UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A modern traditional Arabian wonderland.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES? Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. In 1971, their rulers (Emirs) joined to form a country, parts of which have since transformed in mind-boggling, nature-bending ways.
Dubai? Over-rated. Great place to transit. There is some awesome food, and a great old souq. Al Ain, on the border with Oman had some pleasant date palm oasis. Watching people from around the world come to hustle and trade is fun for a day or two, but you can keep your megamalls and fancy hotels.
Sharjah, one of the other 6 Emirates that make up the country, has some really good Islamic museums.
The great mosque in Abu Dhabi is on my must-see list as one of the world’s great buildings.