Gold star for beaches
Jumeirah Beach is emerging as one of Dubai’s leading luxury hotspots, with celebs and families alike filling its famous beach. The resort’s spotless waterfront has got designer shops, bars and restaurants poised between luxe hotels, and even an open-air cinema if you fancy a break from the beach.
Speaking of the beach, this one’s a stunner – a full mile of velvety white sand and a gorgeous turquoise shore, with Dubai’s dazzling skyline in the distance. There’s some world-class diving and watersports for anyone with energy to burn, and the family-favourite Wild Wadi Water Park is on your doorstep.
The beach rubs shoulders with Dubai’s swish marina, and the attractions of the city itself are minutes away.
Flight time from the UK to Dubai is approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Dubai airport to Jumeirah Beach is approximately 25 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.