Take a handful of space-age skylines, add a measure of glorious beaches, garnish with centuries-old traditions, and you’ve got the recipe for holidays to the United Arab Emirates.
The seven kingdoms of the UAE
Occupying the south-east horn of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates – or UAE, for short – is a country made up of seven states, called emirates. Each one tells its own story, but they all share one thing – the climate. This part of the world basks in toasty winters and baking-hot summers.
The runaway winner of the UAE popularity contest is Dubai. It’s down, mostly, to a flashy, futuristic façade – cue the world’s tallest building and a famous manmade island that’s shaped like a palm tree. The country’s capital, Abu Dhabi, comes in a close second, boasting a skyline that’s just as out-of-this-world.
The other five emirates – Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain – often get less attention. But they definitely don’t deserve it. Ras Al Khaimah, for example, puts forward 40 footprint-free kilometres of coast, while Fujairah offers some of the best snorkelling spots along the Persian Gulf.
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Sunbathe on one of the island’s white-sand beaches
On an island made entirely of sand, beaches aren’t hard to come by. Many of Palm Jumeirah’s hotels have their own private…
Sip cocktails under the stars
Plenty of the Palm’s hotels open their bars to the public, like the Atlantis The Palm Hotel with its al fresco cocktail bar…
Soar up to the top of the Burj Khalifa
Dubai’s cloud-piercing skyline is pretty impressive, to say the least. And there’s no better place to take it all in than…
Admire the views from Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek has long been the lifeblood of this city. And the best way to get a feel for it is on an abra. These traditional…
Tee off at a championship golf course
Golf is big news in the UAE and attracts some of the world’s top players. The green giant here is the very highly regarded…
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