From towering skyscrapers and palatial shopping malls to traditional souks and endless deserts, a hotel break in the United Arab Emirates is a once in a lifetime experience.
The United Arab Emirates offers a fascinating culture defined by striking contrasts between tradition and modernity. With a natural environment shaped by glistening salt flats, rolling sand dunes, imposing mountains and golden beaches, a hotel break in the United Arab Emirates provides plenty of opportunities to explore the dramatic surrounding areas, for example by dune buggy, camel or on sand skis. However, the country's most famous attraction is Dubai, nicknamed the City of Gold, which has expanded rapidly from a sleepy fishing and pearling village to a glitzy international metropolis following the discovery of offshore oil in 1966. Today it is home to many of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates and an array of record-breaking landmarks, including the world's largest man-made marina, the world's largest artificial island and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure. Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the Emirates, offers festivals and workshops rooted in local traditions, all in the shadow of vast shopping malls, iconic skyscrapers and the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. For a deeper immersion in the region's culture, visitors should head for the city of Sharjah, which features a lovely Old Town, lively souks and a wealth of museums, galleries and heritage centres, and was designated Islamic Capital of Culture in 2014.