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united arab emirates

united arab emirates

The United Arab Emirates, abbreviated as the UAE, or shortened to "the Emirates", is a state situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities), each governed by a hereditary emir, with a single national president. The constituent emirates are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi.

We have three top picks in Dubai (two on the beach and one in the desert) and a gorgeous desert island resort off the coast of Abu Dhabi

The weather and some spectacular places to stay are the reason why this region is becoming ever more popular, particularly as a destination for some winter sun.  From October to April the temperature is between 25C and 35C - the perfect antidote to Europe's cold, wet, grey winters.  We don't recommend visiting this part of the world in the summer, as temperatures regularly exceed 40C.

Most visitors to the region fly in to Dubai, which is just under 7 hours from London.

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Weather and seasons

The UAE experiences hot weather all year around peaking in July and August when the temperature reaches above 40°C. The Spring and Autumn months are often the best time to visit when the temperatures are in high 20s/ low 30s and the sun is still shining. The coldest the UAE will get is in January and February with an average minimum temperature between 10 and 14 °C.

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  • Flying time from London:  7 hours
  • Currency:  Dirhams
  • Language:  Arabic
  • Visa requirements:  6 months left on your passport
  • Time difference:  GMT +5
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anantara qasr al sarab

anantara qasr al sarab


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,895

Located in the legendary Liwa Desert, one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort embraces the epic adventures of this evocative landscape and provides a gorgeous, luxury oasis for an exceptional holiday experience.

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st regis island resort

st regis island resort


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    5 nights from £1,215

Located on the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island and framed by the distinguished Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is nestled in the heart of what is destined to become an increasingly popular holiday destination.

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park hyatt

park hyatt


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,295

Designed with leisure in mind, the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi boasts four swimming pools including one for kids, a luxurious relaxation haven in the Atarmia Spa, an 18 hole golf course, a comprehensive 24-hour fitness centre, tennis court and Camp Hyatt with indoor and outdoor activities for children.

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al maha desert resort

al maha desert resort


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights full board from £4,400

Set in 225 square kilometres of pristine desert landscape, yet only an hour from the city of Dubai, the award winning Al Maha desert resort and spa is a wonderful (and very luxurious) wilderness escape.

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the royal mirage

the royal mirage


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,795

The One&Only Royal Mirage is on the Dubai coast and overlooks the famous Palm Bay and Island built out in the Arabian Gulf and pays tribute to Arabian architecture and hospitality on a truly regal scale.

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one and only the palm

one and only the palm


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights half board from £2,550

Located on the peninsula of one of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, Palm Dubai, The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Amidst lush manicured gardens, fountains and pools along the sparkling shore, guests can enjoy the beauty of the resort.

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armani hotel dubai

armani hotel dubai


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,895

The Armani Hotel Dubai is Giorgio Armanis first hotel and every detail has been overseen by the man himself, reflecting his famous passion for style, design and functionality. Located in the world's tallest building with a spa, fitness room and open air swimming pool.

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ja ocean view

ja ocean view


dubai, united arab emirates    5 nights from £935

Discover Dubai in a bustling district close to the beach, with a great location on The Walk, the citys famous seaside promenade. JA Ocean View is a contemporary hotel with comfortable rooms and modern facilities and is our lowest priced option in Dubai.

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le royal meridien

le royal meridien


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,279

The impressive Le Royal Mridien Beach Resort & Spa is a beachfront property set in beautiful landscaped gardens close to the famous Dubai Marina.

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anantara the palm

anantara the palm


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights half board from £1,360

Opened in September 2013, the Asian inspired Anantara is the latest luxury hotel to open on the famous Palm Jumeirah.

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al qasr jumeirah

al qasr jumeirah


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,825

Al Qasr is the palace at the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, surrounded by water ways overlooking a multitude of fascinating aspects: ancient wind towers, pools, meandering waterways and the superb 2 km private beach.

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the retreat palm

the retreat palm


dubai, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,995

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is set to be the Middle East's first holistic wellness resort

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banyan tree beach resort

banyan tree beach resort


ras al khaimah, united arab emirates    5 nights from £1,830

The Beach Club is set on a gorgeous stretch of private beach, accessed by a short boat ride - the perfect private luxury beach hideaway. There are 32 gorgeous private villas each with their own private plunge pool and private beach cabana a short stroll across the sand from your villa. This is a delightful boutique resort perfect if you're after peace and privacy.

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banyan tree al wadi

banyan tree al wadi


ras al khaimah, united arab emirates    5 nights from £1,830

The first desert resort in the United Arab Emirates to offer all-pool villas plus an Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa, an 18-hole championship golf course and a private nature reserve.

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waldorf astoria

waldorf astoria


ras al khaimah, united arab emirates    5 nights from £1,265

Bringing the legendary Waldorf service to one of the most alluring beach front locations in the Middle East, this property is a palatial spa and golf resort that's set to become a favourite.

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