- Flight time: Approx. 7 hours
- Time Difference: +4 hours
- Currency: UAE Dirham
- Climate: High temperatures throughout the year with minimal rainfall. The weather is cooler and more pleasant between October and March
365 days of sunshine a year, beautiful beaches, pure luxury and an incredible, buzzing city, Dubai is the ultimate beach holiday meets city break that delivers out-of-this-world experiences. From high rise architecture to breath-taking natural deserts, this area of the world offers a host of different landscapes at every turn. With Dubai being just a seven-hour flight from the UK it makes it a perfect destination for a long weekend, short break or a longer relaxing beach holiday. Dubai is also the ideal mid haul location for a stop over on your way or way back from a destination further afield.
From the second you leave the airport; Dubai is one big wow. One of the biggest questions when people arrive is Dubai is what to do first? If you are in Dubai for a flying stopover visit, try and visit Dubai’s most contrasting areas (as per below) so that you get to experience the most of Dubai in a short time.
Beyond the glass and concrete jungle of modern Dubai, lies the forgotten crown of the city, the commercial centre known as old Dubai. Visit the bustling gold, spice and textile souks and promise this will be an experience you won’t regret. Your senses will be taken to the next level with rich sights, scents and sounds, it’s bustling atmosphere is mesmerising, and you will experience a completely different side to Dubai. When you arrive at the working port, you can take the traditional abra (water taxi) across the creek to venture into the souks for around 1 AED.
Dubai’s exquisite shoreline is one of Dubai’s most attractive features. It showcases miles of coastline with beaches range from super simple (just sun, sand and sea) to ultra-luxury. With idyllic weather from October to May, you can take your pick of beaches to suit the occasion. Ranging from family-friendly stretches with gentle waves making it ideal for the children to play in the water, private beach clubs with champagne on tap, or beaches more tailored for water sports there is a perfect beach in Dubai for you to pitch up for the day and enjoy.
The Arabian Desert
For a quintessentially Arabian experience heading out to the desert to explore is a must. Why not take a 4×4 jeep safari and encounter the beauty and serenity of the Arabian desert, take a quad bike and go off-roading to explore the gigantic sand dunes or for the more daring you can ride the sand dunes and go sand boarding. For an extended desert experience, you can also add dinner under the stars or even a luxury overnight escape and sleep under the starlit sky.