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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Special offers in the United Arab Emirates

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Contemporary resort from £3,135 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Last minute Christmas offer - departing 19 December
Book by: 13 December 2018

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

Abu Dhabi Desert & Beach Twin Centre

8-day tailor-made break from £1,330 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Special offers for selected dates Jan-Feb and Jun-Aug – Save up to £315 pp
Book by: 14 December 2018

Combine Abu Dhabi’s spectacular beaches and awe-inspiring desert on this twin-centre trip. You'll stay in two five-star hotels as you indulge in Abu Dhabi's renowned fine dining and a wealth of activities, enjoying the region's famous hospitality throughout.

Dubai to Cape Town with Oceania

34-day luxury cruise from £7,105 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 01 December 2019

Enjoy $150 spa or ship credit plus we will cover your gratuities on this epic voyage from Dubai to Cape Town

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

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Top itineraries in the United Arab Emirates

Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,175 pp incl. flights

Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai with desert resorts that seem plucked from The Arabian Nights.

Abu Dhabi Desert & Beach Twin Centre

8-day tailor-made break from £1,330 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Special offers for selected dates Jan-Feb and Jun-Aug – Save up to £315 pp
Book by: 14 December 2018

Combine Abu Dhabi’s spectacular beaches and awe-inspiring desert on this twin-centre trip. You'll stay in two five-star hotels as you indulge in Abu Dhabi's renowned fine dining and a wealth of activities, enjoying the region's famous hospitality throughout.

Dubai to Cape Town with Oceania

34-day luxury cruise from £7,105 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 01 December 2019

Enjoy $150 spa or ship credit plus we will cover your gratuities on this epic voyage from Dubai to Cape Town

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

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What our clients say about our United Arab Emirates holidays

  • The service and support I receive from Tim Tan is always excellent and it is a real pleasure to be able to deal with him. He is so reliable and responsive.

    Madeliene M

  • The service was exactly as I hoped, efficient, accurate to my needs and saved me lots of hassle.

    David D

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 £3,135 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Last minute Christmas offer - departing 19 December
Book by: 13 December 2018

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.

Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai

Contemporary resort

A vast Arabian-style complex, divided into three stunning hotels, amid terraced gardens by the Arabian Gulf and connected by meandering waterways.

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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, with awe-inspiring culture, powder-white beaches, safari parks and world-class hotels and restaurants that make it the perfect destination for everyone, from honeymooners to families.

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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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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