TheNational UAE cites 3 unique resort holidays in the Maldives

Just a four-hour Emirates flight from Dubai to Malé, in terms of both geography and flying time, the Maldives is the UAE's closest ultra-luxury beach destination. I'm making the short hop with passengers who have flown an additional seven hours from Europe just to get some Indian Ocean winter sun. I've had plenty of sun this winter but can't resist the Indian Ocean pre-monsoon - and the chance to visit this traditional, Islamic island nation in "smooth transition" to democracy, loved by Ibn Battutah, open to high-spending tourists, yet which, if global warming continues, some say might vanish by the end of the century. Read more