A city of gleaming skyscrapers and golden beaches paired with modest mosques and Arabian markets, we love Dubai for its unique blend of old and new, East and West. Spend a day in this dynamic, progressive destination and go from bustling, vibrant souks to vast air-conditioned malls and streets lined with super cars, all under the watchful gaze of Dubai's centrepiece, the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
You can't visit this desert city and not explore its surrounding sandy plains and dunes, some of which reach heights of over 200 metres. Swap the bustling cityscape for a peaceful camel ride across desert scenery, go sandboarding down the dunes or tackle them on an exhilarating 4x4 jeep safari. Alternatively, experience the desert at night and enjoy a barbecue under the stars.
There aren't many places you'll find soaring temperatures one minute and ski slopes with real snow the next. The five indoor slopes at Ski Dubai, part of the huge Mall of the Emirates, run from a 60-metre-high manmade mountain complete with ski lifts and -1°C temperatures. Next to the slopes there's a 3,000-square-metre snow park with toboggan runs, an ice slide, climbing towers, an ice cave, and even penguins.
For many tourists, shopping is Dubai's biggest draw, with smart, modern malls offering an endless range of tax-free consumer goods. The Dubai Mall is the largest in the world, with big names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes alongside spectacular fountains, an ice rink, and access to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Don't miss the chance for a bargain in the souks either, where haggling is the norm.
Dubai's water parks, pools and beaches are welcome relief for the dry desert climate. For water slides, river rides and a private beach; head to Aquaventure, the thrilling water park at Atlantis, The Palm. All the best water sports can be found along the Jumeirah coastline, with everything from water skiing and windsurfing to kayaking and banana boat rides.
Enjoy a round or two on Dubai's world-class greens and fairways. The Emirates Golf Club hosts the Dubai Desert Classic every year, and Jumeirah Golf Estates is home to two courses designed by Greg Norman. Other courses include the Els Club at Dubai Sports City, Montgomerie Dubai, The Desert Course at Arabian Ranches and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Dubai from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Emirates, British Airways & Virgin Atlantic offer direct non stop services from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: KLM offer regional UK departures via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: There are no relevant departure taxes in Dubai.
No specific vaccinations required
June - September, December - January.