The United Arab Emirates is one of the world's youngest nations. The UAE borders the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Traditional forms of art and culture are preserved while modern architecture and the pace of development mix the old with the new. The desert climate, warm seas and lovely beaches make it a popular tourist destination The six emirates that are the United Arab Emirates could not be more different from one another; each has a magic and mystery all its own. Glittering Dubai is an action-packed, futuristic powerhouse and Abu Dhabi, with its Louvre Abu Dhabi, is certainly the capital of culture. Sharjah has a charming Old Town and sleepy Umm Al Quwain offers a peek at life in the pre-oil days. Tiny Ajman has a pretty palm-lined beach and the best swimming and diving can be had in Fujairah, just over the beautiful Hajar Mountains.
Since the explosion of the oil industry, the UAE and its major cities have experienced unfathomable wealth. Today, Dubai is the commercial center of the country, with plenty of awesome landmarks to explore. The world’s tallest structure, Burj Khalifa, is located in Downtown Dubai. Not far away are the Burj al-Arab seven-star hotel and the Palm Islands. The capital city, Abu Dhabi, is only a short distance away, but radiates its own identity. The gleaming city is home to water parks, shopping malls, the Khalifa Park, a stunning corniche, and the UAE’s largest religious icon, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Travel is possible between the two cities via taxi or coach. Outside of the urban centers, the UAE is surprisingly beautiful. Beaches where water sports and relaxation dominate dot the coastline. The highland areas, such as the Hajar Mountains, are home to ancient archeological finds, some of which are on display at the Dubai Museum and Al Ain National Museum. The remote deserts provide the perfect backdrop for safari tours. Liwa Oasis is a fantastic spot to take in the ancient culture of the Bedouins. But hurry because the rate of construction is higher than ever, and it’s only a matter of time before the natural environment begins to feel the effects The Emirates are renowned for their weather: intensely HOT. There are basically only two seasons, June-August is dry and hot, with temperatures soaring into the 120's! (With an average of about 104-degrees F). And October-March when the temperature drops to a frigid 85-degrees F. The best time to visit is during the "cold" months because the heat of summer can be completely unbearable for some - especially for those who aren't use to it. But no matter what time of year you choose to visit the UAE, it will surely be both hot and expensive. Accommodation is not overly abundant and there are just enough hotels to cover the tourist demand in the major cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi with more underway. Some of these are the best in the world and come with a price tag to match. The nightlife in Dubai is gaining popularity, as is Abu Dhabi’s dining and drinking culture. This is quite a feat considering the UAE is predominantly an Islamic country. Dubai International Airport is the busiest air hub in the country, but Abu Dhabi International Airport is growing at a considerable rate, already welcoming more than 12 million passengers a year. Getting into the country by boat is also possible, but not recommended. Flights to the UAE are dominated by two main airlines – Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways