• Burj al Arab

United Arab Emirates Holidays

If you’re looking for a unique cultural experience in a modern, dynamic country, look no further than a holiday in the United Arab Emirates. This fascinating nation offers everything from golden sands to world-class attractions, not to mention a huge range of architectural marvels. That includes the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

Despite being a relatively new country – founded in 1971 – the UAE has quickly risen to become a global power, largely thanks to its oil and aviation industries. It’s also one of the safest places to visit on the planet and regularly ranks above the likes of Japan and Austria in terms of crime rate.

In Dubai you’ll find wide stretches of beach, the world’s tallest building, the world’s most luxurious hotel, deserts, super malls and world-class cuisine. 

Abu Dhabi is the cultural heart of the UAE and is home to a relaxed harbour area, as well as souks, excellent restaurants and a fascinating history. 

For a relaxing holiday, visit Ras Al Khaimah, while Fujairah is ideal for 4x4 desert treks where you can finish the day with a traditional Berber feast. 

Discover quality of life during your United Arab Emirates holidays

Whether basking in the tropical desert climate, shopping in some of the world’s best malls, exploring cultural landmarks or dining on delicious food fit for royalty, there really is something to suit everyone’s taste during your UAE holiday. If you wish to enjoy the finer things in life then you will be awed by the quality of luxury goods and services on offer, something that no other country comes close to. 

At Hayes & Jarvis, we’ve been helping our guests plan their dream holidays in United Arab Emirates for over 65 years. This experience and knowledge of the state is what sets us apart from other travel agents. Since there are so many things to do in UAE, it really pays to know the area when planning out your itinerary.

We offer a range of different holiday packages in United Arab Emirates – from our Dubai and Abu Dhabi Multi Centre to our Dubai and the Maldives Holiday – each geared towards people looking to enjoy incredible architecture, white sand coastlines, unique cultural experiences, or a combination of all the best bits.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the ultra-modern architecture and incredible nightlife of Dubai, the prosperous business hub of the Middle East
  • Learn about the storied history and rich cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi, the nation’s capital city
  • Visit Ras Al Khaimah, renowned for its pristine beaches and golf courses stretching across the Arabian Gulf
  • Experience the best of Arabian hospitality while visiting the picturesque emirates of Fujairah and Ajman

Our favourite hotels

Browse our favourite places to stay in United Arab Emirates below. Let us know if you’ve spotted somewhere else you’d like to stay and we’ll add this to your UAE holiday package.

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
Unique

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

    “Despite being a tourist hub for people from all over the world, if you’ve never been on holiday in the UAE then it’s likely that you don’t know too much about the country. In fact, few people realise the sheer range of activities and experiences that this wonderful country offers, whether that’s exploring ultra-modern cities, relaxing in beach resorts, or even taking a trip out to spot wildlife in the Arabian Desert.”

     

  • a woman wearing a white shirt and black hair

    Karen

    Destination Specialist

    Less than ten minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi sits the incredible cultural centre known as Saadiyat Island. Surrounded by spotless white sand and cerulean waters, here you’ll find a smattering of world-class museums, galleries and restaurants.”

     

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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