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United Arab Emirates

Curious what backpackers do in the United Arab Emirates? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Erschöpft habe ich die Emirates Lounge aufgesucht um einen ruhigen Ort zum Ausschlafen zu finden. zum Glück bin ich fündig geworden! Echt angenehm hier :)

  • Woke up early, 4:50. On the bus by 5:20, asleep 5:30. Check in was difficult as they believe I was an Asian boy Benjamin RoVert Travers Chalk. Got frisk down but had a bacon barn so all good. Long flight to watch two movies and a tv series. But all good in Abu Dhabi. Just preparing for the second of our three legged trip. Wish me luck!!!!

  • German version and more Photos: www.cyclingfornepal.com

    After my winter break in Munich my trip finally started again. But before going back on the bike, I made a one-week stopover in Dubai. There lives Adi, a very good friend from my college time. Adi has been a personal trainer and moved to Dubai a year ago.

    What was built in Dubai in a comparable short of time is very impressive. The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world and is located in down town, next to the largest shopping center with over 1200 shops, an ice hockey field, an aquarium and much more. And that is not the end. The city continues to grow. For example, the "Dubai Mall" getting enlarged by further 1000 stores.

    Dubai has 2.1 million inhabitants. It feels like that more than half of them are not locals, instead people from all over the world.

    Adi lives with four other roommates in a large house near the harbor. Life in Dubai is not cheap. Especially apartments and houses cost a lot of money, which is why residential communities are not rare.

    The week itself should not be an ordinary city trip, where you can see as much as possible in a short time. I'm not a big fan of "sightseeing" anyway, so the week was a good mix of action, sights, beach and nightlife.

    Dubai is an interesting city, which is characterized by the modern architecture and proximity to the beach. The season should be well chosen, because 50 degrees are not uncommon in the summer.

    A big thank goes to Adi, Haryot, Andrea and Corinna for the great hospitality and fun activities.

    Next blog is coming soon: Sri Lanka

    Janosch
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  • I got picked up for my desert safari by Ahmed driving a plain 4 wheel drive and the adventure began from that moment! As we collected more people and drove to our destination in the desert he drove like an absolute maniac! As we sped at up to 140 km/hour he wove around the lanes (no indicators of course,they seem entirely optional here) while tailgating those in his way and simultaneously having furious conversations in Arabic on his phone. He asked us with a wicked glint every now and then if we liked his driving. What was it going to be like on the desert!

    It actually was so much fun hooning around the desert, as we had realised he was actually in full control all the time (or was a good bluffer!).He delighted in making us shriek and often took a path with no other tire marks to add to the adventure. We stopped for photos and eventually made it safely to the desert camp We had some surprisingly yummy food (given it was a touristy affair) and some great entertainment with belly dancers and fire eaters!. I made friends with three lovely young Swedish girls and was so glad I went on this little adventure.
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  • This morning I went on a historical and cultural walking tour of the older part of Dubai. While I waited for the tour to start I went into this lovely tea shop and had a "blooming" tea. The waitress dropped what looked like a ball of dry grass into a glass teapot of hot water. As I watched the ball opened and bloomed into a bunch of flowers that flavored the tea. So lovely and refreshing.

    The tour started at the Dubai museum which is housed in the restored Al Fahaidi fort. We then walked through the old town and visited a coffee museum. We tried some freshly brewed coffee and Mohammad (the guide) talked to us about Dubai history and cultural practices. A short boat ride across the creek, took us to a gold souk (market) and a spice souk. A fascinating tour that took almost four hours to complete and contributed to the 16,000 steps I walked today!Read more

  • The only thing romantic about a desert camel ride is the cool photos. Camels stink, their noisy and extremely uncomfortable to sit on.

    We definitely got the full experience with a good old sand storm rolling in as we arrived at the camp. The combination of wind and sand is less desirable. I recon we will still have sand in our ears a month from now.

    {Roedolf}

  • After nearly 18 hours of flying (with about 7 of sleep) I arrived in Dubai. I was impressed by the sheer size and luxury of the buildings, even the airport. My hotel is on the other hand nice and small with staff that go out of their way to help. I arrived way before check in time so they upgraded me to a suite on the top floor for free so they could get me into a room early. My only criticism would be that the coffee cost 20 AED (or $7.70 NZD). After a quick shower I headed off to the Dubai Mall...Read more

  • The Dubai Mall lived up to its reputation for being more than a shopping destination with an aquarium, an ice skating rink, a beautiful waterfall and a great fountain. It had a very American, Las Vegas feel to me with just the odd different looking shop and some Arabic signs setting it apart.

  • This afternoon I went up the tallest building in the world. The lift ride was smooth and ear popping fast. I went up at 5:00pm so that I could see the view in daylight, catch the sunset and then enjoy the lights. It was truly spectacular.

You might also know this place by the following names:

United Arab Emirates, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, UAE, Imarat Arab Meusaboh, Verenigde Arabiese Emirate, የተባበሩት የዓረብ ግዛቶች, Emiratos Arabes Unitos, Geānedu Arabisc Bregorīcu, الامارات العربية المتحدة, ܐܡܝܪܘܬܐ ܥܪܒܝܬܐ ܡܚܝܕܬܐ, الامارات, সংযুক্ত আৰব আমিৰাত, Emiratos Árabes Xuníos, ГIарабазул Цолъарал Имаратал, Birləşmiş Ərəb Emiratları, ایمارات, Берләшкән Ғәрәп Әмирлектәре, Vaeinigte Arabische Emirate, Emiratong Arabe Unidos, Аб'яднаныя Арабскія Эміраты, Обединени арабски емирства, यूनाइटेड अरब अमीरात, Syarikat Amiriah Arab, Arabu mara kafoli, সংযুক্ত আরব আমিরাত, ཨ་རབ། ཨི་མི་རཊ྄། ཆིག་སྒྲིལ་རྒྱལ་ཁབ།, তিলপা আরব আমিরাত, Emirelezhioù Arab Unanet, Ujedinjeni Arapski Emirati, Emiriyah Arab Bersatu, Арабай Нэгэдэһэн Эмиртэ Улас, Emirats Àrabs Units, Ā-lá-báik Lièng-hăk Dâi-gŭng-guók, Ӏаьрбийн Цхьанатоьхна Эмираташ, Hiniusang Emiratong Arabo, میرنشینە یەکگرتووە عەرەبییەکان, Birleşken Arap Emirlikleri, Spojené arabské emiráty, Emiraethau Arabaidd Unedig, Forenede Arabiske Emirater, Yewiya Emiranê Erebi, Zjadnośone Arabske Emiraty, އެކުވެރި ޢަރަބި އިމާރާތު, ཡུ་ནའི་ཊེཊ་ཨ་ར བ་ཨེ་མི་རེཊསི, United Arab Emirates nutome, Ηνωμένα Αραβικά Εμιράτα, Unuiĝintaj Arabaj Emirlandos, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Araabia Ühendemiraadid, Arabiar Emirerri Batuak, Emiratus Árabis Uníus, عمارات متحده ی عربی, Emiraat Araab Denntuɗe, Arabiemiirikunnat, Sameindu Emirríkini, Émirats Arabes Unis, Èmirats arabes units, Feriene Arabyske Emiraten, Aontas na nÉimíríochtaí Arabacha, Birleşik Arab Emirlikleri, Na h-Iomaratan Arabach Aonaichte, Aravia Emiryvy Joaju, संयुक्त अरब अमीरात, યુનાઇટેડ અરબ એમિરેટ્સ, Ny h-Emmiraidyn Arabagh Unnaneysit, Haɗaɗɗiyar Daular Larabawa, Â-lâ-pak Lièn-ha̍p Thai-kûng-koet, איחוד נסיכויות ערב, Zjednoćene arabske emiraty, Emira Arab Ini, Egyesült Arab Emirátus, Միացյալ Արաբական Էմիրաթներ, Emiratos Arabe Unite, Uni Emirat Arab, Unit Arabic Emiratus, Dagiti Nagkaykaysa nga Emirato nga Arabo, Unionita Araba Emirati, Sameinuðu arabísku furstadæmin, Emirati Arabi Uniti, アラブ首長国連邦, Uni Émirat Arab, არაბთა გაერთიანებული საამიროები, Birlesken Arab Amirlikleri, Limarat Taɛrabin Yeddukklen, Хьарып Iэмирэт Зэгуэтхэр, Falme za Kiarabu, Біріккен Араб Эмираттары, អេមីរ៉ែទអារ៉ាប់រួម, ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಅರಬ್ ಎಮಿರೇಟಸ್, 아랍에미리트 연합, Ӧтувтчӧм Араб Эмиратъяс, Pennternasedh Unys Arabek, Бириккен Араб Эмирликтери, Emiratus Arabici Coniuncti, Vereenegt Arabesch Emiraten, ЦачIунхьу Аьрабнал Эмиратру, Арабрин Садхьанвай Эмиратар, Emireeti, Vereinegde Arabische Emiraote, Emirati Àrabi Unïi, Emiraa Arab Ünii, Lɛmila alabo, ສະຫະລັດອາຫລັບເອມິເລດ, ئمارأتیا یأکاگئرئتە عأرأڤی, Jungtiniai Arabų Emyratai, Lemila alabu, Apvienotie Arābu Emirāti, Emirà Arabo mitambatra, Обединети Арапски Емирати, സംയുക്ത അറബ് രാഷ്ട്രം, Арабын Нэгдсэн Эмирт Улс, Emiriah Arab Bersatu, Emirati Għarab Maqgħuda, ယူအေအီး, متحده عربی امارات, Emireitit Arabiya, Tlacetilīlli Arabiaemiryōtl, A-la-pek Liân-ha̍p Thâu-lâng-kok, De forente arabiske emirater, Vereenigte Araabsche Emiraten, संयुक्त अरब इमिराट्स, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, Dei sameinte arabiske emirata, Unionati Arabi Emirates, Ásáí Bikéyah Yázhí Ałhidadiidzooígíí, Emirats Arabis Units, Yunaayitid Arab Imireetis, ସଂଯୁକ୍ତ ଆରବ ଏମିରେଟସ୍, Араббы Иугонд Эмираттæ, ਸੰਯੁਕਤ ਅਰਬ ਇਮਰਾਤ, Emiratos diad Unido ya Arabo, Emiratos Arabes Unidos, Yunitid Arab Emiraets, Zjednoczone Emiraty Arabskie, Emirà Àrabo Unì, متحدہ عرب امارات, متحده عرب امارات, Hukllachasqa Arab Imiratukuna, Emirats Arabs Unids, Leta Zunze Ubumwe z'Abarabu, Emiratele Arabe Unite, ОАЭ, Споєны Арабскы Еміраты, Nyarabu Zunze Ubumwe, Холбоhуктаах Араб Эмираттара, Emirati Àrabbi Uniti, Unitit Arab Emirates, گڏيل عرب امارات, Ovttastuvvan Arábaemiráhtat, Arâbo Emirâti Ôko, Jongtėnē Arabu Emīratā, එක්සත් අරාබි එමිර් රාජ්‍යය, Združeni arabski emirati, Imaaraadka Carabta ee Midoobay, Emiratet Arabe te Bashkuara, Уједињени Арапски Емирати, Bunye bema-Arabhu, Fereende Arabiske Emiroate, Förenade Arabemiraten, Zjednoczůne Arabske Ymiraty, ஐக்கிய அரபு அமீரகம், యునైటెడ్ ఆరబ్ ఎమిరేట్స్, Emiratu Arabi Naklibur Sira, Аморати Муттаҳидаи Араб, สหรัฐอาหรับเอมิเรตส์, የተባበሩት አረብ ኤምሬትስ, Birleşen Arap Emirlikleri, Nagkakaisang Kaemirang Arabo, ʻAlepea Fakatahataha, Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri, Берләшкән Гарәп Әмирлекләре, Огазеяськем Араб Эмиратъёс, ئەرەب بىرلەشمە خەلىپىلىكى, Обєднані Арабські Емірати, Birlashgan Arab Amirliklari, Araban Ühtenzoittud Emiratad, Các Tiểu vương quốc Ả Rập Thống nhất, Lemiräns Larabik Pebalöl, Imaaraat yu Araab yu Bennoo yi, 阿拉伯联合酋长国, Ниицәтә Араб Нутгуд, פאראייניגטע אראבישע עמיראטן, Orílẹ́ède Ẹmirate ti Awọn Arabu, 阿拉伯聯合酋長國, Bouxdaeuzgoz Ahlazbwz Lienzhab, Vereênigde Araobische Emiraoten, i-United Arab Emirates