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United Arab Emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Why not fly home from Dubai or Abu Dhabi? From Musandam, your guide can drive you to Dubai to experience the modern face of Arabia. The luxury shopping, ultra modern architecture and lively nightlife scene. From there you can move on to the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi, which is quieter and more understated than Dubai or fly home from Dubai.

Dubai/Sharjah

Dubai is the largest and most densely populated city in the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab which is the third tallest. However beside the modern commercialism of the huge malls and chain restaurants you can still experience a taste of old Arabia in Deira and Dubai Creek. The golden beaches in Dubai and Sharjah offer welcome respite from the bustle of the cities. Sharjah boasts over 600 mosques the most impressive of which is Al Noor Mosque which is built in the Turkish Ottoman style and is situated on Khaled lagoon at the Buhaira Corniche. It is open to the public and tours can be arranged.

The buildings of Dubai lit up at night
The Atlantis Hotel at the top of the Palm Jumeirah which is a man-made archipelago in Dubai
An alleyway in Deira souq at night. A group of people stand in front of a stall selling pashminas
The entrance gate to the gold souq at night

Abu Dhabi

For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE’s history through museums, exhibitions, tours and food. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates but is less frantic than Dubai. Sheikh Zayed Mosque is home to the world’s largest hand woven carpet, you can still stroll around the dhow harbour, haggle in the markets, absorb the atmosphere at shisha cafes, stroll the lengthy and cinematic Corniche or experience camel racing at Al Wathba race track. Alternatively, you can ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World, take a tour of Yas Marina Circuit where the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place and even run, walk or cycle around the track yourself every Tuesday evening and Sunday evening.

The elaborately decorated central courtyard of Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque
The front entrance to Emirates Palace Hotel with palm trees and fountains in front of the staircase
A vast expanse of empty white sand beach with the calm blue sea on the left and the city skyscrapers in the distance
A group of cyclists on the Yas Marina circuit at night