Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE

  • Publish date: Sunday، 06 December 2020 Last update: Thursday، 25 February 2021
Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE
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A round up of 8 things you probably didn't know about the United Arab Emirates.

1. Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque houses the world’s largest carpet. The rug, with its 2.2 billion hand-tied knots, covers over 60,000 square feet (5574 square meters). Some 1,200 artisans worked on the rug in pieces for over a year and a half, completing it in 2007.

Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE

2. Ski Dubai was the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Visitors can enjoy a ski slope, bobsled run, tobogganing hills, snow zip line, snow cavern, even penguins. The snow park is chilled to minus 4 C (24.8 F) and boasts fresh snow all year long.

3. The UAE currently holds around 150 world records. So many in fact that it has its own Guinness World Records office right here at home.

4. Dubai has a gold ATM. Known as the ‘City of Gold’, the Gold Souk is the largest market for gold and jewellery in the world with an ATM that also that dispenses gold bars.

Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE

5. The UAE’s national animal is an Arabian Oryx which can also be seen printed on the 50 Dirham currency note.

Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE

6. Terminal 3 of Dubai Airport is the largest airport terminal in the world. Inside you can explore a 5 star hotel, pick up an iPad at the Apple Store or take a dip in a swimming pool and maybe meditate.

7. The UAE has one of the highest representations of women in parliament in the world.

8. The UAE’s flag design was designed by a young man who won a competition to design the flag. His design was chosen on the day the Emirates united.

Top 8 things you didn't know about the UAE

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