HOLIDAYS TO DUBAI 2021/22

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ABOUT HOLIDAYS TO DUBAI

Having spent much of the last century as little more than a fishing settlement on the edge of a desert, over the last two decades, Dubai has become a futuristic city of extremes and an incredible holiday destination.

The tallest building, the largest shopping mall and the first ski slope in the desert – it seems nothing is too much of a challenge for Dubai, so brace yourself for a trip of a lifetime on your holidays to Dubai!

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  • Suitable for Couples 85% 85%
  • Suitable for Groups 78% 78%

Local Language

Arabic is the official language of UAE.

Currency

UAE national currency is the Dirham (AED).

Average Flight Time

The average flight time to Dubai from the UK is 7 hrs.

Local Time

Dubai is 3-hours ahead of the UK (GMT+4).

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Despite the development, there’s still some of the original Dubai left to see in the old town. Take a traditional abra (wooden boat) across Dubai Creek to bargain for gold and spices in the souks. Dubai Museum, in a 19th-century fort, tells the history of the area, and the surrounding streets give a glimpse of how the city once looked, with wind towers and sunny courtyards.

Holidays in Dubai are welcoming for families, too. From kids’ swimming pools to enormous water parks with high-adrenaline slides and toddler-friendly zones, there’s endless fun. But putting theme parks and giant aquariums aside, an overnight stay in a Bedouin tent in the desert sand dunes will be a sleepover they’ll never forget.

Fancy a night out? Dubai’s party scene is as lively as it is glamorous. Sip cocktails in the rooftop bars of some of the most exclusive hotels in town and dance until the sun comes up. Alternatively, book tickets at Dubai Opera House to see world-class concerts, musical theatre and dance shows, or head to Dubai Mall’s 22-screen cinema to catch the latest movie.

The best time to go to Dubai

Whatever time of year you book a Dubai holiday, sunshine is pretty much a given. They say Dubai only has two temperatures: hot and very hot. As such, many people tend to avoid the heat of June to September, when temperatures peak at around 41C. In winter (December to February), Dubai is at its coolest, averaging at a much more comfortable 19–21C.

If you’re looking for cheap holidays in Dubai, visit in the height of summer when prices are often considerably lower – yes, it’s hot but the majority of hotels and attractions are well-prepared with air-conditioning.

Also, remember Ramadan: non-Muslim visitors certainly aren’t required to fast over the period, but eating and drinking in public during daylight hours is not permitted, and many restaurants won’t be open – although many attractions will be.

Things to do in Dubai

With its sky-high buildings, designer shopping and rolling desert dunes, Dubai welcomes the culture curious and the adrenaline addict. You could easily spend your entire holiday on the beach, but the theme parks and larger-than-life attractions are too irresistible to miss.

Downtown Dubai

This is one of the city’s focal points, thanks to the presence of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, an 830m (2,723ft) needle of glass and steel. Head up to the observation decks on levels 125 and 148 or book a buffet breakfast in The Lounge on level 154.

Nearby, the Dubai Mall has more than 1,200 shops, an aquarium, a 22-screen cinema and an ice-rink. The evening ‘dancing fountain’ show takes place every half hour from 6pm.

Deira’s souks

Catch a traditional wooden abra boat across Dubai Creek to shop in Deira district’s maze of souks. They don’t quite rival the heady atmosphere of much older bazaars in North Africa and the Middle East, but there’s a lot of enjoyment (and the odd bargain) in browsing the gold, spices, silks and perfumes on sale here.

The experience provides a very different take on Dubai to the shiny air-conditioned malls, so it’s worth the trip.

Palm Jumeirah

A colossal artificial island that measures almost three miles from its gateway towers to the furthest point of its ‘trunk’, Palm Jumeirah is an impressive place to visit – even by Dubai standards.

It’s home to high-end resorts, most notably Atlantis The Palm, which has the Aquaventure Waterpark, a huge aquarium and other attractions. Palm Jumeirah is also the place to get a scenic helicopter tour over Dubai’s coastline.

Mall of the Emirates

Marginally smaller than the Dubai Mall but no less impressive, the Mall of the Emirates is another attraction that looms large in Dubai life. Perhaps its most unique feature is Ski Dubai, an indoor snow park with penguins.

It also has a huge indoor family entertainment centre and big-screen cinema showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters. There are more than 630 shops, too.

Dune bashing in Dubai’s desert

Dune bashing is driving at high speed up, down and across enormous sand dunes in a 4×4 – basically, a lot of fun. Many tours also involve barbecue dinners with live entertainment, such as belly dancing, camel rides and sandboarding.

Stay overnight in a Bedouin tent to see the clear night skies, golden sunrise and get the full desert experience.

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