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United Arab Emirates

Offering a fascinating blend of the old and new, the United Arab Emirates has developed into one of the world’s must visit destinations for travellers looking to enjoy some fun in the sun.

Sitting on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE provides the chance to relax on stunning sandy beaches, to explore old traditions dating thousands of years and to spend time in some of the most modern cities in the world.

Whether you are a lone traveller, on a break as a couple or have the children in tow, it’s an interesting option for a HOT Holiday with an intriguing mixture of things to enjoy.

One thing that is assured on a trip to the UAE is that you’ll be guaranteed fantastic weather throughout the year.

The subtropical climate across the seven Emirates means you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of sun under clear blue skies – with little in the way of cloud cover.

You might encounter some light rain between November and April, but on the whole it will be sun all the way with temperatures that run into the early 40s during the middle of summer.

Of the seven Emirates, there are two that have developed into tourist destinations – Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Abu Dhabi, which doubles as the capital of the Emirates, is regarded as something of a jewel in the crown for the region and provides the chance to visit historical forts and temples when you leave your luxurious hotel and is also home to one of the top theme parks in the Middle East.

Dubai by contrast is all about glitz and glamour, with luxury at every turn and some of the most stunning views across the Persian Gulf from the towering hotels that line the coast.

Add into the mix world class shopping, top class dining and mile-upon-mile of golden sand and it isn’t hard to see why Dubai has become one of those places you simply have to visit.

  • Destination Info
  • Currency: UAE Dirham
  • Language: Arabic

Feel the need for speed

Head for Yas Island and you can not only visit the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but can also ride one of the quickest rollercoasters in the world on a trip to the original Ferrari Land themepark.

Hit the beach

The Emirates might not be seen as the top destination for a beach break but there are plenty of top class options if you want to lie back on golden sands – from the Corniche in Abu Dhabi to Jumeirah Beach in Dubai.

Take to the skies

There are few better ways to marvel at the sights of Dubai than from the sky – so why not take part in a skydive from 5000m above the Palm Jumeirah. Alternatively, you could visit one of the various tall buildings that have viewing areas – such as the Burj Khalifa – and admire the views without needing to board a plane.

Explore history

From huge temples and ancient castles to heritage villages that provide a fascinating insight into a bygone era, you’ll be able to embrace history on a visit to the United Arab Emirates – showing it isn’t all about the glitz and glamour.

Shop till you drop

Some of the largest shopping malls in the world can be found in Dubai so there are few better places to indulge in some retail therapy than in vast malls where you can find the biggest retail names.

Relax on the beach

The coastal areas of the Emirates are home to some stunning beaches, with vast swathes of white sand on which to lie back under the sun and top up the tan – no matter what time of year it may be.

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