United Arab Emirates Holidays

United Arab Emirates Holidays

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For a country that was only formed in 1971, the UAE (or United Arab Emirates to give it its full name) hasn't half hogged the headlines with its overwhelming ambition and single minded pursuit of superlatives - the seven star hotel, the man made islands, the world's tallest tower.... Throw into the mix the three s's - that's sun, sea and shopping - and the fact that this dazzling desert kingdom is a none too arduous seven hour flight away, and it's easy to see why tourists are flocking to the UAE in their droves.

It hardly needs to be said that Dubai - a favourite with footballers and their wives - entertains the most tourists thanks to its sky scrapers, mega malls and world class restaurants, but away from the bling there are six other emirates that also have plenty to offer. The country's capital, Abu Dhabi, is only a short two hour drive south of Dubai. Closer still is Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain - two emirates offering a more traditional Arabian experience. Tucked away at the northern tip of the UAE lies Ras Al Khaimah where adventures seekers can scale the Hajar Mountains, while to the east is the emirate of Fujairah; here you'll find superb snorkelling and diving.

Even better, we have scores of exceptionally good value deals to the UAE meaning you can explore, enjoy and see for yourself the 'Cinderella story' of the travel industry - even if you don't boast the budget of a footballer's wife.

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Top United Arab Emirates Hotels

Atlantis The Palm

Jumeirah Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arabian Courtyard Hotel And Spa

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Al Jawhara Gardens

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

York International

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mina A Salam

Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

City Seasons Apartments

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Eureka

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirate Concorde

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Abjad Grand Hotel

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Al Khaleej Palace

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj al Arab

Jumeirah Beach Area, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hotel Landmark Plaza

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Novotel Deira City Centre

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ibis Deira City Center

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Byblos

Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Najd Hotel Apartments

Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gold Swiss Bel Hotel

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Premier Inn Dubai Investments Park

Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fraser Suites

Sheikh Zayed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cassells Al Barsha Hotel

Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hotel Avenue

Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rixos The Palm Dubai

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ramada Hotel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Holiday Inn Bur Dubai - Embassy District

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jannah Place Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach

Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Weather

You might deepen your understanding of the word 'hot' during your holiday in Dubai; summer temperatures are above 40°C! It's never exactly cold in the winter either, rarely dropping below 20°C, even at night. Dubai gets most of it's rain in winter - but with an annual rainfall of just five inches, it's not exactly a lot! Bring light garments and do not forget your Factor 30.

Jan 24ºC
Feb 25ºC
Mar 28ºC
Apr 32ºC
May 37ºC
Jun 39ºC
Jul 41ºC
Aug 41ºC
Sep 39ºC
Oct 35ºC
Nov 30ºC
Dec 26ºC

Things To Do on United Arab Emirates Holidays

The sheer diversity of attractions on offer on holiday to Dubai reflect it's international status: from safaris into the palm-dotted desert to see the local flora and fauna, to the Grand Mosque with it's 50 minarets, you'll be at a loss to know where to start! For a taste of Dubai's history, visit the Al Fahidi Fort, with it's museum housing millennia-old artefacts from exquisitely designed pottery to Iron Age tools, or take a trip to the Bait Al Wakeel Maritime Museum.

If you're on a family holiday in Dubai and the kids are getting bored with the history lessons, then a day out at the giant theme parks of Wonderland and Magic Planet might be in order for some speed slides, watersports and even a fake jungle!

Culture

Not for nothing is Dubai known as the 'City of Gold' - you'll never have seen so much bullion unless you work in Fort Knox - and because of the abundance of precious metals sold at the many souks (or markets), you might come across some 24 carat bargains. Another brilliant market is Deira's fish souk, noted for the diversity of it's marine cuisine, from snapper and shellfish to tuna or hammour, all freshly caught by local fishermen.

For a taste of true Dubai culture, you can't pass on a visit to the village of Bastakiya with it's traditional Arabian houses and restaurants, and the nearby Bedouin hamlet, where you have a camel-riding lesson and buy some exotic wares and spices from the local market.

Nightlife

Dubai is intersected by the long Sheikh Zayed Road, home to bars, restaurants and clubs aplenty. Due to it's largely expatriate population, the City is littered with all manner of restaurants, Middle Eastern to McDonalds. Bear in mind that weekends here are Thursday and Friday, although every night is party night when you're on holidays in Dubai!

If dance is your scene, there are world-class DJs plying their tunes in clubs such as Kasbaa and Tropicana, or for a quieter night overlooking the crimson sunset, try the fountains and foliage of the Irish Village.

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