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6 hours and 45 minutes from the UK
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UTC/GMT +4 hours
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Introducing United Arab Emirates

Home to 7 emirates, with the most famous being Dubai, as well as the Rub’ Al Khali desert, the Hajar Mountains, and the incredible Dubai Creek which was once the River Zara to the Ancient Greeks, UAE is an interesting and diverse world where old meets new. Tradition clashes with modern life, convention clashes with current fashion, and a humble existence clashes with the glitz and the glam of the country’s biggest cities. The United Arab Emirates is certainly a place of interesting contradictions, but for many travellers it’s the dazzling attractions and its cities’ bright lights that really draw them in. Dubai is the most popular destination and it’s a place of sky high buildings, multimillion shopping complexes, impossibly luxurious 7 star hotels, impeccably pristine manmade beaches and beach clubs, plus the most exclusive wining and dining destinations in the world – and it makes for a truly sumptuous, safe and comfortable Arabian adventure.

But whether you’re here to delight in the glittering heights of Dubai, the UAE’s capital and cultural heart of Abu Dhabi, the UNESCO city of Sharjah which takes you on a journey back in time, or the magical desert camping trips of Ras Al Khaimah and the Bedouin Oasis, a trip to the United Arab Emirates will be an utterly unique travel experience, with lots of memories to be made along the way. If you want a great mix of guaranteed good weather, luxury hotels and shopping, with a little bit of Arabian history and culture, the UAE is an exotic destination that has to be added to your bucket list.


For families in the UAE, especially cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, you can guarantee a great choice of well-serviced and well-facilitated hotels. There are many resorts which offer safe and private access to the beachfront or pool area and many also have kids / teens clubs with babysitting services. So there’s plenty to do for all ages and travelling around the cities is easy by taxi or other public transport. The UAE is also extremely safe for travel and in many tourist resorts, you will be completely segregated from the outside world unless you decided to venture and there’s usually very little interaction between tourists and locals other than drivers.


The United Arab Emirates is a wonderful place to sample a whole range of Gulf and Middle Eastern Cuisine and this includes everything from Iranian and Lebanese to traditional Arabic food. Due to expat culture and tourism, you will also be overwhelmed by the amazing offering of international cuisine available in hotels and shopping malls, so there really is something for everyone. Menus often include choices for kids so families travelling with children won’t have to worry about mealtimes.

History and Culture

The country’s historical population began with a small tribal community and today, it’s a diverse “salad bowl” of different cultures. Not quite like a melting pot, the different pockets of people form an interesting mix, representing all the different cultures of the world and this is very much apparent in the differing neighbourhoods and the wide selection of international cuisine. The old Emirati men and women still dress in traditional clothing and you’ll find an exciting fusion of old and new.

Top Locations in United Arab Emirates

Home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa and some of the most the most extravagant hotel complexes and private resorts on the planet, the city of Dubai is not a place of understated luxury. This incredible city is a boldly opulent affair and you’ll feel like a celebrity amongst all the glitz and glam of this futuristic and ultra-stylish setting. Top attractions include the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai Mall, and Mall of Emirates. Read more
Abu Dhabi
If you’re looking for a more authentic travel experience, head to the country’s capital city for a few days. Abu Dhabi is a chic mix of shiny skyscrapers and traditional architecture so you’ll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. It’s bursting with amazing places to eat and drink, and the nightlife scene is extremely sophisticated yet slightly more hip and alternative to the bright lights of Dubai. Be sure to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the manmade island of Yas Island, Emirates Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens, and the city’s many luxury shopping malls. Read more
The Emirate of Sharjah is considered to be the nation’s cultural capital and was rewarded a UNESCO prize in 1998 for its historical places of interest such as Cultural Palace Square, the Palace of Sheikh of Sharjah, the Ajman Sharjah Corniche as well as the Natural History Museum. This wonderful city is the gateway into the real Arab world and it’s the perfect place to come for a more immersive travel experience, beyond 5 star hotels and luxury beaches. Be sure to also visit the oldest market in the UAE, Souq Al Arsah and the famous Blue Souq to really mingle with the locals. Read more
Ras Al Khaimah
If you want to experience the desert, Ras Al Khaimah is your gateway to incredible desert camping. There are also endless nature trails and walks in the desert area as well as various historical sites such as Ras Al-Khaimah Pearl Museum, the abandoned fishing village of Jazirat al-Hamra, and Khatt Springs mineral pools which are surrounded by a further 170 archaeological sites for you to explore! Other things to see in Ras Al Khaimah include Dhayah Fort, National Museum and the city’s pretty Saqr Park.
Hajar Mountains
The Ras Al Khaimah foothills provides seasoned hikers with a tough challenge, with a trail that leads into the wild and beautiful Hajar Mountains. You will get to travel through small villages and walk through traditional goat farms and experience a taster of rural life beyond the cities. The terrain is moderate-difficult in areas but the scenery is extremely rewarding. If you’re looking for an even bigger hiking challenge, hit the heights of the notorious “Stairway to Heaven” at Jebel Hafeet, the mountain bordering Oman.

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