With its futuristic skyline, warm sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and world-class theme parks, there’s no end to your adventures during your Dubai holiday. Blending city glamour with traditional culture, the desert that surrounds Dubai offers jeep safaris, sunset camel rides, and glamping under the stars.
You might find that shopping becomes the main attraction to your holiday in Dubai - because there’s a world of both luxury brands and bargain hunting to choose from. Dubai Mall is one of the biggest retail centres in the world, containing over 1,200 stores. You’ll even find a theme park, a 22-screen cinema and an aquarium within the mall.
If you prefer cultural shopping, sail across Dubai Creek and head to the Old Town where you can embrace Dubai’s past. Visit the various bazaars, such as Gold Souk, and haggle for a bargain on souvenirs such as fresh incense, Middle Eastern textiles and fragrant spices.
For a taste of Dubai’s history and culture, a journey inside the walls of Al Fahidi Fort in Old Dubai is a brilliant tribute to the city’s past. Soak in the heritage as you take a tour through traditional scenes of Arab households, souks and mosques. You’ll receive unique insights into desert life by the sea. Admire incredible Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy and take a glimpse into Emirati traditions such as falconry and camel racing.
Dubai holidays: city of gold
For the popular bucket-list experience of swimming with dolphins during your Dubai holidays, we know where you should head: Atlantis The Palm. Follow this incredible experience with a breath-taking trip up to the top of the tallest building in the world, the 828 metre-high Burj Khalifa. If you’re thinking of bringing your family, worry not - children will thrive in Dubai, as there are over 100 rides, shows and attractions for you to choose from. If you are looking to relax with some food and wine in the sun, pick from one of Dubai’s sophisticated beach clubs. Bubbaliscious at the Westin Seyahi is a popular choice for Friday brunch.
Whatever is on your Dubai holiday wish list, we’ve been crafting tailor-made holidays for 65 years. Give our Destination Specialists a call today, and they’ll help you create an unforgettable tailor-made Dubai holiday.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Dubai holidays. With so many options for your Dubai holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
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Our favorite hotels
Whether you are planning a family holiday in Dubai or an adventurous Dubai multi centre holiday, let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite places to stay in Dubai, which have been handpicked by our experts.
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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
Dubai is the emirate that clinches all the headlines, steals all the scenes, and cleans up at every award show. About as far from a shrinking violet as it gets, this show-off of a city churns out world-famous structures – like the towering Burj Khalifa and man-made mega-island of Atlantis The Palm – in the blink of an eye. Add to that a year-round sunshine record and swathes of golden sand, and it’s no wonder this is the fourth most-visited city on the planet.
For some, shopping is the biggest draw of a holiday in Dubai – and the spectacular mega malls are by no way limited to shops. Dubai Mall, one of the biggest retail centres in the world, contains 1,200 stores, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton. You’ll also find a theme park, a 22-screen cinema and an aquarium. Mall of the Emirates has 520 stores and 85 eateries, plus its own artificial mountain, Ski Dubai.
Explore Dubai's cultural heritage
It’s not just about the luxury hotels and jaw dropping architecture – Dubai does history and culture brilliantly too. Visit Gold Souq or a bazaar and get your haggle on to grab a bargain on souvenir textiles. Admire incredible Islamic art – including Arabic calligraphy – or take a glimpse into Emirati traditions such as falconry and camel racing. At Al Fahidi, Dubai’s oldest building, you can learn about local history and cultural heritage at a museum.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
This huge entertainment destination features over 100 rides, shows and attractions. Motiongate is inspired by Hollywood characters from DreamWorks Animation Lionsgate and Sony Pictures Studios. At Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the magic and music of Indian Bollywood is transformed into live entertainment and shows, while the family friendly LEGOLAND® and LEGOLAND® Water Park pays homage to the brightly coloured bricks with rides and attractions.
Afternoon Tea at the Burj Khalifa
Enjoy a fresh take on High Tea with the best views of Dubai from the 122nd floor. Enjoy tea and a glass of bubbles with berries and cream, or roasts with vegetables. Fine pastries and traditional sweets make up the dessert selection.
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“Take to the sky and fly by helicopter to admire Dubai from above.”
“Enjoy an evening drink or even dinner at ZETA, located in the award-winning and iconic Address Downtown Hotel. Here you will find the best views of the fountain show and the iconic Burj Khalifa.”
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Dubai holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.
This popular Middle Eastern dish is made from slow-roasted, spiced meat (usually chicken or lamb) and served in an Arabic roti, with optional vegetables, fries, pickles and garlic sauce.
Mahalabiya is a creamy dessert similar to blancmange. This dish is made with a mixture of milk and sugar, cooked and thickened with cornstarch, and usually flavored with orange blossom or rose water and pistachios.
Known in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘largest item on any menu in the world', this ultimate Dubai foodie dish consists of stuffed camel filled with chicken, eggs, fish, sheep, and spices. Stuffed camel is only available at festivals, Bedouin ceremonies and other important cultural events, so if you want to try this dish, plan your Dubai holidays accordingly.
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