A report produced by BMI in September,
2007 indicated that 8.5 millions of people visited the UAE. Europeans
represented 32% of this total, followed by Asians (23%). 6.95 millions
of visitors stayed at hotels in Dubai, an increase of 8% in relation
to the year before. 81.4 % was the hotel occupancy in Dubai. Over 11
million of turists are expected by the end of 2010.
Abu Dhabi is the largest of all seven emirates comprising the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), with an area of 87, 340 square kilometres, equivalent
to 86.7 per cent of the country’s total area, excluding the islands.
The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the emirate and also the federal
capital of the UAE. HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President
of the UAE, resides in Abu Dhabi city. The Parliament buildings, most
of the federal ministries and institutions are located here, as are
the foreign embassies, state broadcasting facilities, and most of the
oil companies. Major infrastructural facilities include Port Zayed,
Abu Dhabi International Airport, extensive cultural, sport and leisure
centres, together with the wonderfully engineered Abu Dhabi Corniche
which offers many kilometres of risk-free walking, cycling, jogging
and roller-blading along the seashore of Abu Dhabi island. Architecturally
speaking the city is also a fascinating place where older buildings
sit comfortably in the shade of futuristic modern skyscrapers.
The Emirate of Dubai extends along the Arabian Gulf coast of the UAE
for approximately 72 kilometres. The total area of Dubai Emirate is
3,885 square kilometres, which is equivalent to 5 per cent of the country’s
total area, excluding the islands. Dubai city is built along the edge
of a narrow 10-kilometre winding creek that divides the southern section
of Bur Dubai, the city's traditional heart, from the northern area of
The Ruler’s office, together with many head offices of major companies,
Port Rashid, the Dubai Trade Centre, customs, broadcasting stations
and the postal authority are all situated in Bur Dubai. Deira, is a
humming commercial centre for shopping and tourism, containing a huge
range of retail outlets, markets, hotels and the Dubai International
Jumeirah beach area is the main region for luxury hotels and sports
Dubai shops have the best products in the world with very competitive
prices. The Dubai Summer Surprises e Dubai Shopping Festival are the
2 most famous ones.
Dubai is for everyone and every taste.
Ajman, located a short distance northeast of Sharjah's capital city,
has a beautiful 16-kilometre stretch of white sand beach. It is a small
emirate in terms of its physical size, covering about 259 square kilometres,
which is equivalent to 0.3 per cent of the country’s total area,
excluding the islands. The capital city, Ajman, contains the beautiful
old fort at its centre.
The Emirate of Sharjah extends along approximately 16 km of the UAE's
Gulf coastline, and for more than 80 km into the interior. In addition
there are three enclaves belonging to Sharjah situated on the East Coast,
bordering the Gulf of Oman. These are Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Dibba al-Husn.
The emirate has an area of 2, 590 square kilometres, which is equivalent
to 3.3 % of the country’s total area, excluding the islands.
The capital city of Sharjah overlooks the Arabian Gulf and contains
the main administrative and commercial centres together with an especially
impressive array of cultural and traditional projects. Distinctive landmarks
of the city are the two major covered suqs, both reflecting Islamic
design, a number of recreational areas and public parks, Sharjah International
Airport and Port Khalid.
Fujairah is the only emirate that borders the UAE’s east coast,
overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Within its territory there are some coastal
enclaves belonging to Sharjah and some landlocked enclaves belonging
to Oman. The area of the emirate is 1165 square kilometres, which is
equivalent to 1.5% of the country’s total area, excluding the
Fujairah has a dramatic mountain scenery, which has been a major factor
in its fast developing tourism trade. The pleasant beaches, good diving
and snorkelling sites, easy access to stunning mountain spots, such
as Wadi Wurriyah’s waterfall as well as the unspoiled local ambience
combine to make it a vacationer’s paradise.
UMM AL QAIWAIN
The Emirate of Umm al-Qaiwain is located on the Arabian Gulf coast of
the UAE, extending over a distance of 24 km, between Sharjah to the
southwest, and Ras al-Khaimah to the northeast. Its inland border lies
about 32 kilometres from the main coastline. The total area of the emirate
is about 777 square kilometres, which is equivalent to 1% of the country’s
total area, excluding the islands.
The town of Umm al-Qaiwain is built around a lagoon formed by a narrow
peninsula on the west side and a few islands on the east. This lagoon,
called Khor al-Baydah, offers some of the best sailing and birdwatching
in the Emirates. It has a long tradition of dhow building and fishing.
The town boasts no less than seven forts, one of which has been renovated
and now houses the museum.
Ras al-Khaimah is the west coast's most northerly emirate. It extends
for a distance of about 64 km along the coastline and for more than
128 km inland. Its mountainous borders are shared with the Sultanate
of Oman. The area of the emirate is 168 square kilometres, which is
equivalent to 2.2 % of the country’s total area, excluding islands.
The city of Ras al-Khaimah is divided into two parts by an inlet known
as Khor Ras al-Khaimah. The western part of the city is called the Old
Ras al-Khaimah and comprises Ras al-Khaimah National Museum and a number
of the government departments.