Travel

My Travel Journal.

UAE Experience..

Welcome to my travel journal.

Since relocating to United Arab Emirates the “UAE” has become a launch pad for my travels around the world. It is therefore only appropriate that my first travel journal be about The Emirates.

The luxuries of the UAE have been extended to me through my affiliations with a western passport, so my experiences may be different from other nationals. The quality of life as a Western expat has improved here. Unlike the life in the United States of America, I can go to work, come home, take a nap, and still go out to enjoy the activities in the various Emirates.

The UAE formed on December 2, 1971 is comprised of seven Emirates that joined the union in the respective order listed: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwein, Fujairah and Ras al Khaimah. This unification was based on the forward thinking ideologies of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Forty-six (46) years later, this desert nation has transformed itself into a man made paradise.

As part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UAE is a vibrant Muslim country that caters to the needs of its people by providing a world-class bilingual education program, an evolving and accessible state of the art health care, and comfortable accommodations. From sharing its wealth with it’s people, the life of an Emirati seems comfortable as an expat looking on, I admire their strong affinity to their culture, their pride in their nation and its accomplishments, their esteemed and deep respect for their founding fathers and their tolerance for other nationalities. The UAE for me has proven to be one of the safest country that I have visited, you can leave your bag on a table in a fully crowded food court and come back to find it with nothing missing.

In the UAE there is always something for everyone. Dubai has positioned itself as a world class tourist attraction, having the tallest building in the world called Burj Khalifa and the largest man-made seaport called Jebel Ali; Fujairah just launched the longest zip line in the world for those adrenaline junkies. Looking for abayahs and Islamic wears go to Ajman, be in awe of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, learn more about Islamic civilization and culture from the many museums and learning centers in Sharjah.

The UAE is a good country for desert life. It starts to cool down from September to April, and reaches its peak temperature by June to August. Depending on the industry, job hunting in the UAE is not easily achievable unless recruited or guaranteed a job before leaving your home country. However whatever your goals, come to shop and find bargains. Taxis and private cars are heavily relied on except from Dubai, where transportation is more efficient. For business investors, Dubai is a launch pad, for Islamic education, people recommend Sharjah, whatever your intention, consult the proper channels. Overstaying your visa is a serious offence that may results in egregious fines and jail terms. Citizens from particular countries have been blocked making it bad for others from the same country to travel. Respect and abide by the laws of the country. There’s no drinking of alcohol outside designated areas, no public display of affection, dress appropriately, don’t expect to find restaurants open in the day time during the month of Ramadan. Come with an open mind and indulge in the grandeur of what the UAE has to offer. Travel well because you only live once!

 

Once here,

Leave footprints,

Take memories.

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