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Cheap flights to the UAE

A common mistake made by many is the assumption that Dubai is the capital of the UAE. Although the honour of capital city does not belong to the populous region, Dubai still remains the more famous of the two, thanks in part to the Burj Khafila, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Get up to the 134th floor to enjoy a priceless view of Dubai from the observation deck, and if you’re in the mood for more luxury, head to the only 7-star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. Shopping at the immensely large Dubai Mall should keep one occupied for hours on end, but if you’re not a fan of that, you can always ski at the Dubai Ice Rink housed within the building.

For those with shallow pockets, a scrumptious, cheap meal can be had at Al Dhifayah road, and a full tummy can be walked off during a stroll at the Jumeirah Beach Walk (JBR), taking in the art displays, comedy shows and shops. It’s also worthy to remember that Thursday nights mark the start of the weekend for people in Dubai. These nights include much feasting and fun, so join the locals in a time of indulgence with buffets.

Daredevils should take daytrips into the desert, where you can ride camels and enjoy traditional Arabic food. Additionally, one should also explore the only natural waterfall of the UAE and wade in the natural rock pools of Hatta. Daytrips such as these can be planned by either hotels or an external contractor. They usually come in packages to make the trip more worthwhile.

Travelling around Dubai is convenient. You can drive rented cars or take the relatively inexpensive taxi, like most locals do. The bus and metro systems are efficient as well and you only need a Nol Card to board. For a unique experience, try going by water taxi to see the sights of the city.

Capital city Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the UAE, with magnificent deserts and sand dunes unlike any other. Join an Al Badeyah desert camp to experience a unique perspective of UAE culture, where majlis tents are erected for activities and children can learn about goat-herding.

For adrenaline junkies, be sure to try flyboarding, a sport not easily found in other parts of the world. Professional coaching is available for those who have never donned the water jetpack before. Alternatively, one could kayak along the coastlines and observe the local mangroves.

Shops in Abu Dhabi offer more than just a positive shopping experience--they take you into the depths of Arabian culture. Bateel dates and Oud Oils are readily available in quaint shop houses, with perfumes also a significant commodity in Abu Dhabi. Traditional ‘Souks’ (marketplaces) are worth visiting, as you’ll see freshly caught fish and harvested vegetables bursting with colour. Get your cameras ready!

If you’re feeling the need for speed, visit the Formula 1 track of Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, ladies can get a beautiful henna tattoo while sipping on delicious Arabian coffee. Before you leave, make sure you’ve experienced dinner on the Dhow, a traditional Arabic vessel with a sunset view.

Similar to Dubai, you can get around Abu Dhabi by car, taxi or bus efficiently. If you’re visiting Yas Island, the Yas Express, a complimentary shuttle bus service, is also available.

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