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United Arab Emirates Holidays

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a wonderful Middle Eastern country comprising of seven cities/emirates, each of which offer year-round sunshine, impressive skylines, super-modern hotels, and pristine beaches, to name a few. The country’s capital Abu Dhabi is one to note; this opulent city is a leisure seeker’s paradise with world record attractions, glistening mosques, museums, mega malls, and scenic natural landscapes. 

Another gorgeous UAE city is Dubai, offering a mixture of heritage sites and modern architecture, plus some of the country’s best beaches and beach clubs, the world's largest mall, bustling souks, epic water parks, and ultra-luxury resorts. Away from the tourist crowds just a 45 minute drive from Dubai is Ras Al Khaimah, an overlooked city best known for its superb value all-inclusive resorts, charming historic buildings, spectacular museums, and tranquil beach stretches offering thrilling water-based activities.

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Sea View Hotel

Al Mina Rd, Al Raffa, Bur Dubai Opp Dubai Customs - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Room Only 5 Nights
From £639 per person View Offer
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Grand Hyatt Dubai

Sheikh Rashid Road, Riyadh St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £809 per person View Offer

Ras Al Khaimah with Stopover in Doha

Ras Al Khaimah

Half Board 6 Nights
From £809 per person View Offer

Ras Al Khaimah with Premium Stopover in Doha

Ras Al Khaimah

Half Board 6 Nights
From £849 per person View Offer

Movenpick Al Mamzar

Corner Cairo Road - 46th St - Al Mamzar - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £859 per person View Offer

Top Destinations In United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is located on an island along the coast of the UAE. It has an important role as the UAE's capital and features opulent architecture. Unique, ultra-modern skyscrapers contrast with the traditional design of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It features white marble domes and a sumptuously ornate interior. Visitors of any religion are allowed to view the mosque and its grounds. Abu Dhabi has vast shopping malls filled with designer brands. There are activities for all ages and tastes, from peaceful beaches to theme parks and action-packed excursions in the highest sand dunes in the world.

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Dubai

Dubai has amazing views of the Persian Gulf. The emirate is famous for its imaginative, artificial islands, and the Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building. The city offers an enticing blend of old and new Dubai. There are modern shopping centres with exclusive designer goods, but venture across the river into Old Dubai, and there are traditional markets that have traded in gold, spices and textiles for centuries. The city has many outdoor activities centred around spacious sandy beaches and adventurous water parks. Dubai also has a vibrant nightlife with clubs, restaurants and live music.

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Ras Al Khaimah

The emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah has sophisticated holiday resorts lining the coast's generous expanse of soft, sandy beaches. Amenities are plentiful, with glamorous shopping malls and high-quality restaurants. Ras Al-Khaimah is a perfect base for enjoying a luxury lifestyle between adventurous excursions into the surrounding countryside. Tours into the desert include visits to an oasis. Hikers and thrill-seekers head for the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. The tallest ridge, the Jabal Jais, features an exhilarating zipline ride that's the longest on earth. In quieter moments, the Old Town and the island beaches of Al Marjan offer peace and relaxation.

Helpful Information About the United Arab Emirates

Currency: You’ll be spending UAE Dirham.

Language:  Arabic, though English is widely spoken.

Local Time: Four hours ahead of GMT.

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately eight hours.

Tourist Information: Visit the official United Arab Emirates tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.

Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to the United Arab Emirates, British citizens need a valid passport. A free visa will be granted on entry. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for the United Arab Emirates.

Other FAQs:

Q: What are the seven emirates of the UAE?

A: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman, Sharjah, Ummal Quwain.

Q: Is the UAE expensive to visit?

A: A trip to the United Arab Emirates caters to all budgets.

Q: Do I need a visa to visit the UAE?

A: British passport holders don't need a visa.

Q: When is the best time to holiday in the UAE?

A: From November to March when the weather is not quite so hot.

Q: Is the UAE safe to visit on holiday?

A: The UAE has a very low crime rate.

Top Things to Do in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE has an incredible range of activities. History and culture are important in the Emirates. First-rate museums and art galleries in cities such as Dubai add to the charm of Old Town neighbourhoods. A fascinating excursion from Ras Al-Khaimah leads to the deserted fishing village of Jazirat Al-Hamrah, said to be haunted.

Families can enjoy a range of exciting attractions. In one of Dubai's shopping malls, there is a full-size skeleton of a dinosaur to admire. Theme parks are very popular. Abu Dhabi has Ferrari World, based on the world's most iconic sports car. It includes a host of daring rollercoaster rides and a ferris wheel. Water parks include the Wild Wadi in Dubai and Abu Dhabi's Yas Waterworld. There is also an 18-hole Championship golf course at Yas Island.

The UAE offers amazing opportunities for desert and mountain adventures. Hiking trails in the Hatta Wadi Hub National Park offer wonderful views of mountains and lakes. There are peaceful beaches throughout the UAE's coastline. Many include elegant promenades with cafes and amusements. Walking and cycling sightseeing tours are always popular, along with pleasure boat cruises on the cities' rivers.

Weather in the United Arab Emirates

August is usually the hottest with average temperatures of 35.5°C (96°F). January averages 18°C (64°F). Approximately 29 millimetres of rain falls in February, the wettest month.


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