to bring you the story of Dubai from its traditional roots to its present-day prosperity and vision.
In addition to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, be sure to visit Sharjah, 2014 Capital of Islamic Culture and admired throughout the Arab world and beyond for its commitment to culture and art.