United Arab Emirates

A union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971. The UAE boasts mountains, superb beaches, fertile oases, camel racing, Bedouin markets, shopping malls, and, of course, extraordinary feats of modern architecture and construction.

Guaranteed weather and unsurpassed shopping make Dubai both a popular short break in its own right and a good extension to other Middle Eastern country visits.

For a superbly memorable self-indulgent desert experience, a stay at the Al Maha, the exclusive tented resort, enables you to cruise the dunes by 4WD or simply relax by your own private plunge pool in ultimate luxury, Bedouin style.

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