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Luxury Dubai Holidays

City of superlatives

Dubai takes you to an exotic paradise of white sand beaches, futuristic landscapes and vast shopping malls mixed with ancient Arabic tradition. There is something for everyone within this exciting UAE metropolis, where families will enjoy spending precious time together on the picture postcard Jumeriah Beach, as couples dine at the top of some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers in Dubai City. For adventurers, the stunning Sahara Desert awaits and allows you to sample sand boarding, explore camel farms or enjoy a desert jeep safari.

Take a tour along the pretty Dubai Creek on a traditional wooden abra, before taking a stroll through the atmospheric souks where you can haggle for a holiday bargain. Select from an array of beautiful handmade jewellery, striking leather goods and aromatic spices including saffron and cinnamon. Be sure to take a break at the authentic cafés serving shisha and thick Arabic coffee and watch the world go by.

Luxury holidays in Dubai

Holidays in Dubai offer upmarket amenities within Dubai City, which has been carved out of the desert. Designer shopping awaits at the boutiques lining the extensive, modern malls in addition to plenty of tax free bargains. When hunger strikes, sample the Michelin starred restaurants and chic cafés that make Dubai so popular with foodies. If you fancy an excursion with a difference, then head out to Dubai Desert and experience a traditional Bedouin camp to appreciate Dubai’s vibrant culture.

You will be spoilt for choice with our fine collection of luxury hotels in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm is a spectacular oceanic resort perched on the world’s largest manmade island, Atlantis. Guests can indulge in a luxury Spa, Aquarium and over 20 bars and restaurants. For a classic Jumeriah Beach holiday experience, the Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa is the ideal choice thanks to its array of eateries and swimming pools, alongside a Roman style Spa and private beach.

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A must-do is to visit the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It's a recreation of an authentic Middle Eastern marketplace. Dubai is on the whole a very modern city, but the souk is a fascinating throwback to ancient Arabia, and there's plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment to be had there.

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Destinations in Dubai
Dubai City
Dubai City straddles a waterway that meanders through Dubai. There’s a surprise buried among the shopping malls and skyscraper hotels – the souks, mosques and fort of the old quarter.
Dubai Desert

Head 10 minutes out of downtown Dubai, and you’ll soon be in the Dubai Desert – a huge swathe of red-gold sand dotted with tiny towns and designer hotels.

Jebel Ali
The well-to-do port of Jebel Ali edges up to the Abu Dhabi border. Expect beach resorts, polo clubs and scuba diving centres – and an unexpected belt of family-friendly theme parks.

Jumeirah Beach
Fancy staying in a hotel shaped like a wave, palm or village? Head for downtown Jumeirah Beach – the sandy setting for some of the most spectacular hotels in Dubai.

The Palm
The Palm is like something out of a dream – a shimmering palm-shaped island populated with palatial hotels. It springs from the sandy coast just south of downtown Dubai.

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Luxury family holidays in Dubai

Dubai is a wonderland for activities and facilities family holidays are just as perfect for those wanting to simply relax on the beach and enjoy each other's company as those wanting to try water sports, shopping and so much more.


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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Dubai is approximately 6 hours 30 minutes. 

When to go

Summers in Dubai are seriously hot – 40°C kind of hot. Although all buildings are air conditioned, outdoor activities can be uncomfortable in this kind of heat, and some may even be closed. November to April is the best time to visit Dubai; rain is scarce, and temperatures stay at a comfortable mid-20s average. 

Visa Information

British citizens will be granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival in Dubai. 

Tipping

In most tourist destinations in the Emirates (such as Dubai and Ras al Khaimah), it’s customary to leave a 10% cash tip in restaurants. Small tips are appreciated for other services; aim for five to 20 UAE dirhams for porters bringing your bags to your room and for taxi drivers.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Dubai is Arabic. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Dubai
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Atlantis the Palm

Dubai, The Palm
  • Vast range of dining options
  • An exciting water park onsite
  • A tranquil spa

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Dubai, The Palm
  • A luxurious setting with bars, restaurants and a spa
  • Perfect for couples or families
  • Situated on the beach, with easy access to amenities

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Dubai, The Palm
  • An elegant hotel with beautifully appointed rooms
  • Several excellent restaurants and bars 
  • A private beach and two swimming pools

JA Palm Tree Court

Dubai, Jebel Ali
  • An award winning family resort in Dubai 
  • Facilities include Kids’ Clubs, pools and sports
  • Dine at 15 restaurants and bars

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
  • A five star hotel set on a private, white sand beach
  • Has 13 restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre
  • Enjoy Kids’ Clubs, pools and water sports 

Dar Al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
  • Luxury Arabian summerhouses on a private beach 
  • Set in the five star Jumeriah Madinat resort 
  • Enjoy a spa, Kids’ Clubs, sports and 40 restaurants and bars
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Dubai & Mauritius


At a glance
  • Shopping and sightseeing in Dubai
  • Tropical beaches in Mauritius
  • Sample locally made rum
  • Lots of time for day trips
11 days from £2399 per person

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