Luxury Dubai Holidays

City of superlatives

Dubai

Carved out of the desert, Dubai mixes 21st-century life with ancient Arabic traditions. Along with skyscrapers, mega-malls and supercars, you'll find atmospheric souks, cafés serving shisha and thick Arabic coffee, and Bedouin camps out on the desert sands.

There's plenty to keep you busy here - get a bird's eye view of the city from the world's tallest tower, take a tour along the Dubai Creek on a traditional wooden dhow, or tee off at one of the world-class golf courses. Out in the desert, explore off-the-beaten-track villages and isolated camel farms, or get your adrenaline pumping on a sand boarding excursion.

On the shopping front, you've got tax-free bargains and designer boutiques at modern malls, plus centuries-old souks where you can barter for handmade jewellery or bags of saffron and cinnamon. A glut of Michelin-starred restaurants and chic cafés makes Dubai a haven for foodies - brunch is a must on Fridays, the first day of the Arabic weekend.

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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.

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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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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