If you are planning an exotic, romantic getaway for your honeymoon, look no further than the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). Your honeymoon is meant to be a time to explore each other and the world around you. And there is no more interesting place to visit than the UAE. The UAE is a collection of seven Arab territories called emirates that provide you with the ultimate in choices of activities. The two major destinations are Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai

Dubai is the crown jewel of the UAE. It offers unparalleled luxury and opulence. In Dubai, you are king and queen and treated like royalty. You can create an extravagant or budget honeymoon in Dubai while still enjoying all it has to offer. Here is where the memories of a lifetime are created. Enjoy dinner at the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the Miracle Garden, the world largest garden with 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. Dubai has one of the world’s few seven-star hotels, the Burj Al Arab. It is also one of the world’s tallest hotels. The skyscrapers in Dubai are straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, except these are real.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE. Here, the level of luxury cannot even be defined, although it is sometimes be overshadowed by Dubai. This makes Abu Dhabi the more affordable choice between the two major emirates. 

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques, with 82 domes made of colored marble. The carpets, columns and walls create a harmony of hues that turn the structure into a work of art.  

The Emirates Palace qualifies as the world’s most opulent hotel, with over 100 domes gilded in gold. The Palace is all about gold, from a vending machine that delivers gold bricks to the Cafe that serves cappuccino and ice cream with gold flakes. The interior of the hotel is designed in genuine gold and crystal. If staying at the Emirates Palace is not within your budget, see the hotel on one of its tours and enjoy a gastronomical delight in one of its restaurants. Don’t miss the beach, where you can enjoy a camel ride along the shore.

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Swaddled in absolute desert charm and quietude, this is a luxurious sanctuary for those couples who wish to experience the best of both worlds on their romantic escape. You can choose from 42 private suites.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This beautiful honeymoon hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif.

There is so much to do at this oasis: take a beautiful horse ride, camel trek, nature walk, a signature desert safari or practice the distinguished arts of archery and falconry. This 5-star hotel boasts private swimming pools with majestic dune and mountain views. 42 suites combine discreet refinement with authentic regional antiques, local artifacts and thoughtful nuances.

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Average Price Range: $600 to $3000

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Number of Rooms: 42

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The Palm Resort

Indulge in an Exclusive Escape from the Beach

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, located on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah just off the coast of Dubai offers 400 meters of private shoreline and surrounding views of the Arabian Gulf. Indulge in an exclusive escape from the beach, while still enjoying the town’s excitement. Float on water, with access rooms for lagoons and only above water villas for the UAE. At our Palm Jumeirah hotel’s spa, unwind with hammam rituals and enjoy the Thai-style luxury that Anantara is known for.

The Palm Dubai Resort Anantara redefines luxury on the beachfront, blending Asian inspirations and endless vistas. Retreat to the Middle East Premiere at the Palm Jumeirah Hotel of Anantara overwater villas or next to shimmering lagoons. Indistinctly Thai-style low-rise buildings, spacious rooms surround the resort’s three lagoons. Experience the luxury of living above water, the first of its kind in the Middle East. With a glass viewing panel revealing underwater glimpses of the Arabian Gulf, ocean splendor extends.

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Average Price Range: $149 to $415

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 38 minutes

Number of Rooms: 293

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

Legendary Arabic Luxury

At The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, escape to a world of Middle Eastern opulence. Each moment reawakens the senses, from sunrises over Al Maqta Creek to sunsets that illuminate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The resort has eight restaurants and five-star accommodation, situated inside 10 Venetian-inspired buildings that form a crescent around one of the largest outdoor pools in the area.

Choose from a variety of options for accommodation and enjoy free breakfast and valet parking. Visit our schedule of events and discover the daily offerings of our restaurants. A wide variety of happenings await, from happy hours to themed night. Join us for a delightful afternoon tea followed by your favorite tea mix, including savory hors d’oeuvres, scones, and chocolate treats.

Discover the stunning indoor and outdoor venues ideally suited to wedding ceremonies, setting a new standard in romantic elegance.

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Average Price Range: $140 to $316

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 21 minutes

Number of Rooms: 532

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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Rejuvenate with an Unrivaled Attention to Detail

The 5-star destination resort, overlooking a pristine beach, the cerulean Arabian Gulf, and the celebrated Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, presents a serene escape and captivating wildlife just minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and the Cultural District of Saadiyat. We invite resort guests to rejuvenate at Iridium Spa, energize in the luxury indoor lap pool or three outdoor pools, or bask on the private Abu Dhabi beach before dining at one of six destination restaurants and bars. Boasting the island’s main address.

In the refined hotel rooms and suites, which each boast a private balcony and signature St. Regis Butler service-available at any time, day or night, Mediterranean-inspired architecture combines modern interiors and tactile natural materials. Dining at the resort is a culinary delight where guests can choose from six restaurants that are unique. The individually designed venues and exclusive environments give guests every chance to have memorable dining experiences.

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Average Price Range: $194 to $637

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 27 minutes

Number of Rooms: 377

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The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm

Personally Experience the Splendor of Dubai

From the 5-star hotel situated on the trunk of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, you can experience the splendor of Dubai and connect to Nakheel Mall with 300 shops, restaurants, and entertainment outlets and its own Palm Monorail station. All rooms have a dedicated seating area, floor to ceiling windows, a wardrobe area with plenty of closets and luggage space, and a size of 43 square meters.

Enjoy a calm night’s rest with Frette linen and down-filled pillows on a feather-soft mattress. Take advantage of the attentive, personalized butler service for the 24-hour St. Regis. Enjoy a swim in the two outdoor pools of the hotel, work out in the athletic center or relax in the exquisite IRIDIUM spa. The hotel caters to both leisure and business travelers and is conveniently located for discovering the major attractions, malls, and business districts. The hotel is the ideal starting point to explore all that Dubai has to offer.

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Average Price Range: $ to $

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Number of Rooms:

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Qasr Al Sarab Resort

Unparalleled Seclusion and Majesty Awaits You

On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert, beckons. Anantara’s Qasr Al Sarab rises like a mirage from flame-colored dunes, inviting adventure in the most luxurious of styles. Traverse the camelback of the Rub ‘al Khali. Dine under the desert heavens. At our relaxing Abu Dhabi spa, unwind with hammam and desert rose rituals.

Endless dunes to admire from your ideal oasis. A lush terrace with a garden facing arid beauty. Sunsets elevated from your balcony. A panorama of the desert from your wrap-around sun lounge. Your desert sanctuary awaits, unparalleled in seclusion and majesty. Dinner and lounge with panoramic dune views. In your private pool, refresh yourself. Glance on your terrace over desert grandeur-sunbathing by day and dining in total seclusion under starry nights.

Spacious rooms and suites are housed in a fortress of turrets, courtyards, and fountains, while pool villas stand apart opposite the sunset Royal Pavilion Villas is one of the finest 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi.

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Average Price Range: $283 to $758

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 127 minutes

Number of Rooms: 206

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Royal Pavilion Villas

Immerse and Envelop Yourself Otherworldly Beauty

Escape, in the aptly named Empty Quarter, from everyday life and into the desert. Just an hour and a half minutes from Abu Dhabi, in Liwa Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest sand desert envelops you in otherworldly beauty. Travel in over blazing dunes by helicopter, or go in by camel procession. Luxuriate in the seclusion of the pool villa, with only ten villas dotted across the countryside.

Each experience at Abu Dhabi’s Royal Pavilion Villas is private and personalized. Dine with your personal chef on hand in your leisure time. For adventure and discovery, head out. Your desert sanctuary awaits, unparalleled in seclusion and majesty. Swimming, lounging, and dining, surrounded by nothing but sand dunes. Dine as and when you like, with our restaurants exclusively reserved for guests of the Royal Pavilion and open upon request. Customize each meal with your chef. Cross the desert to dining at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, for a change of scene. All of this gives fine dining in Abu Dhabi a new definition.

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Average Price Range: $2010 to $2010

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 120 minutes

Number of Rooms: 75

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Enchanting Blend Of History And Modern Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, nestled on a private beach, offers secluded steps from the popular JBR Walk. The luxury resort has sea-facing guest rooms and suites, a dedicated Club Lounge, a wealth of culinary experiences, leisure facilities, the Ritz Kids Club, and a spa, built to imitate the low-rise buildings of the Mediterranean. Traditional Arab hospitality creates an elevated guest experience at this Dubai resort,

Embark on a journey from London to Dubai with British delicacies and beverages, live music, and more at our themed brunch. Amid Bedouin-inspired tents, twinkling stars, and live Arabic entertainment at Amaseena, discover the Middle East flavors. Escape to our hidden oasis with daytime access to our pools and private beach, complemented by food and beverage loans. Enjoy a luxurious stay in one of our award-winning restaurants, complemented by an artisanal dining experience.

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Average Price Range: $232 to $853

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 12 minutes

Number of Rooms: 254

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Vibrant Destination Distinguished by its Indoor-outdoor Flow

Effortlessly combining genuine Arabian hospitality with over a hundred years of bespoke St. Regis tradition, the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. In addition to its sandy beach, the hotel provides direct access to the private Nation Riviera Beach Resort, including a health and fitness center, a children’s club, and a wonderful renovated swimming pool.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is also in close proximity to the trendy and sophisticated district of Al Bateen, Qasr Al Watan, Emirates Palace, and many of the city’s embassies, oil and gas companies or business institutions, adjacent to the Nation Galleria Mall with more than 60 retail stores, a cinema and a range of entertainment options.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, being a luxury hotel, yet creating boutique experiences, is the social epicenter of royalty and luminaries in the art of West Corniche residential living. St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers a world of dining and entertainment. At any time of the day, guests and visitors can experience a splendidly balanced mix of intriguing yet sophisticated tastes, flavors, and sensations in superlative restaurants and bars.

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Average Price Range: $160 to $491

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 24 minutes

Number of Rooms: 283

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Desert Islands Resort

A Green Oasis Overlooking the Ocean

Anantara’s Desert Islands Resort & Spa invites you to immerse yourself in Wadi adventures and discoveries. Embark on wildlife drives for families. Explore rock formations and ancient ruins by horseback. Just some of the many activities on offer are finding new passions for falconry, land sailing, and archery. Sir Bani Yas Island, founded by His Majesty Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a protected wildlife sanctuary just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The island offers a distinct escape from the planet and is home to free-roaming animals, including the nearly extinct Arabian Oryx.

With floor-to-ceiling windows offering inspiring views, Desert Islands rooms are spacious and bright. From a ground floor terrace close to the resort pool to a top-floor balcony with an ocean panorama, choose your setting. Formerly the Emirati royals’ holiday retreat, the Desert Islands offers elegant relaxation in the most extraordinary of resorts in Abu Dhabi.

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Average Price Range: $203 to $497

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 8 minutes

Number of Rooms: 64

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Al Yamm Resort

Immerse Yourself In The Majesty Of Nature and its Elegance

Hideaway from the pool or get out and explore the waters, kayaking or horseback riding across the island. At our resort in Abu Dhabi, Snorkel protected reefs and immersed themselves in the majesty of nature. Sir Bani Yas Island, founded by His Majesty Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a wildlife sanctuary just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The island offers a distinct escape from the world and is home to free-roaming animals, including the nearly extinct Arabian Oryx.

In beach villas reminiscent of ancient Bedouin Barasti dwellings, Anantara Al Yamm offers luxury castaway accommodation. From your outdoor terrace, take in the mesmerizing views of migratory birds. In beach villas, prominent among Abu Dhabi beach resorts, Anantara Al Yamm provides luxury castaway accommodation reminiscent of old Bedouin Barasti dwellings. Unwind with mangrove or Arabian Gulf views in serene comfort and elegance. From your outdoor terrace, take in the mesmerizing views of migratory birds.

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Average Price Range: $378 to $891

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 5 minutes

Number of Rooms: 29

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The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Set Within The Al Wadi Nature Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, just north of Dubai, invites guests to connect with nature and culture amid the beauty of a protected preserve of 1,235 acres. The Experience Concierge of the resort can arrange a camel- or horseback desert trek, a private archery lesson, or a stargazing evening. And luxury villas feature private outdoor pools and breathtaking desert views, inspired by Bedouin architecture.

At the Ritz-Carlton Spa, indulge in luxurious spa experiences or enjoy one of a kind hydrothermal treatment session at The Rainforest. Discover our luxury packages and indulge in a pool villa’s privacy combined with unique experiences of spa and recreation. Our resort can create an itinerary that addresses your interests and curiosities, whether it’s an introduction to falconry, horse riding or archery, a fishing expedition, or a seat within a camel caravan. Immerse yourself in the Bedouin lifestyle and enjoy an inclusive desert experience of memorable luxury.

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Average Price Range: $413 to $1325

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 7 minutes

Number of Rooms: 100

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Eastern Mangroves Hotel

Spend Days Refreshed in the Expanse of Mangroves and Tranquillity

The Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, combining business and leisure, borders the skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi on one side and refreshes an expanse of mangroves and tranquillity on the other. During your stay at one of the most popular five-star hotels in Abu Dhabi, spend productive days in the city center, then return to strolling, waterfront swimming, and mangrove kayaking.

Spacious, contemporary, and light-flooded rooms with modern amenities to enhance your stay. Choose your outlook and enjoy your private balcony, from the inspiring skyline to the peaceful mangroves. With a private entrance, rooftop terrace, and infinity pool, suites range from luxurious to one-of-a-kind. Enjoy indoor and outdoor living spaces overlooking the mangroves with unrivaled views. Anantara offers a peaceful urban sanctuary, with private balconies overlooking the skyline of the city or the mangroves. Choose Kasara Executive accommodation from the moment of arrival and enjoy a host of personalized privileges.

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Average Price Range: $98 to $226

All Inclusive: Yes

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Distance to Airport: 22 minutes

Number of Rooms: 222

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Palazzo Versace Dubai

The Palazzo Versace Dubai is a favorite among honeymooners for its upscale settings and cool comforts that deftly fuse Italian luxury with Arabian architecture. Nestled along the Dubai Creek shores, it has a total 215 high-end rooms and suites.

Reminiscent of a 16th century Italian Palace, this urban retreat is a Neoclassical masterpiece with subtle traces of Arabian architecture. Featuring a striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and a range of well-crafted Italian furnishings, the hotel is truly symbolic of the Versace lifestyle. Every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns the hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites, and 169 residences, is designed and tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the Palazzo Versace Dubai. Each of the hotel’s 8 restaurants and bars is designed to have an al fresco terrace to reflect the heritage of Palazzos, while the beautifully landscaped gardens and unobstructed views of the Dubai Creek and skyline make the hotel an ideal venue for weddings and social events.

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Average Price Range: $200 to $450

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Number of Rooms: 215

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The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

Luxury In All Its Forms

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach near Dubai, edged by the azure water and pristine white-sand beach of the Arabian Gulf, offers seclusion and luxury in equal measure. Beachfront hotel villas have private pools; bespoke dining highlights fresh seafood; wellness experiences draw inspiration from the sea and local traditions, and rituals at sunset are an opportunity to reflect on a day full of exciting discoveries.

Combined with unique spa and recreation experiences, discover our luxury packages and indulge in the privacy of a tented beach pool villa. For romantic beachfront dining, a colorful sunset, azure water, and white sand set the scene. Inspired by the calming waves of the Arabian Gulf, restore flawless balance to the mind and body at The Ritz-luxurious Carlton’s spa. With the package, slow the clocks down. What are you going to do in paradise with the extra time? When you reconnect, you’ll know.

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Average Price Range: $582 to $1493

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: Yes

Distance to Airport: 52 minutes

Number of Rooms: 32

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

This gorgeous hotel is popular alternative for an authentic desert retreat accentuated with traditional Arabian hospitality and modern luxuries.

Translated from Arabic as “Gateway to the sun”, the *award-winning 5-star Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is designed to resemble a fortified rural Arab village amidst the desert landscape.

Featuring low-rise architecture, this sandy coloured style fort boasts the main tower with Reception area and lobby and clusters of two-story buildings housing guest accommodation, restaurants, spa and meeting facilities interconnected by seemingly endless little walkways.

The charm of Arabia is personified in every corner of the property with small lanes running through the hotel, scattered around ponds and secluded seating areas, shaded courtyards, water fountains and trickling streams bestowing the feel of cool tranquillity.

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Average Price Range: $150 to $500

All Inclusive: No

Adults Only: No

Villas Available: No

Number of Rooms: 113

About UAE

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven separate emirates by the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It was created in 1971 when seven small desert kingdoms combined into one powerhouse. As discussed, two of the emirates are the beyond-belief luxurious Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both are major trading areas and vacation destinations.

The various emirates offer every type of environment imaginable, from deserts, mountains, and seashores with pure, unspoiled beaches. Here, visitors will encounter ancient traditions and the most modern of architecture and technology. A major portion of the UAE consists of deserts, and most of its people live in the cities. 

All the UAE is a safe honeymoon destination. However, visitors should be cautious about too much public display of affection. If it involves a same-sex couple, it will most definitely be frowned upon. While we are discussing frowns, not only are drug laws severe, certain western prescription drugs, such as codeine, are also considered illegal unless you carry a copy of your prescription with you. 

Alcohol laws are also fairly restrictive in the UAE. You can get a drink in westernized hotels, restaurants, and some clubs. You will not be able to purchase alcohol in a shop. For a toast in your hotel room, pick up a bottle of your favorite libation at the airport. You will not be able to drink in public. That means no beer or champagne at the beach.

While Dubai and Abu Dhabi invariably come to mind with the mention of the UAE, the other five emirates have plenty of their own to offer and may actually be more to your liking. 

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is located north of Dubai. It offers luxury, but at a more affordable price than the better-known Dubai. Ras Al Khaimah is a desert oasis filled with luxury resorts, where you can spend time enjoying a cool dip in the pool or a nice cocktail. There are also dunes to explore and Bedouin camps in which to stay and experience a thousand years of Bedouin living – except they will feed you a scrumptious barbeque and entertain you with a belly dancer.

Sharjah

Sharjah lacks the glitz of some of the other emirates. Here you will find an abundance of museums and archaeological digs. Things move at a slower pace in Sharjah. Check out the colorful souks, the Sharjah Arts Museum, and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic civilization. This is the place to learn all about Arabic culture and history.

Ajman 

Visiting Ajman is cheating the legal way. Ajman is a modern city, with all the modern conveniences, but it is much cheaper than nearby Dubai. You can stay here and enjoy all the offerings of Dubai in an easy half-hour commute. In Ajman, you will find one of the largest boat-building yards in the world, and it’s worth a visit. By staying in Ajman, you’ll save lots of money for your new life together.

Ajman has some breathtaking beaches. The weather and water during the winter months are sheer perfection. The dolphins that hang out here seem to agree. 

Umm Al-Quwain

Umm Al-Quwain is located between Ras-Al-Khaimah and Ajman. It is probably the most undiscovered of the emirates. There are no high rises or luxury resorts here. Just a paradisial beachfront with groups of playful flamingoes making themselves at home. Umm Al-Quwain is all about relaxation. It is a favorite destination for bird watching. While they may lack the glitz of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there are some lovely hotels and restaurants here. 

Fujairah

Fujairah is not well-explored yet and might work best as a day trip from Dubai. There are great beaches for snorkeling and diving, old fortresses, and mountains. You will find the UAE’s oldest mosque, Al-Bidyah Mosque, in Fujairah. Visitors are welcome, but they must be properly dressed in acceptable hair covering.

Here, you will also find the rugged Hajar Mountains, a favorite destination for hiking and camping. You can get to Fujairah by bus from Dubai in two hours.

Best Time to Visit UAE

The UAE has a wide mix of cultures, and these are best experienced through their holidays and other festivals. Your best time for your UAE honeymoon may include a festival that is of special interest to you.

The UAE Awafi Festival is one of the most popular UAE festivals and takes place in Ras Al-Khaimah in December and January. The sand dune races happen on Fridays, and prizes are awarded to the winner. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts watch or participate in a series of dune races using 4-wheelers. Anyone can enter the competition. There is dancing, food, and coffee. 

National Day Festival is celebrated on December 2nd to remember the union of the six emirates into one state. National monuments are open to the public. Dubai and Abu Dhabi hold special celebrations. It’s the Arabian 4th of July.

Dubai Shopping Festival happens every December through January. Only in Dubai could shopping be turned into a holiday. But this is the time of year all shopping outlets significantly reduced the price of their merchandise. People worldwide flock to Dubai for the bargains. To celebrate this retail therapy, there are concerts and fireworks.

Dubai World Cup – if you are into horses, this Dubai horse race at the Meydan Racecourse is one of the wealthiest. It takes place at the end of March.

The Dubai Desert Classic is the golfing event in the UAE. It happens in Dubai at the end of January. All the top golfers are here for the incredible prize of $3 million.

Top Things to do in UAE

Desert Safari in Dubai

When you are spending your UAE honeymoon in glitzy and sophisticated Dubai, you can almost forget you are in an ancient desert. As a reminder, take a desert safari. Leave the skyscrapers behind and ride the dunes in a jeep or a camel. There is an eerie beauty in the desert you will remember for a lifetime. Spend a romantic evening under the stars.

Dubai Aquarium

Not only is the Dubai Aquarium one of the largest aquariums in the world, it is an adventure like no other. You can pay the aquarium a standard visit and enjoy the fish. However, you can also visit this underwater zoo in a glass-bottomed boat, feed the fish, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour.

Abu Dhabi Al Ain Oasis

It gets hot in Abu Dhabi. When you begin to yearn for some shade, visit the refreshing green oasis in Al Ain south of the city. There are shady palm plantations with more than three acres of 147,000 palm trees. Take a stroll through the tranquility and cool air. Although you are still in the desert, the oasis has an old underground irrigation system that channels water where needed. This oasis is pure lush greenery in the middle of all that sand.

Ras Al Khaimah

Here you will find the Suwaidi Pearls Farm, where the Gulf Oyster Pearl is cultivated. It comes from oysters from a nearby creek in Al Rams. The area has been involved in pearl cultivation for hundreds of years. 

Sharjah

Located by the Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah is the Al Noor Mosque. It’s a breathtaking building with domes and towers. It was one of the first mosques to allow non-Muslims inside. They provide tours and lectures about the Muslim culture and history.

Ajman

Can it get any more romantic than a sunrise balloon ride? Enjoy a gourmet breakfast and just absorb the incredible vista below. For a special romantic surprise, book your tour on a Tuesday. That is when you will get serenaded by a violinist. Who needs earth when you are floating in the sky?

Umm Al Quwain 

Umm Al Quwain is small, but it has some fascinating history. Visit the Umm Al Quwain National Museum, which is located within an old fort. The ruling family used to live here, and you can view the Sheikh and Sheikhah’s private rooms, as well as their jewelry and some belongings. The museum contains some interesting local artifacts from Ed Dur, which is known to be one of the critical lost cities of Arabia. Outside of the museum, many structures have been maintained for over 150 years. It’s a wonderful stroll back in time.

Weather in UAE

All the UAE is a desert. The summers are hot with some heavy humidity from the Persian Gulf. There is almost no rain anywhere. There may be a few showers (rarely more than a total of four inches) during the winter months. The heat is relentless, even in the Al Hajar Mountains. During the winter, the peak of the Al Hajar Mountains does get a bit cooler.

The winter months in the UAE experience temperatures up to 80 degrees, which can dip into the mid-60s at night. These temperatures are as comfortable as it will get in the UAE.  

Summers in the UAE can be fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk brutal, reaching between 110 and 118 degrees. Still, there are some good reasons to visit. Accommodations in Dubai can be sky high. The price drops considerably during the summer months. It’s the opportunity to live your dream on a budget and indulge in some extravagant spa time, which some hotels toss in for free as an incentive to come. In Dubai, they have facials with real gold. With these types of luxuries, let the sun blaze; you’re as comfortable as it can get.

Summer would be the time to spend some time by the pool and spoil body and soul.

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