United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

A destination of unparalleled diversity with a variety of exciting attractions to discover, the UAE is an ideal setting for cultural and active pursuits.

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From the staggering heights of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa to the mesmerising sands of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa desert, the UAE evokes images of astounding architectural landmarks as well as offering authentically Arabian experiences.

Jumeirah Beach tops the list for a luxury beach holiday, boasting magnificent hotels, sprawling through manicured gardens which lead to a glorious beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf and impressive Palm Island. Here families luxuriate in the convenience of on-site, elaborate and imaginative children’s clubs, extravagant Spas and all manner of land and water sports.

Downtown Dubai enjoys the glitz and glamour for which Dubai is so famed. All myriad of stylish restaurants and hotel bars compete to be the week’s most popular venue with the bright and beautiful of the city. Home to Dubai Mall and the famous Dubai Fountain, Las Vegas has been transported to The Middle East.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is becoming increasingly popular with travellers. Dubai’s wealthier big brother hosts the Grand Prix and a rapidly expanding wealth of modern attractions in addition to the historical Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, forts and archaeological sites. With a plethora of islands, untouched beaches and wildlife sanctuaries offer an alternative experience to the modern city.

The desert, covering a vast majority of the Emirates, provides a stark contrast to the futuristic cities found on the coast. Endless dunes stretch for miles, peaking in perfect spots for sundowners, after which a glorious carpet of stars fill the sky as if on order as the back drop for a magical evening dinner.

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Quick Facts

Capital
Abu Dhabi

Population
8.1 million

Area
77,700 sq km (30,000 sq miles)

Major Languages
Arabic

Major religion 
Islam

Monetary Unit 
Dirham

Flight time from London
7 hours

Time Difference 
GMT + 4

When to go 
The climate in the United Arab Emirates is sub-tropical and arid.

During summer (April to September) the weather is both extremely hot (around 50 degrees) and humid and so the best times to visit are between October and November and then February to March when the tempratures average in the mid-twenties and the humidity is under control. The Christmas and New Year periods are also good but due to the popularity of expats wanting to get away hotels are subsequently more busy.

Rainfall is infrequent and usually occurs between November and March, with an average annual rainfall of 152mm (6 in.). There can be occasional sandstorms from the desert and some winter mornings bring fog, although this usually dissipates fairly quickly.

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Highlights

Dubai

From the excitement of Jumeriah Beach to the glittering gold souks, unsurpassed hotels, eye boggling architecture and an extraodinary array of tax-free shopping, Dubai has it all. More than just an unrivalled travel hub, Dubai is a world-class destination in its own right.

Whether Dubai is your ultimate destination, or you’re just passing through, take advantage of your stay in this remarkable modern metropolis. Adventure off-road across the desert, feast on Arabian cuisine in sumptuously furnished Bedouin tents and shop in souks, bustling spice markets and designer boutiques. With championship gof courses, world-class watersports, and the world’s richest horse race on your doorstep, Dubai also offers first-class sporting opportunities.

For the ultimate city break, Downtown Dubai boasts the world’s finest names in hotels, many centred round Dubai Mall and the impressive Dubai Fountains. Ideal for a short break, shopping trip or stark contrast to a more adventurous final destination. Take a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to achieve a staggering view of this extraordinary city, followed by sunset cocktails and dinner in one of the many award winning restaurants.

Jumierah Beach is famous for its luxurious resorts, the perfect destination for family winter sun. Stretching along Dubai’s coastline, the sandy beach leads to the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. The vast and impressive development of The Palm Jumierah can be viewed from and is indeed overlooked by many hotels on the beach and is home to a number of spectacular properties itself.

Not to be missed is the beautiful desert which leaves the city a world (if only a few miles) away. A safari within a national park will allow you to spot the likes of the houbara bustard, striped hyena, caracal, desert fox, falcon and Arabian oryx. For the active and adrenaline junkies, the wide expanse is a playground for dune bashing by 4×4 or quad and sand boarding.

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Abu Dhabi

Meaning ‘Father of the Gazelle’ in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest. Characterised by its signature Corniche, which fronts the amazing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, you can stroll, cycle, or drive to the tip where the majestic Emirates Palace, one of the world’s most opulent hotels, sits on 1.3 kilometres of pristine beach.

Visit the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest or take the state-of-the-art highway to the new destinations of Saadiyat and Yas Islands, home to the Zayed National Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Further afield, to the east, there’s the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain, lying near the Oman border. This tranquil city, Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland, lies under the shadow of Jebel Hafeet, the emirate’s tallest peak at 1,340 metres. In the western region, Al Gharbia, you can find unspoilt beaches and some of the best desertscapes around. You can visit Mirfa and see the quaint fishing harbour, or relax insimply breathtaking dunes of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter).

Dubai

From the excitement of Jumeriah Beach to the glittering gold souks, unsurpassed hotels, eye boggling architecture and an extraodinary array of tax-free shopping, Dubai has it all. More than just an unrivalled travel hub, Dubai is a world-class destination in its own right.

Whether Dubai is your ultimate destination, or you’re just passing through, take advantage of your stay in this remarkable modern metropolis. Adventure off-road across the desert, feast on Arabian cuisine in sumptuously furnished Bedouin tents and shop in souks, bustling spice markets and designer boutiques. With championship gof courses, world-class watersports, and the world’s richest horse race on your doorstep, Dubai also offers first-class sporting opportunities.

For the ultimate city break, Downtown Dubai boasts the world’s finest names in hotels, many centred round Dubai Mall and the impressive Dubai Fountains. Ideal for a short break, shopping trip or stark contrast to a more adventurous final destination. Take a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to achieve a staggering view of this extraordinary city, followed by sunset cocktails and dinner in one of the many award winning restaurants.

Jumierah Beach is famous for its luxurious resorts, the perfect destination for family winter sun. Stretching along Dubai’s coastline, the sandy beach leads to the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. The vast and impressive development of The Palm Jumierah can be viewed from and is indeed overlooked by many hotels on the beach and is home to a number of spectacular properties itself.

Not to be missed is the beautiful desert which leaves the city a world (if only a few miles) away. A safari within a national park will allow you to spot the likes of the houbara bustard, striped hyena, caracal, desert fox, falcon and Arabian oryx. For the active and adrenaline junkies, the wide expanse is a playground for dune bashing by 4×4 or quad and sand boarding.

Experience Dubai and say hello to the capital of tomorrow.

Abu Dhabi

Meaning ‘Father of the Gazelle’ in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest. Characterised by its signature Corniche, which fronts the amazing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, you can stroll, cycle, or drive to the tip where the majestic Emirates Palace, one of the world’s most opulent hotels, sits on 1.3 kilometres of pristine beach.

Visit the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest or take the state-of-the-art highway to the new destinations of Saadiyat and Yas Islands, home to the Zayed National Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Further afield, to the east, there’s the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain, lying near the Oman border. This tranquil city, Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland, lies under the shadow of Jebel Hafeet, the emirate’s tallest peak at 1,340 metres. In the western region, Al Gharbia, you can find unspoilt beaches and some of the best desertscapes around. You can visit Mirfa and see the quaint fishing harbour, or relax insimply breathtaking dunes of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter).

Where to stay

These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape. Showcasing the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins, this internationally-awarded hideaway also offers a sense of desert adventure, with matchless five star hospitality in unparalleled comfort.

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Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeira, allowing guests to enjoy the Arabian Gulf’s blue waters and stunning panoramic views from almost every corner of the property. The modern property features cutting-edge architecture and design with the brand’s signature all white décor.

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One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage is a stylish hotel of intricate arches, domes, towers and courtyards. In a thriving world-class city renowned for its soaring skyscrapers, One&Only Royal Mirage recalls the romance of Old Arabia, with 65 acres of lush green lawns and immaculate flower beds set along a kilometre of private beachfront.

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi presents the best of both worlds, an uncommon journey of lounging around the most pristine shores of Saadiyat, to adventures on the sun-kissed sands of the Arabian desert. Abu Dhabi is an amalgamation of old-world charm and new age culture.

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Park Hyatt Dubai

Park Hyatt Dubai combines elegance and drama in architecture, connecting modern trends to regional trademarks in both interior and exterior design with Moorish and Mediterranean influences. All 223 rooms and 34 suites offer stunning views across Dubai Creek.

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