United Arab Emirates has emerged as one of the most happening destinations in the world. This Middle Eastern country is larger than life and home to a culturally vibrant population.

The dryness and dullness of the desert have been successfully defeated by gigantic skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, unimaginable attractions, unlimited shopping and food options and countless events and festivities. United Arab Emirates hosts some of the biggest, grandest events in the year including shopping festivals, film and music awards, concerts and dance shows and sports events.

There are many reasons why you should add a trip to UAE to your 2018 travel bucket list. Here are just 5 that are sure to convince you.

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5. Astonishing Attractions

Despite being set in a desert terrain, UAE has something from every part of the world and the variety of attractions it offers is unbelievable. It boasts the world’s largest and only indoor aquarium that houses over 60,000 aquatic species including sand shark. The aquarium’s observatory is also home to the largest living crocodile on earth. If you want to experience some closeness to nature, head to Miracle Garden and Butterfly Park to experience another level of peace, beauty, and serenity.

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4. Thrilling Theme Parks and Water Parks

UAE has some of the most exciting indoor and outdoor theme parks in the world.  Dubai Mall’s Sega Republic and MG World of Adventure is heaven for thriller ride lovers. Speed on the tracks of world’s fastest roller coaster at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The Dubai Parks which house four different theme parks, including the international Legoland, has some of the most exciting rides. Visit Atlantis Aquaventure, Wild Wadi and Yas Waterworld if you’re looking for some water fun.

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3. Beautiful Beaches and Waterfronts

United Arab Emirates has taken the maximum advantage of its coastline. The long coastline has been divided into multiple beaches with each one having its own attractions. Drop by at Kite Beach in Dubai if you are a fan of watersports. The Jumeirah Beach is the most happening beach with shopping malls and numerous high-end eateries. If you want to unwind and enjoy a beautiful sunset, head to Fujairah and check in to one of the many luxurious beach resorts.

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2. Serious Shopping

Dubai is an emerging fashion hub. UAE has over one hundred huge shopping malls that house the best shopping, food, and entertainment options. You will find the best brands — from the most expensive ones to the more affordable — all under one roof. Winter marks the beginning of Dubai’s own dedicated shopping festival.

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1. Games at Grand Prix Abu Dhabi

November is the best season to travel to UAE as you can dodge the desert sun and truly enjoy the outdoor UAE. This time of year also marks the beginning of Abu Dhabi Formula 1 which makes it another reason to visit UAE.

You can find many Abu Dhabi F1 packages that can get you great deals at a good price.