Destination guide

United Arab Emirates: old and new side by side

The United Arab Emirates is a country of contrasts. On 1 hand you have ancient mosques and nomadic traditions, on the other you have the oil-rich cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which teem with soaring skyscrapers, opulent town-sized shopping malls and luxurious man-made islands. Your starting point will likely be one of the United Arab Emirates vacation rentals in one of the cities, hubs of culture where you can experience world-class entertainment and top museums. Don't discount the rolling dunes of Rub' Al Khali desert, where you can experience life before the city boom.

Things to do

See United Arab Emirates from the top of Burj Khalifa

It would be impossible to list every attraction or site worth seeing near your United Arab Emirates vacation rental, but there are some standouts worth mentioning. If you're staying in Dubai, you can't help but notice the soaring Burj Khalifa, one of the world's tallest structures. The panoramic views from the sky-high observation deck are extraordinary. In Abu Dhabi, the dazzling Sheikh Zayed Mosque might not be as tall, but its lavish interior can still host over 40,000 worshippers. Alternatively, try the Sharjah Arts Museum, which houses some important pieces from international artists.


Adventures in the desert in United Arab Emirates

The big cities are packed with entertainment and more shopping than most peoples' credit cards can cope with. If you've scored a United Arab Emirates vacation rental along one of the sweeping city beaches, there's no end to the water sports on offer, like snorkeling and paddle boarding. A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow boat is always a good way to take in Dubai's skyline. Beyond the cities, hiking in the wild and starkly beautiful Hajar Mountains, passing wadis and picturesque villages, is popular. Alternatively, you could head into the desert proper, where camel treks, exciting 4x4 adventures and sand boarding awaits.


United Arab Emirates: hot or very hot

There are really one 2 seasons in the United Arab Emirates – hot and very hot. The busiest time is during the winter months, when the skies are blue and the temperature is idyllic. If you're planning a visit over winter, be sure to book up your United Arab Emirates early to avoid disappointment, particularly over New Year. The rest of the year, the temperature sky-rockets, along with the humidity. If you don't mind hot climes, you can score yourself some rock bottom prices on United Arab Emirates vacation rentals and the attractions are always air-conditioned anyway.

Natural features

More wildlife in United Arab Emirates than you imagine

On the face of it, there might not appear to be much in the way of wildlife in this landscape of desert, mangroves and craggy mountains, but if you give it a chance, there's rather a lot. Birdwatchers should be suitably impressed by the more than 400 recorded bird species, including migrating plovers, eagles and falcons. There are several mammals to look out for in the desert, like Arabian oryx, mountain gazelles and the Arabian leopard, while the coastal waters of the Persian Gulf are home to a large resident population of humpbacked dolphins.

Can I find a vacation rental around United Arab Emirates?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,168 vacation rentals near United Arab Emirates. From 78 Villas to 55 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near United Arab Emirates for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in United Arab Emirates?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in United Arab Emirates. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dubai: 1,172 vacation rentals
  • Dubai: 1,148 vacation rentals
  • The Palm Jumeirah: 188 vacation rentals
  • Abu Dhabi: 33 vacation rentals
  • Dubai Marina: 379 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in United Arab Emirates! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in United Arab Emirates?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in United Arab Emirates:

  • Dubai: 1,172 rentals
  • Abu Dhabi: 33 rentals
  • Sharjah: 383 rentals
  • Ajman: 28 rentals
  • Al Hamriya: 15 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to United Arab Emirates?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in United Arab Emirates are:

  • Dubai International Airport (DXB): 1,127 vacation rentals
  • Dubai (XMB-Marina Mall Bus Station): 1,141 vacation rentals
  • Abu Dhabi (ZVJ-Abu Dhabi Bus Station): 33 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in United Arab Emirates?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in United Arab Emirates. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • UAE Pavilion: 33 rentals
  • Jumeirah Golf Estates: 1,136 rentals
  • Burj Khalifa: 1,166 rentals
  • Dubai Mall: 1,165 rentals
  • Dubai Festival City Mall: 1,165 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around United Arab Emirates listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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