The United Arab Emirates has become a popular destination for anybody looking to combine a city holiday with some beach time, thanks to the distinctive high-rise skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which surround lengthy sandy shorelines.
The towering Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Louvre museum offer sightseeing within close reach of the city sand.
With an outstanding list of big theme parks, both cities have become known among consumers as the greatest destinations to visit. Both cities also give vacationing families lots of purely enjoyable things to do, thanks to a slew of massive malls.
However, the UAE is more than the gloss and glamour of its two largest cities. From 4WD journeys across a landscape of rippling dunes to taking on the world's longest zipline over the jagged slopes of Jebel Jais, the country's interior of desert and Hajar Mountains is all about big-sky views and adventure activities.
There's also a lot more history here than those modern towers might lead you to assume. Sharjah and Al Ain are two cities that are committed to preserving Emirati culture.
See our list of the top attractions and things to do in the United Arab Emirates for suggestions on where to go.