If you have been to Dubai a couple of times, on work or leisure, you must have for a fact covered all the obvious tourist destinations and things to do…
Dubai holidays are always a popular choice thanks to this destination’s combination of fantastic weather, breath-taking beaches, and luxurious places to stay. Add in a huge range of attractions for all ages, world-class restaurants, and glossy malls with incredible shopping and you have a holiday option to tempt all travellers. From honeymoon couples to parents with young children or extended families, there really is something for everyone in Dubai.
There are so many things to see and do on your holiday to Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa which has been the world’s tallest building since it opened in 2010. The views from this building are spectacular, and Dubai also offers incredible water sports and water parks, amazing golf courses, stunning museums, and an aquarium and underwater zoo. For parents with young children, there are beaches with shallow water that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Where is Dubai?
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates. Geographically, it is found on the Arabian peninsula’s eastern coast. Dubai city is located right next to the beach and is sometimes known as the Middle East’s answer to Las Vegas with its stunning mix of hotels, retail opportunities and nightlife. It has everything you could want in an exciting holiday in one location. Dubai is the emirate that receives the most visitors every year.
How long is the flight to Dubai?
A direct flight to Dubai from London is around seven hours and when you arrive you will be greeted with a modern airport with plenty of facilities, including shops. The transfer time from the airport is fairly short, but it depends where you are staying. You can book a transfer before you travel, or use local transport to reach your hotel or resort. One popular way is to order an Uber – there is even a designated area for picking up and dropping off Uber passengers.
Do you need a visa to holiday in Dubai?
There is no need to apply for a visa for holidays to Dubai if you are the holder of a UK passport, subject to immigration approval. UK travellers will receive a free tourist visa on arrival and your passport will be stamped on arrival with permission to enter the emirate for 30 days. Please check the UK Government website before you travel for up-to-date entry requirements for Dubai.
When to travel to Dubai
Dubai has a desert climate so you can always expect the weather to be warm here, even rising to scoring hot during the summer months. However, the weather does vary a little during the year. December to February is the most popular time for tourists to visit Dubai as the weather is a little cooler. High season usually extends from November to April. In spring, which is March, April and May, the temperatures do start to go up significantly and by May it may be 38 degrees during the day.
During the summer months, which is June, July and August, it can be very hot, sometimes reaching 45 degrees during the day. Fortunately, Dubai has plenty of air conditioning to cope with this kind of heat. The autumn is comprised of September, October, and November, and it can still be warm at this time though the weather will be less humid and more pleasant. May, September and October are usually considered the shoulder season.
Summer is low season in Dubai with many great deals available. Ramadan is also a time when deals may be available. Ramadan takes place at a different time each year so you will have to check the dates prior to booking.
What is the currency of Dubai?
The currency used in Dubai is known as the United Arab Emirates dirham, or AED for short. It can also be called the UAE dirham. One dirham is made up of 100 fils. Since 1997, the UAE dirham has been pegged with the US dollar. At the time of writing, one pound is worth about four and a half dirhams, but this rate can go up and down and it is always best to check the exchange rate before you travel.
How to get around Dubai
There are so many ways to get around Dubai, so you can choose the way that best suits you. You can hire a car and explore Dubai at your own pace, and even hire a car with your own driver so you can sit back and relax. However, there are also plenty of other ways to move around the city including using the well-developed public transport system.
Dubai has a metro system, which is inexpensive and easy to use. There are also plenty of buses, which are air-conditioned so you’ll be able to see much of the city with this practical choice. If you’re not in a hurry, you can always see the city from the relaxing environment of a boat. There is a ferry along the Dubai Water Canal or take a ride in a traditional abra up and down Dubai Creek.
Book your Dubai holiday with Away Holidays
At Away Holidays, we offer an exceptional range of Dubai holidays, whatever your budget may be. We make a point of investing time and effort in sourcing the very best Dubai has to offer with our Dubai holiday packages. We offer an incredible range of luxury holidays to Dubai including some of the most exciting and glamourous hotels you will ever encounter such as the famous Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and the One & Only The Palm. We also have an amazing selection of family-friendly hotels including the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
When you’re looking at booking your holiday to Dubai, you can rest assured that we only offer holidays that deliver the very best in value. Get in touch with us today to book your dream Dubai holiday.