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The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a modern metropolis, home to adversity of cultures. East of the city in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, lies Al Ain, often called the ‘Garden City of the Gulf ’ due to its concentration of oases.

What to see

Ajman is the smallest emirate and has several historical sites including Mowaihat, which dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Bordering Oman, Ras Al Khaimah has miles of untouched beaches and offers an alternative to the malls and developments of the country’s other states. The mountains, desert dunes, wadis and hot springs are easily accessible and there are several archaeological sites to discover.

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Browse our tailor-made section and design a holiday to suit your interests, tastes and budget.

Key Facts

Capital: Abu Dhabi
Flying time from London: 7 hours 30 minutes
Time difference: GMT +4
Population: 4.6 million
Currency: Dirham
Official Language(s): Arabic and English
Visa (UK Passport Holders): No visa required for 30 days

Before You Go:

A Diamond in the Desert

Jo Tatchell (2010)
Barely 40 years ago, Abu Dhabi was a fishing village on the Arabian Gulf. Now the capital of the United Arab Emirates, its citizens are, on average, each worth $17 million. Jo Tatchell traces the emirate's dramatic development.

Middle Eastern Cookery

Arto der Haroutunian (2010)
This is regarded as the seminal work on Middle Eastern cookery, but it had been out of print for 20 years with second-hand copies on offer for more than £400, such was its scarcity and popularity.
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