United Arab Emirates Flights:

Flights to United Arab Emirates

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Situated on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia is United Arab Emirates. This is a federation which consists of seven ‘emirates’ or states, the most famous of which in terms of tourism is Dubai.

United Arab Emirates is accessible by two international airports, one in Dubai (airport code: DXB) and the other in Abu Dhabi (airport code: AUH). Flights to United Arab Emirates from South Africa are either direct or indirect. For direct flights to Dubai travellers can choose from Emirates or South African Airways. Travelling to Abu Dhabi with an indirect flight from South Africa can be done with Etihad Airways. Flights to either Dubai or Abu Dhabi from South Africa requiring one connection can be taken with airlines such as Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, and Egyptair.

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The Tourist Attractions in The United Arab Emirates:

Often simply referred to by its initials, UAE, the United Arab Emirates offers visitors an interesting mix of cultures, large modern cities, and many of the richest citizens in the world.

The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharaj and Umm al-Quwain, each of which has something a little different to offer. The main ones of interest to tourists are covered here…

Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi emirate contains the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is the main attraction of this emirate – an ultra modern urban playground, full of shopping malls, culture and more. The Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre is striking, whilst the large urban park called Khalifa Park is just one of the open spaces in the city. Here you’ll find an aquarium, museum, playing areas, and gardens. Visitors should also try to see the third largest mosque in the world, Zayed Grand Mosque.

The second city of interest in the Abu Dhabi emirate of the UAE is Al Ain. Al Ain Museum and Fort are popular attractions, as is the Camel Souq, the Al Ain Oasis, and Jebel Hafeet, the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates.


Ajman is the smallest emirate, but its small size is made up for by its attractive beaches on the Persian Gulf. Visitors who want to see United Arab Emirates on a budget, should head here.


Although Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates’ seven states, it’s more like an independent city state, because in some ways is quite different to other parts of the country. Although Muslim, some of the rules and traditional which go with this religion are more relaxed in Dubai, one of the reasons why this has become a popular tourist destination.

Best known for the more modern side of the ‘city’, Dubai boasts some of the largest and tallest structures in the world. The Burj Dubai is one example, which just keeps growing and growing in height. The Palm Islands are another – these are the largest artificial islands in the world, and then there are the huge shopping malls which include crazy things like indoor ski slopes!

Old Dubai is also worth a look to see how this emirate once looked. Attractions include Dubai Museum, the Jumeirah Mosque, and the old Bastakiya District.

When Should You Visit?:

The United Arab Emirates is famous for being hot and dry. There is little rainfall here at any time of the year, and summers can be just too hot for some visitors when temperatures rise into the 40’sC and beyond. Between October and March the temperatures aren’t quite so hot, but still plenty enough for relaxing on a beach, with highs around 27C.

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