United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates


Initialism of Ujedinjeni Arapski Emirati ‎(“United Arab Emirates”). [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Abu Dhabi Adventurers – This group is about like-minded people with a passion for outdoor adventures. With so much to explore in UAE and beyond, our endeavor is to offer a comprehensive array of exciting adventures on weekends, holidays and some weekdays far from the pub crawling and the Malls of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Basketball – Looking to get a group of basketball lovers/players from all over the world, with different types of skills and levels. We are aiming to have a game each week. The aim of the group is to have fun, improve your fitness, take part in a social event. Once we have enough members we can arrange a permanent location and are open to suggestions. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Bucket Listers – Our mission is to embrace and discover Abu Dhabi and just have lots of fun with it! Meeting like minded people along the way for continued friendships and an extended community. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Football Group – Open to residents in and around Abu Dhabi. We are a social group open to all football lovers who look forward to play few games a week in order to have fun, get fit and make new friends. If this is what your looking for then this group is ideal for you. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Unattached – AD Unattached is for people who have no attachments to spouses, children, or family/ friends in the UAE. Life as an expat can be lonely, if you don’t know anyone, so come join a group that focuses on friendships first! [meetup]

Burger Club Dubai – Do you like a beer and a burger with your friends? Fancy yourself as a bit of a food critic? Burger Club Dubai was formed in 2015 with the purpose of creating a good excuse for a night out. With over 20 events so far, Burger Club Dubai preview a new venue every month in their own special way. [meetup]

Dubai Business Networking – This is a group for business networking and can be great for both, experienced and new starters. Whether you are looking to grow your business or looking to partner or venture into something new, we are sure you will find this group very useful. [meetup]

Dubai Internet City Events – Dubai Internet City (DIC) is the Middle East and North Africa’s largest ICT hub. Since the year 2000, DIC has successfully developed a prosperous ecosystem for technology organisations and has been one of the forerunners in carrying forward Dubai’s vision of transitioning into a knowledge-based economy. [meetup]

Dubai Personal Devlopment – Eradicate disease, acquire massive wealth, overcome obstacles, and achieve what many would regard as impossible. [meetup]

Dubai Social Group – Dubai Social is about bringing people together!! DS is socialising, networking, outdoors, indoors, style, movies, dining, nights and days out, going places and getting together, exploring new experiences and activities, dancing, culture, charity, business, etc. But most important, it is about making friends and meeting new people! [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Arablounge.com – Welcome to the number one Arab singles and dating community geared towards Arab men and women! Arab Lounge is currently the largest online Christian and Muslim dating service for Arabs. Join our Arab personals and qiran dating site today to meet compatible and beautiful Arab women and men and your Arab match. [arab lounge]

Muslima.com – Muslima has helped thousands of Muslim singles find their match. As one of the leading Islamic matrimonial sites, we are one of the largest and most trusted sites around. Not many other sites can offer you a membership database of over 4.5 million members with the promise of introducing you to single Muslim men and women across the world. [muslima]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Airo Tour – Dubai is an exciting place. It’s an amazing mix between east and west. You will see beautiful mosques next to some of the most futuristic skyscrapers. It is a great city to spend a few days and what better way to explore this city than with a local guide. Join us on a free tour of Dubai and get to know this city intimately. Our guides will love to show you their Dubai. A free tour of Dubai is the perfect way to explore the history and future of this great city. [airo tour]

Arabian Adventures – Savour a variety of traditional flavours as you stroll along the historic 2nd December Street. Learn more about the culture and heritage of the Middle East from your entertaining and informative guide as you walk through this old neighbourhood. [arabian-adventures]

Big Bus Tours – Arabic charm blends into futuristic fantasy on our Abu Dhabi bus tour. Hop on and hop off to discover rich tradition at the Grand Mosque and Heritage Village, zero-emission living in modern Masdar City, and chase thrills at Yas Island’s Ferrari World. [big bus tours]

Culture Centre – Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai. Join our experienced tour guides for a walk through the unique narrow sikkas and beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences along the Dubai Creek. [culture centre]

E-Architect – Our Abu Dhabi guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking we do not allow for bookings to be joined up. Our guided tours in Abu Dhabi are all exclusive to each client. [e-architect]

Fun Tours – The special Historical Dubai Walking tour provides historical glimpse into the past of Dubai by offering the visit to city’s oldest heritage sites with experienced English Speaking guide of Funtours Dubai inclusive of pick and drop service from Hotel/Residence in Dubai & Sharjah, Lunch , Abra ride(Water Taxi) and entry tickets to all Museums. [fun tours dubai]

Rent-A-Guide – This tour is perfect for stopover passengers who have a stopover of 18-24 hours in Abu Dhabi and want to make the most of it. [rent-a-guide]

Strawberry Tours – Dubai is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a beautifully odd combination of the ocean and the desert, right next to each other. From just a deserted island which is hard to even live on, Dubai has emerged to be a global city and one of the biggest business hubs in the Middle East. As of 2012, Dubai is the most expensive city in the Middle East. That means everything in the land of Dubai is top notch. [strawberry tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Al-Bidyah Mosque – The oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, Al-Bidyah is an important historical site that lies in the Emirate of Fujairah. Although modest in proportions, this adobe building was beautifully designed with its original ventilation shaft patterns in the walls still visible. The entire surrounding area is an archaeological site, where many pottery and metal artifacts have been excavated. [planet ware]

Bastakia – The Bastakia quarter of Dubai is the last remaining fragment of Old Dubai and shouldn’t be missed. This small heritage area really evokes the simpler, gentler past of the city before skyscrapers took over the skyline. Narrow lanes are lined with beautifully preserved buildings in typical Arabian architecture styles, many with wind-tower features. There are various museums, where you can enter the houses and see typical Arabian interiors within the quarter, along with mosques and a small surviving segment of the original Dubai city wall. [planet ware]

Beaches – There’s a beach for everyone in the United Arab Emirates, from the city beaches surrounding Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the enclave of luxury sweeps of sand around Ajman and the wilder beaches of the Emirate of Fujairah. Many luxury hotels have private patches of sand, which non-guests can use for a day fee. Water-sports such as diving, jet skiing and snorkeling are also available at many resort locales. [planet ware]

Burj Khalifa – The Burj Khalifa is one of the United Arab Emirates most famous buildings and the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai. Not only is it the world’s tallest building, but it also lays claim to the titles of tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest observation deck in the world and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. A trip up to the observation deck with its panoramic views across Dubai is a sightseeing highlight for most tourists who visit, though for those who suffer from vertigo it might be best to give it a miss. [planet ware]

Dubai Creek Dhow Ride – The Burj Khalifa may give you that famous skyline view from up high, but the most iconic Dubai views are still taken from the water. Dubai Creek slices through the city and the best way to experience Dubai is from one of the beautiful dhows (traditional Arabic boats) that ply the creek. Sunset cruises are particularly beautiful as you watch the lights of the high-rises begin to twinkle in the dusk. [planet ware]

Dubai Museum – Dubai’s museum is a great place to get a feel for traditional life before the oil boom transformed the United Arab Emirates. There are good displays about local Bedouin life as well as exhibits exploring how fishing and pearl diving were the economic mainstays until the mid-20th century. The museum is based in the well-restored Al-Fahidi Fort, made of traditional coral-block architecture. [planet ware]

Desert Excursions – For those with an adventurous streak, make a beeline for the empty stretch of desert hugging the coastline outside the cities. There is a myriad of things to do in the desert, from four-wheel-drive trips and dune-buggy journeys, to sand boarding, hiking and camel treks. Most people plan a desert trip from Dubai, but Abu Dhabi and Fujairah are also excellent bases for desert sightseeing. [planet ware]

Hajar Mountains – The Hajar Mountains scythe through the desert, creating the jagged and wild heart of the United Arab Emirates. Twisting roller-coaster roads with spectacular scenery along the way connects the region’s tiny villages. There are wadis (valleys) to explore and hiking opportunities abound. [planet ware]

Jebel Hafeet – The summit of Jebel Hafeet is a favourite day trip from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, with sumptuous desert panoramas all the way up to the top on the winding road. After the twisting mountain road drive, it’s all about the views and you are rewarded with being able to see across the area’s vast sweep of desert. [planet ware]

Sharjah Arts Museum – The most important museum dedicated to the arts in the country, this modern Sharjah museum is home to the most diverse art collection in the United Arab Emirates. The museum is recognised for its collection of works by Arabic artists and also for its important pieces by European artists who specialised in painting the Arab world. The museum is also noted for its program of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. [planet ware]

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation – One of the best museums in the country to focus on Islamic history, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation has fascinating exhibits dating from the early years of the Islamic empire. Many displays feature manuscripts and religious documents, and tourists will find them easy to understand thanks to excellent information boards throughout. [planet ware]

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mammoth modern mosque of incredible beauty. Harnessing contemporary design and ancient craftsmanship skills, the mosque is a harmonious blend of modern and old. It doesn’t fail to dazzle all who enter with its lavish use of gold, mosaic work and glass work, marble in gigantic proportions and blindingly white stone contrasting dramatically under the Emirati blue sky. [planet ware]



Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival – Huge crowds flock to the most-populated city in the UAE for Abu Dhabi’s International Jazz Festival. This beloved May event lures thousands of music lovers, where amazing performances are given by some of the world’s leading jazz artists. The festival began as a two-day event, but now spans more than a week. [iexplore]

Dubai Desert Classic – Every year, the best golfers from around the world make their way to Dubai, where the Desert Classic takes place. The prize money allures the best of the best and spectators if they can get a hold of the highly coveted tickets. The tournament is held at the Emirates Golf Club in March. [iexplore]

Dubai Marathon – In January, the Dubai Marathon takes center stage. There are 1.8 mile (three km), 6.2 mile (10 km), and 31 mile (50 km) races, with the winners receiving large sums of money. Thousands of participants come to the UAE to join, with an increasing number of runners every year. [iexplore]

Dubai Shopping Festival – Shopaholics need to remember to breathe because the Dubai Shopping Festival is a month-long event. Every mall in the city reduces its prices during January and February, attracting thousands from around the globe. There are concerts and entertainment as a backdrop. [iexplore]

Eid – At the end of Ramadan, the cities of the UAE celebrate with parties and feasts. Both visitors and locals can share in the spoils as Dubai and Abu Dhabi throw social events for several days to mark the end of the Islamic fasting period in September. [iexplore]

Emirates World Series Horse Race – The Emirates World Series of Horse Racing concludes in Dubai, where the world’s richest race takes place. Held in April, the Dubai World Cup Horse Race welcomes thousands of spectators, along with the best jockeys, trainers, and horses from the world over. The event is run from the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which provides memorable entertainment and a social atmosphere in the UAE. [iexplore]

International Film Festival Dubai – The Dubai film festival takes place in November and attracts not only thousands of cinema enthusiasts from across the Middle East and Europe, but famous producers and Hollywood stars for screenings all over the city. [iexplore]

National Day Festival – Commemorating the formation of the UAE and the independence of the region from Britain, National Day is celebrated across the country in December with performances and events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Accommodations are hard to come by at this time, so book well in advance. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Bus Services were introduced in Abu Dhabi by the Emirate in 2008 with four routes which were zero fare until the end of the year. At the end of 2011, the Bus Services in Emirate of Abu Dhabi could provide more than 95 service routes with 650 buses to transport 50 million passengers in the region. In the Bus Network Plan in 2013, 14 bus routes were operated in Abu Dhabi City. [wikipedia]

Rail – The only intercity railway operational in the UAE is the Dubai Metro, while the Abu Dhabi Metro is under construction. Freight is transported through Etihad Rail, it was set up in 2009 to manage a national level freight and passenger rail network within the country and later to other nations of Gulf Cooperation Council. [wikipedia]

Taxi services – Taxis services are operated by both government agencies as well as private agencies. [wikipedia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Abu Dhabi Filmmaker’s Network – Are you a filmmaker or aspire to be one? Want to network with other talent, learn more about the film business, and have fun? This club is for you. Making movies requires many levels of creativity. In a small city like Abu Dhabi with a relatively new media industry, finding talent can be challenging. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Librarians Meetup – An informal network of professional librarians, educators and library supporters. Join this group to meet up with Library Champions! [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

DevOps in Dubai – For software developers or operations people who are building SaaS or E-Commerce applications in Dubai. [meetup]

Dubai Cyber Security for Control Systems – This meetup dedicated to all professionals involved in Cyber Security for Automated Processes and Control Systems including security for Operating Technology (OT), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), SCADA Systems, Transportation Systems, Building Control Systems (BCS), and even emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems. [meetup]

Dubai Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

Google Developer Groups in Dubai – The official Google Developer Groups in Dubai and the first in the Gulf. Started in 2010. We aim to spread technology and knowledge to the community and help the build awesome products using the best tools out there. [meetup]

Human Resource and L&D Professionals – In every meetup, the group member discusses one topic related to HR and L&D challenges and opportunities. The group doesn’t limit in sharing but captures the information and shares with the world in a form of Case Study. Looking forward to explore and exploit the enthusiasts. [meetup]

Microsoft Developers UAE Meetup – This meetup has been created to gather the developers community in UAE. Open to all developers, the idea is to share technical feedback & learn all together about developing web or mobile applications with several programming languages such as HTML5 & JavaScript, C#/VB or C++. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Abu Dhabi Expats Club- Singles in the City! – This group is for people who are enjoying making the world a more fun and sociable place. It is mainly for singles to meet other singles, of similar interests, in fun social experiences, social activities and events. Participate wholly and regularly and make the most of the adventure to single life! [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Expats Over 50 Meetup – Our group is made up of expat singles over 50 who reside in or near Abu Dhabi. Let’s enjoy an evening of meeting and mixing with fellow fifties or Abu Dhabi activities. Get ready for food, fun and festivities — for fifties. [meetup]

Abu Dhabi Speaks! Language & Culture Exchange – Speakers of all languages meet up for fun conversation. We are proud to be the first group created in Abu Dhabi for Language & culture exchange. We started almost over 4 years ago, wow! how time flies! [meetup]

British Council Abu Dhabi: English Learning and Cultural Ex – The British Council is the UK’s organisation for international education and culture. Our trained staff provide high quality English tuition to those interested in improving their skills whether for daily life or a goal such as career progression or emigration. [meetup]

Dubai Arabic Language Club – First of all I want to say it is all about, Intention, Being committed and SERIOUS. Learning any language is very simple and easy if we approach it like kids; a two years old child can learn any language in the world right? Just by listening,repeating and practicing. [meetup]

Language & Culture Exchange Dubai Group (LCEDG) – Language and Culture are always inseparable. Language is used to maintain and convey culture and cultural ties. Language and Culture Exchange Dubai Group (LCEDG) was founded as a voullentary work group on September 29th, 2012. [meetup]

Learn the Arabic Sign Language – Any arabic speakers above 18 years old are welcomed to join ” Learn the Arabic Sign Language ” Meetup. In this Meetup we will learn the arabic sign language step by step, we will sometimes have sign language experts attend the meetups to help us improve our learning. [meetup]

The Expats Club- Are you new in Dubai? – Are you new in Dubai? Would you like to meet like minded people and establish a quick social circle? In which case you are in the right place! Sign up for fun gatherings and events which will help you shrink the time to establish a network! [meetup]

The Expats Club- Dubai 35 plus – Dubai can be a wonderful city for the globally aware expatriate. You may have however outgrown frenetic clubbing evenings with teeny boppers and loud music and are yet not ready for long quiet evenings alone at home. You may be looking to meet with compatible, well travelled people with similar interests but diverse experiences, with the possibility of forging friendships based on deeper connections. [meetup]

The Expats Club- Dubai Above and beyond – This is a group for those who want to enjoy the best of Dubai in the company of others of a similar mindset. We will organise events of different types throughout the year. Please join us. We ask for proper full answers to all our questions and a clear photo. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Dubai LGBT Social Group Meetup – People may feel lonely even in this city of lights and millions of people around. It’s always good to take time and support each other where someone would understand you truly who you are without any prejudices. [meetup]

The Rainbow Community – It is a friendly & open space to meet and talk in a safe environment. It is a place to respect our differences and appreciate our diversity. the main purpose of this group is to find supportive people. [meetup]



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