Nine months out of twelve to get some fresh air, from temperate to very hot. Then four months of hot summer, more suitable for jogging in air-conditioned malls! The Emirates you are about to explore have nearly 800 km of coastline, lagoons in salt pans, beaches in creeks. We dive, we golf, we walk, we swim. Do you have a few days? Travel the desert on camels and approach the oryx, ride a Ferrari on rails at 240 km/h or fly over the orange dunes in a hot air balloon, walk along huge artificial islands on a fast boat and climb to the top of the world in Burj Khalifa, watch the sunset over the mangrove of Khor Kalba and smoke the hookah after a spa treatment in Ras al-Khaimah, taste the local grouper on a beach in Aqah and then explore Wadi Wurayah National Park. Why don't you attend a bullfight on the cornice of Fujairah?
A federation at the forefront of modernity :
Of course, don't expect to dive into a postcard market, smelling like spices and camel leather! Here, shopping malls have grown very quickly, investing this desert which never had to know the big markets and caravanserais. Are we already in the post-oil era? Abu Dhabi, whose owners are the richest Earthlings, seems to want to invent a more distant future every day, a development turned towards cultural and entertainment projects that allows buildings, campuses and soon world-class museums to flourish, without losing sight of the fundamentals of the millennium past. A modernity is being invented, who knows what it owes to pearl fishermen and agricultural palm groves. Dubai, for its part, recomposes each day its own portrait, from road lifting to "botoxed" towers. Under a canine sun, or in that beige mist that falls from the sky and seems to paint the landscape like a terracotta, here, in these gardens near the Creek, we breathe this city like no other.
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