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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 visitors 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, plus glistening mosques, museums, mega malls, and scenic natural landscapes. Brightsun Travel offers the best holidays to United Arab Emirates, including luxury flight and hotel packages to Abu Dhabi.

Another gorgeous city in the UAE is Dubai, which is filled with a mixture of charming heritage sites and modern architectural wonders, as well as some of the country’s best beaches and beach clubs, the largest mall in the world, bustling souks, epic water parks, and ultra-luxurious resorts. With a holiday to Dubai you can marvel at the Burj Khalifa, escape the heat for a fun-filled day out at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and step back in time at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Away from the tourist crowds just a 45 minute drive from Dubai is Ras Al Khaimah, an overlooked emirate of the UAE though nonetheless absolutely beautiful. Ras Al Khaimah is best known for its superb value all-inclusive resorts, charming historic buildings, spectacular museums and galleries, and tranquil beach stretches offering water-based activities including snorkelling and diving. The city also offers some incredible outdoor adventures, from 4x4 rides across the desert to mountain hikes and the world’s longest zip line experience. Brightsun Travel offers some of the best holidays to Ras Al Khaimah.

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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

Ibis Dubai Deira City Centre Hotel

8th Street, Port Saeed District, Deira, Opp. Deira City Centre Mall - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £689 per person View Offer

Arabian Park Hotel Dubai

Al Jaddaf - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £759 per person View Offer

Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi

Yas Plaza, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 3 Nights
From £799 per person View Offer

Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai

Mankhool Road, 4C Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £799 per person View Offer

Top Destinations In United Arab Emirates


Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the stylish capital city of the United Arab Emirates home to a stunning skyline of towering skyscrapers, top-class museum spaces, five star resorts, mega malls, and a pristine stretch of coastline. In Abu Dhabi you can admire diverse landscapes such as deserts, gardens, and nature reserves as well as impressive sightseeing attractions, including the world’s farthest leaning manmade tower and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. We offer an extensive choice of cheap holidays to Abu Dhabi from UK.

Despite Abu Dhabi’s striking modernity, the city has a rich heritage which it retains well with centuries old sites and buildings. The city’s oldest building Qasr al Hosn is one to note, which is now a history museum. Other impressive historic landmarks in Abu Dhabi include the Heritage Village, which is a remodelled traditional Bedouin village and the Al Jahili Fort, located a short drive from the city in Al Ain which was built to defend Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi is a leisure-seeker’s paradise, filled with unforgettable tourist experiences. Yas Island is where all of the fun is at; this man-made island is home to a waterpark with over 40 water slides and rides, Ferrari World which boasts the largest rollercoaster in the world, the pristine Yas Beach and the city’s largest shopping mall, to name a few. There are also some great day trip opportunities from Abu Dhabi, including the Empty Quarter where you can experience dune bashing and camel trekking.

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Dubai is a stylish United Arab Emirate boasting an impressive skyline of towering buildings including the famed Burj Khalifa, plus year round sunshine, sightseeing landmarks, mega shopping malls, state-of-the-art cultural centres, and pristine stretches of coastline, not to mention some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. This UAE hotspot makes for the ultimate city break, and Brightsun Travel has a great choice of cheap Dubai holiday packages for you to browse.

Despite its modernity, Dubai has a rich cultural heritage which is well worth delving into; there are many charming ancient buildings and landmarks dotted around the city. The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is one of Dubai’s oldest districts, offering an insight to the city’s pre-oil era with traditional wind-tower houses and other impressive heritage buildings that have been converted into museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Dubai is a superb leisure centre offering endless fun for all ages, from theme parks to entertainment centres, which is why it’s considered as a family-friendly destination. The city’s palm tree-shaped island Palm Jumeirah is a popular tourist hub filled with beaches, beach clubs, water parks, shopping centres, and restaurants. By night, Dubai comes alive with an array of venues to spend the evening at, including roof-top bars, cocktail lounges, and chic clubs.

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Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is a lesser known city of the UAE which has flourished into a world-class tourist centre offering year-round sunshine, gorgeous natural landscapes including mountains and desert, blissful beaches, and superb value resorts and hotels, not to mention charming heritage structures such as forts, palaces, and mosques. What more could you ask for on a holiday? Brightsun Travel offers luxury Ras Al Khaimah holidays, including all-inclusive packages.

Ras Al Khaimah is an authentic city filled with Arabian charm and age-old traditions, with a rich history worth delving into. Step back in time at Al Jazirah Al Hamra, an abandoned village with preserved ancient structures such as mosques, coral stone houses, and a fortress. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is also worth visiting, which is set inside an ancient fort with a collection of archaeological items and artefacts.

Look forward to a myriad of incredible adventures in Ras Al Khaimah. The city offers thrilling hiking trails, including a hike to the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais. Other ways to explore this dramatic peak is by driving up or enjoying the world’s longest zipline experience. Ras Al Khaimah also offers amazing water sports adventures including jet skiing, paddle boarding, diving, and kayaking.

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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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