United Arab Emirates

Overview

The United Arab Emirates is a young nation on a high-speed trajectory towards reaching the pinnacle of the world’s most exclusive luxury holiday destinations.

Made up of seven emirates, each with their own individual feel, a galaxy of experiences awaits discovery in the United Arab Emirates.

You can spend your time on the fairways of world-renowned golf courses, or sunbathing on the deck of a yacht as it navigates the Gulf. Watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or explore the remnants of ancient civilisations, almost lost in the desert over time. In Dubai, anything and everything is possible.

While it’s a bit clichéd, the East-meets-West feel of the UAE is really what makes it so special and different. When you leave a glitzy nightclub in the early hours to hear the Call to Prayer reverberating down quiet streets from age-old minarets, it becomes obvious just how unique this nation is.

You can soak up the rays on a dazzling white beach or traverse the golden sands of the desert on camel back. Shop for Louis Vuitton clothing in the mega-malls or Arabian carpets among the winding souks. Just offshore are stunning manmade islands like the Palm Jumeirah – said to be visible from the moon – while inland lie Unesco World Heritage sites like Al Ain.

Dubai is, of course, the jewel in the crown – a luxury playground, where the future and past collide with spectacular results. It’s a city-state where every venture and project is bigger, bold and more luxurious than the last. Dubai offers the finest range of luxury hotels in the world, a dazzling roll call of design and innovation. It has shopping down to an art form, with every designer brand conceivable represented here – and the gourmet dining scene attracts a who’s who of leading chefs and restaurateurs. It excels in indulging the passions of its visitors. Be that the high-octane adventure of sand dune skiing or just enjoying the finer things in life at the ultra-luxurious spa centres.

When booking with Lightfoot Travel, you are guaranteed expert, impartial advice on the best accommodation and activities to suit your needs. Offering a concierge-style service, your personal Travel Designer can tailor your United Arab Emirates holiday to your exact requirements.

United Arab Emirates Regions

Dubai

Dubai erupts from the desert sands of Arabia - a dazzling glass-and-steel cityscape reaching towards the sky.

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Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates

There’s more to the UAE than the champagne-fuelled clubs and Ferraris of Dubai. Our Middle-East specialists have explored romantic deserts and the museums of Abu Dhabi, lounged on empty…

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United Arab Emirates Itineraries

United Arab Emirates Properties

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Al Maha

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Situated within a green oasis surrounded by 225 square kilometres of dramatic desert landscape, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa resembles an ancient Bedouin encampment. This is an exclusive …

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Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is located on the eastern crescent of Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah. This world famous landmark is located close to Dubai Marina and only 45 minutes…

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Armani Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This chic boutique hotel is situated in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Downtown Dubai. Armani Hotel Dubai is fashion designer Giorgio Armani’s first hotel. Supremely s…

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Bab Al Shams, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nestled in sand dunes in the heart of the desert, within easy reach of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat. This elegant hotel, built in the style of a…

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Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

This exclusive desert resort is set in the rolling sand dunes of the tranquil Wadi Khadeja, close to Dubai Airport in Ras Al Khaimah. Lying within acres of enchanting desert grounds, Banyan …

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Burj al Arab

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Located on a private island off the coast of Dubai and considered one of the world’s most iconic hotels, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is a suite-only hotel offering the highest level of servic…

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Dar Al Masyaf and Malakiya Villas, Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dar Al Masyaf is an intimate and tranquil hideaway in Dubai consisting of 29 beautifully designed two-storey houses inspired by traditional Arabian summer houses, linked by scenic waterways …

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Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Palace lies in 85 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens overlooking its own private bay, In the heart of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Showcasing the best of Arabian culture, this be…

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Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Situated in Fujairah, a 90-minute drive from Dubai, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is a luxury beachfront hotel overlooking the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, with a stunning backdr…

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Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Situated in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah and surrounded by charming pools and waterways, Al Qasr is a grand boutique hotel designed in the style of a sheikh’s summer residence, blending t…

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One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Set along a kilometre of private beachfront, in 65 acres of immaculate gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage has a true Arabian feel, combining old world charm with contemporary luxury.  This …

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One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, One&Only The Palm is an exclusive and secluded enclave with an emphasis on impeccable style, understated ele…

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

This luxury boutique resort is nestled amid rolling sand dunes in the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is an Arabian fort-style resort featuring opulent décor, pal…

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Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Set in an impressive 350-acre estate, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is an exclusive Mediterranean-style beachfront resort, which holds a prime position on Jumeirah Beach to the west of Dubai Marin…

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St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

The iconic St. Regis brand extends its legacy to Abu Dhabi, with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi created by thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and a contemporary interior design…

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The Address Downtown Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Located in fashionable Downtown Dubai, this luxury hotel is in a prime position, with the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Fountain on its doorstep, and The Dubai M…

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The Address Montgomerie Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Set within 265 acres of lush green fairways, landscaped garden and lakes, The Address Montgomerie Dubai is an award-winning golf resort that will appeal to golfing enthusiasts seeking a luxu…

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The Palace Downtown Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ideally situated in Downtown Dubai, home to some of the city’s most important landmarks including Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the impressive Dubai Fountain, The Palace Downtown Dubai …

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Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

Abu Dhabi and the Wider Emirates, United Arab Emirates

A mere 50 minutes away from Dubai lies Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the perfect leisure getaway. Deserts, mountains and the sea surround the extensive resort which features a plethora of …

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