Dubai is the region’s most famous holiday destination, boasting such iconic landmarks as the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Islands and the amazing Aquaventure Waterpark
Meanwhile, Fujairah has become increasingly popular with holidaymakers over the years. Situated on the east coast of the UAE, Fujairah holidays offer a more relaxed alternative to Dubai for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Dubai: Dubai is a holiday destination that needs no introduction. This urban metropolis has long attracted holidaymakers, honeymooners and celebrities, who have all flocked to the region’s golden coastline for a dream holiday to the Middle East.
Aside from breath-taking landmarks and amazing water parks, Dubai boasts its share of luxury resorts, relaxing spas, superb beaches and cultural areas of importance.
Fujairah: Head east towards the Gulf of Oman and you’ll find Fujairah, a spectacular coastal retreat that’s teeming with 4 and 5-star resorts, fun activities for the whole family and plenty of places to unwind.
Fujairah is just over a two-hour drive from Dubai. Fortunately, public transport runs between both cities so it’s easy to explore more of the Middle East if you wish.
When it comes to shopping, you can’t beat Dubai. The city is home to two of the world’s biggest shopping centres, The Dubai Mall and The Mall of The Emirates, which collectively boast over 1900 stores, including exclusive designer brands, high street names and more traditional stores.
Elsewhere, Dubai’s souks and markets are the place to pick up authentic Arabian goods. While Fujairah also boasts its share of stores and markets, Dubai shopping holidays are second-to-none.
Whether you choose a Fujairah holiday or a Dubai break, you’ll find plenty of brilliant landmarks and sightseeing opportunities.
No holiday would be complete without seeing the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifah stands at 829.8 metres and boasts incredible panoramic views over Dubai and beyond. Elsewhere the Jumeirah Mosque is well worth a visit for it’s breath-taking spires and beautiful architecture.
Looking for an attraction that’s exclusive to Dubai? Even if you’re not staying on one of the Palm Islands, it’s worth taking a stroll along this magnificent retreat.
Fujairah is often seen as the more historic of the two destinations. It’s where you’ll find remnants of the UAE’s past, before the big oil revolution. If you’re staying here, make time for the captivating Fujairah Fort and Al-Bidyah Mosque – the oldest of all the UAE’s mosques.
Do you choose the Persian Gulf (Dubai) or the Gulf of Oman (Fujairah)? It’s a tough decision, with both areas offering palm-fringed golden sands and clear turquoise waters.
Of course, few beaches live up to the wonder of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. You’ll find when you stay here that most beaches in Dubai are privately owned by the hotels and resorts, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful and relaxing day at the beach with full use of the facilities in your resort.
Likewise if you’re looking for adventure, Dubai is filled with dive centres and places to enjoy water sports.
If you’re looking for nightclubbing holidays in Dubai, you’re in luck. The city’s nightclubs and bars are legendary and regularly frequented by celebrities. You’ll find that most of Dubai’s best hotels and resorts boast the city’s most stylish bars and clubs, including the renowned N’Dulge nightclub.
On top of this, Dubai attracts some of the world’s biggest producers and DJs, meaning the party continues until the early hours.
Fujairah’s nightlife isn’t nearly as prevalent, but you will find evening entertainment in most of the city’s hotels and resorts.
Both Dubai and Fujairah offer plenty for families and children of all ages. Both destinations boast a wealth of resorts with children’s clubs and facilities to keep your little ones entertained during their stay.
If you’re looking for an action-packed stay, you’ll want to make Dubai your destination of choice. While Fujairah does boast its share of family attractions, Dubai really is the full ticket. The Wild Wadi Water Park, Aquaventure Waterpark and Ski Dubai – the world’s largest indoor ski centre – are just a few of the fun pursuits at your disposal.
The city is also set to welcome IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts, two incredible new theme parks, which you can read all about here in our useful guide
Couples holidays to Dubai or a dream stay with your loved one in Fujairah? Both destinations offer their share of luxury hotels and resorts, which will cater to your every wish.
Fujairah’s more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere is perfect if you want a quieter holiday.
On the other hand, Dubai’s most distinguished resorts provide the ideal setting for a honeymoon or romantic break, with large suites and couples packages. If you’re looking to really impress your other half, why not book an exclusive dinner for two on the beach?
Looking to book your dream 2016/2017 holiday to Dubai or Fujairah? Check out our selection of Middle East Holidays here. We’ve also compiled 20 fun facts about Dubai to get you in the mood for your trip.