Fast becoming the ‘must-go’ holiday destination for sun, sand and skyscrapers, the United Arab Emirates really does have it all. It stands as the gateway between East and West, promising a fascinating cultural experience for all who visit. Lose yourself amidst a world of luxury shopping, jaw-dropping architecture and burgeoning nightlife in Dubai; take a thrilling ride in a Jeep across the endless sand dunes of the Arabian Desert; or simply relax by the pool or on one of the countless gorgeous sandy beaches that greet the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf.
Holidays in the United Arab Emirates are fast becoming one of the hottest tickets on the global travel circuit. Allow us to take you on the journey of a lifetime.
United Arab Emirates at a glance
Discover the best beaches
The emirates offer visitors long stretches of powdery white sands and clear waters
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Don't forget to visit the world's tallest building in Dubai - The Burj Khalifa
Fab shopping scene
With shopping malls galore in the UAE, there's never been a better time to splash the cash
From Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi to Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai
Lush natural wonders
Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras al Khaimah is a fascinating landscape to explore, plus, there's a zipline too!
Top attractions to visit
Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit for F1 fans and a guided tour of Dubai's Jumeirah Mosque
Top resorts in United Arab Emirates
The Palm Jumeirah
The stunning island of Palm Jumeirah is an attraction in its own category – completely man-made and fabulous, the island …from £485 pp
Home to the world’s tallest building, largest indoor snow park, and biggest mall, Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates …from £293 pp
Holidays to Jumeirah Beach offer the ultimate in relaxation. The word Jumeirah translates as beautiful and it’s easy to see …from £373 pp
Dubai Marina holidays expose visitors to the wealth and extravagance of one of the world’s most exciting and forward-thinking megacities. …from £399 pp
Authenticity is rife in this district of Dubai, coupling ancient attractions and modern activities that provide an irresistible allure taken …from £364 pp
A jewel sat perfectly on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Jebel Ali is the ultimate in luxury Arabian holidaying. Situated …from £396 pp
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Things to do in United Arab Emirates
Be it the enthralling architecture of Dubai, the deep golden sands of the Arabian Desert or the country’s rich and colourful Bedouin heritage, there’s a wealth of things to see and do on a holiday in the United Arab Emirates. In order to understand this nation’s fascinating journey of growth and development, there’s no better place than the Burj Khalifa. An epic tower of glass and steel, it is not only the world’s tallest building but also boasts the world’s highest observation deck. From up here, you can gaze for miles upon the modern city, ancient markets and desert beyond.
For a taste of the United Arab Emirates’ deep heritage, head to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Here you’ll find one of the Middle East’s grandest places of worship, a spellbinding structure of gold, glass and marble that must be seen to be believed.
For the adventurous amongst you, there’s the Hajar Mountains, the jagged wild heart of the United Arab Emirates. Cruise along winding roads whilst taking in the incredible scenery, or go for a hike through the red rocks and valleys.
You’d be hard pressed to have a holiday in the United Arab Emirates without experiencing one of the nation’s many fine beaches. Hugging the sheltered waters of the Persian Gulf, a mixture of vast expanses of sand and secluded coves, the UAE’s beach life has a little something for everyone.
For a great family day out it has to be Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Stretching for 8km, the beach is lined with bars and restaurants and boasts volleyball and beach football areas. Thrill seekers will love the aptly named Kite Beach in Dubai, where you can go kite surfing with a view (the famed Burj Al Arab hotel provides the coastal backdrop) and for something a little quieter and more sophisticated, make the journey across to Fujairah and Khor Kalba beach. On this less developed part of the East coast you’ll find wildlife and natural beauty in abundance, not to mention crystal clear waters and beaming white sands.
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