Where to stay & things to do in
United Arab Emirates Holidays 2023 & 2024
Home to the deluxe city of Dubai, north of South Africa, is the iconic United Arab Emirates. A country in western Asia famed for its golden desserts, glistening waters and captivating city that rose from the sands, the United Arab Emirates has grown into the most futuristic and luxurious destination on the planet.
Burj Al Arab is a must-see when visiting the United Arab Emirates. The “Vertical City”, as it is also known, is said to be the world’s only 7-star hotel offering some of the most luxurious services and accommodations to date. As the third tallest hotel in the world, it is also the tallest manufactured structure taking a staggering 22 million man-hours to construct. With its unusual shape resembling the sail of a ship, the Burj Al Arab is hard to miss when in the United Arab Emirates.
Experience the thrill of Emirates at the Al Montazah Amusement and Water Park. Located near Khalid Lagoon and Central Market, it is an easy and accessible day out for the whole family. Freefall from Volcano Tower, toss and turn through the wild west on Baz Coaster and prepare for some of the most significant and exciting waves you've ever experienced. Hosting spectacular seasonal events every year, you’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy.
Suppose you seek more of a natural thrill, head up to the Jebal Jais mountain peaks and take in the striking views of this phenomenal country. Walk amongst the clouds almost 2,000 meters above sea level, where you'll feel like you’re standing on top of the world. While you’re there, why not take a ride on the Guinness World Records longest zip line in the world? You'll soar through the mountains 1680 meters above the ground at 160 kmph in this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave any adrenaline junkie feeling weak at the knees.
As well as some of the most luxurious foods you’ll ever have the pleasure of consuming, the United Emirates is renowned for its culinary cuisine and delicate dishes. A national dish and one for the foodies is Khuzi. A pleasant mix of roasted lamb, vegetables, and nuts served on a steaming hot bed of rice.
Suppose you’re not a fan of lamb, no problem! Al Machboos, or Kabsa as it is also known, is simply chicken and rice cooked on low heat using an array of spices to give it its delicate flavour. The dish can also be prepared using some of the finest seafood in the country.
Big on tea and coffee? You'll find a variety of herbal and flavoured hot beverages, from sage tea to Chai Noomi Basra. Popular drinks are often supplemented with big flavours to give them that distinctive, unforgettable taste.
With no rainy season, booking a holiday in the United Arab Emirates is always a good time. October to April is the most popular time to book as the weather is still pleasantly warm, with temperatures reaching around 27°C. Summertime, between June and August, is when UAE is at its hottest. During August, temperatures soar to approximately 36°C and can reach highs of 42°C during peak times; however, there is still plenty of activities to enjoy. Just be sure to remember your sun cream!
Some quick facts
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- Flight Info
7h flight time from UKDubai International airport (DXB)Direct flights are available from the UK with American Airlines, British Airways, Royal Brunei airlines. Aer Lingus, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Iberia and Qantas Airways.