The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has dominated the travel press these past 15 years, specifically the major cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Abu Dhabi is full of attractions. When in Abu Dhabi, learn about local culture at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, revel at a well-tailored curation of art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, kayak sea-fronting mangroves, receive a glimpse into the life of the rich and famous at Ferrari World, and channel the energy of the sun at Yas Island.
Dubai is a feast for the eyes. When here, witness the hinging of old and new at the Dubai Frame; shred manmade slopes at Ski Dubai; root for your favorite camel at the Al Marmoon Camel Race Track; observe the city from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa; shop the colossal Dubai Mall; lounge on white-sand beaches; and mosey around Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. The list goes on and on: There’s no shortage of things to do in this global hub.
Attention sybarites: Both cities exude opulence at every corner, from sumptuous restaurants dressed in gold to uber-luxe hotels, and ritzy first-class cabin experiences on national airlines Emirates and Etihad.