United Arab Emirates

From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. In recent years, the country has rocketed to the forefront of the international tourism stakes.

Go haggling in Dubai`s famous souks, magnets for those in search of gold and jewelry bargains, and also for photographers or those who just want to experience the sights, smells and hubbub. Experience off-road driving in the desert – vehicles are for hire either with or without guides. Numerous operators offer desert driving trips.

Take your golf bag – Dubai is one of the world`s top golfing destinations. Venues like the Emirates Golf Club regularly host top international competitions, and others are dotted around the UAE. You can even try your hand at sand golf. Sun yourself on Dubai`s superb white sandy beaches. Much of the long expanse of Jumeirah Beach in Dubai is dominated by luxury hotels and their facilities but there is a good stretch of public beach available.

If you`re traveling with kids, take them to the Magic Planet children’s centre in the Deira City shopping mall, or to Dubai`s Wonderland family fun park, which offers a wide range of watery attractions for the youngsters.

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