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The UAE’s natural landscape is dominated by desert, ranging from vast, flat expanses of multi-coloured soft sand to spectacular rolling dunes hundreds of feet high that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s a breathtaking place with a rich flora and fauna and to spend time here is truly an unforgettable experience.
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Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about Desert Experiences. With first-hand knowledge of when and where to go they can create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.
Getting there: The transfer time from Dubai airport to Al Maha Desert Resort is approximately 50 minutes or from Abu Dhabi airport it is 1 hour 30 minutes. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is approximately 2 hours from Abu Dhabi airport. Banyan Tree Al Wadi is 45 minutes drive from Dubai airport.
Best time to travel: The UAE enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between December to February temperatures average in the mid-20sºC, rising up into the 30s from March to April and again from October to November. While the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40ºC), it’s one of the few destinations when it’s cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays, whether travelling with children or not.
Local time: GMT +4 hours.
Currency: UAE Dirham.
Language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Passports & Visas: A full British passport, which is machine readable and valid for six months beyond your return date is required. Visas are not required for full British passport holders for stays of less than 60 days in the United Arab Emirates.
Health: Vaccinations are required and strongly recommended. Your GP will be able to provide you with specific advice on the destinations in your itinerary.
Tourism Dirham charge: A Tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels and apartments in Dubai and is levied per room per night as follows:-
AED 20.00 (approx. £3.45) per room per night for stays in 5* hotels and deluxe hotel apartments.
AED 15.00 (approx. £2.60) per room per night for stays in 4* hotels and superior hotel apartments.
AED 10.00 (approx. £1.70) per room per night for stays in 3* and 2* hotels and standard hotel apartments.
Ramadan: During Ramadan (approximately 27 May – 25 June 2017), it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.
Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are only available in licensed hotels in Dubai, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah and the legal drinking age is 21.