Lying between the calm, blue waters of the Gulfs of Persia and Oman, and backed by the red sands of the Arabian Deserts, Dubai and United Arab Emirates (UAE) offer year-round sunshine, unique cities, wonderful beaches and thrilling desert adventures. Dubai needs little introduction but the UAE's capital, oil-rich Abu Dhabi, is also rapidly developing as a tourism destination. For somewhere a little more traditional, make a trip to Fujairah and enjoy historic towns, superb beaches and outstanding diving.
Best Time To Visit:
Dubai ands the UAE is warm all year-round. December to April brings pleasant temperatures - between May and September the temperature can exceed 40 celsius. Time Difference:
GMT +4 hours. Visas:
Visas are required for British passport holders but are free and can be obtained upon arrival for maximum stays of 30 days. Your passport should be valid for at least six months on your date of return. Language:
Arabic (English is widely spoken) Currency:
UAE Dirham. Flight Information:
Emirates offer the most comprehensive UK coverage of direct flights to Dubai from 6 UK airports. Other non-stop carriers to Dubai include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Royal Brunei, with Eithad Airways flying to Abu Dhabi. Flying Time:
Approx 7 hours to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
1. Ultimate Experience
Hang out at Madinat Jumeriah - shop or dine at one of the many restaurants and enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset over the spectacular Burj.
2. Getting Around
Relax with an evening cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow and watch the hustle and bustle of Dubai life.
3. Where to go for adventure
Don't miss a 4WD safari through the desert and experience the thrill of dune bashing!
4. Water Paradise
Join a dhow trip a Musandam for excellent diving and snorkelling. Visit Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeriah Beach or take a cruise out to the many islands surrounding Abu Dhabi
For shopping don't miss a visit to one of the many souks for an amazing choice of gold, spices and textiles. Or visit one of the new shopping malls such as Dubai Mall or Abu Dhabi's Abu Dhabi Mall.
6. Dates For Diary
The religious festival of Ramadan (approx. 11 August - 10 September 2010). There are restrictions on alcohol and entertainment from dawn to dusk when all Muslims fast. However, public areas come alive at night with feasting and celebration.
7. Best For Kids
Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm will keep the kids happy for hours in Dubai, and Dubai Museum is a great educational experience for the kids. Visit Corniche Beach in Abu Dhabi where there is a giant playground suitable for kids of all ages.
8. Best For Couples
Treat yourself to a day spa; you will be spoilt for choice as almost every hotel has a spa. try out the hamman baths and the Ayurvedic therapies.
9. Splash Out
The UAE is one of the best places to buy gold. Visit one of the many gold souks in Dubai or Abu Dhabi and buy top quality gold at a fraction of the price compared to home.
10. Live Like a Local
Take a tour into the desert and visit Bedouin camp. It allows you a fascinating glimpse into traditional life.