United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is a rapidly growing, exciting and enriching destination, and a gateway to the Middle-East. A federation of seven emirates, UAE is on the Arabian Peninsula bordered by Oman and Saudi Arabia. With a unique mix of Western lifestyle and traditional Muslim values, the diverse culture of Abu Dhabi thrives in a colourful, hot desert climate.
The capital of the UAE offers many tourist attractions and opportunities. Often described as one of the most modern and affluent cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is surrounded by high rises, hotels, casinos, and resorts. Culture and heritage are considered vital to the city’s planning and development, so a careful mix of the old and the new has been moulded. Abu Dhabi is a multifaceted tourist haven highly sought after for adventure activities, cultural exploration, water sports, and beaches. A 14-hour flight direct from Sydney, you may feel a long way from home and but excited by the abundance of activities on offer.
ABU DHABI CORNICHE
Take advantage of the inviting and expansive Abu Dhabi waterfront. This outdoor area is perfect for walking, jogging or sitting outside watching live performances. Over 8 km of waterfront allows you to explore in comfort and style. Visit Corniche Beach and relax under a beach umbrella or dive into the safe, clean waters for a swim. You can even ride a bike to explore on the move.
Experience a taste of history, luxury and breathtaking Abu Dhabi architecture in this iconic hotel. The exterior of the building alone is a magnificent site, while those lucky enough to stay here will experience divine Abu Dhabi hospitality. Emirates Palace is the second-most expensive hotel ever built and it’s not hard to see why. A 1.3 km private beach (with imported sand) and lush gardens surround the property. At night, the vision is spectacular with the dome pulsating with colourful, changing colours to light the night sky.
Unleash your motorcar driving potential on Yas Island at Ferrari World, the largest indoor amusement park in the world! Over 20 rides and attractions celebrate the Ferrari brand and experience. Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster or step it up a notch with the stomach-dropping ‘G-Force’ ride which drops 62 metres from the air. For devoted Ferrari fans, there’s plenty of memorabilia to purchase as souvenirs.
Translated as ‘marketplace’ in Arabic, souks are traditional places where spices, silks, perfumes, and other goods have been sold and bargained for years. While there are many souks to explore, the Souk Central Market is right in the heart of Abu Dhabi, just a couple of blocks from the Corniche. Browse local and traditional products like jewellery, carpets, antiques, and fashion. Best of all, sample traditional Arabic delights.
A trip to the top of the world’s tallest tower is on the agenda for many Dubai tourists. Head to level 124 of the Burj Khalifa to visit the highest observatory tower in the world! Through your journey to the top, you will discover the history behind the tower and Dubai itself.
A vast combination of live entertainment, shopping and cultural attractions, Global Village brings the people of Dubai together. Authentic handicrafts, cuisine, and daily live performances happen under one roof. True to its name, Global Village celebrates global cultures, such as unique South American music and folklore.
While these two palm-shaped islands off Dubai are man made, they are truly spectacular to visit. Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali offer over 100 luxury hotels, residential areas, shopping malls, and private beaches. Palm Jumeirah is the place to go for a resort break with luxury shopping, fine dining and perfect areas to view the Dubai sunset.
The Middle-East’s first indoor ski resort is nothing short of amazing. A world of skiing, snowboarding and other activities provide a welcome family break away from the desert heat of Dubai. Watch the resident penguins come out a few times a day to meet visitors.