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United Arab Emirates Holidays

Where your wildest expectations become reality – the United Arab Emirates and its desert cities will leave you speechless.

Home to some of the best architectural buildings in the world, the UAE is a fantastic, family-friendly destination offering year-round sunshine, unrivalled shopping, and some of the best beaches you’ll ever relax on. Visit glittering Dubai and witness its iconic skyline, before hitting the souks or lounging on the beach. Or, head to Abu Dhabi for temples, luxury hotels, and the shimmering Gulf.

The immaculate golf courses of Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai, the relaxing mangroves of Abu Dhabi, and the beaches of Fujairah are sure to impress even the most discerning traveller. 

Why stop there? Combine your stay in the United Arab Emirates with the tranquil white-sand beaches of the Indian Ocean. Treat yourself to island paradise in Mauritius, or spoil yourself with a week in the Maldives.

Destination Highlights
  • Desert landscapes
  • Modern architectural skylines
  • A range of theme and water parks
  • Iconic buildings and land structures
  • World class luxurious hotels and resorts

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi

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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
a large pool of water

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Abu Dhabi

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Guide Price

 €919  pp

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
a pool next to a body of water surrounded by palm trees

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Dubai

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Guide Price

 €1,129  pp

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. 6-7 and a half hours depending on your UAE destination. Direct flights are available from Ireland to Qatar with Qatar Airways, Dubai with Emirates, and Abu Dhabi with Etihad.

Currency

AED - United Arab Emirates dirham.

Visa Information

Irish citizens may require a visa to travel to certain areas in the UAE.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

Specific vaccinations are not required for travel to the UAE. However, we do recommend you contact your GP for up to date vaccination information and requirements.

From exhilarating theme parks, racing F1 tracks, 4x4 dune safari and reaching the top of the highest building in the world to luxurious golf and spa breaks, incredible cuisine, shopping and experiencing how these now desert escapes used to be means a United Arab Emirate holiday truly has something for everybody.

  • Red Rush water slide, Dubai

    Theme Parks

    Adventure and thrill seeking experiences are endless. A day at Ferrari World, home to the fastest roller coaster in the world before zooming around the famous Formula One race track in Abu Dhabi. Dubai Parks and Resort are a great option for family days out with different theme parks to suit all ages. Head to the water at one of the UAE's water parks. Yas Water world will see you zipping down and around endless slides, where as Aquaventure at Atlantis the Palm will see you seek relaxation in the lazy river before luring you to great heights to make the Leap of Faith.

  • Jeep Safari, Middle East

    Desert sports and adventure

    4x4 dune bashing along the endless sand structures combines old and new. You'll soon retreat for dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin tent.

  • Dhayah Fort, Ras Al Khaimah

    Historical sites

    Take in the grand mosques, historic forts and castles, museums and displays of cultural heritage across the UAE. Ras Al khaimah is a perfect host to visit the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ancient ornaments can be found here and the museum is considered the wealthiest monumental museum in the UAE.

  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    “Friday’s in Dubai are like no other, the only way to experience a Friday in Dubai is to do a Friday brunch. Bubbalicious at Westin Mina Seyahi is one of the best.”

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    Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “Canoeing down the eastern mangroves in Abu Dhabi is very serene, spot wildlife as you go and stop for an obligatory selfie, it’s a stand out contrast from the city life.”

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    Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    “As a keen golfer, I try to test the courses wherever my travels take me. Ras Al Khaimah’s pristine and immaculate golf courses are some of the best I have played on, it was actually the highlight of my trip.”

Our United Arab Emirates destinations

Abu Dhabi Skyline

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi
Aerial view of The Palm

United Arab Emirates

Dubai

Dubai
a herd of giraffe walking across a dry grass field

United Arab Emirates

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah
Fujairah shoreline

United Arab Emirates

Fujairah

Fujairah
Camels in the desert

United Arab Emirates

Ajman

Ajman

Frequently Asked Questions

The journey will take you no longer than an hour and 30 minutes and easy drive from one city to the next. Day trips to either city or combing a couple of nights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is very simple and you can experience the glitz of Dubai with the greenery and culture of Abu Dhabi. 

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