United Arab Emirates
Key Country Facts
Summers can be around 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius) during the day, whereas cooler months like January is closer to 75 degrees (23.9)
Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Burj Khalifa
Top exports are crude petroleum, refined petroleum, gold, diamonds, and petroleum gas
The capital of United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi, though many foreigners are also familiar the ultramodern and luxurious city of Dubai. About 9.346 million people live in the UAE (2013). Interestingly, the UAE has a huge number of expatriates and other immigrants who move there, making population estimates difficult to obtain because of a large number of non-citizens. The official language is Arabic, and the UAE practices religious freedom, though Islam is the official state religion. The time zone is 8 hours ahead of EST.
Many travelers flock to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi to experience the splendor and history of this holy site, a beautiful white mosque with golden trim and stained glass windows. On the other end of the spectrum is the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world full of activities such as an aquarium and an entrance to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa.
An unforgettable experience for families is swimming in Dolphin Bay, where visitors can pet, swim with, and otherwise enjoy spending time with them. This experience also gives complimentary full-day access to the Atlantis The Palm waterpark.
Because the UAE is in the Arabian Desert, travelers who are not used to the heat should plan to visit in cooler months. Summers can be around 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius) during the day, whereas cooler months like January is closer to 75 degrees (23.9).