Get Inspired / Middle East / Dubai / Abu Dhabi Experience United Arab Emirates Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Middle East / Dubai / Abu Dhabi Experience United Arab Emirates story by: House of Travel On the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula lies an exotic collection of kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates. The majority of the seven emirates is sand but it is the oil that lies beneath their lands that has fuelled their extraordinary development. Today they offer a fascinating potpourri of Arabian charm and western modernity that has definitely made them one of the hottest destinations to visit in recent years. Best known among the seven are Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Dubai is extravagant in every way and is a city where the dynamics are always transient and ever-changing with its constant urge to construct something better and bigger than the previous. The contrasts here are breathtaking, you can ride a camel near the city and watch traditional wooden dhows sailing past the newest architectural marvels. Abu Dhabi, the largest of the Emirates and the political capital, prides itself on its museums and art galleries. More conservative Sharjah is the Emirates’ cultural heart and is also home to one of the Middle East’s best zoos. With fantastic hotels, amazing food, wide range of retail store shopping and desert safaris, the United Arab Emirates is an area of opulence and culture. You can be sure of one thing, choose to visit any of the Emirates and a world of options awaits you. United Arab Emirates Fast Facts: Country Name: United Arab Emirates Population: 4.6 Million Capital: Abu Dhabi Languages: Arabic, English, Persian, Hindi and Urdu Religion: Muslim, Hinduism and Christianity Ramaden: Differs yearly between Jun-Aug, please check with your consultant Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham Time Zone: 8 hours behind New Zealand (9 hours with daylight saving) Electricity: Current is 220/240, 50HZ Plug is a 3 point rectangle pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist What it’s really like to fly Emirates Business Class Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Six Tips for Planning Your 2016 Holiday Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.