The UAE passport is considered to be one of the most powerful in the world. Emirati passport holders can access 72 countries without a visa, including all 26 countries in the Schengen region in Europe.
Here's a list of some of the best visa-free countries to visit in Europe and enjoy the autonomy provided by the Emirati passport.
France, a country of medieval cities, Alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches, is home to the most romantic city in the world and hosts one of the most coveted film festivals. It's a country where you can enjoy romantic sunsets, the best of wines, gourmet food and iconic landscapes. The French art de vivre (art of living) is something that makes travellers flock to this country time and again.
Best Cities To Visit: Paris, Versailles, Cannes and Nice.
Best Sights In France: Eiffel Tower, the French Riviera, Louvre Museum, Loire Valley Châteaux, Pont du Gard, Cannes Film City, Nimes Roman Monuments, Gorge du Verdon, Chamonix Valley, Mont-St-Michel and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Dotted by a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches, Germany is a country with over two millennia of history. It is a country where medieval meets modernity. Here you can cruise through romantic rivers, sample the best beer, party till sunrise and stand in awe of the monuments that have shaped the history of the world.
Best Cities To Visit: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Dresden
Best Sights In Germany: Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, National Park of Schwarzwald or 'Black Forest', The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (or Dresden art collections), The Berlin Wall, Neuschwanstein Castle (the ultimate fairytale castle), Miniatur Wunderland and the Historic Port of Hamburg, Rhine Valley, The Island of Rügen, Insel Mainau: the Flower Island of Lake Constance and Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
Known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes, Netherlands is the country of Van Gogh and Anne Frank. Vintage-meets-contemporary fashion, fields of blooming colours, yummy stroopwafels (caramel-syrup-filled waffles with ice cream) and cheese, this country has something for everyone. Netherlands will charm you beyond measure.
Best Cities To Visit: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Leiden.
Best Sights In Netherlands: Amsterdam's canals, The Windmills of Kinderdijk, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Domtoren Cathedral, Historic Valkenburg, Zeeland's Dikes, Kasteel De Haar (Castle Of Haar), Keukenhof (Garden of Europe), Anne Frank Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Norway is the country of the Northern Lights, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. With adventures such as hiking, fishing, skiing, cruising down the fjords, white-water rafting, chasing the midnight sun and dog-sledding, it's an adventurers' playground. Norway pays you with experiences worth a lifetime. It is abundant in natural beauty with an admirable mix of architectural wonders in its cities.
Best Cities To Visit: Oslo, Tromso, Bergen, Flåm and Geirangerfjord
Best Sights In Norway: Northern Lights, Jotunheimen National Park, Svalbard (for polar bears), Stavanger (for beaches), Western Fjords, Viking Ship Museum, and Pulpit Rock.
With numerous coastal islands and inland lakes, vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains, Sweden is a Scandinavian country you just can't miss. It's a country of grand cityscapes, unexpectedly gorgeous architecture and colourful coastlines. Cosy cottages in the middle of virgin forests, frozen wastelands spread as far as the eyes can see, rocky islands dotted with lakes and Viking folklore everywhere, Sweden has a style that is unmatched. Whether you are in the cities or in the countryside exploring its natural beauty, every turn, every encounter will leave you speechless.
Best Cities To Visit: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Visby, Kiruna and Uppsala
Best Sights In Sweden: ABBA Museum, Vasa Museum, Stockholm Archipelago, Djurgården park, Sigtuna (Sweden's first ever town), Abisko National Park, Liseberg Theme Park and Lund Cathedral.
Italy is divided into 20 different regions and each ones feels like an independent country – that's the diversity of Italy. A country with landmark art, ancient ruins, world-class cuisine, Renaissance masterpieces, and groundbreaking fashion, Italy will leave you wanting more. The sunrise and sunset in Venice, the wine of Tuscany, the architecture of Rome and the spirituality of Vatican, everything in this country enthrals you.
Best Cities To Visit: Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence and Pisa
Best Sights In Italy: Colosseum, Pompeii, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Vatican City, St Mark's Basilica, Pantheon, Venice Canals and Lake Como.
Switzerland, the country of chocolates, watches, cheese and yodelling, is a fascinating country about epic journeys. It's home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. This country gives you an opportunity to scale high peaks, go on Alpine adventures and learn about contemporary and cultural cuisines. It's a montage of picture-perfect moments and sublime adventures.
Best Cities To Visit: Bern, Lucern, Zurich, Geneva and Interlaken
Best Sights In Switzerland: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Swiss National Park, Lake Geneva, Château de Chillon, Castelgrande, Jungfraujoch, Rhine Falls, Mount Titlis, Lake Zurich and Gornergrat Railway.
Austria is a country of mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. This is a country that is equally proud of its urban cities as of its wild outdoors. With world-class museums, cobbled streets, and endless servings of Wiener schnitzel, Austria basks in good-natured and elegant living. You'll feel the historic Habsburg culture reverberating in the grand cities. The works of Mozart, Strauss, Mahler and Haydn echo loudly in gilded concert halls and grand music festivals.
Best Cities To Visit: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt and Tyrol
Best Sights In Austria: High Mountain National Park, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mariazell Basilica, Lipizzaner stallions, Danube Valley, Cafe Culture and Imperial Palaces in Hafburg, Swarovski Factory and Salzburg Music Festival.
Stunning architecture, vibrant folk art, thermal spas, beautiful lakesides and Europe's best nightlife, Hungary is a country that deserves to be visited. The grandeur along the Danube, the complex past and resulting diverse culture, and the fun-filled cities, all add to the allure of Hungary. It is a country popular for the most sophisticated culinary styles, and its honey-soaked Tokaj is one of the best wines of the world.
Best Cities To Visit: Budapest, Szeged, Eger, Visegrad
Best Sights In Hungary: Hungarian Parliament, Eger Castle, Basilica of St. Stephen, Hungarian State Opera House, Buda Castle and Hill, Hortobagy National Park and Lake Balaton.
Portugal is cheerful, energetic, creative and adventurous. It's a country that charms you into exploring it at length, a country where the past and present mingle harmony. Famous for its pastel buildings, café culture, and Fado music, Portugal invites you with open arms! With the Atlantic Ocean in the backdrop, the country exudes a vibe that puts you in a relaxed mood!
Best Cities To Visit: Lisbon, Lagos, Faro, Porta, Evora
Best Sights In Portugal: Archipelago of the Azores, Algarve Coast, Palace of Sintra, Sao Jorge Castle, Douro, Castle of the Moors and Roman Temple of Evora
Belgium is the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and a country with three very distinctive regions – Dutch-speaking North, French-speaking South and German-speaking East. The natural beauty of Belgium may not be expansive, but with flat coastal plains in the northwest, central rolling hills, wooded hills and valleys of Ardennes Forest in the southeast, it is no doubt gorgeous. It is a country that is graceful and grand, historic yet hip!
Best Cities To Visit: Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Mons
Best Sights In Belgium: The Grote Market Square, Gravensteen castle, Diamond District in Antwerp, Saint Paul's Church, Han-sur-Lesse Caves, Beguinage Brewery, Leuven Catholic University and the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru.
Greece is all about hiking through majestic landscapes, experiencing romantic sunsets, and visiting sun-bleached ancient ruins. Greece is often considered to be the birthplace of western civilisation. Spotless sandy beaches, centuries of history and traditional towns make Greece one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With an unbeatable mix of scenery, beaches and historical sights, Greece ensnares you with undeniable charm.
Best Cities To Visit: Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes and Santorini
Best Sights In Greece: The Acropolis, The Parthenon, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Saronic Gulf, Delphi, Meteora Monasteries, Samaria Gorge and Zagorohoria & the Ancient Ruins of Kassope and Nikopolis.
The Northern European Nation of Finland is a winter wonderland. It is the land that creates a symphony of the extremes – from the midnight sun in summers to the Northern Lights in winter! It has breathtaking unspoilt forests and cities that look ahead of their times. The capital is known for its fashionable Design District and diverse museums. Lapland province is a place of vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts. This is the country where summer's endless light is balanced by the eerie winter frost!
Best Cities To Visit: Helinski, Lapland and Lakeland.
Best Sights In Finland: The Åland Archipelago, Lake Saimaa and Savonlinna, Lemmenjoki National Park, Archipelago National Park, Turku (the oldest town of Finland), Vaasa Maritime Museum and Korsholm Music Festival.
Czech Republic, Czechia now, is a country where you can spend your vacation relaxing in spas or by the countryside, or spend it drinking beer and soaking in the culture. The capital city of Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the probably best city to try European beer! The lush rolling fields here that can make Switzerland envious. The Czech culture celebrates every aspect of life and is an experience in itself.
Best Cities To Visit: Prague, Brno, Český Krumlov and Karlovy Vary.
Best Sights In Czechia: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Brno, Kutna Hora, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Český ráj (The Bohemian Paradise) and Hluboká Castle.
Denmark is often called the happiest country in the world. The countryside is exotic and grand, and the Danish coastline will make you fall in love with the sea and harbours that are as ancient and historic as the castles of the country. Discover the glory of picturesque cobblestone streets, skewed half-timbered houses, and bakeries. And when in Denmark, don't forget to take a cycle and ride around as it is the most bike-friendly country in the world.
Best Cities To Visit: Copenhagen, Skagen, Herning, Frederiksberg, Hirtshals
Best Sights In Denmark: North Sea Oceanarium, Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid, Bakken (oldest amusement park in the world), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Rosenborg Castle.