A world-class holiday doesn’t have to involve a plane ticket, at least not when you live in the UAE. With new luxury hotels, numerous museums and an array of leisure options across the country, a staycation is the ideal solution for a weekend away. Whether you want to remain in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or are keen to venture further afield, exploring some of the lesser-populated emirates, we take a look at the finest short-haul offerings that the country has to offer. From all-out luxury in a palatial resort, to endless sand dunes and thriving nature reserves, there’s an endless list of things to do, destinations to visit and places to stay.

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    Tilal Liwa Hotel Al Ain

    Experience an Emirati, 5-star holistic desert resort...

    From AED 710
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    Crowne Plaza

    Combining modern luxury with all the practical facilities you could need...

    From AED 1,080
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    Yas Hotel

    You've never known luxury like this...

    From AED 1,045
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    Radisson Yas Island

    Plus free access to Yas Water World, Ferrari World, Warner Bros Park, Yas beach...

    From AED 835
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    You've never seen luxury like this...

    From AED 990