Sunil Metcalfe

United Arab Emirates Travel Expert

The tallest skyscrapers, the most luxurious hotels, the best, well, everything – the United Arab Emirates is a place of superlatives. A glittering collection of seven Emirates, you can’t help but feel overcome by an ‘anything-is-possible’ attitude here. Luxury of the grandest proportions, perfectly complemented by a unique blend of tradition and cultural diversity; a luxury vacation in the UAE truly does have it all – and then some.

Sunil Metcalfe

United Arab Emirates Travel Expert

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United Arab Emirates Highlights

A place of unabashed opulence, the United Arab Emirates will beguile you with its glittering buildings, sun-dappled waters and mystifying sand dunes. Add to that a unique blend of tradition and cultural diversity and it’ll have you hooked.

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MORE ABOUT UAE

Seven Emirates make up the UAE - from the vast, opulent cityscape of Dubai to the emerging art scene of Sharjah (where there are at least seventeen museums). Each of these kingdoms are undergoing strenuous and fascinating efforts to stand apart from one another, resulting in a surprisingly varied offering - for those willing to wander. Palm-shaded beaches, sumptuous and palatial suites, and stretches of adventure-ready desert await. You’ll ascend the heights of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to gaze across Dubai and the Persian Gulf beyond.

Private desert tours in UAE

AWAKEN YOUR SENSES

A tour to the pristine coastal splendour and architectural frenzy of Dubai kicks off with a hot stone massage in the Raffles spa, sampling the cream of Arabic cuisine in Azur, and - yes - swimming with dolphins in (the appropriately named) Dolphin Bay. A private helicopter ride over this expansive city will awaken your senses, before jumping into a vintage Land Rover for an exotic desert safari in the shining hinterland beyond.

The best hotels in UAE

HOTELS UP HIGH

The UAE is - before anything else - famed for the variety, quality, and grandeur of its hotels. This is a fact rooted in memories of nights sleeping in great comfort with towering, 360 degree views of the Gulf of Persia. Dubai’s hotel offering isn’t all skyscrapers, however. Park Hyatt Dubai is a tranquil haven of private courtyards and gentle waters, tucked away from the looming glass of the city.

Honeymoons in UAE

A VERY DIFFERENT HONEYMOON

Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (meaning ‘Island of Happiness’) has been the recipient of a new cultural center which will include (quite stunning) outposts of the Guggenheim and Louvre, as well as the region’s finest seaside golf course. Combined with world-class hotels, the cream of the Gulf’s cuisine, and enviable spas, might make it the perfect indulgent luxury honeymoon destination - with a dose of culture thrown in for good measure

United Arab Emirates Highlights

A place of unabashed opulence, the United Arab Emirates will beguile you with its glittering buildings, sun-dappled waters and mystifying sand dunes. Add to that a unique blend of tradition and cultural diversity and it’ll have you hooked.

Where to stay in United Arab Emirates

WHERE TO STAY

The options are - seemingly - endless. But it’s not all skyscrapers and urban oases (these, of course, are good). From tranquil, garden retreats to luxury desert lodges, luxury hotels in the UAE have much to offer. These are the best of the best.

Hotels in the city of UAE

AN URBAN OASIS

Private gardens, luxurious suites, and a five star spa create an atmosphere of laid-back languor in these decidedly non-urban oasis in Dubai. Unwind and reconnect at your own pace in a room overlooking the breathtaking marina, before heading to Cape Cod-inspired eatery Noepe - serving up long, lazy lunches in the sun.

Luxury hotels in the desert

A DESERT RETREAT

Hidden among the rolling sand dunes of the Dubai Desert is Al Maha - a secluded luxury resort of luxury suites. Experience this living desert of early morning bird calls and the evening’s mysterious beauty. Enjoy bareback horse riding, adventurous camel treks, and learn the art of archery and falconry.

Luxury hotels in UAE

IN THE HEART OF THINGS

Raffles, Dubai - housed in a pyramid-shaped structure at the center of the city - offers laid-back relaxation after diving head first into the glamorous malls, restaurants and landscapes of eclectic Dubai. Its faultless service, shisha sommelier, and Middle Eastern styled rooms combine the best of the Gulf with world-class convenience. It’s not to be missed.

  • Population Population 9,270,000
  • Capital Capital Abu Dhabi
  • Currency Currency Dirham
  • Language Language Arabic
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT +3 | ET +8
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Escape to the Hajar Mountains and cool off from the desert-heat in the Hatta Rock Pools, looking out over the impressive scenery."

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