The United Arab Emirates, a small country nestled in the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Oman, has experienced incredible growth in recent decades thanks to its reserves of raw materials, particularly oil and trade. This economic boom has allowed the country to set foot on the world stage and become a benchmark in tourism. Lands with surprising contrasts await you there between deserts, mountains, beaches, modern cities with vertiginous skyscrapers and traditional villages. A country that combines modernism, luxury and tradition and that has many surprises in store for you.
Luxury and modernity: the impossible is possible
For several years, the United Arab Emirates has been engaged in a frantic race to give itself an important place on the world tourism map and has given itself the means to do so. Just look at the incredible modernity of its two largest cities, Dubai
and Abu Dhabi, where consumerism and high-tech have become the new religions. Dubai is the very synonym of luxury with its immense buildings, its artificial islands, the Burj Khalifa tower, the highest tower in the world, and its mall which is also the largest shopping centre in the world. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is not far behind, although its neighbourhoods are quieter and more residential.
Another more traditional face
Under its extravagant adornments, the country also has another more conservative and traditional facet. In the rest of the territory, skyscrapers are still very rare and we more often see sublime palm groves and dunes as far as the eye can see. It is therefore an opportunity to visit the United Arab Emirates from a completely different perspective, far from the strass and glitter. The city of Sharjah, not far from Dubai, is therefore much quieter than its neighbour but just as active. You can enjoy many activities in the desert or on the huge beaches with crystal clear waters, as well as in the city itself. Fujairah is also worth a look. This rather family-friendly and less popular destination will delight travellers with its rich cultural and historical heritage, not to mention its superb flower market.