The perfect destination for year-round sun, Dubai boasts gleaming skyscrapers and golden beaches paired with modest mosques and Arabian markets, offering the ultimate blend of old and new. A family-friendly location, this dynamic corner of the world has everything from bustling, vibrant souks to vast shopping malls, all under the watchful gaze of Dubai’s centrepiece, the Burj Khalifa; the world’s tallest building.
Beyond the shops, Dubai is also home to stunning beaches and some of the world’s most beautiful resorts that make the ideal spot for some sun-worshipping and relaxation. Soak up the rays, grab a cocktail and enjoy the opulent luxury Dubai has to offer.
Combine the glitz and glamour of the desert city with a relaxing holiday in the Maldives; offering the greatest contrast imaginable between cosmopolitan hubbub and secluded paradise.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Dubai from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Emirates, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas 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.
Ten percent is standard, but many restaurants add a service charge straight to the bill, so check before you pay. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s polite to round up the fare. A tip of 10 to 20 UAE Dirhams is fine for hotel porters and other staff.
No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Dubai. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country. For full details, please contact your GP.
British Citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Dubai but will be given a 30 day visa on arrival free of charge. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Dubai. Please contact the United Arab Emirates Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 020 7581 1281.
The official currency is the UAE Dirham. You can buy them before you leave the UK. If you need cash when you’re there, you can exchange UK Pounds at most hotels and banks. You’ll also find currency exchanges in many of the large shopping malls.
Major UK credit cards are widely accepted. Cash machines accept major debit and credit cards and can be found across Dubai.