United Arab Emirates

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To most, the UAE epitomises hedonism and glamour. But look a little deeper and you'll discover a country brimming with a unique, intensely memorable heritage and culture.

You've heard of its unmatched opulence. Seen its record-breaking architecture, world-famous restaurants, and beyond-luxurious hotels splashed across the pages of magazines. But the UAE really has to be witnessed first-hand to be believed. Even if you've been before, the country is developing at such an incredible rate that unmissable, once in a lifetime experiences are becoming commonplace. Here, nothing seems to stand still except, perhaps, for your heart as it skips a beat whilst you gaze out across the beautiful Arabian Gulf from atop the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.

A young country on the northeastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, formed from a federation of seven emirates in 1971, the UAE has quickly positioned itself as one of the most exciting tourist destinations on the planet. Here, everything seems supercharged - bigger and better than anywhere else. Whether you're searching for excellent beaches with year-round sunshine, sumptuous hotels, all-day high-end shopping malls, or unforgettable excursions, the possibilities are truly endless.

The country's opulence and mega structures can sometimes obscure the fascinating minutiae which make the UAE so much more complete. But dig a little deeper and you'll find a wealth of authentic cultural excursions, from the simple pleasures of a traditional Bedouin camel ride with dinner beneath the desert stars to a relaxing dhow cruise. For a stunningly immersive experience, head out of the cities and into the desert, where life moves at a much slower pace. The glittering spires and bustling streets slip away to be replaced by endlessly shifting sand dunes filled with ancient fossils, meteorites, camel trade caravans, and innumerable semi-nomadic desert tribes whose lives have remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

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  • Dubai

    Foremost city of the exotic UAE, every day in Dubai is filled with limitless opportunity.

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  • Abu Dhabi

    The UAE's cultural capital, Abu Dhabi boasts some of the best sights the country has to offer.

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Fast facts

  • Time Difference

    GMT +4

  • Currency


  • Capital

    Abu Dhabi

  • Flight Time

    Approx. 7 hrs

  • Best Time To Go

    October to April

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