The United Arab Emirates has everything, from peace and tranquility in the desert, to lively areas in the cities. Dubai is one of the most well-known cities in the United Arab Emirates and is brilliant for short breaks or longer holidays. Dubai has a very rich culture for you to enjoy and Abu Dhabi City has a modern and sleek look to it, filled with skyscrapers and buildings with picturesque details. The beaches in the United Arab Emirates are very popular, particularly the ones in Dubai. The sun covers them all day long and with soft sands and warm waters, they are the perfect place to spend a day relaxing. Hotels in the United Arab Emirates are mainly well-known international chains. There are many top class beach and mountain resort hotels, with all being rated 1 to 5-stars.
Off-road driving is a very popular activity through the desert. Vehicles can be hired with or without guides and safaris can be taken into the wilderness. Dubai is one of the top golfing destinations, with venues such as the Emirates Golf Club which regularly holds top international competitions. Deep-sea fishing is another activity that many people enjoy and fully equipped boats can be hired in Dubai. Snorkelling and scuba diving are probably two of the most popular activities for holiday makers. There are plenty of hidden caves, shipwrecks and an array of marine life for you to explore from many of the beaches in the country. Relaxing along the beaches is also very popular as is relaxing by a pool. There are many historic mosques in the older parts of some cities, as well as a number of museums. The scenery in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is very popular and a camel market and zoo make them both good destinations for children as well.
The United Arab Emirates are great lovers of fresh fruit and vegetable so you are likely to find a lot of this here. Seafood is a favourite and is always freshly caught and cooked with fresh vegetables. Hotels serve Arab and European foods and you will also find a number of Chinese and Indian restaurants. Tipping is not necessary as most hotels and restaurants already add on fairly high service charges to bills. There are a number of nightclubs in the major centres that stay open until late, as well as cocktail lounges and English style pubs. There are plenty of shows put on for entertainment purposes, some of which are performed by international pop stars. Some hotels will also organise discos. Luxury goods are cheaper here than in other countries as custom duties are low. Leather goods, clothing, jewellery and souvenirs can all be found here.
Between May and September, temperatures will be extremely hot, ranging from 34-37°C. Sandstorms have been known to occur during these months so from Mid-October to April is probably a better time to visit. Temperatures are still hot in some months and more mild in others such as January. Rainfall occurs occasionally in these months, however it is not a lot and is normally over very quickly.