Dubai Holiday Offers

Synonymous with luxury, style, wealth and extravagance, Dubai holidays will sweep you off your feet. Dubai treats its visitors like VIPs, and if you’re not enjoying the 30°C plus – minimum, regardless of when you visit – temperatures on the beach during the day, you’ll be treating yourself in one of the emirate’s luxurious shopping malls. The nightlife of the state is buzzing, especially in the Dubai hotels, and offers you bars and clubs as glitzy as you’re ever likely to see anywhere else. Its countless international workers mean that Dubai can claim to be one of the world’s foremost multicultural destinations and as such means you’re likely to experience an explosion of diversity on your visit. Dubai is known as the City of Gold and on cheap Dubai holidays you’re promised a 24-carat experience.

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Burj Khalifa

Dubai’s incomprehensibly sized Burj Khalifa really does have to be seen to be believed. As awe-inspiring as it is preposterous, the world’s tallest building – standing at over 800m – is an incredible feat of architecture that took just six years to complete. The observation deck available to tourists isn’t for those with a fear of heights and is located on the 124th floor at 442m up, where it’s claimed you can see the curvature of the Earth. Dubai is known for its “look at me” reputation; the Burj Khalifa is its manifestation.

Jumeirah Beach and Park

Set against the back drop of its eponymous hotel and crystal clear skies, Jumeirah Beach is the most pristine and beautiful you’ll experience of Dubai holidays. The sand is soft and the water is as blue as sapphires, it’s everything you want a beach to be and more – the more is the adjoining park and its immaculate lawns. For the ultimate day of relaxation in Dubai, chill out on its premier beach during the day before moving onto the park and having a BBQ watching the sun set in the evening.

Dubai Fountains

Housed in the grounds of the Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s answer to Las Vegas’ Bellagio Fountains, which, true to form, are much bigger and grander than their American counterpart. Set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain show involves water being choreographically sprayed to music every half an hour, day and night. The frequency of the shows doesn’t diminish their appeal, and all pedestrian areas in the vicinity come to a stand still as people pause to admire the water shooting elegantly up to 500 feet into the air. The fountains are completely free, so make room for a visit on your cheap Dubai holidays schedule.

Dubai Creek

Dubai is known as the gateway to the East/West (depending on which way you’re coming from) because of the fast-growing glamour of the emirate’s city centre. It’s almost forgotten that before the discovery of oil in the sixties the city was a functioning port, the heart of which was Dubai Creek. The port is still in operation today and is a great place to visit for a little bit of culture in the city-state. There’s a boardwalk with bars and restaurants meaning that you can take a nice stroll by the waterside, before sitting in the sunshine marvelling at modern Dubai from the heart of the old.

Dubai Mall

The mall so good, they put their name on it; Dubai Mall is quite simply the best one to visit on your trip to the state. Boasting an incredible 1200 stores, Dubai Mall also has a shark-housing aquarium, Olympic-sized ice rink, indoor theme parks and 160 places to grab a bite to eat! Dubai is as famed for catering to shopaholics’ needs as it is for making extravagant architectural statements, so it’s only fitting that its premier shopping centre is the perfect example of both. The mall’s 40 foot waterfall is an impressive backdrop to the shopping trip to suit everyone on your family holidays in Dubai.

Big, brash and bold, Dubai has cemented its reputation as a holiday spot where anything and everything is possible. The Middle East emirate has excelled in the development of superlative luxury hotels, world-class attractions, top quality restaurants, and shops

Whether you’re on a short break or longer holiday, want golf courses, swimming pools, desert safaris, theme parks or even ski slopes, Dubai will indulge your every whim. After all, it’s at the forefront of a tourism revolution.

Getting there/getting around Dubai

Emirates, the national airline, flies direct to Dubai from London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow or you can choose from one of several other carriers.

Once in Dubai, taxis are probably the best way to get about, or you could hire a car if you want to explore outside of the city. The bus service isn’t that great, but you should definitely try an abra – a small ferry that carries people across the river. In addition, distinctive double decker buses offer tours of the main attractions.

Beaches in Dubai

Dubai has several excellent beaches and the main ones are found along Jumeirah Road. It’s actually just one very long beach, but it has the appearance of being divided up into several smaller ones thanks to the numerous private stretches owned by hotels and clubs.

If your hotel doesn’t have its own private bit of beach then there are plenty of public ones such as the one at Al Mamzar Park on the Deira side of the Creek. It has great facilities including playgrounds, barbecue sites, food stores and picnic areas for families.

Sightseeing in Dubai

Dubai may possess ancient relics but there are a smattering of sights worth considering. To get a glimpse of what Dubai was like over a 100 years ago, visit the Bastakiya District distinguished by its narrow lanes and wind towers. Or visit one of the city’s oldest residences, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum’s House, which dates back to the late 19th century and displays historical photographs. The Grand Mosque is also magnificent.

The Dubai Heritage and Diving Villages which have displays on its social and cultural development as well as the history of pearl diving. The Dubai Museum is housed in Al-Fahaidi Fort, which is believed to be the oldest building in the emirate.

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai’s duty-free status means it’s a fabulous place to shop. The Mall of the Emirates is rammed with westernised stores carrying designer labels.

But to get a real flavour of local shopping here, visit the souks. Tourists throng the lanes of the gold and silver souks lined with necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. But don’t forget the textile souk where you can pick up material from around the region, or the fragant-smelling spice souk stocked with everything from cumin to dried lemons. If you’re after electronic goods, visit Al Fahidi Street.

Eating out in Dubai

As well as standard Middle Eastern fare, you can enjoy all kinds of international cuisine in Dubai. Food courts are dotted around the city, making it easy to eat out on a budget.

If you’re after something special, book a table at the Al Muntaha restaurant at the summit of the swanky Burj Al Arab hotel, or China Times, both on Jumeirah Beach; the Sphinx at Wafi City or Casa Mia for Italian fare at Al Garhoud.

Nightlife in Dubai

Dubai’s nightlife is vibrant and growing and there are nightclubs and bars galore, as well as lavish hotel bars. Bear in mind the rules: many clubs are for over-25s only and all clubs shut at 3am and you have to be at least 21 years old to drink in a bar.

There are Arabian, American, European, Philipino and Indian-style clubs to choose from, playing everything from house to R&B, soul and Arabic music. Some places worth checking out include: the Hard Rock Cafe, Carter’s in the impressive Pyramid complex in Wafi City, the Buddha Bar, and Irish Village Pub.

Family attractions in Dubai

In the next few years, visitors to Dubai will be able to enjoy the kind of family attractions that may put the likes of Orlando firmly in the shade. The snow dome and indoor ski slope are up and running and the rulers of Dubai are planning to spend £2 billion on the construction of Sports City, a complex which will sit within a gigantic area known as Dubailand.

Sports City will incorporate a Manchester United soccer school, a Formula One theme park in 2009, a second indoor ski dome, and a life-sized replica of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

There’s also Wild Wadi, one of the most advanced water theme parks ever designed. It has an Arabian folklore theme and some of the highest and fastest water rides outside of North America. Try Jumeirah Sceirah, which drops you 108ft at 50 miles per hour.

Day trips in Dubai

Dune bashing is popular – these guided 4WD adventure into the desert where the drivers hurl you over massive sand dunes are thrilling as any theme-park rollercoaster.

But there are other less well-known day trips to consider. Take an east coast tour and discover wadis, mountains, local markets and fishing villages. Or visit the emirate of Sharjah, a cultural centre in the region which is only a 20 minutes drive away. Sharjah’s Natural History Museum and Central Souk are fascinating. Alternatively, head to the Garden City of Al Ain, a cluster of villages in a desert oasis where you can see ancient irrigation systems at work and visit a camel souk.

Sunset cruises to see the Palm Jumeirah Development – where luxury hotels and homes are being built on man-made, palm-tree shaped islands – are also available.

Big, brash and bold, Dubai has cemented its reputation as a holiday spot where anything and everything is possible. The Middle East emirate has excelled in the development of superlative luxury hotels, world-class attractions, top quality restaurants, and shops

Whether you’re on a short break or longer holiday, want golf courses, swimming pools, desert safaris, theme parks or even ski slopes, Dubai will indulge your every whim. After all, it’s at the forefront of a tourism revolution.

Essential info

  • Currency: UAE dirham
  • Language: Arabic
  • Visa: 30 day visas are given to British passport holders upon arrival.
  • Vaccinations: Hepatitis A is recommended.
  • Dress code: Outside of hotels all tourists are recommended to cover up their upper-arms and legs.
  • Important numbers: Embassy: +971 4 309 4444
  • Other info: Please note that drinking is limited to licensed locations only and is forbidden everywhere else. Bad language, rude gestures and public displays of affection can result in charges, while sex outside of marriage is banned by UAE law.

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