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United Arab Emirates


For some people, the United Arab Emirates is only made up of the ultra-modern city of Dubai, boasting towering skyscrapers, massive shopping malls and idyllic beach resorts, however, it offers much more than that.

The country is made up of seven separate emirates, most notably, its capital city of Abu Dhabi - an oil-rich haven which has become a melting pot of unique cultures and is a hub for various sport and leisure activities.

Our tours to the United Arab Emirates explore the city of Dubai, where you can enjoy a spectacular Dhow cruise on Dubai Creek, feasting on board while listening to live music and watching mesmerising Tanura dancers.

We'll also explore Dubai's sandy deserts, with dune riding, sunset photography, belly dancing just a few activities that you can experience with us.


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TAILOR-MADE United Arab Emirates TOURS


Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.


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Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

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We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

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I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.



Is it safe to visit the United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates is one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime is low, and the most common safety concern is pickpocketing.

What is the official currency of the United Arab Emirates?

The currency used in the United Arab Emirates is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED), also known as the Emirati dirham, which is subdivided into 100 fils.

When is the best time of the year to visit the United Arab Emirates?

The best time of the year to visit is between April and May, or from September to October. During the spring and fall shoulder season, the weather is most pleasant and there are fewer crowds. Wintertime (December through to March) is the best weather, as it is not too hot or humid.

What should you wear in the United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates is a conservative country, so women should cover their shoulders and knees. Men should wear knee-length shorts and avoid singlets. Beachwear should only be worn on the beach and in resorts.

Can you drink the tap water in the United Arab Emirates?

Many of the residents and visitors prefer to drink bottled water. The water is desalinated sea water, so it does not have a pleasant taste, but it is safe to drink.


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United Arab Emirates Country Guide

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Time: GMT+4
Dial Code: +971
Area: 83,600 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in the United Arab Emirates is the Persian Gulf at 0m | The highest point in the United Arab Emirates is Jabal Yibir at 1,527m (5,009 ft.)
Population: 9,541,615 (2018)
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Governemnt: Federal presidential, Constitution monarch
Language: Arabic

The United Arab Emirates also referred to as the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. The country is bordered by Oman to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south, Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.

The sovereign absolute monarchy is a federation of seven emirates, encompassing Abu Dhabi (which functions as the capital), Quwain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain. A ruler governs each emirate, and one of the rulers is the President of the United Arab Emirates.

The official religion is Islam, and Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates. The oil reserves of the United Arab Emirates are the seventh largest in the world while its natural gas reserves are the world's 17th largest. Dubai is the most populous city and the nation is a regional and middle power.

The climate in the United Arab Emirates is subtropical-arid with blisteringly hot summers and warm winters. The temperatures in the Al Hajar Mountains are much lower given the increased elevation. In the summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as Sharqi ('Easterner'), results in the coastal region temperatures being unpleasant.

The culture of the Emirati is based on Arabian culture and has been influenced by the cultures of East Africa, Indian and Persia. The United Arab Emirates has the second largest economy in GCC (after Saudi Arabia), and is extremely reliant on oil. Dubai is the top tourism destination in the Middle East.


  • Al Wathba Race Track – this track is popular for camel racing, which is part of the Middle Eastern culture.
  • Dubai – a city and emirate known for modern architecture, lavish hotels and luxury shopping.
  • Abu Dhabi – the capital, located off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf.
  • Jebel Jais – the tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, situated in Musandam Governorate, Oman.
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the largest mosque in the country, and a significant place for worship and daily prayers.
  • Burj Al Arab – a luxury hotel, and the third tallest hotel in the world on an artificial island.
  • IMG World's Adventures – the world's largest indoor theme park, with more than 20 rides and attractions.
  • Burj Khalifa – a palatial beachfront hotel with domed gatehouses, flying ramps and a private beach


  • Refrain from showing PDA in public, as this frowned upon in a conservative country.
  • Tipping is not expected, but it’s common practice, and most restaurants add a service charge.
  • Arabs and expats dine late, from about 10pm onwards, and restaurants stay open late.
  • Alcohol is only served in licensed places, and it’s illegal to be inebriated in public.
  • Electronic cigarettes are illegal in the United Arab Emirates and likely to be confiscated at the border.
  • During Ramadan, you cannot eat, drink or smoke in public between sunrise and sunset.
  • Never take a photograph of or with a stranger without asking permission.
  • During summer, it is not advised to go out in the extreme heat.