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Dubai as a destination - things you should know

One of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the largest in population and second largest in terms of landmass. Known for its liberal laws compared to many other Islamic regions, it is still important for travelers to note that Dubai does follow Sharia laws and therefore visitors should still exercise cultural and religious sensitivities whilst visiting the emirate. We advise all travelers and non-Muslims to note the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct

Local attractions

Dubai is a stunning city rich in local heritage set against the growing backdrop of an ultra-modern metropolis. This is home to the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest shopping mall (The Dubai Mall) and the world’s tallest hotel JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. Other local attractions include:

  1. The Gold and Spice Souk – Embracing the rich Arabian heritage, these offer guests an insight to the shopping customs of the region
  2. The Dubai Museum – Learn more about the history of Dubai
  3. The Dubai Fountain – The world’s largest fountain is a dazzling display of synchronised lights and water
  4. Souk Al Bahar – Styled after an ancient souk it offers tourists a variety of restaurants and local shops with souvenirs
  5. The Dubai Marina – The world’s largest man-made marina, it is a trendy location for travellers to enjoy a selection of water sports,  lazy days on the beach and an active nightlife with a variety of bars, clubs and shisha lounges
  6. Dubai Creek – Rich in history and culture, guests can take a ride on a traditional water café, enjoy a dhow dinner cruise or simply watch the traders offloading their wares
Dialling code: +971 4

Food/ Beverage:

Whilst Dubai has an eclectic selection of world-cuisine to suit every taste bud, why not try some of the local dishes?
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
23°C 24°C 27°C 32°C 36°C 39°C 41°C 41°C 39°C 35°C 30°C 26°C
73°F 75°F 81°F 90°F 97°F 102°F 106°F 106°F 102°F 95°F 86°F 79°F

Abu Dhabi as a destination – things you should know

The capital of the United Arab Emirates the largest in terms of landmass, covering an area of approximately 67,340 km² or 41,843.1 sq mi. Abu Dhabi translates as Father of the Deer and it is probably derived from the indigenous species of gazelle that inhabit the region. Rich in wildlife, a desert landscape as well as pristine beaches and mountainous ranges, Abu Dhabi offers visitors many contrasts and experiences. Like all the emirates of the UAE and many countries within the Middle East, Abu Dhabi follows Sharia or Islamic laws. Therefore, it is important for travelers to take note of the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct
Local attractions

Famed for its world-class golf, Formula One race track and large desert region, the capital is a touristic attraction that offers many insights into the rich local and cultural heritage. Other attractions include:

  1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – initiated and named after the late president of the UAE High Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the mosque is one of the largest in the world and one of few open to non-Muslims in the region
  2. The Corniche Road – a stunning eight-kilometre stretch of road with a beautiful waterfront, children’s play area, beach as well as café and restaurants
  3. Al Ain Oasis – approximately 60 minutes away from Abu Dhabi City, this shaded palm oasis features a 3,000-year old irrigation system and approximately 147,000 date palms
  4. Yas Waterworld – spread over 15 hectres, this fun filled theme park offers a range of 43 rides for guaranteed fun all year round
  5. Abu Dhabi Heritage Village – guests can travel back in time and discover the ancient traditions of Emirati lifestyle
Dialling code: +971 2

Food/ Beverage:

Whilst Abu Dhabi has an eclectic selection of world-cuisine to suit every taste bud, why not try some of the local dishes?
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Abu Dhabi:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
18°C 20°C 23°C 27°C 31°C 33°C 35°C 36°C 33°C 29°C 25°C 21°C
64°F 67°F 73°F 80°F 87°F 91°F 95°F 96°F 91°F 84°F 76°F 69°F

Fujairah as a destination – things you should know

With its coastline entirely on the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is the only one of the seven emirates that is not situated along the Persian Gulf. This tranquil emirate is famous for its water sports, fishing expeditions and sun drenched beaches. Like all the emirates of the UAE Fujairah follows Sharia or Islamic laws. Therefore, it is important for travellers to take note of the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4.  Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct
Local attractions

From the stunning Wadi Al Wurayah waterfalls to desert safaris, Fujairah has some of the most authentic Middle Eastern destinations steeped in local Emirati culture. Other attractions include:

  1. Fujairah Fort – built in 1670 and the oldest fort in the UAE it is located on a hill and provides historic insight into the region
  2. Ain Al Madhab Gardens – nestled in the foothills of Hajar Mountain, the gardens encompass Heritage Village, a tranquil park area and the ancient ruins of Fujairah Fort
  3. Heritage Village – visitors can discover the past and embark on a historical voyage of the customs and traditions of the Emiratis
  4. Fujairah Museum – with archeological finds dating back to the Bronze Age, the museum houses an impressive collection of swords, jewellery and other artifacts that give an impression of life for the pre-historic Emirati
Dialling code: +971 9

Food/ Beverage:

Some local cuisine you could try during your travels:
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Fujairah:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
23°C 25°C 28°C 33°C 38°C 40°C 41°C 42°C 39C 36°C 31°C 26°C
73°F 77°F 82°F 91°F 100°F 104°F 105°F 108°F 102°F 97°F 88°F 79°F

Sharjah as a destination – things you should know

The third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah has land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Approximately 20 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, it shares borders with both Dubai and Ajman and is about 170 kilometres away from the capital Abu Dhabi. Out of the seven emirates, Sharjah is the only one with strict laws on alcohol consumption, which is prohibited. As an Islamic state, it is recommended that visitors show cultural and religious sensitivities during their travels. Some important notes to take into consideration include:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited
  3. We advise all travelers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
Local attractions

Deeply entrenched in history, Sharjah’s rich heritage can be seen through its many museums, mosques and heritage sites.
  1. Sharjah Hisn – built in 1820 this historic fort contains the secrets and long standing traditions of the emirate and ruling family
  2. Sharjah Desert Park – visitors can get up close and personal with the region’s wildlife and explore the Natural History Museum located in the park
  3. Sharjah Aquarium – home to over 250 species of marine life
  4. Sharjah Old Cars Club and Museum – guests can discover the history of the automobile and 200 different types of vintage cars
Dialling code: +971 6

Food/ Beverage:
Some local cuisine you could try during your travels:
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Sharjah:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
24°°C 26°C 29°C 34°C 38°C 40°C 41°C 42°C 39C 36°C 31°C 26°C
72°F 79°F 84°F 93°F 100°F 104°F 105°F 108°F 102°F 97°F 88°F 79°F

Ras Al Khaimah as a destination – things you should know

Situated in the north of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah shares a border with Oman’s exclave Musandam and is nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Gulf. The history of this emirate dates as far back as 5,000BC according to archeological findings and includes ancient forts and abandoned villages as part of its must-see attractions. In addition, there are many great shopping malls and local markets for you to browse. Ras Al Khaimah is a muslim region and it is still important for travellers to note that the emirates follows Sharia laws and therefore visitors should still exercise cultural and religious sensitivities whilst visiting the emirate. We advise all travellers and non-Muslims to note the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct.
Local attractions

Ras Al Khaimah’s natural beauty has been preserved by the government of the emirate, making it an area rich in local Emirati history. Some of the touristic attractions include:
  1. National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah - Discover the history of Ras Al Khaimah and the interesting archeological collection of finds
  2. Hajar Mountains – Excursions can be arranged to the mountain range
  3. Saqr Park – This location offers fun for the entire family with its collection of shops, children’s play area, tennis courts and much more
  4. Manar Mall – Home to over 120 shops, an entertainment centre, water sports centre and beach. This is the first recreational centre that was built in Ras Al Khaimah
Dialling code: +971 7

Food/ Beverage:
Whilst Dubai has an eclectic selection of world-cuisine to suit every taste bud, why not try some of the local dishes?
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Sharjah:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
23°°C 24°C 27°C 32°C 36°C 39°C 41°C 41°C 39C 35°C 30°C 26°C
73°F 75°F 81°F 90°F 97°F 102°F 106°F 106°F 102°F 95°F 86°F 79°F

Ajman as a destination – things you should know

The smallest of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates, Ajman is a picturesque holiday destination offering mesmerising resorts along its tranquil coast. Steeped in Arabian history this is an emirate that combines old world charm with modern sophistication. Whilst the UAE is liberal, it is important to note that like all the emirates, Ajman is a muslim territory and it is still important for travellers to note that the emirates follows Sharia laws and therefore visitors should still exercise cultural and religious sensitivities whilst visiting the emirate. We advise all travellers and non-Muslims to note the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas.
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited.
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct.
Local attractions

  1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Whilst not the grand mosque of the same name in Abu Dhabi, this beautifully built and maintained Ajman attraction is well worth visiting
  2. Ajman Museum – Learn more about the emirate’s history at this 18th century Arabian fortress
  3. Dhow Yard – Discover the world’s largest boating yard and watch how this Arabian vessel is built using traditional tools and methods
  4. Mowaihat – A fascinating archeological site where many relics and a tomb have been unearthed
Dialling code: +971 6

Food/ Beverage:
Whilst Dubai has an eclectic selection of world-cuisine to suit every taste bud, why not try some of the local dishes?
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Sharjah:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
23°°C 24°C 27°C 32°C 36°C 39°C 41°C 41°C 39C 35°C 30°C 26°C
73°F 75°F 81°F 90°F 97°F 102°F 106°F 106°F 102°F 95°F 86°F 79°F

Umm Al Quwain as a destination – things you should know

Lush green mangroves are found along the coast of this northern emirate whilst further inland undulating sand dunes gently roll towards a traditional oasis. A holiday destination like no other, this emirate is the perfect escape for those looking to get away from a busy metropolis. Like all the emirates that form the UAE Umm Al Quwain Ajman is a muslim territory and it is still important for travellers to note that the emirates follows Sharia laws. Therefore visitors should still exercise cultural and religious sensitivities whilst visiting the emirate. We advise all travellers and non-Muslims to note the following:

Customs and Laws

  1. Beachwear (e.g. bikinis, swim suits and swimming trunks) are only permitted at designated beaches and pool areas.
  2. The Holy Month of Ramadan is regarded as a sacred period for all Muslims, during which fasting and abstinence from smoking is observed. As such, many public areas will not serve food or beverages during daylight hours. Those that are permitted to do so will have sectioned off areas. Smoking, drinking and food consumption during daylight hours in public is prohibited.
  3. We advise all travellers to dress decently in public areas. For instance, women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes their legs above the knees and tops of arms in shopping malls.
  4. Consumption of alcohol is permitted; there is a zero tolerance policy towards public drunk and disorderly conduct.
Local attractions

  1. Umm Al Quwain Fort – Once home to the emirate’s rulers this museum houses a collection of artifacts important to the history of the region
  2. Old Harbor – Uncover the secrets to traditional dhow building at this local harbour and take in the original architecture that includes coral stone houses and sophisticated plaster work
  3. Islands of Umm Al Quwain – With dense mangrove forests and separated by a series of creeks, these seven islands offer an insight to the natural beauty of the emirate
  4. Camel racing - A seasonal sport, the racetrack is worth a visit during the winter months if you enjoy horse racing and looking for something more Arabian
  5. Al-Dur – An ancient coastal city that dates back to the third century and an archeological site that has in recent times produced many interesting artifacts
Dialling code: +971 6

Food/ Beverage:
Whilst Dubai has an eclectic selection of world-cuisine to suit every taste bud, why not try some of the local dishes?
•   Mezze - a selection of starters that include:
    o  Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o  Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o  Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o  Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o  Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o  Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o  Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o  Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o  Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o  Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The Middle East is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert

Weather

Known for its warm weather all year long, below is a guide of the average temperatures per month for Sharjah:

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
23°°C 24°C 27°C 32°C 36°C 39°C 41°C 41°C 39C 35°C 30°C 26°C
73°F 75°F 81°F 90°F 97°F 102°F 106°F 106°F 102°F 95°F 86°F 79°F