Dubai Skyline, Dubai

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Dubai Holidays

City in the sand

The perfect destination for year-round sunshine, Dubai boasts gleaming skyscrapers, golden beaches, modest mosques, and Arabian markets – offering the ultimate blend of history, culture, and innovation. As a family-friendly location, this dynamic corner of the world has everything from bustling and vibrant souks to gigantic shopping malls, all under the watchful gaze of Dubai’s centrepiece and the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa.

If you look for ultimate luxury in your holidays, the hotels in Dubai should be top of your list. High in style, glamour, and wealth stakes, this desert metropolis combines the best of urban living and beachside relaxation. With its unrivalled selection of fine dining and luxury hotels, Dubai holidays offer the elegance and first-class service you would expect from a city that has become synonymous with indulgence and grandeur.

Beyond the shops, Dubai is also home to stunning beaches and some of the world’s most beautiful resorts that make the ideal spot to soak in the sun and relax with a cocktail. 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.

Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +4 hours.
  • Currency Dirham (AED)
  • Visa Information British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to Dubai.
  • Language Arabic and English are widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Approx. seven hours. Direct flights available from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, and Glasgow.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Dubai.

Top Tips from our Experts

Sheryl

Destination Manager

“When visiting Burj Khalifa, opt for the viewing platform on floor 148, the highest in the world. It's less crowded and you get fast track tickets and refreshments.”

Matthew

Destination Specialist

“Don’t be scared to get cabs around Dubai, they’re very affordable. Make sure the desert dune safari is on your activity list, it’s an amazing experience.”

Verity

General Manager

“New Year’s in Dubai is possibly one of the best places to be. From the impressive Burj Khalifa fireworks to events at some of the best hotels – make sure you book ahead and avoid Sheikh Zayed Road at all costs after 7.00pm.”

Types of Dubai holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Dubai take approximately seven hours. There are currently daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Dubai International Airport with British Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and Royal Brunei and various direct flights from other UK airports with Emirates. 

Taxis in Dubai generally have a minimum fare of 6–10 AED (£1–2) within the city and a minimum fare of 20 AED from the airport. The fare on top of this will generally then be around 1.6 AED per km. Additional charges will be made for toll gates and you could be charged up to 30 AED if the driver has to wait.

Yes, it costs AED 125 for adults (£26) and AED 95 (£20) for children to visit Level 124 of the Burj Khalifa. During the evening, it costs AED 200 (£42) for adults and AED 160 (£34) for children. To visit the highest level, known as Burj Khalifa SKY, it costs AED 350-500 (£74-£106). 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Dubai

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

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Atlantis The Palm

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Dubai

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

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