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Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the desert

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.

Why visit?

  • Splendour of an ever-changing landscape
  • Luxurious desert resorts
  • Array of facilities
  • Exciting activities
  • Fascinating wildlife
  • Exhilarating dune driving
  • Glorious night sky

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Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

Qasr al Sarab by Anantara


This stunning resort embraces the epic adventure of this evocative landscape by providing a luxury oasis for discerning travellers. Every room, villa and suite blends rich interiors and features breathtaking desert views.

Anantara Al Jabal Akdar Resort - Canyon View Room

Anantara Al Jabal Akdar Resort

From £146 pp

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is your gateway to Oman's ancient forts, souks, remote agricultural villages and impressive mountain and valley scenery.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach - Bar and Pool

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

From £294 pp
The Prestige Collection - for those who demand the ultimate in luxurious accommodation

Pure luxury awaits at this coastal retreat which sits on an isolated stretch of beach amid a bounty of natural enhancements and cultural wonders.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa  - Bedouin Suite Pool

Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

From £431 pp
The Prestige Collection - for those who demand the ultimate in luxurious accommodation

This stunning resort is superbly designed to blend into the natural desert habitat and affords lavish comfort, breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains and is a true Arabian experience.

Alila Jabal Akhdar - Ridge View Balcony

Alila Jabal Akhdar

From £735 pp

A glorious mountain retreat just 2 ½ hours drive from Muscat airport and the perfect addition to a beach stay.

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The facts:

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.