United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Highlights

Discover that's possible

United Arab Emirates Ratings

Cultural Exchange: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Outdoor Activity: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Nature Discovery: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Outdoor Activities in the United Arab Emirates

Cycling, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain biking

Country Profile

Capital:  Abu Dhabi

Important cities: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Hatta, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain

Currency: Emirati Dirham (AED)

Visa policy: Link

Area: 83,600 km2

Languages: Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu Somali

Mobile Phone: The UAE’s mobile phone network uses the GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz standard. Etisalat, Du Mobile and Virgin Mobile are the main cell operators.

Country code: +971

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz

Internet TLD: .ae

Time Zone: UTC+4

Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel


Description: The country is extraordinarily dry, getting only a few days of rain a year. Despite that, Emiratis use water at an alarming rate: there are broad swaths of grass in the major public parks, for example, and landscaping can be extensive in the resorts or other public places. The majority of this water comes from desalinization. Visitors do not pay for their water use. The weather from late October through mid-March is quite pleasant, with high temperatures ranging from around 27°C to lows around 15°C. It is almost always sunny. Rain can happen between November and February, and can cause road hazards when it does. In the summer, the temperatures soar and humidity is close to unbearable — it is widely suspected that the officially reported temperatures are "tweaked" to cut off the true summer highs, which can reach 50°C, or even higher!

When should you go: The period between November and April is the best to visit the country.

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