Top 4 Architectural Sights
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, designed by Adrian Smith, has become an icon of the city. It is the world's tallest building at a height of 2,722 feet and the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor offers spectacular views. The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization was opened in June of 2008 and houses an astonishing collection. Exhibits include rare Islamic artifacts and pieces on Islamic faith, science and culture. The Al Badiyah Mosque at Fujairah is the oldest functioning mosque in the United Arab Emirates, supposedly dating from 1446 AD. With four domes, the unusual mud brick and stone building has become a popular tourist attraction. The Manarat Al Saadiyat, an arts and culture center, in Abu Dhabi is a stunning modern building with three main galleries hosting permanent and temporary exhibits. Its gleaming roof structure recalls the shape of sand dunes, bringing the drama of the desert into the city.
Palm Jumeirah Island on the coast of Dubai is an artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree. It is the smallest and first of the three palm islands and features a mix of stunning residences, hotels, and shopping malls. Jebel Hafeet at Al Ain is the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates at 4,090 ft. You can drive in your rental car to the top to enjoy stunning views over the area. The mountain is also the site of more than 500 tombs dating back 5,000 years. Al Mamzar Beach Park in Dubai has five sandy beaches with swimming pools, barbecue areas, cabanas, and playgrounds. Hata Heritage Village in the mountain region of Hata dates back to 1,000 BC and has been extensively restored to provide a great glimpse into the historic past of the Emirates. Exhibits include a number of houses, a fortress and a castle as well as traditional weapons and other ancient artifacts.