Holidays in Dubai
Lying in the calm, blue waters of the southern Gulf and flanked by a majestic desert, the iconic city of Dubai is a place of fascinating contrast which offers year-round sunshine and five-star luxury. Discover a distinctive blend of modern city and timeless desert where East meets West and where gleaming skyscrapers stand side-by-side with the intricate alleyways of the gold souks. With more experiences on offer every year including dining, shopping and world-class theme parks, Dubai is a destination that never stands still.
Things to do in Dubai
Prepare for a voyage of discovery in the extravagant city of Dubai. Senses are tempted every step of the way as modern architecture and historic buildings beckon for exploration, and world-class restaurants that sit side-by side with traditional Arabic eateries entice appetites. From splashing out on designer pieces in modern malls, haggling for a bargain in one of the souks or strolling along beautiful beaches and discovering the magic of the desert, Dubai really is a city of contrasts. Young or old, couples or families, there’s something to satisfy the wishes of all travellers.
Discover Dubai at your own pace with City Sightseeing Dubai. ‘Hop on – hop off’; the simplest concept. One ticket valid for one day or more, over 40 bus stops spread across eight routes citywide, and you decide when to ride, where to get off and what to visit. With stops at all major attractions including: Burj Khalifa, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab ,Jumeirah, Souk Madinat, Old Souk, Gold Souk and Mall of the Emirates and more, and the transfer points allow you to change routes and see as much of Dubai as possible.
State-of-the-art open top buses include audio commentary in eleven languages, children’s commentary specifically designed to educate and entertain, and complimentary water on board. A ticket also includes lots of additional attractions and activities: Dubai Museum, Al Seef Dhow Cruise, Global Village (seasonal), Night Tour, water and other discounts at various merchants. Why not upgrade to a three-day City Sightseeing Ticket? Along with all the added extras you receive with your one-day ticket, you will also receive access to Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Zoo & Back Of The House and Palm Jumeirah Cruise.
Rich in history and cultural traditions, Dubai has so much to offer; magnificent Mosques with opulent interiors; Al Fahidi Fort, home to the oldest building in Dubai and the Dubai Museum; traditional wooden abra boat rides across Dubai Creek, and the sights and scents of the colourful wares in the spice and gold souks. Dubai is renowned for its towering skyscrapers and glittering skyline, the ultimate example being the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. No trip to Dubai is complete without a tantalising taste of traditional food, or the chance to sample dishes from further afield such as Moroccan and Indian cuisines.
Desert & Mountain Adventure
The desert and the Hajar Mountains are a great attraction in their own right, and offer plenty for visitors to explore throughout the year. The stunning desert surrounds the city of Dubai, and is characterised by wide expanses of sands and captivating dunes against the backdrop of magnificent mountain landscape. The best way to explore is on one of the many excursions available.
Dubai is an ideal holiday destination for families, with excellent kids clubs, theme parks, beaches, and waterparks – the list goes on and on! There really is something to keep everyone happy here.
The Dubai Shoreline
The beautiful shores of Dubai are lined with luxurious hotels which offer something for everyone including relaxing spas and delicious cuisine at top-class restaurants.
The Marina and JBR The Walk areas of Dubai are fast becoming the ‘places to be’ with quality restaurants and cafés, fantastic shopping opportunities and lavish hotels and residences.
The new and vibrant Nikki Beach, located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeirah, showcases the stunning Arabian blue waters and panoramic views.
Beach, Marina and Walk Hotels
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
- Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- Madinat Jumeirah
- One&Only Royal Mirage
- The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
- Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
- Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
- Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
- The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
- Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort
- JA Beach Hotel
JA Lake View Hotel
- JA Palm Tree Court
- Grosvenor House, A Luxury Collection
- Millennium Place Marina
- Hilton Dubai The Walk
- Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
- Rixos Premium Dubai
- JA Ocean View Hotel
- JA Oasis Beach Tower
- Wyndham Dubai Marina
- Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach
- Address Dubai Marina
- Jannah Marina Bay Suites
The Palm Hotels
The Palm Jumeirah is the largest man-made island in the world and is home to a number of impressive hotels, many with Michelin-starred chefs and excellent leisure facilities including Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm. Nakheel’s Boardwalk on The Palm has eleven kilometres of walking, dining and shopping experiences, while the exciting new addition of Caesars Bluewaters Dubai offers a multitude of dining and entertainment options.
The Palm Hotels
- The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences
- Sofitel Dubai The Palm
- Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
- Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
- Rixos The Palm Dubai
- Fairmont The Palm
- FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
- One&Only The Palm
- W Dubai The Palm
- DUKES Dubai
- Caesars Bluewater Dubai
Dubai City Hotels, and Desert Hotels
Dubai has so much more to offer than just great beaches! From Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination – to the dizzying heights of the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. For more authentic and eclectic experiences visit the spice souks, Dubai Museum, Deira and the Creek, or take a trip out to the desert.
Dubai City Hotels
- Hyatt Regency Dubai
- Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
- Al Seef Hotel
- Grand Hyatt Dubai
- Jumeirah Emirates Towers
- Zabeel House at Al Seef
Zabeel House MINI at Al Seef
- JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
- Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
- Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Summers in Dubai reach temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius therefore most people choose to travel between October and May when the temperature is lower. Rainfall is minimal in Dubai.
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +4 hours.
VISAS: British passport holders will be issued a visit visa on arrival valid for a stay of up to 30 days.
LANGUAGE: Arabic (English is widely spoken).
CURRENCY: United Arab Emirates Dirham.
FLIGHT INFORMATION: Emirates offer a number of flights from various UK airports direct to Dubai. British Airways also offers direct flights from London. Etihad Airways operate direct flights to Abu Dhabi and provide a complimentary transfer to Dubai.
FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 6 hours 45 mins.