8 days in United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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Abu Dhabi
— 2 nights
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Dubai
— 4 nights
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Al Ain
— 1 night
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Abu Dhabi — 2 nights

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Spend the 18th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, contemplate the long history of Qasr Al Hosn, go for a walk through The Corniche, and browse the different shops at Marina Mall.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi online itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Abu Dhabi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dubai.
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Dubai — 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Mon) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, and make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

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Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or fly. In January in Dubai, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Al Ain.
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Al Ain — 1 night

The garden city

A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Al Jahili Fort, then stroll through Al Ain Oasis, then see the interesting displays at Al Ain National Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Camel Souk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Al Ain trip planner.

You can drive from Dubai to Al Ain in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.
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United Arab Emirates travel guide

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Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.
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