Where Desert Meets Mountains – the Off-Beaten Path UAE
Travel Guide to the Unseen United Arab Emirates
Famous for Dubai’s luxurious and glamorous lifestyle, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a less explored natural side that equally deserves to be visited.
If you are an adventurous and curious traveler, I bet you would love to go on a road trip and see the rural “back-in-time” Emirati life. Even more: hike spectacular Hajar mountains in Ras al Khaimah, swim in turquoise blue waters in Fujeirah, sleep under the stars in red desert- just a few of many exciting activities in the UAE.
Here I am sharing tons of detailed information about the off-beaten path destinations that you don’t want to miss out on your upcoming visit to the Emirates. If you are a resident of the UAE, you might also find something you have never thought existed just a couple of hours or less drive from central Dubai (I have discovered incredible places only after six years of living here).
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QUICK USEFUL TIPS:
·’Hello’ and ‘Thank You’: ‘as-salam alaykum’ and ‘shukran’. Other popular word is ‘habibi’ which means ‘darling’ or ‘dear’.
·Currency: UAE Dirham (click here for current conversion rates)
·Language: Arabic, English (almost everyone speaks it), Hindu.
·Visa: Free on arrival to selected countries. Tourist visa validity depends on the nationality. Lithuanians get 3 months tourist visa on arrival, for example. More info about visas on Emirates airline website here.
·Safety rating: Ranked 41 on the Global Peace Index in 2020 with Abu Dhabi and Dubai being among top 10 safest cities in the World!
·Shoulder season: September to November and April to June.
·Best SIM cards: Etisalat (has larger coverage across the country) and Du. Tourist Sim cards available at the airport and in most of the shopping malls. Prices are the same (high) everywhere. You need to show your passport before buying a sim card.
·UAE dress code: Modest attire is expected when visiting UAE. Although shorts and bikinis are common at the public beaches in Dubai as well as resorts, visitors and expats are advised to dress modestly when going to public places such as shopping malls, and especially to more conservative areas. Basically, shoulders and knees should be covered. Women travelers are not expected to cover head or wear abayas (except when visiting mosques).
·Don’ts: avoid using hand gestures, especially while driving, as it is considered very offensive and can get you into a big trouble.
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