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.
A futuristic skyline mingled with dazzling beaches and year-round sunshine is a sure-fire way to attract visitors and just one of the many reasons why holidays to Dubai are so popular. Located within the United Arab Emirates, you’ll have the opportunity to top up your tan, hit the shops and revel in luxury all in the same destination. Whether its stunning beachside spots or classy inner-city hotels, you won’t find it a challenge to find somewhere to stay. Experience the best of both worlds and indulge in the city’s endless array of top attractions, from its stunning sands to its luxurious spas – what more could you want from a getaway?
There is a wide range of things to do in Dubai, mainly related to the amazing architecture and man-made islands that have been built over the last few years. Leading the way is the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest man-made structure in the world, closely followed by the Palm Jumeirah which is a series of islands that form the shape of an enormous palm tree. If you’re in search of more visual delights, the Dubai fountain boasts a 150m water jet that dances spectacularly in time to music. The entire emirate is full of larger than life wonders! Dubai also lays claim to housing some of the world’s most opulent , some of them even claiming to have a full seven stars worth of luxury.
English speaking: Widely spoken
Local Time: GMT +4 Hours
Airport name: Dubai International Airport
Flight time: 6-8 Hours
Distance to city centre: 14 km
Transfer options: Taxi's are available from the airport and the Dubai Metro also runs two train lines roughly every ten minutes to major stops in the city. Extensive bus routes are also accessible. Private transfer options are also offered during the booking process for your hotel or holiday package and after on our 'Extras' page.
Of course, one of the main attractions of Dubai holidays are its beautiful beaches and you’ll find a myriad of glorious sand-swept areas to laze upon in its year-round sunshine. Make your way to the beach at Jumeirah for a much-needed dose of rest and relaxation or explore further up the coast for idyllic private spots. Within close proximity of the city, you need never be too far away from a whole host of amenities, without compromising on your own private paradise.
For spectacular views, head down to the waterfront. This vibrant marina is the setting of many restaurants, bars and entertainment developments as well as featuring some of the most beautiful yachts and luxury apartments. By day, it serves as the ideal place for some shopping while by night you might find yourself sipping on drinks at one of its luxurious bars.
If you’re looking to turn things up a notch, Dubai holidays offer a plethora of high-octane sports for those with a sense of adventure. The great outdoors provides a playground for sports and activities – whether you fancy hiking in its rugged mountains or taking part in water sports in the Arabian Gulf. Adrenaline-seekers craving a once in a lifetime opportunity might like to try sky-diving, with the spectacular sights of the city creating a particularly beautiful backdrop.
Whatever you’re looking for, holidays in Dubai are sure to impress. Forget down-market high street stores and dingy shopping centres, the malls in this city are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. A remarkable sightseeing, cultural and entertainment experience, you’ll find numerous places to crack out the credit card, while those looking for authentic souvenirs should head to the historic souks and markets. After all that shopping, you’ll be in need of an opportunity to refuel and fortunately, this city boasts hundreds of world-class restaurants and stylish bars to choose from. With over 200 nationalities living here, it’s no surprise that its diverse culture is reflected in the food on offer, giving you the opportunity to devour everything from Asian fusion food to delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Experience the sophistication of an indulgent meal in the city centre or alternatively, head to the Marina where you’ll find every type of cuisine imaginable!
If you’ve got the kids with you, you’ll find plenty of things to do to keep them occupied. Where else can you spend your morning on the beach, go snowboarding at lunchtime, explore the desert in the afternoon and spend your evening scaling the world’s tallest tower? There are numerous experiences to be had on holidays to Dubai, whether you’ve got adrenaline-seeking teenagers or inquisitive little ones. Small adventurers with a love for animals will be in their element as they meet a colony of penguins at Ski Dubai or catch a glimpse of a King Croc at the Dubai Mall. Renowned as one of the safest cities in the world, your big kids can have plenty of fun too, whether that means exploring the desert in a 4×4 or riding a camel.