Highlights of UAE
Steeped in centuries old traditions and cutting edge technology, the UAE is synonymous with all that glitters – from the shine of iconic skyscrapers and gargantuan malls to the shimmer of soft white sands just outside city limits. Dubai, the jewel in the crown and the quintessential link between the Orient and the Occident, is a traveler’s paradise where a dynamic culture, culinary innovation, technology, shopping and nightlife come together with an Islamic way of life in a seamless – if somewhat surreal – manner. Cosmopolitan Abu Dhabi, nestled by the Persian Gulf, is both the cultural and political capital of the UAE, where mosques rub shoulders with modern museums and a vibrant contemporary art scene draws in connoisseurs from around the world. The five other independent city-states in the UAE include artistic Sharjah, sunny Ajman, quiet Umm Al Quwain, gorgeous Ras Al Khaimah and busy Fujairah – each a flourishing center for trade, commerce and tourist activity. A relatively young nation formed by the joining of these seven city-states in 1971, the UAE was has grown to become an economic powerhouse. Today, the Emirates may well be a playground for the rich and famous, but beyond the modern luxuries and futuristic design, lies another UAE too, found in the mesmeric dunes of endless desert framed by distant mountains, where a slower paced Bedouin way of life is still the order of the day.