The 6 best places to visit in the United Arab Emirates
In the extreme east of the country, shared across the border with Oman is the 1,249 metre (4,098 ft) Jabal Hafeet, literally meaning Empty Mountain. The mountain road that takes visitors up to its peak rises 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) in 11 kilometres (7 miles) in a series of more than sixty hairpin bends. It is often considered one of the greatest driving roads in the world. From the summit visitors have unhindered views of the surrounding mountains and out across the vast flat lands.
6. Jabal Hafeet
In the extreme west of the country, on an island jutting out into the Persian Gulf is the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital and second most populated city in the United Arab Emirates. Though not as touristy or as visually spectacular as Dubai, the Abu Skyline is one of the finest in the region.
Pictured are the Emirate Towers.
5. Abu Dhabi Skyline
Completed in 2007 after 11 years in the making, in the capital, Abu Dhabi, is the enormous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and one of the largest on Earth. Named after the president at the time of its approval, the mosque has 82 domes, 4 minarets reaching 107 metres (351 ft) high, and is able to hold over 41,000 people. Made primarily from marble stone and adorned with tiles and ceramics, this modern building is certainly one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
In the south of the country, as part of the Empty Quarter that encompasses a huge area across the borders with Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen, are the Sand Dunes Of Liwa, the largest on Earth outside of Namibia. In deserts around the globe there is a natural phenomenon where sand dunes appear to hum or roar with varying levels of sound. The phenomenon is believed to be caused when vibrating grains of sand fall against each other in large enough volumes to create an audible rumble. Of all these noisy sand dunes, the Singing Sand Dunes Of Liwa are the loudest and most pronounced.
3. Liwa Sand Dunes
In the extreme north of the country, creating a natural border with Oman is the Jebel Jais, at 1,892 metres (6,207 ft) above sea level is is the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. To access its peak, a 20 kilometre (12.5 mile) mountain road of hairpin bends cuts through the amazing rugged terrain. Once at the top visitors can take a ride on the worlds longest zip line. Opened in 2018, it measures 2.8 kilometres (1.7 miles) long and reaches speeds of up to 150 km/h (93 mph).
2. Jebel Jais
To the north east of the capital, Abu Dhabi, situated on the Persian Gulf is the city of Dubai, with over 70 major shopping centres including the largest shopping centre in the world, it is known as the Shopping Capital Of The Middle East. One of the most visited locations on the planet, home to the largest man made islands and with a skyline that includes the tallest building on Earth, Dubai is the number one global city in the region.