Align CenterThe Burj Dubai, the world's tallest skyscraper, towers over the skyline in Dubai.
Emirates Towers and the DIFC metro station are seen in the centre of Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
The distinctive Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.
Dubai World Trade Centre.
An aerial view of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
An exterior view of Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Bastakiya in Bur Dubai.

Iconic architecture in the UAE

Rain across the emirates

National Stick Dancers performed the traditional Emirati Harbiya at Mercato in just one of the many traditional events held across the country.
Stalls at Mercato mall did a brisk trade in UAE flag branded items such as hats, flags, scarves and other novelty goods as families got into the spirit of the celebration.
UAE nationals both young (right) and old celebrated UAE National Day at Jebel Hafeet.
Getting in on the action, groups of Emirati divers spread the UAE flag across the seas in front of Emirates Palace marina in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
The UAE was lit up with bright lights in intricate decorations ahead of National Day
Giant Ball Juggling show at Mall of the Emirates

UAE national day

Thousands of Muslims perform tawaf, circling the Ka'aba seven times, which marks the start of the pilgrimage. The Haj begins on the eighth day of Dhu Al Hijja (month for Haj), the 12th month of the Islamic year, and lasts for as long as six days.
Pilgrims climb Mount Arafat, located a few miles outside of Makkah, site of the Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) final sermon
This ritual is the most important during the Haj pilgrimage, where Muslims ask forgiveness from God. At sunset, they start their journey to Muzdalifah and on the following day return to Mina before sunrise
In Mina, pilgrims then perform ramy - the 'stoning of the devil' ritual - in the early morning. This involves throwing small stones at a rock structure, marking Abraham's temptation by Satan.
Pilgrims then shave their heads, and an animal is slaughtered, which is offered as food to the poor.
Pilgrims then perform two further 'stoning of the devil' rituals at Mina. The ritual is perhaps the most dangerous of all during the pilgramage. In recent years, many pilgrims have been trampled to death in the big crowds.
Pilgrims then return to Makkah and perform a final tawaf of the Ka'aba. This is the last duty of the Haj. Muslims around the world face the Ka'aba during prayer. It is a cube structure that predates Islam. According to Islamic tradition, the first building at the site was built by Abraham.

Pilgrims undertaking Haj