Sightseeing in the U.A.E.

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

-Dubai Museum , mosques and old forts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Project for partnership with Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. This would involve the opening of a branch in this country.
4x4 tours of the desert.
One of the little religious tourism to share can be the huge Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Therapeutic spa tourism is less developed.
Beaches around Dubai are very beautiful and the hotel complexes developed around them are high class. Ladies are formally recommended not to wear bikini on public beaches. Topless and nudism are prohibited on all beaches of the country.
Winter Sports
Artificial indoor ski station under in Dubai.
Outdoor Activities
It is possible to play golf in Dubai which is a prized destination for followers of this sport. Also, under sea diving is pleasurable to discover the rich marine depths.It is also standard to practise fishing as a sport. Finally, the UAE is reputed for its horse riding.
It is possible to take advantage of the gold market and reduced tax trading centres of Dubai.
Top Highlights of the Capital City
Guide on Dubai
Guide on Abu Dhabi
Top Highlights of the Country
Main things to do in Emirates.
Tourism Organizations
Abou Dhabi Touristic Authority
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Communication
For Further Information
Dubai tourism office

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
The system of Emirates is authoritarian. There are no political parties.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
It is limited by the federal law no. 15 of 1980 on publications even if it is in principle guaranteed by the constitution.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 86/175
Evolution: 17 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Access to internet is filtered in Emirates. Access to the sites judged contrary to the local cultural and religous ideals is prohibited.
Freedom of Assembly
The freedom of assembly is restricted by the government
Rule of Law
Corruption is low.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
There is strong discrimination between the nationals and the expatriates especially those of South Asian origin and other Arab countries.
Women's Condition
Despite an early opening, women continue to suffer discrimination. They are under-represented in political institutions.
For Further Information
Freedom House report of 2008

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Degree of Freedom
Each faith has the right to practice its religion.The government controls the contents of sermons of Friday in mosques.
Official religion: Islam.
Sunni Muslims: 78% ; Shia Muslims: 18% ; Christians: 3.5% ; Others : 0.5%
Role of Religion in Society
Religion is a big marker of identity and a factor of cohesion in the country. It governs many aspects of daily life.

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