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Hotels in the UAE

Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has become one of the most popular destinations for international travelers
Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has become one of the most popular destinations for international travelers. While Dubai is perhaps the most famous city in the most famous emirate, the UAE offers much, much more, including mountains, beaches, archeological sites, and bustling urban areas, usually under blue skies and warm temperatures.

The smallest emirate is Umm al-Quwain, in the northwest the UAE. Though it has a population of only about 65,000, Umm al-Quwain has coastal mangroves, sand dunes, and tropical islands as well as enormous flocks of exotic birds like flamingos and cormorants.

The biggest tourist attraction in Umm al-Quwain is Dreamland, the UAE’s largest water park, about an hour and a half from Dubai by car. You can camp at Dreamland, but back inside the city, there are hotels. The Palma Beach Hotel on the beach in the city of Umm al-Quwain offers children’s play areas, easy beach access, and fishing. The Umm al-Quwain Beach Hotel, built in 1970, has all the standard amenities a modern traveler expects.

Ajman is smaller in land area than Umm al-Quwain, but has a population of around 360,000. This emirate has mountains, deserts, and beaches, and has had a mini building boom as nearby Dubai has grown. The Hotel Ajman Kempinski is approximately equidistant from the Dubai International Airport and the Sharjah International Airport. This hotel has a gym, an outdoor pool, cocktail receptions, barbecue nights on the beach, and daily bus service to both Dubai and Sharjah.

The Landmark Suites Hotel in Ajman is a modern facility that is a 20 minute drive from Dubai International Airport. It offers regular rooms, suites, and kitchenettes, a fitness room, pool, Jacuzzi, and beach access with umbrellas and towels.

Fujairah is located on the eastern edge of the UAE, bordering on the Gulf of Oman. It is a quieter part of the UAE than the emirates in the west, but also offers nice travel accommodations. The Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah is between the Indian Ocean and the Hajar Mountains. It is a five star resort with all the amenities a traveler would expect from that level accommodation.

The Hotel Jal Fujairah Resort and Spa is a high rise hotel where all rooms have an ocean view. There is also an outdoor pool, fitness facility, and area for children’s recreation.

Ras al-Khaimah has one of the highest percentages of Emiratis in the UAE, with about half the population of RAK as citizens. Because RAK does not have the oil wealth of other emirates, it has built a sturdy economic base with lifestyle tourism, ceramic manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. The Al Hamra Fort Hotel and Beach Resort is built on the theme “Arabian Nights.” About 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, this hotel has a natural lagoon as well as a temperature controlled swimming pool, Jacuzzis, fitness facilities, tennis, and mini golf.

The Ras al-Khaimah Hilton also has a definite Arabian feel to it. This hotel offers access to a private beach, and is within walking distance of shopping malls, the local souk, and a golf course.

Sharjah is the only emirate to have land on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The city of Sharjah is the third largest, behind Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Holiday International Hotel in Sharjah is a luxurious high rise hotel located on the Khalid lagoon. It does not serve alcohol. The Holiday International is within walking distance to many convenient fast food and shopping venues.

The Radisson Blu Resort in Sharjah is about a 20 minute drive from Dubai and has its own private beach and bay. This hotel features fitness facilities, pool, hot tubs, and a number of internationally themed buffets in its restaurants.

Abu Dhabi is the capital emirate, and the city Abu Dhabi is the capital of the emirate. Though not as flashy as neighbor Dubai, Abu Dhabi is nonetheless a world capital with much to offer. The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is a very upscale hotel with plasma screen televisions in the rooms, balconies, and wireless Internet access throughout. With several pools and almost a mile of private beach access, this is a place to go to be pampered.

The Beach Rotana Hotel and Tower is located in the heart of the shopping and business district of Abu Dhabi. Each room has its own balcony and beach view. Dubai is famous around the world as a jet set playground, with extreme luxury catering to the wealthy and the very wealthy. However, it is possible to find a hotel in Dubai that is not stratospherically priced. The Grand Millennium Dubai is a handsome high rise with every service and amenity a traveler could want, including a variety of internationally themed restaurants.

The Burj Al Arab is widely acknowledged as the most luxurious hotel in the world. It looks like the sail of a sailboat and features water and fire effects after dark. From restaurants to personal service, the Burj Al Arab simply offers the finest available, and it is priced accordingly.

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