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UAE Travel Notes -- Abu Dhabi is the largest and most populous of the seven Emirates, and was made the federal capital of the newly formed United Arab Emirates in 1971. Find out more about the United Arab Emirates @ Travel Notes.

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The United Arab Emirates, formerly called the Trucial States, is a federation of seven independent states on the southern end of the Persian Gulf.

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Emirates Background

Countries neighbouring the Emirates are: Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Map of United Arab Emirates

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to trade through the region in 16th century, followed by the British East India company in the next year hundred.

By the 18th century the area became known as the Pirate Coast, until the British navy floated in to put an end to piracy.

The land-based Bedouin groups then had more control and, in 1853, a maritime treaty was signed; which led to the area being called the Trucial Coast.

British India governed the region from 1873, with foreign policy in the hands of Great Britain some twenty years later; although she didn't claim full sovereignty over the coast.

Britain withdrew from the region in 1971.

The Seven Emirates in UAE

The independent states in the United Arab Emirates are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.

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Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Middle East.

Airlines and Airports.

There are no railways across the sand, although the Emirates are served by six international airports; with Dubai and Abu Dhabi a refuelling stop for many London to Australia passenger flights.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi is the largest and most populous of the seven Emirates, and was made the federal capital of the newly formed United Arab Emirates, in 1971.

Large duty-free shopping centres have been set up at the modern airports, to help relieve weary stop-over passengers of their dollars.

DNRD:
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai.

Khaleej Times:
News and views from the United Arab Emirates; in English.

UAE Embassies And Consulates

UAE Visa Requirements.

On Wednesday, March 21st 2001 the United Arab Emirates announced that citizens from 33 countries, including Canada, the United States, western European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore would be granted entry visas upon arrival at the country's land, sea and air ports.

Botschaft der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in Berlin:
Hiroshimastrasse 18-20, Berlin.

UAE Embassies and Consulates:
List of UAE Embassies around the world with contact numbers to check on visa requirements.

UAE Embassy In Washington D.C:
3522 International Court, NW, Suite 400
Washington D.C, 20008.

Travel To The Emirates

An amphibious aircraft service links Abu Dhabi with Dubai.

Middle East Airports:
International gateways to the United Arab Emirates.

Fly Emirates:
Emirates airline flies world-wide and is synonymous with excellence in customer service. Treat yourself - fly Emirates.

Emirates Tourism

Enjoy a total tourist experience of unlimited sun, sand, sports and shopping in the United Arab Emirates; along with its friendly, helpful and generous people.

When To Visit The Emirates

The best time to visit the United Arab Emirates is from October through May.

In October the weather may still be quite hot (up to 35C), blue skies are the norm and the evenings are warm. At this stage the tourist season is well under way.

The Emirate of Dubai

Known as the Venice of the Gulf, Dubai was the former residence of the British political agent for the old Trucial States, between 1954 and 1971.

The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built around 1800, and serves to display the traditional way of life in the Emirates.

Go Dubai:
Explore what else Dubai has to offer and you might be tempted to leave the airport on your stop-over.

Seawings Seaplane Tours:
Based in Dubai, Seawings provides aerial tours, scenic flights, customized excursions, MICE/corporate packages and exclusive aircraft charters to over 20 destinations within the United Arab Emirates.

Skiing in Dubai:
Skiing in the desert no longer means hiking up a sand dune.

Visit Dubai:
From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors.

Dubai Accommodation

Hotels in United Arab Emirates:
Find hotels in UAE with special online rates.

Hotels in Dubai

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Burj Al Arab - Arabian Tower - DubaiOfficial Hotel Website.
Burj Al Arab - Tallest Hotel on Earth:
One of the most incredible buildings on the planet stands off the coast of Dubai; at 321 metres it soars higher than the Eiffel Tower. Currently the tallest hotel on earth, the Burj Al Arab (Arabian Tower) is also the most luxurious.

But how did they go about building an icon to compete with the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House? It started with a few sketched lines; a sail rising out of the water like a massive yacht. But it needed an island to stand on.

Dubai Hotels Direct:
Dubai is a fantastic and vibrant Middle Eastern, yet very Westernised city that boasts many of the worlds most luxurious and amazing hotels. Hotels in Dubai are known around the globe for their fantastic designs and locations, their food and of course their unparalleled service.

The Emirate of Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest Emirate and offers visitors interested in culture more than twenty museums, several art galleries and beautifully restored heritage areas.

Sharjah is about 15km from Dubai and around 200km from Abu Dhabi.

Expo Centre Sharjah:
The visually striking Expocentre is now the most technically-advanced exhibition, conference and event complex within the Middle East.

Sharjar Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
Sharjah enables investors to have restriction-free commercial and financial transactions, including the transfer of all their profits and capital or conducting other exterior financial dealings.

Sharjar Department of Culture and Information:
UNESCO promoted Sharjah as the 'Cultural Capital of the Arab World', in 1998.

Sharjah International Airport:
Sharjah's distinguished place on the world aviation map began back in 1932, when Imperial Airways - the forerunners of British Airways - constructed an airfield here as a stopover en route to India and Australia.

Sharjah Tourism:
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) was established in 1996.

Sharjah Art Museum

The Sharjah Art Museum was inaugurated during the 3rd Sharjah International Arts Biennial, in April 1997. This museum is one of the city's main landmarks with a total of 68 halls and exhibited works from European Orientalists who painted the Arab Orient.

Hotels in Sharjah

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Embassy Suites Hotel: Sharjah.
57 Al Eziz Bin Abdulsalam St. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located in the heart of Sharjah, within easy reach of the shopping area, business districts and Sharjah International Airport.

The hotel offers 165 luxurious suites with a magnificent view of the Buhaira Lake and the water jet. The hotel has three fine outlets, swimming pool, health club and business centre.

Sharjah Grand Hotel.
Al Meena Road.

Official Website:
Sharjah Grand Hotel.

The Sharjah Grand Hotel is a four star beach resort offering 220 finely appointed rooms and several suites, with balconies to enjoy the spectacular sea-views from. All rooms are spacious, centrally air-conditioned and offer Internet access.

The La Croisette Restaurant is open daily from 06:30 till 23:30 for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a La Carte meals. Enjoy your nights with live entertainment by the hotel's resident Band, along with exciting Theme Nights.

Al Masah Furnished Flats: (Al Arouba St)
Located in the heart of Sharjah city, near the Gold Centre, trading markets, banks, exchange stores, the Sharjah Art Museum and traditional village.

Umm Al Quwain

Located along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain is situated between Sharjah to the west and Ras Al Khaimah to the east.

Hotels in Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel:
Situated on a quiet and breathtaking location on Garden Beach. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Compare Hotel Prices in Umm Al Quwain.

The Emirate of Al Fujairah

Al Fujairah:
Fujairah Emirate is the seventh in the union of the United Arab Emirates.

Hotels in Al Fujairah

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Emirates Directories

The Emirates Network:
Directory of Emirates related websites.

UAE Interact:
News and information on the United Arab Emirates, supported by The National Media Council.

UAE Maps and Travel Guides

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