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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.


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

Jumeirah Beach

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

Yas Race Track Experience

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

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.

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.

The Grand Mosque

Visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Explore the Islands by Dhow

Take a dhow for a day and explore the islands.

Explore United Arab Emirates

  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

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Frequently asked questions about United Arab Emirates

How long are the flights to the UAE from the UK?

Direct flights from London to Dubai or Abu Dhabi take around seven hours.

Is the UAE safe?

The UAE is generally a safe place to visit, with relatively low levels of crime.
However, sensible precautions are advised. Avoid unlicensed taxis and, if female, take care when travelling alone, particularly at night.
Most visitors who have problems when visiting the UAE fall foul of its strict laws and customs. Be careful when bringing prescription drugs into the country and do not attempt to import alcohol. Also be aware that kissing in public is illegal and has led to several arrests in the past.

Can I use my mobile phone in the UAE?

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in urban areas and along major roads. However, the country’s desert interior has far poorer coverage. As always, be aware that roaming rates will apply when using your phone in the UAE, and these can be very expensive. However, obtaining a local SIM card is cheap and easy.

What is the international dialling code for the UAE?


What is the time zone in the UAE?

The UAE is four hours ahead of GMT. It does not observe daylight
saving time.

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