Baedeker is proud to welcome this brand new guide to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 100 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From mosques, galleries and medieval forts to sandy beaches, luxury hotels and shopping malls, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights and Arabian technologies in perspective and include wind towers and oil production, brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover the United Arab Emirates' fascinating history and culture, tracing the key events from ancient times up to the present day. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that provide a rare glimpse into everyday life for women in the UAE, as well as Arabic music and animals of the area. A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, language, sport and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities and for those travelling with children. It reveals the best shopping hot-spots and recommends top beaches and dive sites worth visiting. There are plenty of 'Baedeker Tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, not to mention 21 detailed plans and maps within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 5 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of the Emirates, whether you want to experience the desert sand dunes, explore the majestic Hajar Mountains, or have fun in the Dreamland Aqua Park. Journey lengths range from one day to a few days, so you can choose the tour to suit you and the time you have to spare. The top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them. All of this invaluable information is contained in a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather. Baedeker - setting a new standard in 21st century travel guide publishing.