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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a rising star for travelers seeking a mix of modern architecture, luxurious shopping, and desert adventure. In December 1971, the UAE became a federation of six emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah, while the seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, joined the federation in 1972.

    The best time to visit UAE for a holiday maker is during the winter months (December to February) when the weather is milder and more comfortable for outdoor activities. During this time, you can explore the country's major attractions, such as the world-famous Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the Palm Jumeirah. Other must-see attractions in UAE include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the historic Al Bastakiya district in Dubai, and the stunning desert landscapes in places like Liwa Oasis and Al Ain.

    Dubai is different from the other emirates in the UAE from a leisure traveler perspective for several reasons: Dubai is known for its iconic skyline, featuring some of the world's tallest and most impressive buildings, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. This makes Dubai a popular destination for those who love modern architecture and urban cityscapes. Dubai is also famous for its luxurious shopping experiences, with malls like the Dubai Mall offering a wide range of high-end brands and designer stores. Additionally, Dubai is known for its extravagant and unique attractions, such as the indoor ski slope at Ski Dubai and the Dubai Miracle Garden, which features over 45 million flowers arranged in stunning patterns and shapes. Dubai's beaches, like Jumeirah Beach and Kite Beach, are also a major draw for leisure travelers, offering crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Dubai is generally more liberal and open-minded compared to some of the other emirates, which may appeal to certain travelers who are looking for a more relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere. While all the emirates offer desert experiences, Dubai's desert safaris and experiences are some of the most popular, with activities like dune bashing, camel rides, and traditional Bedouin-style dinners.
    Overall, Dubai's mix of modern architecture, luxurious shopping experiences, unique attractions, stunning beaches, and desert experiences make it a popular destination for leisure travelers looking for a cosmopolitan and luxurious holiday.
    In 2019, Dubai welcomed over 45,000 Swedish visitors. 

    While UAE is considered a very safe country for travel, it's important to be aware of local laws and customs, such as dress codes and restrictions on alcohol consumption. 

    It is located in the Gulf Standard Time Zone, which is 2 hours ahead of Sweden. The local currency is the UAE dirham.

    The main international airports in UAE are Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport, both of which offer a range of flights to and from major cities around the world.

    Swedish citizens can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport or through the UAE embassy or consulate in Sweden before travel. The visa on arrival is valid for up to 90 days and allows for multiple entries. It's always a good idea to check the latest visa requirements with the UAE embassy or consulate before traveling.

    Some popular airlines that offer flights between Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) include: Emirates - direct from Stockholm, Royal Jordanian Airlines - from Stockholm via Amman, Turkish AIrlines via Istanbul, Qatar Airways from Stockholm via Doha, Lufthansa via Frankfurt and KLM to Dubai via Amsterdam.

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