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United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is a country in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. The UAE is made up of 7 emirates. These range from the ultra modern Dubai to the traditional Fujairah, with the emirates, such as, Ras Al-Khaimah falling somewhere in between.

The difference in the cultures of the individual emirates means that holidays to the United Arab Emirates can take many different shapes. Living the high life in Dubai is the most popular kind of holiday to the UAE, while having a more laid back time in Ras Al-Khaimah is a close second.

Dubai is often touted as one of the richest cities on Earth. The emirate’s lack of income tax attracts a very wealthy crowd. This has lead to Dubai becoming a city that caters to the wealthy, so many extravagant things have been built, such as artificial islands and the world’s tallest building. Dubai is a popular destination for those who want to experience the high life for a short amount of time.

Ras Al-Khaimah is a more traditional holiday experience. The emirate has inherited some of the over spill of luxury from Dubai, yet many people refer to it as "more down to Earth" than its neighbour. Holidays Ras Al Khaimah are perfect for those who want to experience some of the luxury of Dubai along with a more traditional Muslim feel.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Currency: Dirham
Language: Arabic
Time Difference: +4 Hour GMT
Flight Time: Approximately 7 Hours


Weather

Holidays to the United Arab Emirates take you to a region that is surrounded by desert. Due to this the weather is hot and dry for most of the year. Here is a more in depth run through of the monthly weather:

  • The coldest month is January, at a still rather high 18°C. Holidays to the UAE are popular with westerners at this time due to the more manageable heat.
  • In February the weather hits 20°C, perfect for a relaxing Valentine’s Day on the beach.
  • The temperature jumps through the 20s in March and April, hitting 23 and 24°C respectively.
  • May sees the start of the 30s, hitting 31°C by the beginning of the month.
  • June and July creep up the low 30s, hitting 33°C in June and 35°C in July.
  • The peak of the temperature takes place in August, hitting 36°C on average, even the locals tend to avoid the sun at midday at this time.
  • September sees the end of the 30s, sinking to 33°C before dropping to 29°C in October.
  • November falls again to 25°C before December rounds out the year at 21°C, cutting short any hopes of a white Christmas.

Activities

As a country that is split into a range of different cultures, there are a lot of varied activities available on United Arab Emirates holidays. Here are a few of our favourites.

Sightseeing in Dubai

Dubai is a city that is really invested in its skyline. There always seems to be something new being built in Dubai, usually breaking a world record in the process. No matter which emirate you choose to spend your UAE holidays in, it is worth taking a day trip to Dubai to see such sights as the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa and the man made Palm island.

Take in the traditional culture in Ras Al-Khaimah

While you can find traditional UAE culture in Dubai, Ras Al-Khaimah sticks closer to the old ways. The traditional Bassata Desert Village is a must see. Here guests can witness traditional Arabic dance and enjoy a traditional Arabic barbeque all within a traditional Arabic village.

Visit an Adrenaline Pumping Water Park

Water parks are very popular in the UAE, due to the warm, desert weather. No matter whether you are visiting Dubai or Ras Al-Khaimah, you have plenty of options of high quality water parks. Dubai has both Aquaventure and Wild Wadi while Ras Al-Khaimah has the Iceland Water park.