The United Arab Emirates—or UAE—is one of the hottest vacation destinations worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. Its combination of cultural heritages, gorgeous natural and newly-built sights, and the kind of convenience and hospitality seen at the most lavish places make it a very popular draw.

There’s so much to see and do in this region than you could ever fit in a single trip, but if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the UAE!

See the Iconic Sights of Dubai

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Often considered the glittering jewel of luxury living in the Near East, Dubai is usually the first stop people think of when they picture the UAE. The Burj Khalifa is an incredible sight and an amazing feat of engineering—and it offers excellent views from the observation deck. The Dubai Marina is a beautiful place to explore, dine, and shop. Consider chartering a yacht from the marina to get a stunning city view!

Enjoy Family Fun in Abu Dhabi

There is a whole host of world-class theme parks and family attractions in the UAE, many of which can be found in Abu Dhabi. This city is the best family destination in the country—from Warner Bros. World to SeaWorld, there’s no shortage of rides, attractions, exhibitions, and shopping centers in Abu Dhabi that can indulge every want and whim of your family on holiday. If you want a touch of culture to go with all that excitement, the royal palace, Qasr Al Watan, is also easily accessible.

See The Sweeping Dunes

Want to get out of the city? Go dune bashing in 4×4 vehicles with the help of expert drivers for a thrill! Or try sandboarding for a unique adventure akin to snowboarding…but on the UAE’s gorgeous sand dunes. You can get from one exciting destination to the next in luxury—click to see a variety of vehicles you can rent to enjoy the best views of the desert landscape in comfort and style.

Relax on Exquisite Beaches

If you prefer your sands with a little bit more water to go with them, there are plenty of beautiful coasts to explore and lounge on across the UAE. Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach offers stunning views of the Burj Al Arab and is perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Kite Beach is especially popular for water sports and has a lively atmosphere with food trucks and cafes. In Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island has soft white sands and bright, shining waters.

Explore Its Historic Wonders

As close as it is to the cradle of civilization, the UAE has plenty of historical depth. The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, with over 5,000 artifacts, offers insights into Islamic art, culture, and history. Don’t miss the Al Fahidi Historic District in Dubai, with its 19th-century architecture and cultural events and expositions.

The UAE has enough to keep you coming back for trip after trip—and now we want to ask our readers who’ve had the opportunity to travel here: what are your favorite spots? Share your insights and advice with the Frayed Passport community!

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