Stunning beaches, red hot weather and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world: no wonder holidays to the United Arab Emirates are on so many people's most-wanted list. With the famously good Arabian hospitality and an array of impressive firsts, this place has to be experienced to be believed. Abu Dhabi has pristine beaches, great golf courses and upscale shopping malls. Dubai, on the other hand, has amazing water parks, the world’s tallest building and even more malls. Both cities have skyscrapers and modern restaurants galore, but you can still discover traditional culture on UAE holidays. In Dubai, take a dhow cruise across the creek, or haggle for spices and jewellery in the old souks. To see the desert side of life, take a tour into the dunes and ride a camel, see a falconry display, or enjoy a Bedouin dinner beneath the stars. With so many wonderful things to see and do, holidays in the United Arab Emirates are a big hit with couples and families alike.
There are hundreds of fascinating things to see and do on holiday in the UAE. In Dubai, you'll find everything from swimming with dolphins to wild water parks, even a ski slope and an ice rink! Both cities offer outstanding entertainment and shopping in their futuristic malls. Play golf, try watersports, discover the desert on a dune buggy, horse or even a camel. Shop for treasures in traditional souks, take a boat trip, go diving, scale the heights of the Burj al Arab in Dubai. Whatever your idea of the 'wow' factor, you're bound to be dazzled here. Of course, you might come to the UAE to simply relax on the perfect beaches, or be pampered in a superb hotel.
Much of the nightlife in the UAE tends to be hotelbased. Many hotels in the UAE have pulled out all the stops to create groundbreaking venues, including nightclubs, glamorous cocktail bars and laidback lounges. Some larger hotels in Dubai play host to music festivals, famous acts and international DJs. As well as hotels, the impressive malls play host to evening entertainment including cinema and ten pin bowling. Although the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, alcohol is widely available in hotels. It is illegal to drink in the street and in public. Some hotels don't serve alcohol during Ramadam, but many do. Whether you want to dance, or simply enjoy a quiet Shisha beneath the stars, theres a night out in the UAE to suit you.
You can eat all over the world in the UAE, with malls and hotels offering up International cuisine from the likes of Italy, India, Japan and France. But don't miss the chance to try the local food while you're on holiday in the UAE. Fragrant and sometimes spicy, dishes such as Tabbouleh and Arabic bread give you a real taste of the area. If you're a fan of freshlycaught fish, there are some excellent seafood restaurants here, too.
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