Dubai Holidays

From camel rides through the Arabian desert to bronzing yourself on the world-famous Palm, holidays to Dubai never disappoint. This city is an idyllic desert at its heart, on which a glorious cosmopolitan city sits atop. From Downtown Dubai where visitors marvel at the magnificent Burj Khalifa, to the private beaches there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in the so-called City of Gold. And no Dubai holiday will be complete without a spot of shopping – whether in one of the world-class air-conditioned malls or at the traditional flea markets along the Creek.

Whether planning a once in a lifetime trip, or a last-minute luxury holiday, you can choose from our wide selection of Dubai holiday packages with flights and hotels included. From lavish 5-star resorts with endless entertainment and free half board included, to intimate beach resorts and Dubai city hotels. Whether you're travelling as a couple, or with family and friends, we have options to make every Dubai holiday dream a reality.

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Helpful Travel Information

Travelling to Dubai? Find top tips for making your holiday to Dubai the best it can be with our handy Dubai Travel Guide.

  • Flying to Dubai from the UK: Non-stop flights leave various UK airports daily to Dubai.
  • Flight time from the UK: 6 hours and 45 minutes
  • Dubai Currency: Dirham
  • Time difference: GMT +4
  • Visa for Dubai: A visitor's visa is provided on arrival
  • Language in Dubai: Arabic
  • Getting around: Taxis are readily available and are reasonably priced. Getting around Dubai and travelling to and from your hotel should be straightforward and stress-free.
  • Weather: Wondering when to visit Dubai? Blessed with year-round sunshine, temperatures typically range from 20 degrees centigrade to the mid-40s. November to February is the most popular time to visit Dubai, with temperatures sitting at around 25 to 30 degrees centigrade
  • Ramadan: In 2024 Ramadan will be between Sunday 10th March and Tuesday 9th April 
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FAQs

When is the best time of year to visit Dubai?

The optimal time to visit Dubai often depends on your personal preferences for weather and crowd sizes. However, generally speaking, the best time to visit is from November to February. During these months, Dubai experiences pleasant weather with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 30°C. This period is perfect for outdoor activities and exploring the city's various attractions without the discomfort of extreme heat. Additionally, the famous Dubai Shopping Festival takes place in January and February, making it an excellent time for shopaholics.

Does Dubai have a nightlife?

Yes, Dubai offers a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene that caters to a multitude of preferences and tastes. From high-end rooftop lounges overlooking the city's glittering skyline, to lively nightclubs featuring international DJs. Not to be overlooked is the city's culinary scene, which is home to an impressive selection of Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrity chefs, serving a diverse range of exquisite cuisines that are sure to delight the night time palate. Please note, the legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 and most clubs will require identification at the door.

What are the best activities to do in Dubai?

For the adventurous, a desert safari is a unique experience, complete with dune bashing, sand boarding, and an authentic Bedouin meal. If shopping is your preference, the city’s countless malls, including the Dubai Mall, the world's largest, offer unparalleled retail therapy. Cultural enthusiasts can explore the historic district of Al Fahidi, the Dubai Museum, or enjoy a traditional Dhow cruise along the Dubai Creek. For breathtaking views, a visit to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, is a must. Finally, Dubai's culinary scene is a gastronomic adventure offering an amalgamation of cuisines from around the world.

How do I prepare for a trip to Dubai?

For a seamless and memorable trip to Dubai, consider the following: · Visa & Documentation: Ensure a valid passport and appropriate visa. UK citizens get a 30-day visa-free stay. · Best Time to Visit: November to February offers pleasant temperatures. · Appropriate Attire: Dress modestly, especially at religious sites or traditional areas. · Currency Exchange: The local currency is the UAE Dirham (AED). Carry some for small shops and taxis. · Health & Safety: Have travel insurance for emergencies. Dubai is safe, but respect local laws and customs. · Activities & Attractions: Enjoy desert safaris, shopping in the largest mall, exploring Burj Khalifa, and beach resorts. Plan ahead for a fulfilling visit.

What to wear in Dubai?

While Dubai is a cosmopolitan city, it's recommended to dress modestly out of respect for the local culture. Wearing shorts are generally acceptable in tourist locations and hotels. However, when visiting mosques or traditional areas, both men and women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.

Can you drink alcohol in Dubai?

Yes, alcohol is served in licensed venues such as hotels, bars, and clubs in Dubai. However, public intoxication is strongly frowned upon and could lead to repercussions. Always drink responsibly and respect the local customs and laws.

Does WhatsApp work in Dubai?

WhatsApp calls are blocked in the UAE. However, text messaging through WhatsApp is not restricted. Social media platforms are legal and widely used in Dubai, with platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter being popular.

Can you drink tap water in Dubai?

Yes, tap water in Dubai is generally safe to drink. However, due to desalination and high mineral content, many residents and visitors prefer to drink bottle water.

Is there Uber in Dubai?

Yes, Uber services are available in Dubai, offering a convenient and reliable mode of transportation for residents and tourists alike. However, it's important to note that Dubai's local equivalent, Careem (also owned by Uber), is more commonly used and might offer better coverage across the city.


Is it safe to go on holiday in Dubai?

Dubai is considered one of the safest holiday destinations in the world, but safety can also depend on current events and personal circumstances. For the most accurate information, it's recommended to speak with our travel experts on 0203 993 1588, or consult your government’s travel advice prior to booking.


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