Family holidays in the United Arab Emirates don’t begin and end with the spectacle of astounding Dubai.
There are seven emirates in all, with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al-Kaimah top of the list for activities and general, all-round, kid-friendly excitement.
But transport’s excellent almost everywhere, so discovering an alternative – quieter – emirate, another style of beach or a completely different take on the ancient culture behind shiny, new UAE is very doable – even for a day or two.
Diret flights from major London airports to Dubai and Abu Dhabi put all seven emirates with easy reach.
Year round sunshine with summer temperatures climbing from 30-39˚C and average temperatures of 28˚C from November to March.
Home to the world’s biggest and tallest everything from indoor ski-slopes and hotels to shopping malls and manmade islands.
Glossy, modern cities with ancient and evocative historic quarters, old harbours and traditional souks.
A landscape of immense desert, dramatic mountains, white sand beaches edged by the warm, blue waters of the Persian Gulf.
Heritage festivals and local experiences combined with world-class theme parks, water sports, global festivals and events, designer shopping and internationally renowned restaurants.
One of the world’s greatest concentrations of luxury hotels, holiday apartments and villas and beach resorts.
No surprise to find almost everyone drives in the UAE and if you want to explore outside the cities, hiring a car is the best plan. Otherwise, taxis are inexpensive and most hotels and resorts will organise transport to attractions and airport transfers.