Atlantis The Palm
- Air Condition
- Cable TV
- Elevator in building
- Exchange office
- Free parking
- Free toiletries
- Hair dryer
- Outdoor pool
- Pets allowed
- Private bathroom
- Safety deposit box
- Spacious wardrobe
- Wake up service
- Washer & Dryer
- Wheelchair accessible
- Wireless internet
- Yoga classes
United Arab Emirates الإمارات العربية المتحدة
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is the constitutional federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Al Fujairah. It stretched over 1448 km from the west coast of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, where water and land overlap, to the Arabian Peninsula.
Rich of pearls which have been sustaining the UAE population for centuries, the coastline is studded with islands, coral reefs and ridges. Nearly 200 islands fall under the UAE territory on Persian Gulf, including Abu Dhabi Island, capital of United Arab Emirates, Das Island which is rich in Oil, Delma Island which is rich in pearls, Umm Al Nar Island, Saadyat Island, Hamra Island near Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Moosa Island, Greater Tunb Island, Lesser Tunb Island, and other islands which have left their mark on UAE.
The United Arab Emirates mainland varies from narrow plains surrounded with sand desert throughout the west and the south to highlands stretching in the Far East and southern east to the borders of Oman.
According to recent discoveries, human settlement in UAE dates back to several thousand years and probably, to the Stone Age (5500 B.C. or 7500 B.C.), where the weather was humid with frequent rainfall.
Nature & Outdoor
The UAE has a reputation for outstanding growth and glittering skylines. Most of the time people forget about the abundant natural beauty that this diverse country is home to. Each of the seven United Arab Emirates has its own unique natural areas that are, for the most part, untouched and unaltered by man. Here are the top 12 natural hidden gems of the UAE that encourage you to go beyond the man made glitz and glamour.
In 2000, an Environment Protection and Development Law was issued by the late President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This was a landmark law in regards to environmental conservation. It strives to control pollution and to avoid both immediate and long term damages of economic, agricultural, industrial or urban development. Interestingly in Dubai, a region known for major developments and building, the biggest piece of land that Dubai has dedicated to one project was for the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This reserve covers and area of 225 square kilometers, or 4.7% of the total land area of the UAE.
The United Arab Emirates hosts a wide variety of mammals (both on land and in the water), reptiles and birds. Despite being known for continual urban development, the Sheikhs of the UAE have always been concerned with the environment, establishing mandates to help preserve it. Since the country’s formation in 1971, several laws, presidential decrees and local orders have been issued to protect the environment.
The Arabian Oryx is the largest of the Arabian antelopes and can survive in areas without trees or standing water. During the 1960s, the Arabian Oryx became extinct in the wild, however, thanks to the work of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, a breeding campaign was put in place with animals that had been in captivity. These animals bred well, resulting in several herds in various locations in Abu Dhabi. The Arabian Mountain Gazelle is another common species that lives in gravel plains, sand deserts and mountains. Natural habitats for these animals extend right across the northern Emirates. These gazelles are very interesting in that if they encounter danger, they can reach speeds of 65 km/hour in order to escape.
The Arabian Leopard is a very famous mammal, unfortunately, its fame stems from its near extinct status. The early 1990s witnessed a near massacre by hunters, leaving very few leopards alive. This triggered conservation efforts by the Arabian Leopard Trust (ATL), which was established in 1992. The ATL opened a breeding centre in the foothills of the Hajjar Mountain Range in Ras al-Khaimah. The area was donated by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, the ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah. The Arabian Leopard is now protected by law in the UAE.
Approximately one-third of the eighty known species of whales and dolphins inhabit the coasts around the UAE. Most species are found off the eastern coast where deep underwater canyons exist. This deep water accommodates species like sperm whales and Risso’s dolphins. In contrast, the shallow and warm waters of the Arabian Gulf are perfect for species like the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the rare, finless porpoise that prefer such conditions. Dugongs are also common as these animals, which are thought to be the origin of the mermaid myth, number around 5,000.
Reptiles are very suited to the hot and dry climate found throughout the UAE. As such, over fifty-four terrestrial species inhabit the country. Along with desert dwelling lizards, there are also water-based reptiles like the Green Turtle. These creatures are found in waters around the country, however, the largest populations occur on feeding grounds to the west of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE is considered by many to be a birdwatcher’s paradise. This is because of the more than 100 species that breed in the country. Popular birds amongst enthusiasts are the Persian Shearwater, the near-endemic Socotra Cormorant and the rare Barbary Falcon. In addition to those that breed in the UAE are large numbers of migratory birds that visit the country while end route between Asia, Africa and Europe.
Dubai has zero tolerance for drunken driving. While tourists are free to drink in licensed venues around the city, you cannot drive even with a slight tint of alcohol in your system. Breaking the rule can lead to hefty fines or even imprisonment. So, its best you skip driving for the party and book a cab. In fact, some cafes in Dubai also provide free drop-off after the party.
When in Dubai, modesty in key! And that applies to the pubs and bars as well. Pubs in Dubai follow strict dress codes for men and women. Besides, the dress code largely depends on where you are partying. So its best you call the bar or pub and confirm. Always better to be safe than sorry!
Dubai’s bars and nightclubs understand the term ‘partying’ and allow women to leave their jeans back in the suitcase. Bars and nightclubs in Jumeirah and other star hotels permit short skirts, micro minis, and short dresses. Some places also have a policy of letting ONLY the ‘best-dressed’. As for footwear, its always best to wear stilettos, pencil heels or something with heels, as that is a common code followed in most pubs. Earlier in February this year, nightclubs in the city rolled out a heels-only policy to maintain standards.
However, in case you’re going partying to a beach club steer clear of heels and feel free to flaunt your flip-flops. Beach parties are also a perfect occasion to try out that new swimsuit you’ve tucked away in the closet.
And while you can pull off that little black dress without an effort, its worth packing a jacket or a wrap and a pair of comfortable footwear for when you’re back outside. Lastly, if you’re confused or unsure about the dress code, its best you call up the venue to avoid last minute disappointments.
Men on the other hand must strictly steer away from casuals. Most pubs in the city encourage men to party in formals – head to toe.
Happy Hours & Ladies’ Night
If you’re looking for a way to party within budget, happy hours are your best bet. Almost all pubs in the city (hi-end & the rest) offer happy hour discounts on specific days of the week or even through the week at times. These normally start around 5 or 6 pm and run for two to three hours. Happy hours are big among office crowds as the deal is ideal for large groups and its also a good way to unwind post work.
Nightclubs and bars in Dubai literally pamper women! Ladies’ night deals are a big thing in the city and why not- after all women get to enjoy 50% off on drinks, two-for-one or dinner deals or even a FREE cocktail at times. Most of the bars schedule Ladies’ Night on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, with fewer deals reserved for the other days of the week.
Besides, if you’re game to elevate your weekends and party in a dreamy destination, head to The Lounge at Burj Khalifa.
Hotel bars are open from morning until midnight (12 pm)
Clubs open at 10 pm and let you party well into the morning until 3:00 am
Most clubs are closed during Ramadan
Dance & Music
Loud music and dancing is strictly prohibited in public venues including beaches, parks and in residential areas. Dancing and loud music are permitted only in licensed venues.
Until recently, Dubai pubs had free entry. However, with the nightlife evolving in the recent years, a minimum cover charge is something you must expect in most nightclubs. But, the good part is- this charge might also include a free drink.
Culture & History
During the last two decades, the Emirates experienced enhancement and activation of cultural development in the Emirati society, as culture and all its various elements became an original approach to achieving knowledge accumulation and promoting sustainable development. The process was and still is going on since the turn of the millennium – as it was prepared for – through the implementation of an intellectual and cultural movement that is capable of keeping up with modern transformations and openness to the different other, and various cultural spheres all over the world. A movement based on the primary effective foundations, such as issuing the compulsory reading law, rejuvenating cultural, intellectual, and artistic life, launching innovation prizes that stimulate catching up with the renaissance of the country, building cultural bridges to reinforce national identity and limit the repercussions and effects of political, economic, social and cultural globalization, and drawing a map for the country’s future civilization and self-development, which is nearing on the cusp of knowledge, science, thought and culture.
With the official trends aiming to uphold culture, arts, creativity, and innovation within the available cultural and historical fundamentals, rich heritage and open thinking, public libraries spread throughout the country, and the arts that preserve the artistic heritage have been – relatively – developed. Thus, features of a climate suitable for creative talents growth and display of new talents began to manifest in encouraging writing and translating in various literary trends, and excavation of the country’s historical heritage, along with the dedication to civilized methods and considering them a practical approach among the segments of society whose cultural paths have diversified by the expatriate majority.
Although the prevailing belief in the region is that the notion of cultural development is a modern one in sociology literature, it was launched in the UAE through a conscious effort to make a cultural breakthrough intentionally, in an endeavor to establish clear and specific policies enforced by accountable institutions, and to produce a purposeful, constructive culture for people and society, whether in the form of spiritual, intellectual or material elements, in which family, clan, tribe, and the small local community, in cooperation with state institutions, play a dynamic and permanent role.
And thus, the UAE has a cultural life that combines the traditional Emirati heritage with international traditions of arts, music, sports, and entertainment. Among the various favored local arts and sports, we can mention folk dance, falconry, horse, and camel racing. The country started to be an international hub for film festivals, modern arts, architecture, and high-level sports competitions, which makes the Emirati culture more open and diverse than several countries in the region.
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