United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. Despite the fact that four-fifths of its land area is arid desert, the UAE is a country of contrasting landscapes, from awe-inspiring dunes to rich oases, precipitous rocky mountains to fertile plains. The UAE has 734 Km of coastline, 644 Km along the Arabian Gulf and 90 Km bordering the Gulf of Oman. Along the Arabian Gulf coast are offshore islands, coral reefs and salt marshes, whilst stretches of plain and barren desert characterise the inland region.

The UAE is a contradictory place where time-honoured Bedouin lifestyle meets Western consumerism. But rather than clashing, these different influences have produced a unique 21st-century nation that combines the cultures of conservative Islam and the liberal West in one package.

One of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, the UAE has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture and a safe and welcoming environment.

  • Dubai

  • Dubai comprises two towns which have merged into one; Bur Dubai and Deira, which are divided by the 10km long Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai is a bustling com
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  • Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi is the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The city lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian
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Fact File

CapitalAbu Dhabi

LanguageArabic and English

ClimateA sub-tropical, arid climate. Rainfall is irregular, and, falling mainly in winter, it amounts to approximately five days per year. Temperatures range from a low of about 24 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.

CurrencyUnited Arab Emirates dirham

VisaNo visa is required for Irish passport holders

HealthNo compulsory vaccinations but please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau for further advice

PassportsPassports should be valid for at least six months after proposed date of departure from the U.A.E.

Time ZoneGMT + 4