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United Arab Emirates tailor-made holidays

The United Arab Emirates is one of the Middle East's safest and most enticing destinations. Holidays in the Emirates combine all the comforts of home - and often much, much more - with a tangible taste of the exotic. [See United Arab Emirates itinerary ideas]

The UAE is made up of seven sovereign sheikhdoms, or emirates, of which Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the best known and most visited. City breaks to the rapidly growing city of Dubai are a popular choice - with its sparkling shopping malls, gold souks, fine dining restaurants, desert golf courses, five-star beach hotels and architectural wonders such as the iconic sail-shaped Burj al-Arab and the Jumeirah Palm.

But this is also a country of contrasts. On the one hand there are the vibrant and modern cities of Dubai and the oil-rich capital, Abu Dhabi, while away from these dynamic business and tourism hubs can be visited open desert, breathtaking mountains and sweeping beaches.

Life in the other five emirates - Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain and Ras Al-Khaimah - moves at a far slower pace. But even in Dubai and Abu Dhabi it doesn't take long to get away from the bustle of modern city life to experience the Arabian desert.

Tailor made holidays in the UAE are a chance to see at first hand a mix of traditional Bedouin lifestyle and customs, juxtaposed with a very Western style of rampant consumerism. What's more, a number of the world's leading airlines are based in the Gulf region, making it is an extremely accessible and affordable holiday option.

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


Itinerary ideas [1]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in United Arab Emirates. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.

Places to stay [17]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in United Arab Emirates. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in United Arab Emirates, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi may not be the first place you'd consider for a safari, but Sir Bani Yas Island, a short flight from the city and the former retreat of the late …

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

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Beach Relaxation

Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded enclave of …

JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai

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Beach City Relaxation

JA Ocean View Hotel enjoys a superb location along The Walk at JBR, Dubai's only outdoor beachfront promenade where you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants …

Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

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Beach City Honeymoon

With unrivalled views across the Arabian Gulf, easy access to the international airport and Dubai's many attractions including world-class shopping, …

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi UAE

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Beach Honeymoon Luxury travel

The Emirates Palace, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is thought of as a national landmark and as one of the most impressive hotels ever built. …

Armani Hotel Dubai

The world’s first Armani Hotel is situated in the world tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and is a wonderful mix of understated elegance and stylish design. …

Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

With its very own souk and small fleet of traditional Arabic boats that transport guests throughout the hotel, this enchanting Abu Dhabi resort oozes both style …

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

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Activity adventure Desert Luxury travel

This luxury resort, styled as a Bedouin encampment, won the much-coveted World Legacy Award (Nature Travel) from National Geographic Traveller and Conservation …

Ritz Carlton Dubai

Luxury travel

The Ritz Carlton Dubai is a haven of charm and elegance. With its own beach on the shores of the glittering Arabian Gulf, The Ritz Carlton is a private …

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, a luxurious beachfront hotel combining classic Mediterranean architecture and contemporary design, is the latest offering …

Desert Palm Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai

Luxury travel

Madinat Jumeirah is a vast Arabian-style complex, divided into three stunning and discreet hotels, all scattered amid terraced gardens by the side of the …

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