Middle East

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates
The Essential
Figureheads of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the epitome of ostentatious modernism in the heart of the desert.
The artificial island of Palm Jumeirah at Dubai, the Abu Dhabi Louvre in the Emirate capital and the spectacular skyscrapers that seem to climb ever higher skywards bear witness to unbridled architectural imagination. This disregard for moderation is as blatant in the theme parks and the endless shopping malls, as it is in the horseraces, displays of falconry or the Formula One competitions.
Yet the Emirates, located in the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Oman, has much more than first meets the eye. There are five other Emirates, whose development is less extravagant and whose traditions and culture are still strong. Pay a visit to the historic neighbourhood of Sharjah, taste the old-fashioned ambience of Umm al-Qaiwain and admire the still unspoiled landscapes of Ras al-Khaima.
However, whatever you do, do not miss the chance to experience the unforgettable immensity and silence of a stay in the desert, in the company of a guide, of course!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
Dubaï
2:00
Wild Wadi Waterpark Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Dubaï
6:00
Dubai Creek Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubaï
4:00
Burj Al Arab Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Dubaï
0:30
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubaï
0:30
Mall of the Emirates Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates
Dubaï
0:30

Our reports

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