The United Arab Emirates formerly Trucial States is a federation of seven independent states on the southern end of the Persian Gulf. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East. One of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment. A contradictory destination, an Islamic state where the DJs’ turntables stop spinning just before the first glory of the sun rise and where a traditional Bedouin lifestyle and customs continue alongside a very Western version of rampant consumerism. Don’t be dazzled by Abu Dhabi and Dubai alone – the other emirates are also worthy of exploration, the other Emirates are: Abu Dhabi: Largest city and capital of the UAE; Dubai: Rather like an independent city-state and is the most modern and progressive emirate; Sharjah: The only emirates to have a coastline on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; Ajman: The smallest located in the middle of the Emirates; Fujairah: The coastal city which offers idyllic snorkeling and scuba-diving; Umm al Quwain: The fastest growing spot for extreme sports. Ra’s al Khaymah: Excellent off-road driving and hiking in the rugged Hajar Mountains.; Al Ain Garden city and picturesque oasis town, home to Al-Ain Zoo. A sparkling gem in the desert, the city of Dubai is host to more than 10 million visitors a year, and has quickly become known for its world-class dining, unparalleled shopping, prestigious sporting events and year-round recreational activities. Dubai is really two Cities, Bur Dubai and Deira. Divided by the Creek, they are a paradise for sightseeing and both have their unique characters. Amaze at the diversity of architecture and cultures here, ranging from traditional houses to magnificent modern towers of steel and glass. The combination of amenities in a sheltered and luxurious setting, have made Dubai one of the top vacation destinations in the world. The Creek is the main artery of Dubai, winding inland from the Gulf for about six miles.