Lying on the calm, blue waters of the southern Gulf and flanked by majestic desert, Dubai offers year-round sunshine and five-star luxury along with the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. The emirate is an international conference, exhibition, and leisure travel destination.
Twenty nine years ago the southern coast of the lower Gulf was a barren, under-populated land comprised of several autonomous states. Today, as the United Arab Emirates, it has become a dynamic, modern society. The great wealth from the UAE’s oil and gas production has given the country one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Construction and development have proceeded at an amazing rate. Here opportunities for adventure abound: desert safaris, dune driving, four wheeling in wadis (dry river beds), sand-skiing, moonlit desert barbecues, camel racing, horse racing and falconry, and cruises on Dubai Creek or the Gulf. Photographic possibilities include traditional architecture; majestic mosques, magnificent palaces, brightly dressed children, camel and goat herds, ancient wind towers, dusty Bedouin villages, lush oases and palm groves, and dramatic sunsets.