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United Arab Emirates Holidays gives a snappy travel guide with maps, pictures and accomodation reviews. Find out which is the best United Arab Emirates accommodation to stay at, which regions to visit in the Middle East and what scenic attractions and day tours to try out.
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The United Arab Emirates are hot and sunny, and offer an excellent gateway to the Middle East. Dubai is the most famous of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, but there’s plenty to see in the other six. Although the UAE has a reputation as a high-end tourist hub, you can travel outside the major cities to find a budget holiday; while you won’t be living like a sheik, you’ll still have a fantastic time. The UAE is a modern, forward looking country, but it’s not hard to find quintessentially Arabian experiences. You’re practically guaranteed good weather – remember your sunglasses! The UAE attracts couples, families and backpackers.

United Arab Emirates Highlights
Dubai Museum
Dubai Waterfront
Al Fahidi Fort
Wild Wadi Water Park

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Visit Abu Dhabi, the ‘richest city in the world’, and capital of the largest emirate. Here you can visit the excellent Khalifa Park, the enormous Sheik Zayed Mosque, shop till your credit card melts in one of the city’s many malls, and join many of Abu Dhabi’s citizens in an evening stroll along the Corniche waterfront. At the other end of the scale, price wise, is Ajman – much less bustling than Abu Dhabi, you can enjoy lying on the beach and trying to spot dolphins, and visiting the old fort in the centre of town. If you’re after more traditional Middle Eastern experiences, you can see belly dancing, try camel riding, go on a desert safari or visit an oasis.

Visit Abu Dhabi, the ‘richest city in the world’, and capital of the largest emirate. Here you can visit the excellent Khalifa Park, the enormous Sheik Zayed Mosque, shop till your credit card melts in one of the city’s many malls, and join many of Abu Dhabi’s citizens in an evening stroll along the Corniche waterfront. At the other end of the scale, price wise, is Ajman – much less bustling than Abu Dhabi, you can enjoy lying on the beach and trying to spot dolphins, and visiting the old fort in the centre of town. If you’re after more traditional Middle Eastern experiences, you can see belly dancing, try camel riding, go on a desert safari or visit an oasis.

Travel Facts
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Language(s): Arabic
Demonym: Emirati
Area: 83,600 1 km2 (116th)
Population: 8,264,070 (114th)
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
Time Zone: GMT +4 (UTC+4)
Drives on the: right
International Airport: 4 km southeast of Dubai
Weather Jan: Av Temp: 20°C / Rain Days: 3
Weather July: Av Temp: 33°C / Rain Days: 0

United Arab Emirates Accommodation Guide

Sharjah is an excellent base to visit next-door Dubai, but also has many attractions in its own right. Try jet-skiing, haggle for carpets, and the Sharjah Desert Park is a must-see. However, Sharjah is almost entirely alcohol-free. If you want to buy a camel, visit Al-Ain; there’s an enormous market here, with thousands of the smelly and cantankerous beasts. You can also see animals at the popular safari park. If you want to experience the desert, head to the Liwa Oasis towns. You can camp under the stars, and see the UAE’s biggest sand dunes.

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United Arab Emirates Travel Info

The easiest way to get to the UAE is by plane; you can come overland from Saudi Arabia, but make sure you get the prerequisite paperwork done in advance.


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