The United Arab Emirates – or UAE – has a strong reputation for being a first-class location for businesses looking to expand into the Middle East.
Its iconic skyscraper landscapes are known all over the world, of course, but the area is also of great interest to anyone wanting to take a relaxing break away. Glorious beaches, fantastic shopping, and luxury almost everywhere you look are all big draws for holidaymakers from all over the world.
But it’s not just golden sands and crystal clear waters on offer in the UAE. It’s also a place of high culture. And in this guide, we’re going to take you through some of the many reasons why you should choose this amazing part of the Middle East for your next trip away.
The ancient ruins of Ras Al Khaimah
Travelers with an interest in ancient history will love what in offer in Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Qasimi dynasty, who have ruled Ras Al Khaimah since the early 1800s, have worked hard to preserve and protect the ancient , pre-Islamic archaeological sites that are all over the country – some of which date back to 5,500 BC. There are ruins thousands of years old, as well as burial sites and examples of pottery, beads, and stone tools that were used anything between 4,000 and 7,500 years ago.
The Mosque at Al-Bidyah
The Mosque at Al-Bidyah is the oldest in the entire Emirates, and one of the nation’s most important cultural and historical sites. It has an incredible design and, whilst small in comparison to the huge modern mosques you see nowadays, is well worth a look if you are interested in history or theology.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
No visit to the Abu Dhabi region of the UAE is complete without paying the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque a visit. Whereas the mosque at Al-Bidyah is a modest, peaceful place, the Grand Mosque is the complete opposite and offers a huge, lavish experience instead. Created from white stone and dazzling marble, the mosque is a perfect blend of first-class craftsmanship and modern and ancient design.
Bastakia Quarter in Dubai
When most people think of Dubai nowadays they imagine the enormous, modern skyscrapers that adorn the landscape. But go a little further afield into Old Dubai and you will find plenty of cultural gems – including the heritage are of the Bastakia Quarter in Bur Dubai. It’s an old part of Dubai that is home to magnificent, traditional architecture and stunning narrow lanes. All the buildings are incredibly preserved, and there are plenty of museums dotted around the place that allows you to go into the old abodes and see how people have lived in the past.
Sharjah Arts Museum
The Sharjah Arts Museum is home to one of the most diverse collections of art in the Arab world. Located in the Corniche Street area of Sharjah, it plays an important role as a cultural hub for the UAE, and no matter what time of year you decide to go, there will always be a first-class exhibition to enjoy.