United Arab Emirates tailor-made holidays
The United Arab Emirates is a popular destination during the UK's winter and spring months, when the comfortable warmth and something-for-everyone tourism industry serves holidaymakers well. Comprised of seven sovereign sheikhdoms – or emirates – the UAE's 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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Where to go in the United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is the richest and largest of the seven emirates that together make up the United Arab Emirates. It comprises 85 per cent of the oil-rich country's total area and, along with the emirate of Dubai, is the UAE's economic powerhouse.
Dubai is the second largest and most populated of the United Arab Emirates' seven emirates, an opulent and exciting year-round getaway destination for travellers. It's one of the fastest growing cities on the planet, the result of the ruling sheikh's determination to make Dubai one of the world's e…
Top itineraries in the United Arab Emirates
Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels with desert resorts that seem plucked from the Middle Eastern folk tales of The Arabian Nights.
Top places to stay in the United Arab Emirates
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 impeccable style. Amidst lush manicured gardens, fountains and pools along the sparkling shore, guests can enjoy the beauty of the resort.
The three distinctive properties in this outstanding Dubai beachfront resort offer a wonderful recreation of the grandeur, romance and hospitality of Old Arabia.
With unrivalled views across the Arabian Gulf, easy access to the international airport and Dubai's many attractions including world-class shopping, entertainment and golf courses, the Fairmont The Palm ranks as one of the finest hotels in the Emirates.
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For many visitors to the Middle East and North Africa, it's the local markets that provide the real attraction (or distraction, depending on how you see it). From Istanbul's Golden Horn to the shores of the Gulf and beyond, merchants have been plying their trade in these markets for centuries and t…
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Qantas is to introduce a new complimentary chauffeur service for premium passengers as part of the airline's new partnership with Emirates.
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