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Tourism in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been on the rise since the country became an independent union in 1972. The Middle East is famous for its large desert landscapes and desert safaris are consistently popular all times of the year.

This is often overshadowed by the beauty of the Persian Gulf. The beaches found along the lengthy UAE coastline make for stunning afternoon relaxation and things to do on the water. Jet-skiing, fishing and kayaking are popular activities.

Desert safaris on off-road vehicles are hugely popular in the UAE. Most depart from Dubai, but there are others that originate from Al Ain and Abu Dhabi and can be arranged through Viator.

The Persian Gulf is swarming is fish therefore deep-sea fishing has grown into an important tourist activity. Fish Abu Dhabi and Go Fishing Dubai are two popular charter companies that offer boats and equipment for a package price.

Boat cruises are available in several different forms. The traditional dhow ships can be rented for half day or full-day tours, or just a short ride across the Dubai Creek. Abra ferries and yacht trips are available from the Dubai Marine Yacht Club. Albania Horizons is one company that provides great deals on boat trips in the UAE.

There are several marvelous, world class golf courses located around the UAE, with most in Dubai. The Emirates Golf Club is one of the most acclaimed with a sand course for an additional challenge. Visit Leisure Link for more information.

The turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf lap up many beaches around the UAE. Khor Kalba and Umm-al Quwain are among the quieter ones, but many entertaining water sports are available, including jet-skiing, sailing, diving, and kayaking. Contact Dadabhai Travel for more information.

Why not see the entire landscape all at once? Seaplane adventures via Viator depart from Dubai and take about 45 minutes. While such tours are pricey, the sheer beauty more than makes up for it.

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