Holidays to United Arab Emirates

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Prepare yourself: the UAE doesn't do shy and retiring. Sunny, historic, traditional? Yes. Magnificent Arabian desert and majestic mountains? Yes. But when it comes to its dynamic ever-rising skyline, modesty goes out of the tinted skyscraper window.

To make the most of its historic past and high octane present, our long established regional team provides highly qualified, multi-lingual guides, superb contacts - we'll happily arrange a candlelit supper among the dunes prepared by a internationally renowned chef - and the best 4WD vehicles.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent holiday to the United Arab Emirates in 2015 and we'll show you Dubai, the second largest emirate, where 90 per cent of its cosmopolitan population are expats. Its blockbuster sights embrace dazzling luxury accommodation, including the world's tallest hotel, artistic man-made archipelagos swaddled by emerald water that are best appreciated from a helicopter - naturally we'll arrange one - and spiky Burj Khalifa, the highest building on earth.

There's the planet's biggest snow park with five different ski runs, a race track hosting the world's richest race, and lush fairways for its wealthiest golf tournament, all punctuated by superb shopping malls, souks - there are masses of gold sellers - and pockets of traditional architecture from tea houses to wind towers. You'll find it all juxtaposed with miles of sun bleached sand, kissing crystal clear water tailor-made for dhow cruises at dusk, and a wild, remote interior with desert worthy of a Hollywood romantic epic, backed by the Hajar Mountains, the highest range in the east of the Arabian Peninsular.

To the south, Abu Dhabi, UAE's capital and the largest emirate, offers tree-lined boulevards and lush gardens behind a spectacular high-rise corniche and splatter of uninhabited Gulf islands. Yet it's most dramatic creation, where A&K's top-notch guides will come into their own, is still being built. Saadiyat Island, 500m off the mainland, is set to become a global cultural hub. Architects including Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid, have designed an extraordinary forest of new museums, including outposts of the Guggenheim and Louvre, alongside the exquisite Zayed National Museum, Maritime Museum and the multiple stages of the Performing Arts Centre. It's further proof that, as we'll happily demonstrate, the Emirates are like nowhere else on earth.


Useful info

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Fly to

Abu Dhabi (Etihad and British Airways - daily)

Dubai (British Airways and Emirates Airlines - daily)

flying time

6 hours 55 minutes direct

time difference

GMT +4 hours

Visas

Obtainable on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

Best time to travel

October - April

Weather

From October to April the weather is sunny and warm with occasional strong winds and sandstorms. Summers are very hot and from May to September daytime temperatures are rarely below 40 degrees C with humidity up to 90%. The little rainfall there is, usually comes sometime from January to March, however this can sometimes result in areas of flooding.

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Regions in UAE

Regions in UAE


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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Emirates Palace

UAE

An air of luxury fills every corner of this palatial paradise, a member of Kempinski Hotels & Resorts. Built to reflect the different shades of the...Find out more

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai  

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is secreted amongst 86 square miles of sand dunes and desert plain, with the Hajar Mountain providing...Find out more

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Beach

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Atlantis, The Palm

UAE

Atlantis, The Palm is ocean-themed and the flagship resort at the apex of The Palm Jumeirah's Crescent. There are several unique elements at the resort...Find out more

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Beach

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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