Aerial view of The Palm

Destination

Dubai Holidays

City in the sand

Holidays in Dubai are a must for seekers of quality and indulgence. This desert city, surrounded by sand and dunes, features some of the best luxury hotels, spas, eating and shopping in the world. Head up the tallest building in the world, the 828m high Burj Khalifa, the symbol of Dubai. Later, swim with dolphins from Palm Jumeirah – a manmade archipelago that’s shaped like a palm tree and visible from space.

Children will thrive in Dubai – take them to fun focused spots like KidZania, an indoor city where they can pick up life skills through roleplay and an interactive setting. Couples, individual travellers and groups can pick from sumptuous spa rituals, afternoons spent on sandy beaches or hours of retail therapy in some of the world’s best equipped malls.

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy world class luxury hotels
  • Shop 24/7 in incredible malls
  • Explore enormous theme parks
  • Visit huge man made archipelagos
  • Kick back in indulgent spas
  • Feast on exquisite cuisine
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.”

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.

Unique

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,219 pp

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,449 pp

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,199 pp

Atlantis The Palm

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£689 pp

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Types of Dubai holidays

Dubai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre 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). 

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