United Arab Emirates is an ideal mid-haul destination with something for everyone, sun-kissed beaches, captivating history, diverse landscapes, fabulous theme parks, exciting sporting events, great shopping and beautiful resorts and spas. Comprising seven separate emirates, the most popular being Dubai the powerhouse of the emirates. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Abu Dhabi, Oman and Jordon’s magnificent biblical town of Petra. The least populous emirate Umm al Quwain holds a fascinating history from the dawn of time, with major archaeological finds as early as the 5th century BC. Explore the ancient city of Ras al-Khaimah teeming with archaeological sites, glorious beaches and brand new resorts. The only emirate to have its coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah retains its traditional character, overlooked by the magnificent Fujairah Fort, built in 1670 regarded as one of the oldest stone buildings in the region. Sharjah, the third largest emirate on both the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, borders Dubai to the south and Ajman to the north. Less ritzy than Dubai here you will find traditionally attired locals, ancient bazaars, magnificent mosques and fantastic museums housing rare archaeological and magnificent Islamic finds and artefacts.With a flying time under seven hours, the United Arab Emirates is within easy access for long weekends for sun lovers, families, shoppers and culture vultures.