Dubai Holidays 2014

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Delve into Dubai

Dubai, as one of the most exciting cities on Earth, is absolutely sure to take your breath away. The futuristic skyline mixes with dazzling beaches and year round sunshine, drawing guests from across the globe to this glamorous location. In a city where nothing is done by halves, you’re sure to get swept up in the endless charm and energy of Dubai holidays.

Guests can spend sunny days exploring the stunning beaches of Jumeirah, where you can wander and sample the captivating culture of the Gulf state and live it up in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels! Stay in the heart of Dubai City to find yourself among the souks and top highlights. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or family, Dubai will have you astounded around every turn.

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Live the Dubai Dream

From beachside locations and inner city apartments to hotels that boast their own aquariums – amongst many other out-of-this-world features – Dubai holidays will not disappoint. Offering the complete package for families and couples alike, there’s something for everyone in this holiday destination.

Pulsating with plenty of activities that are sure to keep even the liveliest of kids entertained, Dubai is a dream location for a family getaway. Stay next to the beach for easy access to the soft shores and abundance of water sports on offer. Once you’ve had your fair share of soaking up the Middle East sunshine, treat your family to a trip to Ski Dubai where you can enjoy activities from tobogganing and Zorbing to meeting some of the Emirates’ first ever penguins! Couple this with a visit to KidZania and see how they fare in a child-sized replica of Dubai City. Located in the world-renowned Dubai Mall, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a family day out.

Couples meanwhile will know they’ve picked the right holiday destination from the moment they step foot in this glistening jewel within the Emirates. Exquisite restaurants meet romantic bars and majestic fountains set the scene for many a loved-up night out. Holidays in Dubai boast the softest of sands, the most incandescent of waters and plenty of activities to enjoy as a twosome. Stay in the Downtown Dubai area for easy access to the stunning Burj Khalifa Lake, cocktail bars and a great atmosphere.

Relax in Luxury

Whatever you’re after, holidays to Dubai easily impress. For shopaholics, there’s no better retail experience than the city’s warren of souks where bustling traders sell anything from sumptuous silk scarves to a heady mix of vibrant spices. As haggling and bartering are part of the ritual, you will have fun cutting a good deal. Elaborate carvings and red-hued brickwork act as a stunning backdrop to the vivid colours of the trader’s products; the photography opportunities are endless.

During Dubai holidays, try and venture outside the city. The surrounding desert provides amazing opportunities for excursions, whether taking a 4x4 ride through the dunes, camel treks in the sunshine or enjoying the impressive scenery on a hot-air balloon adventure.

For an uncompromising slice of sheer enjoyment, Dubai’s centre-of-fun Madinat Jumeriah is a destination in itself – a dazzling hotel resort where you can enjoy elaborate architecture, souvenir souks, indulgent spas and incredible restaurants. Finish off your Dubai holiday perfectly with an evening drink in one of the rooftop bars.

Things to do in Dubai

Hidden beneath the glitz and glamour of the city’s modern buildings is the Bastakiya Quarter, a maze of traditional market stalls, street traders and old-style walls, perfumed by the aromatic scent of herbs and spices. Exploring this charming area provides an insight into the local culture of the city, the beating heart that pumps life into the rest. The Dubai Museum also offers healthy portions of history and culture, detailing the city’s past through incredibly detailed dioramas and exhibitions. Couple this with some truly mouthwatering dishes in a range of the world’s favourite cuisines for a day and evening you’ll never forget. From Indian and Japanese to French and Thai, there’s plenty to keep the taste buds tantalised.

If discovering the world’s cuisines is one of your favourite things to do, holidays to Dubai are a must. With annual food festivals and top rated chefs in abundance, there’s a never-ending selection of restaurants that are ideal for families, couples and groups, making it perfect for all types of getaway.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Arabic (English widely spoken)
Currency: Dirham
Local time: GMT +4 hours
Local airport: Dubai
Flight time: 6 hours 50 minutes

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Dubai City, Dubai

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Waterparks

The weather in Dubai is hot all year round! Put on your trunks and head to one of two water parks, a great way to cool off and enjoy yourself with family and friends.

Jump in at the deep end at the Wild Wadi Water Park which includes the waves of fun attraction, perfect for wannabe surfers.

Elsewhere there is the Aquaventure water park at the Atlantis The Palm. The resort offers guests the chance to snorkel with sharks, feed sting rays and speed down the dreaded leap of faith.

Desert Thrills

The desert is only a 30 minute drive from the city, opening up a whole new playground for guests.

Explore the golden sand dunes on a 4x4 jeep, try your hand at sand surfing, or take a relaxing camel ride through the amazing landscape.

Skiing

Yes it’s true, you can ski in Dubai! The Ski Dubai resort in the Mall of Emirates gives its guests the amazing experience of skiing in the desert.

The indoor centre recreates a ski village, complete with real snow, five amazing runs and resident penguins. Guests can also sled and zorb down the runs!

Events and Festivals

From shopping and showjumping festivals in January to jewellery, film and New Year celebrations in December, the annual calendar for Dubai is packed full with fantastic events.

Dubai is the place to be to get dressed up and live the life of luxury - no matter if you want to enjoy great music at the International Jazz Festival in February, plan your next wardrobe at Fashion Forward in April and October or improve your movie knowledge at the Dubai International Film Festival in December, there's plenty going on to keep you truly entertained.