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Published On: Sat, Oct 29th, 2016

TOP 3 Things for US Citizens to Do in United Arab Emirates in 2017

Most visitors fail to look beyond Dubai while traveling to the UAE, but Abu Dhabi is quickly changing that.

And beyond all the glitz and glamor, palm-shaped islands and world class museums of these two cities, lie 3 equally enthralling emirates, each having its own charm and culture.

The shortlist (provided by bookmundi.com):

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque photo/ FritzDaCat via wikimedia commons

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

24K gold chandeliers, 82 domes, 1000 columns and the largest hand-knotted carpet on the planet, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a true masterpiece of Islamic design and architecture. Reflective pools surround the mosque and its stunning white and gold exterior gets transformed under the moonlight, aided by a lighting system reflecting the phases of the moon.

Why Go: This mosque is a stunning architectural gem that has been created using marble, gold and all kinds of semi-precious stones.

  • Cost per Person: $89
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, UAE

Insider Knowledge: Visitors must be dressed modestly in clothes that fully cover the arms and legs. Women are required to wear a headscarf and a gown (provided at the mosque) and shoes need be removed before entering the mosque. Foods and drinks aren’t permitted inside the premises.

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

This is something you really cannot miss out on. A desert safari isn’t just a thrill ride among sand dunes, it is the perfect excuse to discover Dubai before it gave into all the glitz and glamor. Spending an evening here really feels like a scene out of Arabian nights.

Why Go: Riding on sand dunes, enjoying traditional BBQ dinners on open fires, watching an authentic tanoura dance show, visiting a Bedouin camp, riding a camel, it really doesn’t get better than this.

  • Cost per Person: $55
  • Duration: 1 day

The Museums of Abu Dhabi

The Louvre resembles a white spaceship and is expected to feature works by masters such as Giovanni Bellini and Paul Gauguin. Other superstar attractions include the Guggenheim and the Zayed National Museum.

Why Go: Abu Dhabi has quickly managed to transform itself into the destination of choice for history lovers. Apart from their scintillating collections, each of these museums are architectural masterpieces as well.

  • Duration: 1 day

Insider Knowledge: The Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim is scheduled to open in 2017, but it already boasts of an incredibly popular attraction, a satellite exhibit titled “Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection”.

Nikon just released a 360-degree action camera, and what better way of putting that camera to use than taking larger-than-life images of some of the greatest man-made attractions on the planet!

Author: Shan Ge

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