Dubai’s high-flying younger sibling
Jebel Ali puts you within a short distance of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the twin jewels in the UAE’s crown. Jebel Ali is the largest manmade harbour in the world and, like most ports, it offers a lively and dazzling nightlife.
Located south of Dubai, the area boasts a wealth of activities. It’s home to the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) and a number of superb restaurants and bars have opened to cater to international traders. Families can spend many happy hours exploring Legoland Dubai, while those travelling solo or in a couple can take on the world class golf course or get acquainted with the UAE’s vibrant marine life at one of several dive centres.
On the seafront you can take in the impressive views of The Palm, one of the world’s most ambitious building projects. Take a short drive to the north and you can explore the clamouring markets of Dubai, while 100km south the UAE’s chic capital Abu Dhabi has a wealth of cultural centres - including Jean Nouvel’s dreamlike branch of the Louvre museum of art.
Holidays in Jebel Ali give you ample opportunity to explore the very best of the UAE. From top end restaurants to superb shopping, you’re sure to come away feeling on top of the world. Sun worshippers will be in heaven, with nearby Jumeirah Beach providing the perfect spot to soak up some rays.
Sovereign is the ideal choice to organise your dream holiday. With close to 50 years’ experience in the industry, we have the process down to a fine art. Our Trusted Advisers are experts on their destinations and can provide you with local insight into how to get the most from your trip. Our top pick in the area is the five Star JA Palm Tree Court, set on a swathe of private beach facing out on to the Persian Gulf. Relax at the two storey spa, which offers 40 different treatments, or try your hand at target shooting at the onsite range. Families are well catered for, with the CoolZone Kid’s Club and two child friendly pools.
Flight time from the UK to Dubai is approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Dubai airport to Jebel Ali is approximately 45 minutes.
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.
British citizens will be granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival in Dubai.
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.
The official language of Dubai is Arabic. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.