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The United Arab Emirates or UAE is an intriguing country sitting at the end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. The country is a federation of 7 emirates and after gaining independence from the UK in 1971, the UAE has been known for its oil and more recently, for tourism.

With stunning white sandy beaches fringed by palms, the UAE is the perfect holiday destination if you like lots of hot sunshine and tropical waters.

However, the UAE is more than just beach life, offering an enthralling mixture of Arabic heritage and traditional middle eastern culture.

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Key Facts
Languages Arabic and English
Currency Emirati Dirham
Family holidays
Capital Abu Dhabi
Known for Fabulous beaches and winter sun
Time difference GMT +4 hours
Temperature March average 28 °C (82 °F
Best time to visit Spring & Autumn
Sand storms July & Aug but infrequent
Main airport Dubai & Abu Dhabi

The Emerates of the UAE...

Abu Dhabi

Located on a T-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and the largest emirate. It is a bustling city 145kms south of Dubai and in recent years, there has been increased focus on the international tourist market with many new luxury villas and resort hotels having been developed.


Known throughout the world for its Gold and Spice Souks,large shopping malls and luxury hotels, Dubai has everything you need to make a perfect holiday. For families and children, Dubai boasts the very popular Wildi Wadi water park at Jumeirah Beach and Atlantis on The Palm.

Ras al-Khaimah

Growing in popularity as a holiday destination, Ras al-Khaimah provides a variety of exciting activities and places of interest. Water sports, water parks, desert experiences, golf and historical sites and much more are all on offer.


Sitting on the coast of the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is the 5th largest emirate. It is a place of considerable natural beauty where jagged mountains and valleys sweep down to the palm-fringed coast. There are some beautiful silky white sandy beaches and good dive sites.


Known as the cultural capital of the UAE, Sharjah is the third largest emirate and is the only one to have a coastline on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.


The maon tourist area of Ajman is along the Corniche and its beautiful 16km stretch of white sany beach on the Arabian Gulf. The Corniche boasts a wide variety of shops, souks, markets and malls plus many beachfront cafes and restaurants.

Umm al-Quwain

Located in the northern part of the UAE, Umm al-Quwain is the smallest of the emirates but has lots to offer. It is full of natural beauty with coastal mangroves and the oasis of Falaj Al Moalla to name a few.

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The climate of the United Arab Emirates is subtropical with warm winters and very hot summers where day time temperatres can go beyond 45°C along the coasts. Inland and on the Al Hajar Mountains, temperatures are much cooler.

The best time to visit is Spring and Autumn where temperatures are still very warm, typically ranging from 28°C to 35°. During the summer, a humid south-eastern wind known as Sharqui sweeps across the UAE which can make sunbathing at the beach rersorts uncomfortable.

Top Tourist Attractions

Burj Khalifa Dubai
Sheikh Zayeed Mosque Abu Dhabi
Jebel Hafeet Abu Dhabi
Al-Bidyah Mosque Fujairah
Hajar Mountains Ras Al Khaimah
Arts Museum Sharjah
Khatt Springs Spa Ras Al Khaimah
Musfoot mountain Ajman
Al Sinniyah Island marine sanctuary Umm al-Quwain
Al Fahidi Fort Dubai
The Al Bidyah Mosque Fujairah
Burj Al Arab Dubai

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UAE Holiday Home Villas

Staying in a villa or apartment for your UAE holidays, gives you the freedom to do what you want when you want. The accommodation caters for all budgets and tastes from beautiful luxury villas with private pools on the beaches or chic and stylish apartments in the city - there is something for everyone.

If you are travelling as a family or with friends, there is a wide choice of self catering vacation rentals especially around the main tourist hubs which are often better value than a hotel and far more flexible.

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