Middle East

The United Arab Emirates

UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the safest and most beautiful countries in the world. The UAE is known for its two largest cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which attract millions of tourists every year. Dubai, a regional business center known for its incredible skyscrapers, the popular Dubai Marina district, the world's largest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the world's largest Ferris wheel, the Eye of Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the seat of the Federal National Council and the national capital of the UAE. The main symbol of Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which many call the White Mosque.

Popular destinations in UAE

Abu Dhabi
The Capital
Dubai
City

Top places and attractions in UAE

Fort in Fujairah
Fujairah Fort
Museum in Fujairah
Fujairah Museum
Ferris wheel in Dubai
Ain Dubai (The Eye of Dubai)
Museum in Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Theme Park in Dubai
Global Village
Mosque in Dubai
Jumeirah Mosque
Museum in Dubai
Etihad Museum
Theme Park in Dubai
Miracle Garden Flower Park
Observation deck in Dubai
The View at The Palm
Botanical Garden in Dubai
Green Planet Park
District in Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah
Gallery in Dubai
Alserkal Avenue
Market in Dubai
Gold Market
Hotel in Dubai
Burj Al Arab
1 review
Fountain in Dubai
Dubai Fountain
Skyscraper in Dubai
Burj Khalifa
Theme Park in Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World
1 review
Sight in Dubai
Dubai Frame

UAE on map

The TOP 20 most popular places of UAE are displayed on the map. Show all

Emirates

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Emirates take their names from the names of their main cities:

Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate in terms of size and population. The main city of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is also the capital of the UAE Federation

Ajman is the smallest Emirate. It covers an area of about 260 sq.km. It is known for its cultural attractions, museums and beaches.

Fujairah is the only one of the Emirates that has access to the Gulf of Oman. Its special feature is the mountainous terrain and the famous Hajar range, which is also called the Omani Mountains. Fujairah is home to the oldest mosque in the UAE, built in 1446.

Sharjah is the cultural capital of the Arab world

Dubai is one of the most attractive, technologically advanced and modern cities in the world. UAE Tourist Center

Ras al Khaimah is a city rich in its cultural history and archaeological heritage.

Umm al-Qaywain is the least populated Emirate. One of the main attractions is the largest water park in the Middle East, Dreamland, with an area of 20 hectares

Climate and weather

The UAE is hot all year round. But it's very hot in summer. In winter, the daytime temperature is about 23 degrees, and in the evenings it is 14 degrees. The desert climate implies high temperatures and low rainfall. The exception is the mountainous territories of Ras al Khaimah or Fujairah.

The most pleasant months for a beach holiday are November and April. But in July and August it is so hot outside (the temperature in the shade can reach 41 degrees) that the water in the sea warms up to 33 degrees. At this time, indoor pools with chilled water are the most popular.

Rains are rare in the Emirates, but they sometimes happen in winter.

Sometimes sandstorms occur, during this period it is not necessary to leave the premises without masks and swim in the sea.

What language is spoken

Arabic is the official language of the UAE. Other official languages are Chinese, English, French, Hindi and Russian. They are the ones who take cases in the courts. All road and traffic signs, as well as signs of retail outlets, are in Arabic, but duplicated in English.

Population

The permanent population of the UAE consists of more than 200 nationalities. Expats make up about 80% of the population, including Indians (the majority), Pakistanis, East Africans, Iranians and others.

Religion

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Islam is the official religion in the UAE. Foreign residents practice their religions due to the UAE's policy of tolerance and coexistence, as well as religious integration.

Travel to the Emirates

It is most convenient to travel around the Emirates by car, which can be easily rented at rental offices. However, do not forget to make an international driver's license in advance. According to the Russian driver's license, you will not be able to get a car for rent - Russian car licenses in the UAE are not valid.

Currency and money in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates Dirham has been the official currency of the UAE since 1973. It is pronounced "Dirham". It is officially designated by the abbreviation AED, but unofficial abbreviations can also be found, including Dh and Dhs. The dirham is divided into 100 fils.

What do the colors of the flag mean?

The flag of the UAE

The flag consists of three equal horizontal lines and a wide vertical red ribbon in the direction of the flagpole. Each of the colors has a symbol embedded in it:

Green symbolizes hope, joy, optimism and love. It symbolizes the prosperity of the country.

White represents peace and honesty. It is interpreted as a symbol of purity.

Black means victory over enemies, as well as fortitude.

Red represents endurance, bravery, strength and bravery. The vertical red stripe is interpreted as linking all other values together.

Official holidays in the UAE in 2024

Celebrating the New Year

When going on a trip, be sure to remember about the holidays. Here are the most important ones. Please note that many holidays are linked to the lunar calendar and the dates change every year. The relevant information is below:

January 1, 2024 – New Year

April 9 - 12, 2024 – Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr)

June 15, 2024 is the Holy Day of Arafat, which marks the end of the Hajj to Mecca. It is customary to spend time in prayer and service to Allah.

June 16 - 18, 2024 – Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha)

July 7, 2024 – Al-Hijrah – the Islamic New Year – is celebrated on the first day of the month of Muharram. The New Year does not come at midnight, but from the evening call to prayer – the holiday is celebrated with prayers and abstinence from food.

September 15, 2024 – Mawlid al-Nabi is the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

December 1, 2024 is Memorial Day or Martyrs' Day. He recognizes the sacrifices and dedication of the sons of the nation who gave their lives for the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.

December 2 and 3, 2024 is the UAE Independence Day. It marks the formation of the UAE in 1971.

What is prohibited in the UAE

Quadrocopters and other types of UAVs. In no case should you take it with you – a fine of up to 50,000 dirhams or a prison sentence of up to 1 year. The import of these devices is possible only after obtaining an official permit.

Drinking alcohol and being intoxicated in public places. The punishment is up to 6 months in prison. A fine of up to 2,000 dirhams.

Publicly consume food, drinks, or perform any act that violates the fasting month of Ramadan. During the day, tourists can eat behind closed doors, but you can get a fine for snacking or chewing gum in public places.

Take pictures of people, military or government facilities. In the UAE, it is forbidden to interfere in personal or family life through photography or audio recording. For taking a photo or recording a voice without consent, you can get up to 7 years in prison. It is strictly forbidden to photograph government and military facilities.

Import, storage or use of narcotic substances and prohibited medicines. The punishment in the form of prison is from 4 years. We recommend that you find out in advance if your medicine is on the prohibited list. The UAE has special equipment that can detect traces of narcotic substances at airports and other public places.

To commit minor administrative violations, such as travel without a ticket, travel of men in women's subway cars, travel in "golden" cars without a corresponding ticket. Heavy fines are provided for each of the violations.

Walking in swimsuits off the beaches. A remark may be made for this, but in the Emirates of Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah, women should not wear swimsuits even on the beaches. Topless tanning or nudism is an article of the UAE Criminal Code and faces a prison term of up to 6 months.

The presence of children under 5 years old in adult pools of hotels. The ban has no exceptions, it is forbidden even under the supervision of parents.

Leaving the children alone in the car. Not even for a minute. The fine can reach 1 million dirhams.

team
Subscribe

April 11, 2024

If you want to add or correct the description, offer your photos, videos, as well as panoramic shots, or are a local guide, write us!
Articles about
Publications from personal blogs and communities that mention UAE