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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.
With year-round sun, massive beaches and warm, sparkling waters, the UAE makes a fantastic holiday destination. There are plenty of great hotels taking advantage of the perfect holiday conditions, whether you want to stay in the heart of Dubai, visit the capital, Abu Dhabi, or find your own slice of sunny paradise in a quiet resort in Ras Al Khaimah. Atlantis The Palm is a huge and iconic hotel on Dubai’s famous man-made island. Thanks to its theme park and aquarium, it will amaze the whole family. When you discover Ras Al Khaimah, settle into Rixos Bab Al Bahr, a massive All Inclusive hotel with eight pools and plenty of kid-friendly activities. If the capital is calling, the Hilton Abu Dhabi sits on the city’s beautiful Corniche beachfront; it has the area’s largest beach club, plus 15 restaurants, lounges and bars.
Despite the gold souks and the sports cars in the streets, you can still find bliss in the UAE on a budget. We’ve sought out the country’s best three-star hotels for you. Our range lets you take advantage of the area’s fantastic weather without breaking the bank. Stay at Centro Yas Island to stay near one of Abu Dhabi’s most action-packed scenes to enjoy Ferrari World, the Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld and the beach.
Don’t worry if your budget doesn’t stretch to five stars. There are plenty of four-star hotels in the UAE with very high standards. You can still find that perfect All Inclusive on the beach or a hotel with a great hidden rooftop bar to enjoy nightly sundowners. You will receive great service and quality at our carefully-selected hotels.
Hotel standards are so high in Dubai that their ‘five-star’ resorts exhibit luxury and service like you’ve never before experienced. There’s no better example of this unprecedented opulence than the Burj Al Arab. Dubai’s flagship luxury hotel is famous for its sail-shaped architecture, jutting helipad and a bar plastered in gold leaf. You can find better rates for your five-star holiday in Ras Al Khaimah, just north of Dubai.
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.
Nowhere does excess like the glamorous, beach-lined Emirate of Dubai. A heady mix of innovation, culture and pleasure for pleasure's sake - Dubai is often referred to as a playground - you'll be spoilt for choice. Elle Blakeman shares her recommendations for an adventure-packed weekend.
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