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.
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.
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 as though Abu Dhabi will become the country's cultural heart, with the Sheikh Zayed National Museum as well as extensions of the Louvre and the Guggenheim scheduled to open in the next few years. 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 a manmade surfing, kayaking and rafting centre.
Some ideas for an UAE holiday
- Lie beside the pool.
- Visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
- Take a dhow for a day and explore the islands.
- Waste lots of money on very happy children at one of the indoor amusement centres.
OUr UAE experise
Nick, our chairman, has taken his younger children to the UAE for beach holidays several times and can vouch for the quality of the hotels available. Katie, our UAE expert, has also travelled between the various Emirates and can use her expertise to put together the perfect holiday for you.