• Aerial view of The Palm

Dubai Holidays

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

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

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

H&J Rating
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

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,449 pp

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. seven hours. Direct flights available from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, and Glasgow.

Currency

Dirham (AED)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to Dubai.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Dubai.

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.

  • Decorative Brass Camels from Dubai

    Shopping

    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.

  • Red Rush water slide, Dubai

    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.

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Average weather in January

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Dubai
24ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

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Dubai
25ºC
3mm

Average weather in March

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Dubai
28ºC
5mm

Average weather in April

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Dubai
33ºC
1mm

Average weather in May

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Dubai
38ºC

Average weather in June

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Dubai
40ºC

Average weather in July

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Dubai
41ºC

Average weather in August

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Dubai
41ºC

Average weather in September

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Dubai
39ºC

Average weather in October

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Dubai
36ºC

Average weather in November

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Dubai
31ºC
2mm

Average weather in December

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Dubai
26ºC
8mm
  • 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

    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

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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