Dubai, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

A quick getaway for those looking for winter sun.

Steal some time with our travel expert and carefully piece together a masterpiece of a trip that lets you try all of the indulgent and grand experiences. Established in 1971, the country of the United Arab Emirates or UAE is a federation of seven emirates comprising Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The United Arab Emirates is a great family holiday destination, particularly for those in search of winter sun.

Pool View, Le Royal Meridien, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Le Royal Meridien - Jumeira Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Open top 4x4 SUV in the desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Entrance, The One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The One and Only Royal Mirage, United Arab Emirates

Why we like UAE

The UAE is the closest point to the UK for almost guaranteed winter sunshine and offers hotels to match every requirement. The standard of service is superb and with international chefs to oversee the menus, the restaurants offer a tantalising array of differing foods. It is a perfect destination for children who love nothing better than huge swimming pools and plenty of other children to play with.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Louvre, Abu Dhabi
Skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Camel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Exterior, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Spa, Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

What to expect on your UAE holiday

Following the financial crash of 2008, it was the oil-rich capital of Abu Dhabi that came through relatively unscathed and effectively bailed out its not-so-rich neighbours. It now appears that Abu Dhabi has become the region’s cultural heart, with the Sheikh Zayed National Museum as well as extensions of the Louvre and the Guggenheim now fully open.

Aside from these cultural masterpieces, you will find all kinds of fun synonymous with playgrounds of the rich, including Ferrari World (the world’s largest indoor amusement park), an indoor ski centre, hot air ballooning, desert excursions by quad bike and manmade surfing, and a kayaking and rafting centre.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Jumeirah Palm Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach

Hang out on Jumeirah Beach with it’s beautiful, white-sand beaches and calm waters.

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Yas Race Track Experience

Drive some of the world’s most impressive race cars around the Yas Race Circuit.

Desert Safari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Go on a Desert Dunes 4×4 Safari

Join a group of adventurous thrill-seekers for a fun-filled, action-packed few hours, driving across the mighty dunes outside Dubai.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Explore the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab World that conveys the spirit of openness of cultures.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Grand Mosque

Visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Dhow Cruise, United Arab Emirates

Explore the Islands by Dhow

Take a dhow for a day and explore the islands.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Oberoi, Al Zorah £££££

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Beach and Island Escapes

For those travelling to the UAE looking for a more natural experience, visit Ajman, surrounded by a 247-acre protected forest, but just under half an hour drive from Dubai. The hotel is reached by private roads into the forest. With a beachfront location and a backdrop of mangroves, the area is home to sixty species of bird.

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Al Maha Desert Resort £££££

  • United Arab Emirates

Built in the style of a traditional Bedouin encampment, Al Maha is an idyllic, exclusive oasis of unique contrasts, allowing guests to unwind, relax and experience the total peace of the desert.

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St Regis Saadiyat Island – Abu Dhabi £££££

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The five-star luxury St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is situated in a sought-after leisure destination, but only minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. Beautifully designed this is an impressive hotel with great amenities, activities and dining options.

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Burj Al Arab £££££

  • United Arab Emirates
  • City

The world’s tallest hotel, shaped like a sail the Burj Al Arab has become a landmark on the Dubai skyline. All 202 suites have round the clock butlers and in-suite check-in. They feature floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking sea views. With six restaurants to choose from you will never be at a loss for somewhere to dine. The Assawan Spa on the 18th floor is a haven of health and beauty. Enjoy the jacuzzis, pool and beauty and therapy rooms. The Burj Al Arab in its exceptional setting, traditions of Arabic hospitality are setting new standards of luxury, service and comfort on the shores of the Arabian Gulf.

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara £££££

  • United Arab Emirates

The Qasr Al Sarab can be found outside the city of Abu Dhabi in the heart of the Qasr Al Sarab desert, one of the largest sand deserts in the world. We like the architecture, the peace and the facilities. Overlooking this evocative landscape with desert wildlife grazing in the shade and sun-soaked dunes rising up all around you, it feels like an oasis. This property combines well with the modern bustle of Abu Dhabi and Dubai or as a stand-alone stay.

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa £££££

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Set amidst 19 acres of landscaped gardens, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa consists of the main hotel, the club and the tower. Six spa rooms, plunge pools, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, swimming pools and an excellent beach are some of the facilities that make up this impressive 504 roomed hotel. There is a fine selection of restaurants and bars, offering Arabic, Mediterranean, Indian and other international menus. Young families are made to feel at home, with a dedicated children’s pool and daily activities.

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  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi

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