Visiting The United Arab Emirates

Whether you’re looking to find a great place to eat or a fun-filled activity, we’ve got resources for you here! If you are a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and would like the opportunity to connect with Omega Theta Omega members during your visit, get in touch with us!

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The United Arab Emirates

Our Home Away from Home

Visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an unforgettable experience. There are a variety of activities, from exploring the bustling streets of the city to relaxing on the pristine beaches. The iconic Burj Khalifa is a must-see, and the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is awe-inspiring. From traditional souks to luxury shopping malls, there are plenty of ways to explore the local culture. For a unique experience, visitors can take a desert safari and ride a hot air balloon over the sand dunes. With its vibrant and diverse culture, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the UAE offers something for everyone.

Are you planning a visit to the UAE?

The UAE is a vibrant and diverse country with something for everyone to enjoy. From the iconic Burj Khalifa to the traditional souks, we are proud to show off the culture and heritage to our AKA Sisters from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for a luxury dinner or an adventure in the desert, we are happy to refer you to unforgettable experiences. Because this is our home, we do have some limitations in time and availability to host, so please fill out the form if you plan on visiting and we will do our best to connect with you.

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Getting Around the UAE

Favorite Places to Dine

Abu Dhabi
Atlon Bar & Bistro | Beirut Sur Mer | Café Arabia | Cirpriani | Coya | Dai Pai Dong | Fish Market | Oak Room | Stratos Revolving Lounge & Bar | Tashas

Al Ain
Leisure | Merdost Turkish Restaurant | Palm Greens Bar & Restaurant | Solidaire Restaurant & Café (Jimi Mall) | Wood House Restaurant (Al Ain Mall)

Dubai
360 Dubai | Al Iwan (Burj Al Arab) | Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant | Arabian Tea House | Atilier (Pier 7) | Atmosphere (Burj Khalifa) | Babiole | Doors | Dubai Pods | Fogo de Chao | Miss Lily’s DXB | Nobu | Prime 68 | Sky Lounge | The Viewing Deck

Favorite Go-To Restaurants in Abu Dhabi & Dubai:
Benihana | Cho Gao | Famous Dave’s | Loca | Lock Stock & Barrel | Shakespeare & Co. | The Cheesecake Factory | Ting Irie | Wing Stop

Favorite Attractions

Abu Dhabi
Eastern Mangroves (Anantara) | Ferrari World | Noon Tea at Emirates Palace | Presidential Palace | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Al Ain
Al Ain Palace Museum | Desert Safaris & Camping | Jebel Hafet Mountain

Dubai
At the Top Burj Khalifa | Bastakia Quarters (Old Dubai) | Butterfly Garden | Dhow Dinner Cruise (Dubai) | Dinner in the Sky | District 2020 | Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise | Dubai Marina Zip Line | Dubai Opera | Flying Dress Photo Shoot | Global Village | Hatta Dam | Hatta Heritage Village | IMG World of Adventure | La Pearle | Miracle Garden | Museum of the Future | Ski Dubai (Mall of the Emirates) | Sky Dive Dubai | The Dubai Frame | The View at the Dubai Palm

Favorite Brunches

Abu Dhabi
Amerigos | Aquarium | Atlon Bar & Bistro | Butcher & Still | Filini Garden | Mykonos | Ting Irie | Urban Kitchen

Dubai
Black Flamingo | Brunch and Cake | Bubbalicious | Cé La Vi | Saffron Brunch | Seven Sisters | The Blacksmith Bar and Eatery | Wanderlust Brunch

Favorite Shops for Souvenirs

Abu Dhabi
Madinat Zayed | Souk Central Market | World Trade Center Souk | Souk Zaffarana (Al Ain)

Dubai
Global Village | Gold Souk (Old Dubai)


Favorite places to Shop

Abu Dhabi
Galleria Mall | Marina Mall | Yas Mall

Dubai
Dubai Mall | Gold and Diamond Park | Mall of the Emirates

Other  Attractions

Sharjah
Rain Room | House of Wisdom

Ras Al Khaimah
Jais Flight Zip Lining

Helpful Arabic Words and Phrases

Afwan
You’re welcome

Ana La Afham
I don’t understand

Shu Hada
What is this

Kam Sier Hada
How much is this?

Mai
Water

Mahsalama
Goodbye

Marhaba
Welcome

Mafi Mushkala
No problem/Nothing’s wrong

Mosaada
Help

Khalli Wahala
No worries

La
No

Naam
Yes/OK

Inshallah
God willing

Shukran
Thank You

Sah
Right/Agree

Yalla
Let’s Go