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United Arab Emirates

Desert states with magnificent architecture

date of entry 19/03/2005
mileage 463,483

capital Abu Dhabi

area 83.600 km²

population 5,474 M.

GDP 360,1 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Arabic

When most people think of United Arab Emirates, they think of Dubai. But the country is actually a collection of seven emirates which also includes Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi. Gunther was fascinated by its contrasts: The traditional Arab port of Dubai on the one hand, and huge shopping malls with their own skating rinks on the other
  • The icon Burj al Arab still is the number one tourist landmark in Dubai
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  • Neatly tended landscaping along the city streets
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  • Gunther also enjoyed touring the dunes with Otto
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  • In Dubai, bustling traditional ports rub shoulders with imposing skyscrapers
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  • The construction boom has created huge swathes of offices, hotels and shopping malls
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  • Video: United Arab Emirates: architecture, writ large

Otto was here before ...

Oman

date of entry 19 March 2005
mileage 464,058

United Arab Emirates

date of entry 20 March 2005
mileage 464,169

Saudi Arabia

date of entry 29 March 2005
mileage 466,040