• Luxury United Arab Emirates Holidays
  • Overview

    Beneath the skyscrapers and beyond the shopping malls, the United Arab Emirates has a rich history and a fascinating culture. Long before the nation’s oil reserves were exploited, fishing, farming and pearl diving were the main trades. At the start of the 20th century there were more than 300 traditional sailing shows in Dubai Creek, affording employment to more than 7,000 sailors. What’s more the nation’s Crown Prince publishes 16th century Nabati poetry on his Instagram account.

    Traders from all over the Middle East have descended on the souks that flank Dubai Creek, the original heart of the city, for centuries. Trinkets and treasures from Iran, Oman and Saudi Arabia have long been haggled over here, and it’s a tradition which continues to this day.

    To learn more of the United Arab Emirates culture a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Museum of Cultural Understanding is a wonderful cultural initiative which introduces visitors and holidaymakers to Emirati people, an invaluable exercise in a country where the indigenous population is far outnumbered by an expat community.

    Given the influx of other nationalities the choice of dining experiences within the United Arab Emirates is vast. Dubai, in particular, has a stimulating food scene. There are of course many Michelin starred establishments and fine dining a la carte opportunities within the hotels, but in the Bur Dubai area you’ll find street food from as far afield as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Yemen, the Philippines and Iran.

    While the United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern Muslim country, it’s perhaps not as conservative as you might expect. You may dress as you might do in Europe: shorts and skirts are fine, and there’s no need to cover your hair. Where you will need to cover up is for visits to, or tours of, mosques, out of respect for religious convention, and the shopping malls, to counter the over efficient air-conditioning. And although the sale of alcohol is restricted, it is still widely available in hotel restaurants, bars and clubs, so your holiday enjoyment won’t be adversely affected if you like a drink on holiday. However, drunkenness in public and public displays of affection are frowned upon equally.

    The flip side to the culture and tradition of the United Arab Emirates are malls with ATMs which dispense gold, aquariums, ski slopes, ice rinks and cinemas, highway patrol officers whose daily drivers hail from the houses Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and Bugatti.

    To enjoy the many and varied contrasts of a holiday to the United Arab Emirates it’s best to avoid the extremely high summer season temperatures, so travel there between November and May.

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Beneath the skyscrapers and beyond the shopping malls, the United Arab Emirates has a rich history and a fascinating culture. Long before the nation’s oil reserves were exploited, fishing, farming and pearl diving were the main trades. At the start of the 20th century there were more than 300 traditional sailing shows in Dubai Creek, affording employment to more than 7,000 sailors. What’s more the nation’s Crown Prince publishes 16th century Nabati poetry on his Instagram account.

Traders from all over the Middle East have descended on the souks that flank Dubai Creek, the original heart of the city, for centuries. Trinkets and treasures from Iran, Oman and Saudi Arabia have long been haggled over here, and it’s a tradition which continues to this day.

To learn more of the United Arab Emirates culture a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Museum of Cultural Understanding is a wonderful cultural initiative which introduces visitors and holidaymakers to Emirati people, an invaluable exercise in a country where the indigenous population is far outnumbered by an expat community.

Given the influx of other nationalities the choice of dining experiences within the United Arab Emirates is vast. Dubai, in particular, has a stimulating food scene. There are of course many Michelin starred establishments and fine dining a la carte opportunities within the hotels, but in the Bur Dubai area you’ll find street food from as far afield as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Yemen, the Philippines and Iran.

While the United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern Muslim country, it’s perhaps not as conservative as you might expect. You may dress as you might do in Europe: shorts and skirts are fine, and there’s no need to cover your hair. Where you will need to cover up is for visits to, or tours of, mosques, out of respect for religious convention, and the shopping malls, to counter the over efficient air-conditioning. And although the sale of alcohol is restricted, it is still widely available in hotel restaurants, bars and clubs, so your holiday enjoyment won’t be adversely affected if you like a drink on holiday. However, drunkenness in public and public displays of affection are frowned upon equally.

The flip side to the culture and tradition of the United Arab Emirates are malls with ATMs which dispense gold, aquariums, ski slopes, ice rinks and cinemas, highway patrol officers whose daily drivers hail from the houses Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and Bugatti.

To enjoy the many and varied contrasts of a holiday to the United Arab Emirates it’s best to avoid the extremely high summer season temperatures, so travel there between November and May.

Featured hotels

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

5 Star

In a prime location right on Jumeirah Beach and with a fantastically striking wave-like design, the family friendly resort Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai’s recognisable landmarks.

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Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

5 Star

In a splendid beachfront setting overlooking the Arabian Sea on the east crescent of Dubai’s iconic island Palm Jumeirah, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah offers contemporary luxury, first class service and exotic Oriental charm.

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Atlantis The Palm

5 Star

Located at the tip of the crescent of the world’s largest man-made island The Palm and paying tribute to the Lost City of Atlantis, the extraordinary marine-themed Atlantis, The Palm offers an unparalleled range of facilities for all ages.

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One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace

5 Star

Set on a kilometre of private beachfront overlooking The Palm island amidst 65 acres of landscaped gardens, water fountains and meandering pathways, One&Only Royal Mirage is a superbly stylish hotel complex.

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Featured hotels

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

5 Star

In a prime location right on Jumeirah Beach and with a fantastically striking wave-like design, the family friendly resort Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai’s recognisable landmarks.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

5 Star

In a splendid beachfront setting overlooking the Arabian Sea on the east crescent of Dubai’s iconic island Palm Jumeirah, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah offers contemporary luxury, first class service and exotic Oriental charm.

Atlantis The Palm

5 Star

Located at the tip of the crescent of the world’s largest man-made island The Palm and paying tribute to the Lost City of Atlantis, the extraordinary marine-themed Atlantis, The Palm offers an unparalleled range of facilities for all ages.

One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace

5 Star

Set on a kilometre of private beachfront overlooking The Palm island amidst 65 acres of landscaped gardens, water fountains and meandering pathways, One&Only Royal Mirage is a superbly stylish hotel complex.

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