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Located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, United Arab Emirates ranks among the top richest countries worldwide economically. Owning the seven percent of the world’s petroleum reserves, United Arab Emirates is one of the countries with the highest per capita income. As a country with a highly luxurious and elegant lifestyle, it simply enthralls its guests by the dashing opportunities it offers. Bordered by Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman, the country is regarded as one of the most significant tourism centers in the Middle East.
If you are also interested in visiting this enchanting country by its architectural marvels, historical artifacts, sumptuous buildings and luxurious life, take a look at the flights to United Arab Emirates now to set your travel plan making use of the privileged opportunities offered by Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines flies to four different destinations in United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah. Direct flights from Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) land at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the capital within four and a half hours in average. Without doubt, the most visited city in United Arab Emirates is Dubai. The city’s airport, Dubai International Airport (SXB) operates very busily all year round. Flights with Turkish Airlines to Dubai similarly take four and a half hours. Al Ain International Airport (AAN) and Sharjah Airport (SHJ) also have a great role in the country’s air traffic. Passengers wishing to travel to these cities with Turkish Airlines may prefer the connecting flights.
United Arab Emirates has a blend of tropical and desert climate. The country with almost no winter would be a great alternative with its warm weather throughout the year. Although the months of summer are likely to be extremely hot, it is possible to walk around every city without being disturbed by the hot weather, thanks to its advanced urbanization where every corner is cooled.
The country of luxury and glory, United Arab Emirates has started to organize many state-funded events and festivals in the last 10 years to revive its tourism. Organized in various fields from music to sports, entertainment to shopping, these festivals would definitely color up your visit to this adorable country. The oldest festival taking place in the country is known as Dubai Shopping Fest. Held since 1996 in January and February, the festival is flooded by shopaholics all over the world. Parades and street shows organized within the scope of this festival turn the shopping days into more enjoyable moments.
As an extremely prestigious event, Dubai Marathon welcomes thousands of visitors in July, ranking among the top favorite events of sports lovers with expensive tastes. On the other hand, being one of the most important destinations for horse breeding, United Arab Emirates hosts one of a kind Horse Races in Dubai throughout April. In addition, Dubai Desert Classic is an extraordinary golf tournament organized in the exotic atmosphere of the desert. Taking place in Dubai every year in March, this event shines out as another prestigious event countrywide, attended by globally known people as well.
The country attaches importance to art too: Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival which is held in May and lasts for a week welcoming thousands of music lovers, together with International Film Festival held in November at Dubai, where the Middle Eastern and European movies are screened, are other attention-grabbing festivals in the country. Besides, Sharjah Biennale, regarded as the most assertive event of the region in contemporary art brings in more art lovers to the country each passing year.
Kasr-el Hosn in the capital Abu Dhabi is one of the top remarkable and touristic artifacts in the city. Having served as a place of residence for the statesmen for many years, this castle which is partially open to public nowadays is generally the first stop of the touristic tours in the capital. Another noteworthy spot in Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Regarded as the top significant icons both in the capital and the country, this mosque evokes admiration by its fantastic architecture. Owning the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet, the mosque is remarkable for its handmade china and 24-carat gilded chandeliers.
You may consider renting a car to comfortably visit all these attractions in the capital. Thus, you may have a chance to visit the waterparks, restaurants, shopping malls and formula track which all are thirty minutes away from the center, as well as the country’s entertainment center Yas Island, or explore the city of Al Ain of Abu Dhabi Emirates. You may see here Al Ain National Museum, offering a chance to observe closer the country’s history and culture; or visit Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, which used to be a palace of the founder of United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his family, now serving as a museum hosting various works of art.
Dubai, where the first known settlement points out the 18th century, is a highly prosperous region historically. Nevertheless, the city today shines out mainly by its ultra-modern presence and breathtaking architectural structures. Being the country’s top popular city undisputedly, Dubai hosts utterly charming artifacts, including but not limited to Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building with its height of 828 meters. You may visit this giant skyscraper consisting of 164 floors; enjoy yourself in the view terraces and restaurants watching the city’s spectacular landscape from above. Another noteworthy icon of Dubai is Burj Al Arab, a seven star hotel. Remarkable for its elegant restaurants for trying the tastes of Middle Eastern and world cuisines, in addition to its fascinating architecture resembling a huge sail, the hotel is one of the favorite places of accommodation of the world’s high society.
As another extreme model of architecture and engineering, Palm Islands is also located in Dubai. This luxurious spot consisting of artificial islets on the Persian Gulf is one of the places reflecting the elegant and glorious lifestyle of Dubai in the best way. After witnessing this splendid life of Dubai, you may visit Dubai Museum or the charming Jumeriah Mosque also to gain an insight on the city’s background. The mosque draws attention as the only place of worship in the city allowing entrance of also non-Muslim people. On the other hand, Deira Bazaar, or Dubai Cove, city’s sole port by its vast roads would be an ideal spot for those wishing to blend in with the daily life of Dubai.
Sharjah, on the other hand, is an important city playing a great role in preserving and sustaining the cultural heritage of United Arab Emirates. The city, which all fanciers of cultural tourism should definitely see during their visit, hosts the notable Museum of Islamic Civilization, where you can learn more about the religion of Islam, together with the contributions made by the Arab world especially to mathematics and astronomy. Moreover, you may also visit the National Museum of Sharjah to witness the country’s culture and traditions, as well as the Archeological Museum to see many archeological works remaining from the Stone Age as well. The top famous touristic spot in the city is Sharjah Aquarium which should definitely be seen, as a home to millions of species of underwater world.