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It was probably Dubai's grandiose extravagance which first led to the United Arab Emirates showing up on most travel radars. But there's a lot more to this collection of seven emirates and many of the best places to stay in the United Arab Emirates can be found in lesser known spots.

In recent years it's become a lot easier for visitors to see more of the UAE, outside the confines of the Western style resorts, so the UAE is now a lot more than a destination for winter sun and shopping.

Visitors should definitely shop in Dubai's souks, ride a camel in Abu Dhabi and go snorkelling or diving on the coral reefs of the gulf. And some of the western style resorts are still the best places to stay in the United Arab Emirates. But it's also worth heading out into the desert, to see the amazing desert dunes and the grand wadis of the north-east, or into the photogenic Hatta mountains.

The real magic of the UAE is how an Islamic state can find its peace with the nightclub parties which finish just before the calls to prayer, and the rampant fantastical consumerism. But the balance holds. And all this exists alongside traditional Bedouin customs and oceans of sand. This is probably one of the world's most diverse and interesting nations.

If you're interested in the UAE of pre-oil days you'll probably find the abandoned fishing village of Jazirat Al Hamra fascinating. This spot was first settled in the 14th Century, its inhabitants surviving on fishing and pearl diving, but the entire population upped sticks in 1968, leaving everything spookily empty, but well preserved.

For a glamorous city break

Dubai is the obvious choice if you're looking for a luxurious city break. Here no excess is off the table; there are malls with not just a selection of cinemas, but also a ski jump slope. And of course there's also the world's tallest building, and 'The Palm' - the artificial island in the shape of a palm tree glittering with glamorous resorts.

  • The Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa is sleek, modern and luxurious, with many pools, stunning views, excellent restaurants and an immaculate spa.
  • The Address Downtown Dubai offers the ultimate in luxury skyscraper extravagance with seven swimming pools, a top notch spa and a slew of award-winning restaurants. And there's great views over the Burj Khalifa.
  • The Ahmedia Heritage Guest House offers something a bit more traditionally Arabic, with wonderful Persian style fabrics, antique four poster beds, a lovely courtyard and an art gallery.

For winter sun resorts

  • Atlantis the Palm crowns the Palm Jumeirah. Flamboyant and luxurious, this is the kind of resort which has so much on offer you'll not have time to leave - including its own aquarium and water park.
  • The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a bit less Disney, but with just as much luxury and spectacular sea views.
  • The Jumeirah beach hotel is that beautiful wave building you see in the Dubai brochures, with great views of the mighty Burj. This is easily one of the best places to stay in the United Arab Emirates for families - it also has its own water park, but it's a bit less hectic than Atlantis.

For desert adventure

  • The Qasr Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi is the perfect spot to fulfil your Arabian Nights fantasies, a luxurious desert palace in the heart of the Liwa Desert.
  • The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach looks like a Bedouin camp, with its huge tent-like buildings, and this really adds to the feeling of remoteness. Of course you'll also find every luxury - good food, a huge complex of pools and spas and its own beautiful beach.
  • The Banyan Tree Al Wadi is similar but on a larger scale, and of course it's got a desert outlook rather than a beach one.
  • Alternatively try Dubai's Desert Palm, this emirate's version of a secret desert hideaway, but with a top notch spa, terrace overlooking the polo fields and more facilities than you can imagine.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the United Arab Emirates, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

See all » 20 hotels in Dubai

  • Armani Hotel 160 rooms from $296

    Downtown Dubai

    An Armani hotel that cuts a Milanese dash in the Burj Khalifa. Sumptuous, but muted, luxury with stunning views, excellent restaurants, many pools, and an immaculate spa. A popular choice for tourists and business travellers as much as the city's dwellers.

    Luxury
    City Style
    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is situated in the Burj Khalifa!
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach 237 rooms from $508

    Dubai (Jumeirah 2)

    Luxurious, family-friendly resort hotel with private beach, watersports, tennis, golf and a superb spa. Rooms are super-sized, contemporary classic in style and all have balconies with city skyline or sea views. With faultless service, the Four Seasons is perfect for family fun or chilling out.

    Opulent  -  Understated, but no less opulent
    Beach Life  -  Private day villas/cabanas
    Total relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  15mins from the world's tallest building, the Burg Khalifa
    Check prices

See all » 4 hotels in Abu Dhabi

  • Emirates Palace 394 rooms from $293

    Abu Dhabi

    An opulent hotel sat overlooking the Gulf. Naturally it's splendid in style with plenty of gold embellishments, chandeliers and marble. However, there has been some refrain in the design making the feel overall less over-the -top. With every conceivable facility on site this is a crowd pleaser.

    Families  -  A kids club, watersports centre and children's playground will undoubtly keep little ones of all ages entertained.
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind by the pool, get pampered in the spa and take long strolls along the beach.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Yas Viceroy 499 rooms from $176

    Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)

    A sleek modern and buzzing hotel with an incredible location straddling Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Formula One Circuit. Numerous dining options, roof top bar, nightclub and two rooftop pools. A luxury stay close to all the amenities of the marina complex and the airport.

    Views  -  The rooftop terraces enjoy excellent views over Yas Island and the Grand Prix circuit
    Spa  -  Luxurious ESPA with treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and therapies.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor rooftop pools. One is adults only.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach 32 rooms from $339

    Ras Al Khaimah (Al Jazirah Al Hamra)

    A Bedouin fishing village style luxury beach retreat in a remote setting. Rooms and suites filled with contemporary elegance and seaside romance. Excellent restaurant and spa, huge pools, and water sports galore. Luxury on a smaller scale than usual for UAE.

    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
    Spa  -  A complimentary shuttle will take you to the spa at Banyan Tree Al Wadi
    Views  -  Superb views over the Arabian Gulf
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Banyan Tree Al Wadi from $599

    Ras Al Khaimah (Wadi Khadeja)

    A veritable Bedouin oasis of luxurious exoticism. No expense is spared in this haven of bare-foot luxury in the middle of the desert. Honeymooners will be attracted by the private villas (the only accommodation type) with their own pools, and the private bbqs or sand dune evenings available.

    Spa  -  10 treatment rooms, Rainforest hydrothermal experience with 15 different ‘stations’
    Honeymoons  -  A perfect honeymoon destination, especially in one of the larger villas
    Spa breaks  -  Banyan Tree spas are famed for their traditional holistic approaches
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 20 hotels in Dubai

  • Armani Hotel 160 rooms from $296

    Downtown Dubai

    An Armani hotel that cuts a Milanese dash in the Burj Khalifa. Sumptuous, but muted, luxury with stunning views, excellent restaurants, many pools, and an immaculate spa. A popular choice for tourists and business travellers as much as the city's dwellers.

    Luxury
    City Style
    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is situated in the Burj Khalifa!
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach 237 rooms from $508

    Dubai (Jumeirah 2)

    Luxurious, family-friendly resort hotel with private beach, watersports, tennis, golf and a superb spa. Rooms are super-sized, contemporary classic in style and all have balconies with city skyline or sea views. With faultless service, the Four Seasons is perfect for family fun or chilling out.

    Opulent  -  Understated, but no less opulent
    Beach Life  -  Private day villas/cabanas
    Total relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  15mins from the world's tallest building, the Burg Khalifa
    Check prices

See all » 4 hotels in Abu Dhabi

  • Emirates Palace 394 rooms from $293

    Abu Dhabi

    An opulent hotel sat overlooking the Gulf. Naturally it's splendid in style with plenty of gold embellishments, chandeliers and marble. However, there has been some refrain in the design making the feel overall less over-the -top. With every conceivable facility on site this is a crowd pleaser.

    Families  -  A kids club, watersports centre and children's playground will undoubtly keep little ones of all ages entertained.
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind by the pool, get pampered in the spa and take long strolls along the beach.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Yas Viceroy 499 rooms from $176

    Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)

    A sleek modern and buzzing hotel with an incredible location straddling Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Formula One Circuit. Numerous dining options, roof top bar, nightclub and two rooftop pools. A luxury stay close to all the amenities of the marina complex and the airport.

    Views  -  The rooftop terraces enjoy excellent views over Yas Island and the Grand Prix circuit
    Spa  -  Luxurious ESPA with treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and therapies.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor rooftop pools. One is adults only.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Check prices

See all » 2 hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

  • Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach 32 rooms from $339

    Ras Al Khaimah (Al Jazirah Al Hamra)

    A Bedouin fishing village style luxury beach retreat in a remote setting. Rooms and suites filled with contemporary elegance and seaside romance. Excellent restaurant and spa, huge pools, and water sports galore. Luxury on a smaller scale than usual for UAE.

    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
    Spa  -  A complimentary shuttle will take you to the spa at Banyan Tree Al Wadi
    Views  -  Superb views over the Arabian Gulf
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Banyan Tree Al Wadi from $599

    Ras Al Khaimah (Wadi Khadeja)

    A veritable Bedouin oasis of luxurious exoticism. No expense is spared in this haven of bare-foot luxury in the middle of the desert. Honeymooners will be attracted by the private villas (the only accommodation type) with their own pools, and the private bbqs or sand dune evenings available.

    Spa  -  10 treatment rooms, Rainforest hydrothermal experience with 15 different ‘stations’
    Honeymoons  -  A perfect honeymoon destination, especially in one of the larger villas
    Spa breaks  -  Banyan Tree spas are famed for their traditional holistic approaches
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices