United Arab Emirates

Steeped in the ancient culture and heritage of Arabia, the strong tradition of desert hospitality lives on in the genuine warmth and friendliness that welcomes any visitor.

Nowhere is the mingling of past and present more evident than in United Arab Emirates' cosmopolitan city of Dubai – the starting point for many UAE luxury holidays. Gleaming skyscrapers and shopping malls jostle for position with Arab souks, mosques and wind towers in the most well known of the seven individual Emirates that make up the country.

See traditional architecture in religious buildings such as the multidomes Grand Mosque, boasting the tallest minaret in the area, or in traditional wind towers open on all four sides to catch the breeze which is then channelled down a central shaft to the room below.

Best Time to Travel

From October to April the weather is sunny and warm with occasional strong winds and sandstorms. Summers are very hot and from May to September daytime temperatures are rarely below 40 degrees C with humidity up to 90%. The little rainfall there is, usually comes sometime from January to March, however this can sometimes result in areas of flooding

Featured United Arab Emirates Journeys

Group of 1811 days, from AU$14,915
Oman & the Emirates: The Sands of Time - A Marco Polo Journey

Celebrate the rich tapestry of history, culture and innovation that lie at the cornerstones of Oman and the UAE, two nations boasting both ultra-modern metropolises and timeless traditions.

Group11 days, from AU$14,915
Group of 5023 days, from US$129,000
Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet (2019)

Discover some of the World’s most fascinating peoples, places and celebrations in intimate and unforgettable ways on all-new Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet.

Group23 days, from US$129,000

Featured Accommodation

Shangri La Hotel Dubai

The hotel's 302 superbly appointed rooms and suites offer a combination of traditional luxury and modern functionality.

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, Dubai

Inspired by the traditional courtyard summer houses of old Arabia, these standalone two-storey houses offer an exquisitely designed hideaway.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula

Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. The setting of the 82 indigenous village-style pool villas is spectacular, with dramatic mountains and a sandy beach.

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