The name suggests just oil-fields and desert? Wrong! The largest of the Emirates is a ‘sleeping giant’ in the Middle East tourism stakes. Its capital of the same name is cool and contemporary, with some of Arabia’s most striking modern architecture. Large gardens and parks, green boulevards, state-of-the-art communications and transport, the presence of international luxury hotel chains (most with their own beaches or beach clubs), shopping plazas displaying some of the world’s most exclusive and duty-free goods, cultural centres and events . . . These all deliver a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.