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United Arab Emirates

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
7 hours

Time Zone
GMT +4

Currency
UAE Dirham (Dh) = 100 fils

Language
Arabic

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

Where to go in the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

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

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…

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Top itineraries in the United Arab Emirates

Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,770 pp incl. flights

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offer

Save up to £1,500 - book by 31 August 2016
Book by: 31 August 2016

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.

India & the Middle East

19-day cruise from £2,499 pp incl. flights

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offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Enjoy 3 nights in Abu Dhabi including theme park tickets on this stay and cruise to the Middle East and India. Includes tours and excursions in Abu Dhabi, Oman, India & Dubai. Spend New Years Eve in Dubai and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display.

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Top places to stay in the United Arab Emirates

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Contemporary hotel

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.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Contemporary resort from £1,525 pp incl. flights

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offer

Discounted rates & free half board for autumn and winter
Book by: 31 August 2016

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

Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

Contemporary resort

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.

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Contemporary resort

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, a luxurious beachfront hotel combining classic Mediterranean architecture and contemporary design, is the latest offering from the iconic St Regis brand, located on stunning Saadyat Island, just 500 metres off the Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

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Special offers in the United Arab Emirates

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Contemporary resort from £1,525 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discounted rates & free half board for autumn and winter
Book by: 31 August 2016

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

Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

Contemporary resort from £835 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £788 per couple for autumn travel dates
Book by: 16 September 2016

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 and luxury.

Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,770 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £1,500 - book by 31 August 2016
Book by: 31 August 2016

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.

India & the Middle East

19-day cruise from £2,499 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Enjoy 3 nights in Abu Dhabi including theme park tickets on this stay and cruise to the Middle East and India. Includes tours and excursions in Abu Dhabi, Oman, India & Dubai. Spend New Years Eve in Dubai and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display.

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