The United Arab Emirates has exploded in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why! In this country of boundless prosperity and opulence, visitors can expect to be blown away by futuristic shopping malls, luxurious hotels and breathtaking skyscrapers, all complemented by a hot, sunny climate, beautiful beaches and a strong sense of culture.
Dubai is the holiday heaven of the Emirates, its glitz and glamour making it a popular destination amongst celebrities and sports stars. Holidaymakers from around the world are drawn here to take advantage of the amazing shopping experience, visit the tallest building in the world and immerse themselves in the pure decadence on display. The capital city of Abu Dhabi is also gaining popularity as a cultural city destination, balancing modern development with traditional Middle Eastern values.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples holiday, an action-packed desert adventure or a fun-filled week of relaxation, a holiday in the United Arab Emirates could be just right for you. Find out more about our UAE resorts below, or search for our best deals today!
Things to Do
Dubai is the shining star of the Emirates, a hyper-modern metropolis of skyscrapers, shopping malls and excellent restaurants. Forever pursuing extremes, Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, largest shopping mall and a number of breathtaking man-made islands, and the city shows no signs of stopping there! Desert tours and sandy beaches are also on offer if you need an escape from the busy city life, and a day at a waterpark is not to be missed.
For a more authentic Emirates experience, Abu Dhabi is the place to be. Boasting the UAE’s largest mosque and many other sites of cultural and historical interest, Abu Dhabi offers the same high standards of hospitality of Dubai but is slightly lower key, allowing you to experience a slightly more laidback holiday.
Whichever city you choose, some of the best features of the United Arab Emirates remain constant; the beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches and dramatic desert landscapes can be found across the country! Theis fascinating destination is just waiting to be explored, so what are you waiting for?
Food & Drink
The United Arab Emirates have a strong culinary tradition, featuring many delicious dishes and ingredients that you may never even have heard of! Hummus and falafel are fairly well-known in the UK, but you can also expect to see plenty of roasted meat dishes accompanied by rice, vegetables, olives or pita bread, all flavoured with an array of spices.
Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have a huge choice of restaurants serving both local and international food, so you can guarantee you’ll always be able to find something you love. The UAE is home to some world-class restaurants, so be sure to treat yourself to an award-winning dining experience.
It’s important to remember that many Muslims refrain from eating pork or drinking alcohol; both of these things are available in certain hotels and restaurants, but visitors should exercise tact to avoid causing offence. This also applies to Ramadan, a 30-day fasting festival that occurs between June and August, when you should avoid eating or drinking in front of fasting Muslims during daylight hours.