United Arab Emirates' Top Ranked hotels
Widely known as the playground of the rich and famous. Whether it’s to take in the majesty of the stunning Arabian Gulf or to revel in the opulence of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or the many Horse Racing festivals, the great the good flock to the United Arab Emirates in their droves. Made up of seven individual emirates including Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai the UAE has long been the place to be for a stylish escape. Popular destinations like Abu Dhabi and Dubai offer a taste of the heady A-list lifestyle with stunning skylines and glistening shores. Whereas Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah offer a more untouched type of Arabian experience for those looking to get to know the real UAE without being blinded by bling.
- Flight time: Approx 7 - 9 hours
- Passport & Visa: British passport holders flying into UAE do not have to purchase a visa. You can head straight for immigration on arrival and your passport will be stamped for 30 days entry free of charge.
- Currency: Dirham
- Time Zone: GMT +4
- Language: Arabic and English are widely spoken
As you may have imagined the UAE is beautifully poised between two worlds. It’s a place where the glitz and glamour of its present tourist offering juxtaposes the authentic beauty of the region’s Islamic Arabian heritage. The shimmering high-rises of modern Abu Dhabi and the glistening tourist trap beaches give way to the mystical pull of the desert and mountains in the northern territories of Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain.
Before the boom of tourism, the flavours of the UAE took influence from its neighbours in Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Asia. However, modern Emirati cooking is even more widely influenced saffron, turmeric, cardamom, and thyme drive the sumptuous flavours of lamb, chicken, and fish. Due to its coastal positioning, seafood also plays a huge part in Emirati cuisine.
As it has a desert climate the United Arab Emirates boasts mild winters and scorching summers. From May – September temperatures can easily soar through the forties during the day. Whereas, from October – April you can expect the mercury to dance anywhere between 28° - 33°.