The United Arab Emirates on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is a bit of an anathema in the Middle East. This union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms was formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971, and today it is a modern trend-setting conglomeration of high-rise cities with state-of-the-art tourist infrastructure, magnificent beaches and a paradise of duty-free shopping. Unlike other Arab states, the United Arab Emirates actually courts and encourages tourists, constantly adding and upgrading events and attractions to complement its renown as the shopping capital of the world.

Currency: Emirati Dirham

Average Flying Time: 6 – 8 hours

Time zone: GMT + 4

Spoken Language(s): Arabic, English

Visa (UK Passport Holders):

Passports must be valid for 6 months after the date of entry. British passport holders can get a visitor’s visas on arrival for a maximum of 30 days.

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