With iconic skylines, artificial islands, historic mosques, gigantic shopping complexes and world famous beach resorts, the various UAE destinations offer plenty of things to do. The United Arab Emirates is a small country, but it’s packed with exciting places to see, no matter your interests!
On the edges of Abu Dhabi, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport, there is a city designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. Masdar City relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. The original plan was to complete the world’s first planned sustainable city by 2016. But due to the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, it was never finished.
As of today, Masdar is like a ghost city - it is currently meeting less than 1% occupancy. Only 5% of the original project has been fully constructed. Current estimates have this futuristic city being completed by 2030. The planning directors decided to abandon the zero carbon idea, and are currently building the rest of Masdar City to be 50% carbon-neutral.
Photo credit: Philip Lange
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
Deluxe King room at top rated 4* hotel in the UAE for only €13.50/ $15 per person (breakfast incl.) >>
Queen Superior room at 5* luxury hotel in Dubai for €23/ $26 per person >>
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In Dubai, we encourage you to stay at 4* Park Hotel Apartments, with very good reviews It offers studios and one-bedroom apartments with a kitchen, home entertainment system and contemporary furnishings. It is located a 5-minute drive from Al Jadaf Metro Station, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. A shuttle service from and to Jadaf Metro station is available every 20 minutes. Park Hotel is a 15-minute ride from the Dubai International Airport, and less than 4 km from the World Trade Centre Dubai. At Park Hotel Apartments, guests can enjoy the well-equipped fitness centre that is available on-site. The property offers complimentary airport drop-off and pick up from Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 to the hotel every 20 minutes. It also offers complimentary shuttle services to and from the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Beach.
In Abu Dhabi we advise you to stay at 5* Jannah Burj Al Sarab. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi, just a 5- minute drive to the Corniche. Guests can enjoy the super fast WiFi throughout the entire hotel. All rooms and suites are elegantly furnished in calming colors with a flat-screen television, an executive-sized desk and floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious marble-clad bathrooms offer a separate standing rain shower and/or bathtub as well as exclusive Jannah bath amenities. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a boutique gymnasium, both located on the rooftop, offering panoramic views of the Arabian gulf and the city; 1 all-day dining restaurant serving international cuisine; a lobby lounge for a quick snack and beverage; a shisha lounge to relax in as well as a 24-hour in-room dining service. Qasr Al Hosn is 2.8 km from Jannah Burj Al Sarab, while Saadiyat Beach and Al Maryah island which houses The Galleria Mall, are within a ten-minute drive away. Abu Dhabi Mall is just within a five-minute drive. The nearest airport is Abu Dhabi International Airport, 29 km from Jannah Burj Al Sarab. In close proximity also is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 21 km from the hotel.
What to do:
Soak up the atmosphere of the bustling souks with bargains from gold, silver and precious stones to jewelry, carpets and rugs. Remember that bargaining in the souks is expected!
The United Arab Emirates attract many sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. For example, in Dubai you can go to Jumeirah Public Beach, Marina Beach. In Abu Dhabi you can choose the Corniche Beach. You can just relax and enjoy the sunshine on the outstanding Persian Gulf shore or rent a car to explore the UAE distant regions.
Go quad biking, rent a dune buggy, ride a camel or drive across the desert on a 4×4 adventure.
During a desert trip you’ll see the golden sand dunes, taste traditional food and spend the night in a desert tent under the sky full of stars!
If you’re looking for some family entertainment, in Dubai you can go to Aquaventure Waterpark, Wild Wadi Waterpark or Dolphin Bay. In Abu Dhabi, the Ferrari World is an enormous sports car themed amusement park with the world’s fastest roller coaster.
Dubai Marina Yacht Club is a best place for a boat party and Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a popular outdoor attraction.
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