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IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras-Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al-Quwain – with Abu Dhabi as its capital.
The UAE is located at the south-east end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar, Iran and Pakistan. The country has a diverse and multicultural society.
With its full-throttle development, iconic skylines of high-rises and world famous beach resorts, the United Arab Emirates has become a favourite for family holidays and city breaks. Landmark tourist attractions, such as Dubai’s towering Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s modern Sheikh Zayeed Mosque, have branded the UAE as an up-to-the-minute luxury destination.
Scratch the surface though, and you’ll find there is more here than skyscrapers, shopping and sandy shores. Culture fans can delve into the country’s Bedouin past on starry desert nights, before exploring the many forts that guarded the coastline long before the domination of the glitzy high-rises. For nature-lovers, the desert starts where the cities end, and the jagged peaks of the Hajar Mountains are ideal for adventuring.