Popular tourist destinations in UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an international business hub that also offers lots of places and activities to relax and enjoy. There’s plenty to explore in this country rich in culture and history. UAE is big and bold, striving for innovative, environmentally friendly, and record-breaking attractions.
Check out these top 5 tourist destination in UAE.
1. Buri Khalifa
Enjoy the 360-degree view of the city from the Buri Khalifa in Dubai. It’s the tallest building in the world standing at a height of 829 meters. As for the origin of its name, Buri means building while Khalifa is the name of the leader of UAE, Sheikh Khalifa.
Buri Khalifa holds the record for the tallest observation deck and longest distance traveled by its elevator of 140 floors while also being among the fastest in the world, taking less than 2 minutes to reach the 125th floor.
Located near Buri Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain, where you can see the performance of the world’s tallest water show, and Burj Park that contains relaxing greenery and is the venue for events such as shopping and food festivals.
2. Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE and 3rd largest in the world. This grand, beautiful mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, can house up to 41,000 worshippers at one time and features the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet in the main prayer hall.
Come and learn about the Islamic religion. At night, the white and golden mosque lights up a blueish grey color based on the moon phase.
3. Al Badayer desert
UAE has many famous deserts where you can drift a buggy, ride a camel, or camp in tents outdoor. Discover the peaceful, calming deserts where you can gaze up at the starry sky and marvel at the breathtaking scenery.
Plus, there’s festivals throughout the year to enjoy local foods or watch a fire show, belly dancing, and tanoura dance, which is a traditional dance by men who spin with colorful skirts.
4. Jebel Jais Mountain
Another travel destination are UAE’s mountains, which are perfect for hiking, camping, biking, and marveling at stunning views. For example, Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah boasts the highest peak in UAE and the world’s longest zipline. You can slide across the zipline at a speed around 150km/h (93mph), while the distance is 2.8km (1.7-mile) at a height of 1,680m above sea level.
Other mountains such as Jebel Hafeet Mountain in Abu Dhabi contains historical sites and 5,000 years old fossils to see and explore.
5. Ferrari World Theme Parks
UAE is packed full of theme parks!
Check out Ferrari World, a Ferrari-themed Park in Abu Dhabi that hosts the fastest rollercoaster in the world, Formula Rossa along with other exciting attractions such as go-karts and Ferrari car exhibitions.
Another option is to cool off from the hot weather at Yas Waterworld, a highly rated theme park with thrilling water rides. Otherwise, experienced drivers can try scuba diving underwater at Dive Bahrain, the largest underwater theme park with a sunken Boeing 707!
And that’s not all! UAE is full of buildings with sophisticated, innovative designs such as the world’s most tilted building, a 7-story oval shaped building called the Museum of the Future (as seen below), and much more! If that’s not enough, try shopping at the traditional markets (Souq) and luxurious Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world with an aquarium, or simply relax at the many exotic beaches and islands in UAE.
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