The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupy a triangle of land and sea on Arabia’s eastern flank. It is closely situated to the entrance of the Persian Gulf with extensive coastlines on its west and north facing shores, together with easterly coastline bordering the Arabian Sea.
Travel agents are beginning to promote the UAE as the hyped ‘land of contrasts’. There is some truth in the cliché, for it boasts mountains, beaches, deserts, oases, camel racing, Bedouin markets all packed into a relatively small area. The legendary duty free shopping of Dubai is marred by the difficulty of finding any real bargains anymore due to the low double digit inflation in the UAE.
If you only visit one country in the Gulf, the UAE is your best choice: it has the most relaxed entry regulations in the region, the best tourist infrastructure and it is extremely accessible to independent budget travellers. Many airlines provide daily flights to Dubai without delay or cancelling their services.
Dubai is one of the seven states which make up the United Arab Emirates. Many travel agents provides travel packages to Dubai. Dubai has a long-standing trading tradition that has brought visitors from throughout the Middle East and neighbouring regions. Today, Dubai plays host to an increasing number of visitors from the West and the Far East. The city attracts travellers seeking something new and different, offering international facilities combined with the adventure of the Middle East, and exotic destination with a cosmopolitan lifestyle.