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One of the seven emirates that make up the country UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain & Sharjah, Dubai is perched on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf in all its glittering, skyscraping glory.

Dubai is thought to have been established as a fishing village in the early 18th century, the earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095 in the Book of Geography by the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri. One can discover how this multicultural city has become a byword for innovation, luxury and modernity yet holds on to its traditional Islamic culture.

Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the 830-metre Burj Khalifa. It is also the land of deep-rooted customs, marvellous mosques and local souk markets filled with aromas of spices, shawarma and ittar. The ultimate entertainment destination of the East, wander in its swanky shopping malls or try some of the city’s more unusual attractions such as an indoor snow-dome and theme parks. Be prepared to be astounded by the sheer extravaganza of the Palm Islands, the gigantic Dubai Mall or perhaps even the hotel Atlantis. One can also enjoy miles of sun-bleached sand and crystal clear water. And a dhow cruise at dusk is the perfect way to end the day.

Country Summary:

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Major Airport: Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah
  • Recommended cities/destinations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi

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