If you’re interested in historical tourist spots in the UAE, you will be spoilt for choice. From ancient mosques to more modern marvels, the region is full of excellent places to visit. Here are just five of them.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Perhaps best-known as the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s 160 storey Burj Khalifa is 2,722 feet tall and is surrounded by the aptly-named Burj Khalifa Park.
Visitors to the tower who have a head for heights are advised to head straight to At the Top, the Burj Khalifa’s observation Decks, which are 555 metres off the ground!
Al-Bidyah Mosque, Fujairah
Known as the oldest mosque in the UAE, the Al-Bidyah Mosque has been a house of worship since 1446.
While the mosque is modest in size, it underwent restoration work around 15 years ago, which added more modern comforts, such as fluorescent lights and two air conditioning units. This has made it much more comfortable for visitors.
Dubai Museum, Dubai
Dubai’s main museum can be found in the Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to 1787 and is considered to be the city’s oldest structure.
The museum was opened in 1971 to present in the traditional way of life in Dubai. Exhibits include pearl diving, as well as dioramas depicting life in the region before the discovery of oil, and exhibits from Asia and Africa. Some artefacts are believed to date back to 3000 BC.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Designed to hold 40,000 worshippers, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a work of art inside and out. With an exterior that’s finished in striking gold and white, and features 82 domes and 1,000 columns, the inside boasts such sights as the world’s largest hand knotted carpet and 21 carat cold chandeliers.
The main prayer hall is home to one of the world’s largest chandeliers, which is 10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighs 12 tonnes. Visitors can take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’ to see more of the mosque’s exceptional delights.
The oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, The Qasr al-Hosn was built in 1761 to defend the only freshwater well in Abu Dhabi Island. It became a fort in 1783.
The site is the subject or extensive research, and because of this, it now houses various ancient artefacts, especially weapons.
There are many places to visit in this region, whether you’re in Dubai or on other UAE holidays, so why not try these five historic sites? They could be the highlight of your trip!
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