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The United Arab Emirates, or UAE, is on the southern portion of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman.
It has one of the world’s most unique economies, as about 80% of the country’s population consists of expatriates. The country itself is formed from 7 self-governing emirates that each has a monarch. Each monarch then serves on a Supreme Council.
Tourism in UAE tends to focus on two of the modern cities found within the country: Abu Dhabi and Dubai. These ultra-modern cities feature lavish shopping centers, well-developed beaches and recreational centers, and access to ancient attractions. You’ll find turquoise seas that border white-sand beaches and perpetual sunshine grace your face as you set out for a morning shopping adventure.
Visiting the UAE does require the following of certain religious restrictions in public, even for those who are not religious. This includes following a certain dress code, not consuming alcohol in public, and observing eating and drinking customs during holy periods. Certain laws involving drugs and relationships should also be reviewed before flying to this country as enforcement can be quite strict.
You’ll find all of the world’s major chains have a presence in the UAE. You’ll also find several unique opportunities await you here, including the first underwater suites.
A majority of visitors from Europe can travel to the United Arab Emirates may receive a free entry permit stamped in their passport on arrival and stay for up to 30 days without a visa. Additional visas require an additional renewal cost.