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UAE Staycations


UAE staycations

Staycations in the UAE

Spectacular coastlines, pristine beaches and magical golden sunsets. With these dreamy UAE staycations on your doorstep, you won’t need to travel very far to make your next trip incredible.

Escape the hustle of your everyday life and reconnect with some well-deserved me-time. Unwind along white-sand shores or camp under the stars in the desert.

Marvel at the awe-inspiring minarets and magnificence of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or gaze out across the dunes from the top of Dubai’s record-breaking Burj Khalifa tower.

For full-speed action, head to the capital’s Yas Island or fly down the world’s longest zip line in Ras al Khaimah.

This is a country with a thousand stories to tell, so there’s always something new to discover on a UAE staycation. Book with Etihad Holidays today. 

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Where to book a staycation in the UAE 

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Abu Dhabi 

Welcome to the extraordinary capital of the UAE. Abu Dhabi is a bustling city with a charm that’s hard to resist.

Book a staycation in Abu Dhabi for sparkling stretches of coastline, iconic architecture and dramatic desert landscapes.

Wander the dazzling Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, discover ancient works of art at Louvre Abu Dhabi or take it up a gear and race around Yas Marina Circuit. 


Escape to the most glamorous of playgrounds with a staycation in Dubai, where high-end glitz meets old-world charm.

A haven for shoppers, foodies and socialites alike, take your pick of luxury hotels, slow down at one of the cool beachfront hangouts or turn up the volume with the city’s vibrant nightlife scene.

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a family enjoying breakfast in abu dhabi outside the emirates palace

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the UAE’s northernmost emirate, offering the perfect blend of modern city life and laidback beachside vibes.

On a staycation in Ras Al Khaimah, soak up the sun along the emirate’s sandy shores. Or venture out into the surrounding Hajar mountains on your very own safari experience. Drive up the looming Jebel Jais mountain and set up your overnight camp – then zoom down to ground the next day on the world’s longest zipline.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing beach break, a staycation in Ajman could just be the answer. The smallest of the seven emirates, Ajman is a laidback gem of culture, local souks and mangroves. 


Think serene lagoons, craggy Hajar Mountains and a distinct and fast-developing contemporary city. Declared the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014, Sharjah is the perfect staycation spot if you want to learn more about the captivating past of the UAE.


Surrounded by the rugged Hajar Mountains, Fujairah stretches along the Gulf of Oman and has one of the most diverse marine life of the UAE. Snoopy Island is a particular hotspot thanks to its schools of clownfish and regular turtle sightings.

Umm Al Quwain

Wrapped around a lagoon, Umm Al Quwain is the perfect escape for a quiet, laidback staycation. Decades ago, dhow boats would have been carved on the banks of this sleepy fishing village. Now, it’s mangroves and shores are a haven for nature lovers.

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White sands, a tropical climate and laidback way of life await in a nation made up of over a thousand beautiful islands.

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Discover a world of picturesque beaches and serene shorelines, in the idyllic setting of the Indian Ocean, with a visit to the glorious Seychelles.

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Cities packed with fine culture and cuisine mixed with secluded islands and family-friendly resorts – Thailand is a wonderful destination for an eclectic vacation.

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Explore shopping malls on Orchard Road and botanical Gardens by the Bay in Asia’s ‘Garden City’, the sovereign island state of Singapore.