United Arab Emirates holidays
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When: The United Arab Emirates are fairly sweltering - to put it mildly - at any time of the year. The most popular time to visit is between December and March.
Where: Why not be a bit adventurous and head into the Hajar Mountains on the border with Oman. These beautiful and ancient mountains shelter a rich and unique flora and fauna and are home to the fascinating Hatta Heritage Village - a real glimpse into the life of sixteenth century Arabia.
Why: Whilst the UAE is a place synonymous with opulent modernity, it also boasts an ancient history and a beautiful and rugged landscape. Trekking excursions into the Hajar Mountains can be arranged and a journey through the oases that surround Al Ain is another must.
When: Head to The United Arab Emirates in the months of January or February. Despite being the coldest months of the year, temperatures still rival the hottest days of the British summer. This is a great destination for a spot of winter sun.
Where: Abu Dhabi is a fantastic destination for groups of friends and offers sights and attractions for guests of any persuasion. highlights include 'dune bashing', camel racing and lazing on the beach. There is also some world-class shopping to be done here with vast shopping centres including the Marina Mall and the Abu Dhabi Mall.
Why: Sometimes overlooked in favour of Dubai, Abu Dhabi has a rich and varied nightlife including a range of jazz bars, cocktail bars, Irish pubs and nightclubs. The highlight of the calendar is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which is held on the vast Yas Island and which neighbours the Ferrari Theme Park.
When: It's too hot to do anything other than wander round vast air conditioned malls in the spring and summer months. Head to the UAE in December or January to top up on some much needed vitamin D!
Where: Why not try something a little different on your trip to the UAE. Umm al Quwain is a peaceful and attractive little city and much more traditional than others in the UAE. Traditional activities are still much in evidence - camel racing, dhow building and falconry. There is also a gorgeous little corniche and horse riding and sailing trips can be arranged.
Why: Umm al Quwain is an interesting little place and is much less crowded and touristy than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It also boasts a fairly rich history which is showcased in the Umm al Quwain Museum - which is located inside an old fortress. Other attractions worth seeing include the Al Dur archaeological site which dates back to 200BC.
When: The UAE can be a great place to take the kids on their school christmas holidays. The weather is till reasonably manageable in the spring half term but by the Easter holidays is quite unbearably hot.
Where: Dubai is the perfect place to go on a family holiday. The popular family attractions include the Wild Wadi Water Park - where a number of water slides, rides and swimming pools are available - and the indoor ski slopes. There are also beautiful beaches where a great selection of water sports are available and kids will love quad biking in the desert.
Why: Dubai offers activities and entertainment for all age groups. The kids will love the theme parks and sporting facilities, whilst parents can enjoy relaxing by swimming pools, indulging in treatments in state of the art spas and dining on fantastic international cuisine in the city's many restaurants.