The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a heady mix of Arab traditions and western consumerism, with sparkling modern cities lapped by the ocean and remote desert oases shaded by date palms. Admire ingenious skyscraper architecture in Dubai and Abu Dhabi or laze on remote beaches in Ras al Khaimah.
One of the most westernised countries in the Middle East. Dubai is a lavish and luxurious playground and Abu Dhabi is a thriving metropolis. Fujairah takes you to the picturesquely hilly east coast and Ras al Khaimah is like an oasis amid the desert. You'll discover cultural treasures in Sharjah and small-scale Umm al Qaiwain offers a taste of life before the discovery of oil.
Visit Abu Dhabi to stroll along the seafront promenade and visit the vibrant Dhow Wharf. Cool off in the garden city, Al Ain, an oasis of verdant date palms. Enjoy Dubai's tax-free shopping and terrific nightlife. Or explore a treasure trove of souks, heritage museums in the traditional city of Sharjah and the brilliantly restored Al Hisn Fort.
Take a desert safari to Liwa oasis. Get a taste of traditional rural life in the date-palm oasis town of Hatta on Dubai's doorstep. Discover a coastal delight in Ajman and Ras al Khaimah. Explore Fujairah's tranquil fishing villages like Dibba. Visit Umm al Qaiwain for its long empty beaches or the mountain market town of Masafi.