Tour attractions in UAE
Abu Dhabi, one of the most modern cities in the world and the largest of the 7 Emirates and the Federal capital of the UAE, is the chief center of government and business life in the UAE. The architecture of Abu Dhabi’s modern buildings and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East. The emirate was occupied in the 3rd millennium BC and the economy of Abu Dhabi was centered on camel herding, date oases, fishing and pearl diving in early 20th century. The discovery of oil in 1958 and its subsequent export from 1962 created a sudden rise in its prosperity and laid the foundations of today’s society.
The chief sightseeing circuit in Dubai is divided between Bur Dubai and Deira. Deira’s chief attractions include the historic quarter of Bastakia as well as old souks and covered marketplaces. Some of the attractions in Bur Dubai include Heritage Village, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Jumeirah, and Hatta Village. Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. The city, one of the largest retail gold markets in the world, is also home to some of the most well- known shopping malls, boutiques and department stores in Middle East. The city also offers a number of recreational facilities like golf, fishing and ancient Chinese and Indian holistic treatments. The tourists in Dubai also enjoy the thrilling desert safaris.
The city of Sharjah is declared as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO. Strategically located between the Far East and the West, Sharjah is a global trade center and the 3rd largest of the 7 states that constitute the UAE. Sharjah is also well- known for its beautiful beaches on the shores of the Arabian Gulf.
Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, the Emirate of Ajman is situated between the emirates of Umm al-Qaiwain and Sharjah.
Located between Ajman and Ras al-Khaimah on the West coast, Umm al-Qaiwain is famous for its beaches, lagoon and public horse riding stables.
Major tourist attractions in and around the town include the Ras Al Khaimah Museum, Old Souk, Al Dhayah Fort, Shimal Hill, and archeological site of Ad Dur near the emirate of Umm Al Quwain and the historic Nader Shah Watch Tower. Ras al-Khaimah, the northern most emirate of the UAE, became a part of the Al Qawasim State in the 18th century.
Naif Fort built in Deira, was the first headquarters of Dubai Police. The fort was also used as a prison. It represented secure stronghold responsible for maintaining a security, the public office of the public prosecution and the civil courts. The fort was built of a clay material called al Madar, known for its cohesive qualities, and Al Chandal, a characteristic of Naïf Fort is its tower, the first part of the fort to be built. The tower was called Al Makbad because it was partly used as a jail for criminals. The construction of the fort was order by sheikh Rashid in 1939. The fort was used to accommodate the office of the Accommodate-in-chief of the Dubai police. There were also general, intelligence and investigation office and accommodation quarters for some officers. The fort has a historic gun which today is situated in the courtyard of Naif police station.
Fujairah is known for clean beaches and the emirate offers several water sports activities like swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep sea fishing. The glorious past of the city of UAE is portrayed in the museums. The Fujairah museum is very popular and frequently visited by the travelers. This museum contains an amazing collection of several arts and artifacts dating back to 3,000 years. From the kohl pots to fishing nets, you will get to see everything on display. Fujairah Fort is another tourist attraction in the city. This fort stands in this city with several years of history.
The modern suburb of Al Ain known as Hili is famous among local residents for its beautiful garden. The garden and its immediate hinterland are the location of a large number of Bronze Age and Iron Age sites, dating to c.2500-400. Hili consists of a round mud brick tower with associated outbuildings. Such towers are typical of the late third millennium BC in both Oman and the UAE. Other examples have been excavated at Tell Abraq, Bidya and Kalba in the Emirates, and at Baat, Maysar and Ras al-Jins in Oman. Human settlement in the region shifted to other sites, such as Qattarah and Rumeilah.
One of the most important settlements on the Batinah coast of the UAE, Kalba is also the location of an important mangrove stand. The site at Kalba is comparable in many respects to Tell Abraq and provides a long sequence of human occupation for the East Coast of the UAE, just as Tell Abraq does for the Gulf coast. A massive Iron Age wall at Kalba is almost identical in dimensions and construction to the Iron Age fortification enclosure wall at Awhala in southern Fujairah. Early in the sixteenth century the Portuguese, expanding their empire in the Indian Ocean, built a series of forts along the southeastern coast of Arabia, including one at Kalba. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Kalba was tributary to Sharjah, but in 1937 it was recognized as a Trucial sheikhdom by the British government.