Traditionally, in the United Arab Emirates go for a beach holiday and luxury shopping. But today this country can offer its guests much more. Emirates are becoming the most important world cultural center. Therefore, you will have something to do with yourself during the lunch hours: do not miss the opportunity to visit the branches of famous European and American galleries, as well as museums of Islamic culture. An important part of the modern culture of the United Arab Emirates is traveling by car through the cities of his native country or to nearby countries that are members of the Gulf association. And since the customs of your host country should be respected, we recommend that you use the car rental service for traveling with comfort.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
A masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture, built in honor of the most revered sheikh of the Emirates - Zayed ibn Sultan al-Nahyan. The deceased ruler has earned such a luxurious gift by the fact that in the middle of the last century he announced the creation of the United Arab Emirates Federation and turned the United principalities into a rich country with a high standard of living. Sheikh Zayed Mosque demonstrates the welfare of the Emirates, shining with countless ornaments of gold, crystals, semiprecious stones, marble. Representatives of all faiths are allowed to enjoy this luxury. If the culture of Islam is foreign to you, we recommend that you visit a study tour of the Mosque. To participate in the tour, leave your rental car in the free parking lot at the southern entrance and proceed to the eastern part of the building.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
On the embankment of Sharjah is one of the most influential museums in the world, which represents the achievements of Islamic culture. You will recognize this building by its majestic golden dome towering above the historical part of Sharjah. Proceed inward through the galleries of the Museum. They resemble long shopping arcades, because before this building was a covered eastern market. Having studied the vast legacy of Islamic civilization, be sure to go to the cafeteria, which is located under the arches of the dome. The final chord in acquaintance with Islamic culture - look up and you will see arches decorated with the image of an ancient map of the starry sky. Do not forget to continue to look at the night sky of Sharjah, traveling along its streets in your rented car.
Travelers following the desert in a rental car, Al Nour Island is your oasis. On this island there is a landscape park with an abundance of green spaces, modern sculptures and installation. In his heart is an amazing building - the Butterfly Pavilion. To design this unusual building in Sharjah, architects of the famous German bureau 3deluxe were invited. After enjoying the non-standard exterior of the Pavilion, go inside: here you will find an exciting journey through the garden, where butterflies trustfully sit on the shoulders of guests.
Traffic on some sections of the UAE roads is paid. Drivers who use the car rental service can use toll roads with increased comfort: the fare will be automatically deducted from your plastic card by the rental company. The toll road fare is about 1 euro for a single trip.
The main entrances to Dubai via Sharjah and Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Highway in Dubai
Al Garhud Bridge in Dubai
Al Maktoum Bridge in Dubai
Safa Park District in Dubai
Al Barsha District in Dubai
Al Mamzar Beach Park in Dubai
Tunnel at Dubai Airport
The UAE has a strict prohibition on drinking alcohol while driving.
In the UAE, the parking system acts like a clock, even with heavy traffic, you will not experience a shortage of parking spaces. At the entrance to the parking lot you will see the parking meter: pay the fare on the parking zone and put a control ticket for the windshield of your rented car. The fare for parking is not more than 1 euro; this rate corresponds to the cost of parking per hour. According to this tariff, when you leave the parking lot, you pay parking hours.
For those who have rented a car, there is some good news. You can use the free parking service in the UAE from 13 to 16 hours and at night on weekdays, including on Fridays. Also, short-term parking is not paid.
Carefully study your accommodation contract concluded with the hotel: it is possible that you are entitled to free parking at the hotel. When choosing a parking space for your rental car, pay attention to the road markings: parking is prohibited on shaded areas and parts of the road marked with a broken line.
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© Elena Kotelova, 2016