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Dubai is proudly international and openly hedonistic. Total contrasts can be found everywhere, from camels on dirt tracks just yards away from Lamborghinis and Ferraris on super-highways, to traditional robes mixing easily with Boss and Armani suits. Traditional themes combined with 22nd Century innovation. For Dubai holidays, think Vegas mixed with Miami Beach, with added Arabian spice and extreme opulence. Holidays to Dubai are a mix of fantastic shopping, beaches, sporting activities, restaurant choice and nightlife.
The resort area has an ever-changing sky and shoreline and it is unrecognisable from even a few years back, with many more high rise condominiums, offices and luxury hotels, with more still to come. This is particularly evident in the Jumeirah resort area and the offshore Palm and World islands, so be prepared for production on a grand scale.
October to April is generally the most pleasant period to go on a Dubai holiday, usually with bright sunny days and pleasantly cooler evenings. There can be changes to the accepted pattern and you could experience three to four days of cold weather and heavy showers in these months, but that is unusual. From May to October, regional temperatures and humidity rise, particularly in the mid-summer months. Dubai all inclusive holidays are perfect for those who want to relax and have everything catered for.
To plan and book your luxury tailor-made Dubai holiday, speak to one of our dedicated Dubai travel specialists who can answer all your questions about travel, accommodation, tours and the rest of the region.
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Dubai Holidays Travel Guide
Several airlines offer flights to Dubai with the journey taking about 7 hours from London. Emirates is the national airline of Dubai and operates at least 12 flights from the UK daily to Dubai; four from London Heathrow, four from Gatwick and daily or double-daily from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also operate non-stop flights every day to Dubai. Other routes are Oman Air via Muscat, Qatar Airways via Doha. Upgrades are available on all airlines.
The transfer between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is only 1 hour, therefore it is possible to fly into Abu Dhabi as an alternative.
In general it is both safer and more economical to use our private transfers. Distances, not taking into account traffic:
Dubai Airport - Downtown/Burj Khalifa: 15 mins
Dubai Airport to Ras Al Khaimah: 1 hour
Dubai Airport to Fujeriah: 1 hour 45 minutes
Dubai Airport - Jumeriah Beach/The Palm: 40/50 mins
Jumeriah Beach/The Palm - Burj Khalifa: 25 mins
Jumeriah Beach - Jebel Ali: 15 - 20 mins
Jebel Ali - Abu Dhabi - 50 mins
Things to See and Do in Dubai
Dubai offers a wide range of sightseeing tours, adventure, activities, waterparks and shopping opportunities. All of the below can be explored on your own or on a guided tour.
Couples and Honeymooners….
- Visit or stay in Ras Al Khaimah, an up and coming area north of Dubai with glorious beaches and also an ideal destination to combine with the desert and mountain resorts
- Relax in Fujairah, located just 90 minutes from Dubai on the Indian Ocean and is a favourite with divers and those looking to relax on fabulous beaches with mountain backdrops
- Explore the wild mountain peninsula and fjords at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam
- Take a trip to Abu Dhabi and visit the Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the world
- Visit Bur Dubai offering an insight to Old Dubai with its fascinating wind towers, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum.
- Take an Abra on Dubai Creek, visit the Spice Market and the Gold Souk, stop at Jumeirah Mosque for a photo
- Experience High Tea at Burj Al Arab - a unique way to discover one of Dubai's iconic landmarks
- Cruise along Dubai creek on board Bateaux Dubai and enjoy a fabulous dinner whilst passing spectacular sights
- Soak in breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai's landscape with the 9 seater Dubai Seaplane Adventure
- Discover Dubai by helicopter for a truly extraordinary experience
- Mall of the Emirates or Dubai Mall are a must if you love to shop till you drop with all the latest designer stores
- Burj Khalifa located in downtown Dubai offers a dancing fountain to rival Las Vegas around an array of delightful restaurants. To make your trip extra special take a lift to the observation deck with unobstructed 360 degree views
Families and Adventure Seekers….
- Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a rollercoaster ride on sand dunes on a Desert Safari or sand boarding
- Wild Wadi Waterpark offers over 30 rides and attractions for children and adults alike – it’s a must
- Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm is the ultimate fun day out for the entire family. Spectacular rides over 42sq acres including speed slides, rivers and rapids
- Dolphin Bay - ever dreamt of wading into crystal clear waters and entering the intriguing and playful world of the dolphin
- The Lost Chambers of Atlantis - discover the lost world of Atlantis and explore a labyrinth of Atlantic themed chambers
- Ski Dubai, located at Mall of the Emirates is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers amazing snowy settings to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and meet the penguins! All the equipment can be hired locally.
- Kidzania Dubai, located in Dubai Mall is an 80,000sqm award winning role playing and activity centre for toddlers to 16yr olds
- Dubai is a golfers paradise and now offers over two dozen golf courses including the world renowned Emirates Golf Club
Health and Safety in Dubai
Dubai is a very safe city and crime rate is low as punishment to those found guilty is very severe. If you are going to rent a car be careful when driving as the roads can be terribly dangerous due to the high rate of speed at which people drive, accidents are frequent.
Food and Drink
Dubai hotels and resorts offer a huge range of restaurants and bars. The prices below are what you would expect to pay locally:
Soft drinks £3.10
Bottle of Beer £5.80
Pint of Beer £7.80
Wine by the glass £8.80
Meal in a resaonably priced restaurant £50.00 per person
Meal in a fairly expensive restaurant £120.00 per person
Please note: Prices are a guideline and subject to change (exchange rate used 5.7AED)
British citizens do not require a visa
We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Dubai and the United Arab Emirates before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.
The local currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (AED). Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Mastercard are generally accepted in the main hotels and the larger shops, small restaurants may only take cash or travelers cheques. Money exchange houses operate throughout the city and are in most shopping malls. Banks operate from 8 am - 1pm. Money Exchange houses operate from 8am - 1 pm and from 4.30pm - 8.30pm.
UK 3 pin plugs are used throughout Dubai
The national language is Arabic but English is spoken by hotel and restaurant staff , taxi drivers and in all shopping malls
Customs and Public Holidays
Respect for the main religion, Islam, is expected and discourteous or lewd behaviour will bring you unwanted attention. Local people, especially women, are highly offended if being photographed without their prior permission. You should not take photos of airports, government buildings or military subjects. Islam is the official religion of the UAE and mosques run throughout the city.
Bikinis, swimsuits, shorts, short skirts and revealing tops should be confined to beach resorts. Clothing should be sensibly modest. Most nightclubs require guests not to wear shorts, caps or sports shoes.
Most businesses close on Friday as this is Dubai's holy day. During the holy month of Ramadan (28 June - 27 July 2014) shops are usually closed by day and open at night. It is considered disrespectful to eat, smoke or drink in public places during daylight hours in Ramadan. Hotels in Dubai will not normally serve alcohol in public places until after sunset (around 7pm).
Legal drinking age is 21 years old and electronic cigarettes are not allowed.