Abu Dhabi holds a whopping 9 % of the world's oil reserves, is the richest city on earth, safe, green, clean and, dare I say it, a wee bit...
Between Ajman and Dubai lies Sharjah, the third largest emirate - and perhaps the third best known, as well. Sharjah is also the most conservative emirate: alcohol is completely forbidden, dress codes are strict and no mixing of men and women if unwed. Not even [...]
With a quarter of a million people, Ajman wasn't as tiny as I somehow had expected. Also, it seemed much more affluent than I had expected. I suppose that says more about my expectations.
Going south after our failed Musandam venture, our driver (you know, the one who had forgotten his passport) tried to persuade us to go directly from Ras al-Khaimah to Ajman, and give Umm al-Quwain a miss. But in my quest to see every single emirate, [...]
Ras-al-Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates Ras-al-Khaimah is one of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE comprises seven states. Formerly British protectorates, the emirates (then known as the Trucial Sheikhdoms) joined together to form a federation when the UK ended the relationship in 1971. Two [...]
Dubai is a study in contrast: an old souk with wooden beamed roofs in narrow alleyways. Just across the creek, hyper-modern skyscrapers of the most futuristic designs.
Travelling to the UAE last April, we flew with Norwegian Airlines, a budget airline using Dubai Terminal 2. According to the Dubai Airport website, the renowned Dubai Duty Free covers 5400 sq. metres of shopper's paradise. Well, it's certainly not located in Dubai Terminal 2. [...]