The best things to discover in the United Arab Emirates

Hello everyone,

What have you discovered in the United Arab Emirates that you would recommend to other expats?

Are there any places that you enjoy visiting on the weekends, be it areas of natural beauty or shopping malls? Are there any Emirati dishes that you would recommend?

What are some of the best activities in the United Arab Emirates?

Are there any unique customs or places you were introduced to by locals that you think other expats might be interested in? Are there any local festivals that expats might want to get involved with?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


The beaches here are great. No insects, clean sand, turquoise waters, and sunny everyday. For the outdoor excursions, you can travel into the desert, kayak in the mangrove forests, or go island-hopping on an (inexpensively) chartered yacht. For man-made structures, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is very nice. For shopping, there are many malls with high-end stores, but you can try the World Trade Center Souk for some traditional goods or go to Yas mall for more variety. Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World are also very fun amusement parks, but you should try to go when they are not so crowded to avoid the lines.

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