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United Arab Emirates

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 places to stay]

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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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.

JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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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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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Relaxation City

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

Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

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 …

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi UAE

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

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. …

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

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

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

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

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

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Next to Dubai's iconic Palm Island, just 40 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from Dubai city, Atlantis The Palm is a fantasy world made real. Set on a …

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

The three distinctive properties in this outstanding Dubai beachfront resort offer a wonderful recreation of the grandeur, romance and hospitality of Old …

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

This newly opened luxury beachside resort on Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah is an opulent masterpiece, inspired by the grand palaces of the Ottoman Empire and …

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 …

Raffles Dubai

Inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt, Raffles Dubai is a landmark in a city where you have to try hard to stand out architecturally. Flawlessly merging both …

Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai

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 …

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is one of Dubai's premier beach resorts and is renowned for its high level of service. Set on the famous Jumeirah strip it …

Desert Palm Dubai

Set in the graceful, manicured surrounds of a private polo estate, Desert Palm is surpassing expectations and challenging the stereotype of the towering …

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. …

Ritz Carlton Dubai

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 …

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

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 …

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