Dubai Holidays 2014

Dubai beach and skyline
Dubai beach and skyline



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Delve into Dubai

One of the most exciting cities on Earth, Dubai is sure to take your breath away. 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.

The futuristic skyline mingled with dazzling beaches and year round sunshine draws visitors from across to the globe to this glamourous location within the United Arab Emirates. Top up your tan on Dubai’s glorious beaches, experience shopping opportunities like no other and revel in the luxury of this stunning place – Holidays to Dubai are sure to inspire and delight.

Live the Dubai Dream

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

Explore the beautiful beaches of Jumeirah, offering the opportunity to sample the captivating culture of the Gulf state and revel in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Alternatively, stay in the heart of Dubai City, an ideal location to experience a myriad of top attractions – from spectacular skyscrapers to indulgent spas.

Day and Night

Whatever you’re looking for, Dubai holidays should easily impress. Shopaholics will find no better retail experience than the city’s labyrinth of souks, where bustling traders sell everything from sumptuous silk scarves to a heady mix of vibrant spices. Haggling and bartering are all part of the ritual and you’ll have fun cutting a good deal. Elaborate carvings and red-hued brickwork offer a stunning backdrop to the vivid colours of the trader’s products, an enticing sight – so don’t forget your camera.

Families embarking on their holidays to Dubai will find a place pulsating with activities, sure to keep even the liveliest of kids entertained. Once you’ve had your fair share of soaking up the Middle Eastern sunshine, head off to Ski Dubai – where you’ll experience a range of high-octane activities, from tobogganing to zorbing. Couple this with a visit to KidZania and see how they fare in a child-sized replica of Dubai City. Located in the world-famous Dubai Mall, it is the perfect place to enjoy a family day out. Heading out of the city, make sure you pay a visit to the Dubai desert for 4x4 rides through the dunes, camel treks in the sunshine or hot air-balloon adventures.

After dark is when Dubai really ups the ante; a decadent plethora of stylish cocktail bars, rooftop terraces and incredible restaurants, it offers a great nightlife for its visitors, especially loved-up couples. 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, a myriad of cocktail bars and fantastic atmosphere.

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

Our top hotels in Dubai

Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach

from £39.57 pp

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Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

from £57.12 pp

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort

from £76.52 pp

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Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa

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Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

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Flight + Hotel from £957.00 pp

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Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers

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Dubai Marina, Dubai

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £967.50 pp

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Westin Mina Seyahi

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Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

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Flight + Hotel from £1,237.00 pp

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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.


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.