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.



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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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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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Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

Abu Dhabi

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort not only has a spectacular location but it is an Arabian palatial wonderland. The hotel has been tastefully created...Find out more

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Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Dubai

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is located on the eastern crescent of Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah. This world famous landmark is located close to Dubai...Find out more

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Banyan Tree Al Wadi

 

Amid stretches of desert sand in tranquil Wadi Khadeja, an oasis of peace awaits at Banyan Tree Al Wadi. A sanctuary surrounded by the evergreen ghaf...Find out more

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Burj Al Arab

Dubai  

In its relatively short tenure on the Dubai coastline this instantly recognisable hotel has attracted international attention and awe, ensuring its place...Find out more

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Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara

 

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, originally the guesthouse of His Highness Sheikh Zayed, is a secluded hideaway where Arabic décor coupled...Find out more

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Desert Palm

Dubai  

Set amidst green fields and palm trees, PER AQUUM Desert Palm offers sensational accommodation - in terms of design, it is Arabia touched with the avant-garde. The...Find out more

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Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Dubai

The Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach has a best of both worlds location: set on the pristinely clean sands of Jumeirah Beach (a private section, no less) and...Find out more

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InterContinental

 

Located on the only hill in Abu Dhabi so affording great views. The Intercontinental Abu Dhabi is a great leisure property with outstanding dining options. The...Find out more

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JA Palm Tree Court & Spa

Dubai  

This family beach hotel offers spacious low rise suites and junior suites with private balconies or terraces overlooking the lush gardens, waterfalls...Find out more

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Jumeirah At Etihad Towers

UAE

World-class contemporary design and seamless detail is enhanced in this stunning complex by sweeping views of the Abu Dhabi coastline. Easily accessible...Find out more

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai  

Designed to resemble an ocean wave in profile, this ultra-modern beachfront resort spreads over 26 storeys. Interior design is inspired by the four natural...Find out more

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Kempinski Hotel & Residences

 

Just south of the Persian Gulf lies the iconic palm-tree shaped island of Palm Jumeirah, home of the picturesque Kempinski Hotel & Residences. Large,...Find out more

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Madinat Jumeirah - Al Qasr

Dubai  

Al Qasr means 'The Palace' and this hotel is the centre-piece of the Madinat Jumeirah resort. Designed in keeping with a Sheikh's summer residence, Al...Find out more

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Madinat Jumeirah - Dar Al Masyaf

Dubai  

Approached through an enchanting central courtyard in which the sun dapples terracotta tiles, palms and gardens, this hotel is designed to echo the style...Find out more

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Madinat Jumeirah - Mina A Salam

Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah - Mina A Salam aims to give you a taste of 'old Arabia' - a time when wind-towers defined the city's silhouette and provided a welcome...Find out more

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One&Only Royal Mirage

UAE

The beachfront Palace with its 231 rooms is adorned with ornamental arches and set amidst abundant gardens with meandering water features and streams....Find out more

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One&Only The Palm

Jumeirah Beach

Clinging to the tip of one of the overarching fronds of the Palm Jumeirah is One&Only The Palm. 94 rooms and suites are found in either the central...Find out more

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

 

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi boasts 306 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, the accommodation is modern with Arabian flair and luxurious amenities including...Find out more

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Park Hyatt Dubai

Dubai  

The resort hotel Park Hyatt Dubai is a waterfront retreat designed in Moorish style and adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club....Find out more

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Adventure & Culture

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St Regis Saadiyat Island

 

The prestigious St Regis Saadiyat Island has an enviable location on the 9km protected white sandy beach of Saadiyat with views over the warm azure seas...Find out more

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The Address, Downtown Dubai

 

Located in the happening heart of Downtown Dubai, the hotel has the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Fountain on its doorstep...Find out more

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Yas Viceroy

 

An architectural triumph acting as the centrepiece of Yas Island, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hovers over land and water and spans the Yas Marina Circuit, now...Find out more

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Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Imperial Club Offer: Save £2,200 per family for 5 nights
Book a 5 night stay at Atlantis, The Palm travelling in October Half Term and save up to £2,200 per family. Prices from £2,845 per adult and £565 per child when staying in an Imperial Club Room on a Half Board basis. Price includes direct international flights and private transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Save up to 40%, complimentary Half Board and free ticket to Aquaventure
Book a stay at One&Only Royal Mirage by 30th September 2016 and save up to 40% on room rates plus receive complimentary Half Board and one free ticket to Aquaventure. 1 Aquaventure ticket per person for every 3-nights stay. Valid for travel now until 17th September 2017. Bookings must be made by 30th September 2016. Blackout dates apply. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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One&Only The Palm, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Save up to 30%, complimentary Half Board and free ticket to Aquaventure
Book a stay at One&Only The Palm by 30th September 2016 and save up to 30% on room rates plus receive complimentary Half Board and one free ticket to Aquaventure. 1 Aquaventure ticket per person for every 3-nights stay. Valid for travel now until 26th May 2017. Bookings must be made by 30th September 2016. Blackout dates apply. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate 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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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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