Excursions in U.A.E.
ABU-DHABI CITY TOUR
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the cognominal Emirate and of the UAE, is situated on an island about five miles wide and nine miles long. This is connected to the mainland by two bridges, Al Maqta and Mussafah. Besides being the capital of this Emirate, Abu Dhabi is a capital of all the United Emirates.
Abu Dhabi is one of the greenest cities on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The centre of the city boasts the plenty of parks with the splendidly designed fountains, imposing mosques and palaces, modern sky scrapers. Architecturally the city differs from Dubai.
This city is rich for sights. The Palace Qasr al-Hosn, known as the White Fort or Old Fort and located on Khalid bin Walid St was built late XVIII century and is the oldest architectural building in Abu Dhabi. The original structure was constructed in 1793 as the official residence of Abu Dhabi's rulers.
Close to the International Exhibition Centre on Mussafah Rd a cultural ethnographical village has been erected to display traditional way of life of different country parts. This heritage village has an authentic replica of a bedouin encampment before oil wealth impacted on social structures. Week-ends and holidays national dances and songs are demonstrated.
Women's Handicraft Centre, run by the Abu Dhabi Women's Association, is a place to visit, if you are interested in locally hand made crafts. Women's Association has organixaed a forum for local women to display their wares from perfumed oils to local costume and pottery.
The most popular among city-dwellers place is the seaside Corniche. Here you will also find the tallest building in Abu Dhabi - Baynunah Tower. Do not also miss another famous landmark - the Clock Tower at the head of the Airport Road where it reaches the sea, just east from the Baynunah Tower. It is from here that distances are measured in Abu Dhabi.
"Volcano" Fountain is recognized to bethe most impressing landmark of Aby Dhabi. This is really a giant incense burner. The Corniche and gardens around this floodlit fountain are an extremely pleasant place for an afternoon or evening stroll.
Here in Abu Dhabiyou can visit the biggest Shopping Centre, where all the trade marks are represented.
The second 7 star hotel in emirate has been erected right in Abu Dhabi. Luxury and striking! Visit it to see for what people are ready to pay thousands for 1 night!
AL AIN CITY TOUR
Al Ain, the city buried in the green, is the capital of Abu Dhabi's mainland Eastern Region. This area has luck to possess underground water resources and now is a rich agricultural area with many forts and archaeological sites, beside this Al Ain is also home to the UAE's main university.
The first president of Emirates - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born in this city, in the fort, which is now restored and houses the popular among tourists museum (the Locals called Sheikh Zayed "Father" and respected him a lot). This fortress seems to be comparatively small against a background of other buildings and forts but is of great interest from the point of its architecture and historical meaning. This museum tells about the history of Al Ain city and of the Emirate in general. Here you will find the genealogical tree of the Sheikh Zayed's family: Only Sheikh Zayed had 19 sons and plenty of daughters, thus lots of time and space were spent to display all grandchildren and other relatives.
His Highness Sheikh Zayed who believed that a country without a past has neither present nor a future became a president of the United Arab Emirates after its foundation in 1971. One of the many steps he has taken was protection of the heritage, which he realised would be soon in danger because of development plans that he had in mind.
Sheikh Zayed died at the age of 86 years old, 2 November 2004.
This museum has an extensive archaeological and ethnographical collection, including some spectacular second millennium gold pendants and an important coin collection. Reconstructions of a traditional majilis and traditional life are also very interesting. There is also a large collection of gifts received by the President from visiting statesmen and royalty. The museum shows a reconstruction of the Grand Hili tomb with its rock engravings.
Right behind the Al Ain Museum in the centre of town an oasis stretches. This oasis is a wonder in the desert the sinle place where the soil naturally exists without interference of human beings and palms and other plants please your eyes with their verdure. This oasis has a water resource, which in natural way moistens the soil. The plantation is divided into small date farms, with permanent access for farmers vehicles and for pedestrians. Two small mosques are sited within the palm groves.
The large restored Jahili Fort is situated close to the public garden. The fort has a distinctive corner turret with four levels or terraces.
Mujairib Fort is located on Al Jimi St, some kilometres north-west of the city centre and consists of a main fort, a smaller fort and a watchtower, surrounded by a formal park and children's playground.
Al Muwaiji Fort is still under construction and is not officially open for visitors, although access seems quite easy. The landmark includes the main fort and a reconstructed mosque. The fort has three towers. The north-west tower has interesting clay windows. There are date trees on the territory of the fort. The mosque has a freestanding minaret.
Hili Fort is a round fort with a round recently reconstructed central tower. It is located close to a vast date palm plantation. You will be impressed with the views that open from the building towards the Hili oasis. We recommend you to bring a torch with you to be able to see the inner rooms.
Al Rumeilah Fort is not open for visitors. This fort is situated in a residential area in the northern suburbs and represents a small walled structure with interesting architectural features. Near Rumeilah also is the first Iron Age settlement excavated on a large scale in the UAE. The fort consists of a number of mudbrick buildings, some of which are so well preserved that their roofs are still undamaged. The buildings were literally buried by sand. They contained large quantities of pottery, grinding stones and metal tools, as well as stamp seals, beads and several pieces of bronze weaponry. Rumeilah was occupied between c. 1000 and 300 B.C and is very similar in most respects to the contemporary Iron Age sites of Al Madam, Al Thuqaibah, Qarn Bint Saud and Hili 2.
Mazyad Fort is a restored fort that is worth a visit. Mudbrick walls with battlements and watchtowers surround a courtyard that holds a date palm grove. The fort is kept closed but people living on the site will open it and show you around.
An interesting phenomenon was discovered during the restoration works at the forts.
All towers have a specific structure. Besides bricks and mudbricks specific stuffs like textile materials were used when erecting these towers. Such tricky construction allowed the building provide good air circulation for the rooms, located under the tower. Thus during hot summer days the temperature in the rooms, adjoining to the tower from the bottom , was considerably lower than in the other rooms.
Al Ain is a noticeably green city. Mainly thanks to the inhabitants of the city, who tend to create artificial oases in the city. They simply buy a plot of sand, fence it about and plant palms there. They have to water plants artificially but this end justifies the means! Maybe thousands years later a natural soil will appear on this place after the leaves of palms together with other organic pieces, carefully watered, rot here through. And then the desert steps back and the Emirates turn into the country with developed agriculture.
SHARJAH/AJMAN CITY TOUR
Sharjah is an intriguing city of colourful souks, where the most interesting art crafts can be found in every corner. The skills of the native jewelers are on display in the gold souk. Beautifully maintained parks to demonstrate the craftsmanship of the people, specially in the renovated village and the Fort near Al Bourj Avenue.
Many monuments stand in the with its combination of the traditionally restored houses, the blocks of sea corals, the bright colours of the materials' souks, the exotic fruit and vegetable market and the open fish market, Sharjah is a majestic fairytale city. This magic is also reflected in the fascinating Museum, housed in the newly renovated Fort of Ajman.
Come to an island hideout for a journey back in time. Far into the horizon, the tides embrace the innocence of the skies. The seabirds fly freely forming shapes and curves, unconsciously mocking the burdens of the daily chores of civilization.
EAST COAST TOUR
On the way to the East Coast, we pass through the agricultural spreads of Al Dhaid. The landscape combines desert with impressive mountain backdrop scenery, while the coast is scattered with small fishing villages, including the old village of Dibba, once a strategically important settement with a stunning view across the Indian Ocean.
Continuing along the golden coastline, we arrive at one of the oldest mosques in the country, Al Biadia Mosque, bulit in the 17th century. We then visit the port towns of Khor Fakkan and Fujairah. Passing through the magnificent of nearby Biritish Citadel, we return to Dubai.
DUBAI CITY TOUR
As the Trading center of the Middle East, Dubai is divided in two by a natural lagoon, still used today as a harbour for dhows (Arabic trading vessels). The spice trade activities give the city its special aroma, with reaches frm the harbour to the world famous gold souk.
Surrounded by ancient bastakia.
Our recommended hotels:
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Crowne Plaza Deira ex Renaissance