"Faiza-Ifrah's UAE off the beaten path" Top 5 Page for this destination United Arab Emirates by Faiza-Ifrah

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The city of Abu Dhabi is capital and the geographical center of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and where we lived from November 1999 to July 2004. However, Dubai is the largest, busiest, financial, commercial and population center of the country.

If you want to see modern day touristic spots you need to visit the Emirates of Dubai. But if you want to discover the traditional UAE, its heritage, and the life of the Bedouin, then you need to head towards Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

UAE is tiny (a little smaller than Austria or South Carolina, USA to let you know from your point of reference), rich and beautiful. Under the dynamic and visionary leadership of His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Alnahayan, it became a meeting place of the advancement of the West with the cultures of the East.

Since we lived here and know all about it (well almost), the task of doing a page is challenging. Therefore, for now let us just put some pixes and travelogues and add from time to time.

This was our backyard

This is a picture of Abu Dhabi's beautiful Corniche.

The Founder of the UAE

This destination is dedicated to the founder of the UAE, His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan AlNahyaan, who died on November 2, 2004. We pray to Almighty God for the salvation of his departed soul and for granting the fortitude to the members of his bereaved family and countrymen to bear this loss.

His love for his people (who used to lovingly call him Baba, meaning father) and to poor people across the world is well documented.

The UAE was created on December 2, 1971, when six states -- Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain -- came together following the departure of British troops from the region. The seventh emirate, Ras al-Khaimah, joined in 1972

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very safe to travel within, great place for water sports, shopping capital of the region, lots of tourists and international work force.
  • Cons:Not many historical, archaeological and wildlife sites
  • In a nutshell:Small country with lots of water and desert oriented tourist attractions.
  • Last visit to United Arab Emirates: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Not many historical, archaeological and wildlife sites?

    Yes there are. You just have to know where to look. Al Ain alone, has like 12 forts.

    You said yourself in your Dubai page, there are a lot of interesting "Off The Beaten Path" places.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Looks like you all had an amazing time here. Such modern buildings and shopping places. The desert drives look a little scary to me.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Revisiting was great experience! Yes in desert town the Four wheelers rules!

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Very cool tips and pics! Thanks! Ann, The TravelSlut :-)

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2009 at 5:04 AM

    Great UAE page! I'm hoping to travel there some day (soon, I hope!). Thanks for all the great info!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    This is one of my dream destinations! My wife wants to go there for the gold, and as for me, I just want to go! But based on your tips, I think I'll enjoy the watch tower and desert drive... Hehehe, Norman :)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Great tips!

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    I knew very little about UAE so I read your pages with great interest. Your tips and your pictures are very good. Thanks, Diane

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comprehensive page of UAE. So much to see and do. Cheers, SL :)

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 1:43 PM

    insightful pages of info - well done ! ;-)))

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