United Arab Emirates travel guide

United Arab Emirates holiday highlights

Dubai holidays are also increasingly popular, with a stunning array of luxury hotels including the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah scattered across the city and coastline. Experience this buzzing 'City of Gold' and find out just how magical Dubai holidays can be.

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Arabia All Inclusive holidays
Experience the wonder of the emirates and relax knowing that everything is taken care of on one of our Arabia All Inclusive holidays.


United Arab Emirates holiday highlights
•   Indulge yourself in glittering Dubai - stay at one of our super-deluxe hotels; shop for bargains at the many mega-malls and souqs; and try thrilling activities, from sand skiing and dune driving in the desert to scuba diving and deep-sea game fishing on the coast.
•   Abu Dhabi, a verdant oasis of parks and gardens, wide tree-lined boulevards and seafront promenades.
•   The therapeutic springs and fascinating history of Ras Al Khaimah.

United Arab Emirates Honeymoons
All of our UAE hotels make for fabulous honeymoon settings, but we have specially labelled a few of our favourite, most romantic retreats that we think make the most perfect settings for your dream honeymoon in the UAE.


United Arab Emirates tailor made

With our great range of United Arab Emirates destinations, hotels and experiences, we really do have something for everyone. Our experienced Personal Travel Experts are can use their knowledge to help you create your perfect holiday from scratch. Made to measure, your bespoke holiday is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

You could:
•   Discover glittering Dubai City, staying in one of our chic hotels and exploring the sights with the help of an expert guide.
•   Stay in the magical Arabian Desert, going dune bashing, on desert safaris, and even trying sand boarding.

United Arab Emirates multi-centre holidays
Combine your United Arab Emirates holiday with a stay in one of our other exotic destinations, such as Sri Lanka, Hong Kong or the Maldives.

United Arab Emirates key facts

Capital

Abu Dhabi

Currency

Dirham

Flying time to destination

Dubai - 7 hours
Abu Dhabi - 7 hours

Language

Arabic. English is widely understood.

Passport & visas

Visas are not required for UK passport holders

United Arab Emirates good to know

Tipping

In most cases, a service charge of 15–18 % will be added to your bill.

Shopping in United Arab Emirates

•   Browse souks, malls and popular shopping streets.
•   Malls are spacious, modern and air-conditioned.
•   In Dubai the latest fashions are available in designer shops. There are lots of boutiques and tailors, who can custom-make outfits in just a few days.
•   You'll find electronic items, carpets, and good value gold jewellery in Dubai and silver jewellery in Sharjah.
•   Souvenir shops sell rosewood tables, boxes and backgammon boards inlaid with intricate bone and mother of pearl mosaic patterns. You’ll also find brass coffee sets, hand-carved wooden dhow models and ornaments set with turquoise, lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones.
•   Department stores, boutiques and supermarkets operate on a fixed price basis, but of course haggling is essential in the souks. Carry cash to get the best bargains.

Food & drink

•   Try mezze, a selection of starters that's as filling as a main course. It includes:
    o   Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and mint)
    o   Hummus (chickpea and sesame seed dip)
    o   Moutabel (aubergine puree)
    o   Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
    o   Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt and lemon dip)
    o   Arabic bread
•   Main dishes include:
    o   Machbous (spiced lamb with rice)
    o   Hareis (simmered wheat and tender lamb)
    o   Meshwi (a mixed grill of various types of meat and sausage)
    o   Locally caught fish or shellfish.
•   For a snack, try shawarma - slivers of grilled lamb carved from a vertical spit and served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.
•   For desert try esh asaraya (cheesecake) and umm’ail (bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg).
•   The middle east is famous for its sweet pastries, although fruit is the usual dessert.