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If you're looking for a special holiday destination that offers top-quality hotels, fine dining, great shopping, world-class golf courses and much more, look no further than the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The UAE, which is in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Arabian Gulf, is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.
Abu Dhabi, the country's capital, is like the Arabian answer to Manhattan Island. A beautiful city of wonderful contrasts, its broad boulevards and shimmering skyscrapers rub shoulders with mosques and gleaming palaces.
Undoubtedly the most popular of UAE luxury holiday destinations, Dubai is a city that never ceases to amaze. From its plush hotels and malls that leave shopping enthusiasts weak at the knees, to a skyline that literally lights up the night, Dubai has bags full of class. However, don't think it's all class and no culture. Visit the city's Old Town which is alive with traditional souks, or take a traditional Dhow cruise down the Creek.
The best time to visit the UAE is between October and April when the weather is at its coolest. During the summer months (May-Sep) it's extremely hot, however, the vast majority of hotels offer shaded pool and outdoor areas.
The holy month of Ramadan will be celebrated between the 28th June - 27th July 2014. During these dates there are restrictions on alcohol, food consumption and entertainment for local Muslims between sunrise and sunset when they must fast. Restrictions within hotels tend to be relaxed, however, you should be aware that consumption of food and drink in public areas is prohibited during daylight hours. As night falls, there are lively traditional celebrations, known as Iftah, where hotels arrange lavish buffet feasts to break fast.
During your UAE luxury holiday you'll find that you're never short of things to see and do. You'll find countless shopping malls, fantastic beaches, and exciting water parks to keep you entertained. A visit to the desert for some dune bashing is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.
All tastes are catered for on UAE holidays. From French to Italian, Mexican to Japanese, Thai to Persian, you're sure to find something to tingle your taste buds. Whilst on your UAE luxury holiday, be sure to try the local dishes such as Lokamiat, Saqu, Khanfarosh, Jazariya and Balalit.
If you're looking for an exciting night out whilst on your luxury UAE holiday you won't be disappointed. In Dubai, you'll find numerous piano bars and jazz clubs, but nightlife in Dubai centres around the nightclub scene. Abu Dhabi doesn't have the selection of clubs that Dubai does, however, you're still guaranteed a great night out.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.