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 beaches on both its coastlines, and played on jaw-dropping golf courses, all in search of the best off-the-well-travelled path experiences in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi

A green and pleasant city, Abu Dhabi has developed at a more relaxed pace than its sister emirate, Dubai. It retains a distinct Emirati feel with lots of culture to go along with its ultra-luxury hotels, F1 races and famous entertainment attractions like Ferrari World.

There’s a real focus on art in the city with a number of world-class galleries and more in the pipeline including a Guggenheim and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Sport is big in Abu Dhabi too, particularly golf, with some of the world’s most beautiful desert courses nearby.

Ras Al Khaimah

In the far north of the peninsula, Ras Al Khaimah borders Oman’s legendary Musandam region, sharing a similar flair for spectacular geography. Backed by the rolling peaks of the Hajar Mountains and blessed with golden beaches, ‘RAK’ is one of the best places to go ‘off-radar’ in the UAE.

It’s the adventure capital of the UAE and standard tours will include visiting evocative sun-baked desert forts, traverse huge rolling dunes and relaxing at lush oasis springs. RAK also provides a mighty setting for a handful of the region’s premier golf courses.


East of Dubai, sleepy Fujairah offers beautiful beach scenes the rival of Oman’s Gulf coast. Its laid-back vibe lends itself to lazy beach days and some of the most luxurious hotels in the UAE provide accommodation here. Perfect for enjoying a little R&R after visiting Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

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Al Wadi Desert

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, Al Wadi…

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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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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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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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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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