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Uniquely UAE

Uniquely UAE

From natural wonders to iconic structures, here are the 10 most unique attrcations to see in the United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

An embodiment of Dubai’s vision to be a leading city on the world stage, Burj Khalifa is more than just the world's tallest building – it is a living wonder and incomparable feat of engineering in concept and execution. While the tower is superlative in every respect, its unique design is what truly sets it apart. Like petals from a stem, the tower's wings extend from its central core, which emerges at the top and culminates in a sculpted spire – a breathtaking marvel that never fails to prompt the gazes of even those who have seen it many times before.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

A testament to the vision of its founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president and father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque sits majestically at the entrance of Abu Dhabi. This strategic location is a symbolic expression of the emotional connection the mosque has in the hearts of the people and its late founder. Reflective water pools surround the mosque, magnifying its 82 domes and over 1,000 columns, while the mosque's pure white walls are illuminated at night with a unique lightning system that tracks the phases of the moon. On the inside, the mosque features gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet.

Burj Al Arab

One of the most photographed hotels in the world, Burj Al Arab is Dubai’s foremost iconic structure and the building that first put the city on the world tourism map. The ultra-luxury hotel, designed to resemble the silhouette of a billowing sail, stands at the height of 321 meters on its own mad-made island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The hotel has been consistently voted the world's most luxurious hotel, with features including in suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet.

Emirates Palace

A top landmark in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace is truly one of the most inspiring hotels in the world, with its 114 breath-taking high domes, ornate hotel rooms and luxury suites decorated in gold and marble. A site to behold, the place embodies the essence of palatial yet traditional Arabian architecture. Since its opening in 2005, many VIP guests, celebrities, heads of states, and royal families from all over the globe have enjoyed staying at this great hotel, truly befitting of kings and queens.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Situated in Bur Dubai along the Dubai Creek, Al Fahidi is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. Rich with cultural attractions, the laidback neighbourhood is considered a quintessential place to visit for those interested in learning about the history and culture of Dubai. Most of the neighbourhood's quarters and buildings have been converted to art galleries, museums, and social cafes.

Dubai Museum

Housed within one of Dubai’s oldest buidlings, the beautifully-restored Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to the 18th-century, Dubai Museum presents visitors with the opportunity to explorer the history of the Emirate of Dubai and its people through a series of life-size dioramas and archaeological exhibits from local excavations.

Hajar Mountains

Al Hajar Mountain (Arabic for Stone Mountain) is the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula. Stretching along the eastern United Arab Emirates well into Oman, this dramatic mountain range offers a wealth of activities and attractions for the adventurous traveller. These include hiking, mountain climbing and off-road rides. In addition to these activities, there are numerous sights of historic, cultural, and geological nature to discover.

Dubai Creek

Running up the city centre, the Dubai Creek has historically played a major role in trade and the economic development of Dubai. In the early 20th century, the creek served as a port for merchant boats coming as far away as India and East Africa. Dubai's pearling industry, which was then the backbone of the emirate's economy, was based primarily in the creek. Fishing, another important industry at the time, also flourished along the creek, whose warm and shallow waters supported big numbers of fish. Today, the glistening creek is one of the most appreciated tourist attractions in Dubai.

Masdar City

Masdar City is Abu Dhabi’s ‘greenprint’ for the city of the future – an environment that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design, construction and operation. Through progressive design principles, Masdar combines traditional architecture with cutting-edge technology. One of the innovative elements here is a huge central wind tunnel that channels the cool air breeze through the city's streets and alleys. Masdar also uses clean energy generated on site from rooftop solar technology and one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the Middle East. When it comes to getting-around, all transportation within Masdar is done via Personal Rapid Transport or PRT – a network of driverless electric pods.

Palm Jumeirah

Around the world, Palm Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's incredible energy, growth and ambition. The truly iconic man-made island stretches out into the Arabian Gulf in the shape of a date palm – the national plant of the United Arab Emirates. Located off the coast of Jumeirah, Dubai's most prestigious district, Palm Jumeirah is one of the world's most unique developments, providing an upscale mix of luxury residences, beachfront hotels and retail destinations across its trunk, crescent and fronds.

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