Cheap Holidays to United Arab Emirates
Popular Destinations in United Arab Emirates
UAE Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in UAE
As one of the richest countries in the world, the United Arab Emirates boasts a host of luxurious hotels and resorts. However, it is still possible to go on holiday to the UAE on a more realistic budget with cheap guest houses, self-catering apartments and smaller hotels. With oh so many towers and high-rise buildings, this country is not for those with a fear of heights. With museums, theme parks and stunning architecture there is plenty to do and see on your Emirates holiday.
Where to Stay
A holiday in Dubai will guarantee glamour and splendour. Luxurious resorts line miles of beautiful golden sands and futuristic skyscrapers rise above the pristine beaches. Spend the days sunning yourself in the glorious sunshine and nights walking through the modern streets of Dubai City. Go see the Palm Jumeirah, the world-famous man-made island in the shape of a palm tree and the iconic Burj Khalifa, where you’ll get a breath-taking view of the city on the viewing platform. Feel like a royal in the most exquisite surroundings, basking in the glowing Arabian sunshine. Simply put, you cannot go on holiday to the UAE without visiting Dubai.
In close competition with Dubai is the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is tirelessly working to attract just as many visitors. With their own take on the Burj Khalifa, the Capital Gate has a twist. It’s the tallest ever leaning structure made by man. On the subject of record breaking achievements, you can also see the largest hand-woven carpet in the world that features some impressive prints and colours and for the speed enthusiasts out there, you can enjoy a spin on the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Of course, no trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without seeing the stunning white-marble Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, as it will take your breath away.
Feel like Aladdin while exploring the amazing Arabian Desert. Billowing sand dunes cover the land with the golden hills stretching as far as the eye can see. There you can go on a classic camel or horse ride on your holiday, or for the more adventurous, book a dune buggy ride. Satisfy your need for speed with sandboarding and whizz across the soft surfaces in style. For the ornithological inclined, you can enjoy a falconry experience with some astonishing birds of prey. A trip to the Arabian Desert is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
What to Eat
With so many large, modern cities and international visitors there is naturally a huge number of fabulous eateries. From revolving restaurants to noodle bars, you can have it all. Middle Eastern cuisine is famously delicious so make sure to indulge in a lamb shish with a side of baba ghanoush and fava beans or try the fresh seafood which is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. We do suggest you treat yourself to a fine dining experience as the UAE don’t do anything by halves, so it’s sure to be an ostentatious affair. With Italian, Japanese and Indian all represented you’ll be living your best culinary life on your holiday.
If you enjoy a trip to the shops on your holiday, there’s no place quite as fabulous as the UAE. With many huge malls and shopping centres you can stock up on all the latest fashions and tech as well as many traditional souks where you can find some great bargains and souvenirs - just don’t forget to haggle! For keen shoppers The Dubai Mall is a dream of a shopping centre, with floor upon floor packed with designer and high street stores, countless restaurants and bars so you can spend your entire day for whatever your heart desires. With the Dubai Fountain and Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, you’ll also be treated to some wonderful water themed entertainment.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are absolutely bustling international hubs with exclusive rooftop clubs, elegant bars and themed nights. You’ll have world renowned DJ sets and delectable cocktails waiting for you if you choose to party in the UAE. Lavish is an understatement, so make sure you wear your gladrags and many bars and clubs offer free entry for ladies before 1AM.
Fast Facts about UAE
- Direct flight time: around 7.5 hours from London
- Time Zone: CET (+4 hours)
- Currency: Dirham
- Language: Arabic
- Average price of a domestic beer: 26 AED