Dubai and neighbouring Abu Dhabi are two of the world’s fastest growing cities with exciting developments and huge construction projects both on land and at sea. The city’s planners are developing ultra-modern holiday playgrounds for their present and future tourism. With an array of towering skyscrapers, glistening panelled tower blocks, both Dubai and Abu Dhabi boast numerous top quality hotels, offering the ultimate in stylish holiday rental accommodation with unparalleled facilities. By night many city buildings come alive with fantastic light displays and colourful illuminations.

Dubai Marina is a family place to socialise, with wide & level walkways forming a pleasant backdrop to nearby hotels. Dine ‘in’ or ‘out’ at one of the popular restaurants or just stroll around the harbour inlet and marina to enjoy the magnificent yachts in their moorings. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are safe, friendly and exciting holiday destinations.

Disabled visitors to Dubai will find most major shopping centres provide wheelchair access and suitable car parking for disabled drivers. Dubai airport caters well for the disabled holidaymaker with excellent facilities that include low check-in counters. Dubai Taxis also provide vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs for their users.

Dubai sea view apartments on Palm Jumeirah are situated beside a beautiful beach overlooking the worlds first 7-Star Hotel Burj Al Arab. Each apartment block has sloping ramps to the entrance foyers and level access to the rear gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and the magnificent beach. Internal lifts provide access to all floors and a well-lit basement car-park. With wheelchair access and ample room for carer assistance, each apartment has a spacious bathroom and low-level sinks, but unfortunately wheel-in showers are NOT included. It is strongly advisable to check the precise features with the landlord or owner, prior to confirming a reservation.

Horse riding in Dubai is a very popular and traditional Arabian sport with several riding centres available including the ‘Dubai Equestrian Centre’ and ‘Jebel Ali Hotel’ Riding Stables. Rides are regularly organised across the desert but more experienced riders can opt for a Desert Safari. There is a riding association for the disabled in Dubai, suitably named RDAD – Riding for the Disabled Association of Dubai. For enquiries about lessons and their ‘rider programme’ make contact with them via their website at – rdad.ae/index.htm

Although the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi has not progressed it’s development as fast as Dubai, but the region still benefits from well planned major construction development, resulting in magnificent shopping Malls, roadways and attractive boulevards. An excellent programme for the construction of developments including new villas and holiday apartments is expected to include suitable properties for disabled holidaymakers and residents alike.

To find more information about holiday rentals in the UAE or Disabled Access holiday accommodation, contact the writer or visit the holiday rental centre website.