The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. Dubai has the largest population in the UAE followed by Abu Dhabi and has the second largest land territory by area of all the emirates after Abu Dhabi.
Today, Dubai has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings and Abu Dhabi's major attractions are the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – which is the most important architectural landmarks, and the Ferrari World, a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
With UAE celebrating its 41st National Day on Sunday, December 02, 2012, Dawn.com gives you a glance of the country, its buildings and attractions.
View of Dubai Marina at night.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
The Dubai Dancing Fountain, set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
At the Top, Burj Khalifa a world-class destination and the glorious centerpiece of Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
View from The Burj Khalifa’s observatory on the 124th floor, aptly called “At The Top.”– Photo by Eefa Khalid
Everytime you visit UAE, the country amazes you with its social and economic shifts that have been made in such a short period.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Tourist taking pictures at the entrance of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Inside structure at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Entrance to the world's fastest roller coaster ride at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
World's fastest roller coaster ride at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the entrance of one of the rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This ride explains how the Ferrari is made.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Dino brand on display at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Dino was a mid-engine, rear-drive sports car produced by Ferrari from 1968 - 1976. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Screen display from one of the 3D rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
One of the rides where you can virtually drive a Ferrari at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the main entrance at the Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.- Photo by Eefa Khalid.
Combined with oriental Moroccan / Andalusian minarets fusing the wide and diverse Islamic world into one summation of art and beauty.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Using techniques of artistic glass work; mosaic, carved and sand blasted glass displaying traditional Islamic designs of symmetry and repetition.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Buhaira Corniche Sharjah, Sharjah is about 170 kilometers away from its sister city, UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and less than 20 kilometers from the more popular emirate, Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
The Dubai Heritage Village located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth.- Photo by Eefa Khalid