Cutting-edge architecture, spice-laden marketplaces, and temperatures you can always rely on – holidays to the United Arab Emirates cover off everyone’s wish list.
The Magnificent Seven
Relatively speaking, the United Arab Emirates – AKA the UAE – is pretty unknown on the holiday circuit. All you need to know is it’s a federation of seven states in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula. And what that means is you’re looking at sandy shores, clear waters, and lovely weather as standard.
It might only be a fraction of the size of the biggest emirate, Abu Dhabi, but Dubai is undoubtedly the UAE’s crowd-pleaser. And you can bet that’s the work of its record-breaking abilities – after all, the world’s tallest building, biggest shopping centre, and most luxurious hotel are just a few of Dubai’s accolades.
Away from the glamour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the UAE dares to bare all. Take Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, for example. These emirates flaunt a more authentic Arabian look – think palm trees in place of skyscrapers, souks instead of shopping malls, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs in lieu of manmade islands.