The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states that has grown from a quiet backwater to one of the Middle East's most important economic centres. Though traditionally conservative, the UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, which makes it an attractive destination for tourism. For most travellers – UAE means Dubai – the sci-fi-esque city of iconic structures, palm shaped islands with alluring beaches. Beyond the glam and the glitter of the city is a diverse mosaic of six more Emirates, each with its own charisma. Let’s traverse this sandy kingdom together, to meet new people, seek new cultures and explore new ways……..