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Intro into UAE

The Emirates are bordered to the north by the Gulf and the Musandam Peninsula, to the east by Oman, to the south and west by Saudi Arabia and to the northwest by Qatar. The land is mountainous and mostly desert. Abu Dhabi is flat and sandy, and within its boundaries is the Buraimi Oasis. Dubai has a 16km deep-water creek, giving it the popular name of ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Dubai hundred years ago was just a desert town and in the 1920s Dubai still had no running water, no real roads and the main mode of transport was the camel. It’s a former British colony and in 1966 the country hit oil and since then the country hasn’t looked back, as it is one of the richest in the world today.
It’s classified as a duty free area, so shopping is amazing and it’s a tourist attraction in itself. Most of the major international hotel chains are represented here as well as top-class beach resort hotels at Jebel Ali and Jumeirah Beach Hotel and a mountain resort hotel at Hatta Fort. The country has built the world’s tallest purpose-built hotel (the Palm Islands), which was a massive project that brought 120km of new beachfront, through the creation of the world’s two largest manmade islands, as well as hotels, villas, shopping malls, cinemas and Dubai’s first marine park. The country is up and coming and definitely worth checking out if you are coming to this part of the world on holiday or just a lay over.

 
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