Holiday in Dubai

A glittering city that has made its name in opulent luxury and cosmopolitan glamour, Dubai offers fun, sun and endless shopping.

Whether you’re looking for a long weekend, a short stopover or a two-week holiday, Dubai offers the perfect combination of world-famous beaches, a contemporary city centre, thriving culture and captivating desert adventures.

Burj Khalifa

Best time to visit Dubai

The United Arab Emirates are warm all year round, but the best time to visit is from November to March when the average maximum temperature is 25°C. May to September are the hottest months, when temperatures often exceed 40°C.

Dubai holiday highlights

Renowned for wealth and splendour, Dubai offers an endless list of activities to occupy you on your stay in this beautiful city. Famous structures such as the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa, the world-class Burj al Arab hotel and the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island, have become the epitome of Dubai’s extravagant culture.

Palm Jumeirah Island

The oldest part of the city is centred around the Dubai Creek, with souks offering an array of spices and textiles, mosques and an authentic regional architecture in the Deira and Bur Dubai districts. Here, you can make your way from one side of the creek to another on a quaint water taxi, also known as an abra.

Dubai Creek

Running through the city is the Sheikh Zayed Road, a massive multi-lane highway that links the Creek to Jumeirah and Jebel Ali as well as all the main shopping malls. Although most of Jumeirah beach is occupied by upscale hotels, there are certain parts that are open to the public (entrance fee applies) offering access to a spacious recreational park, hemmed by a vast stretch of open sand with the warm, sometimes choppy waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Spend some time away from the beach, and head to the huge shopping malls dotted around the city. As the creators of The Shopping Festival, it is no surprise that the nation’s favourite pastime is shopping, with the vast malls remain devoid of visitors by day, but springing into life later in the evening. The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are the two biggest with ice rinks, cinemas, western high-street and designer brands, vast gold souks and giant fish tanks.

The Dubai Mall 

The Dubai Mall’s famous Dubai Fountain shoots water jets at an astonishing height of 150 metres tall and spans over 270 metres in length. Created by the designers of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, this spectacular sight performs to an impressive array of musical accompaniments to include Andrea Bocelli’s Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye). Avoid disappointment and make note of the world’s largest fountain’s performance schedule before you arrive, as there are only two shows during the daytime, with evening performances running every half an hour. For fantastic view of the city below and the desert beyond, why not ascend 124 floors to Burj Khalifa's 'At the Top' viewing point. Be sure to book in advance, as this attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai.

Dubai Fountain

A city surrounded by beach, mountains and desert, it's no surprise that a world of exhilarating and fascinating activities are available further afield.

Atlantis The Palm 

The best dining establishments are concentrated in the numerous luxury hotels, which compete with each other with celebrity chefs, Michelin Stars and extravagant gourmet cuisine. For more affordable dining alternatives the big malls offer every type of cuisine imaginable including American and regional fast foods, noodle bars, restaurants of every denomination and about three times more coffee and cake shops than seems economically viable.

Here are our top hotel picks for Dubai

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf - (More Information & Booking)

An intimate hideaway with exquisite rooms designed in the style of Arabian summer houses.

Inspired by Old Arabia, these stand-alone, dual-storey traditional courtyard summer houses offer the ultimate in seclusion and tranquillity with a host of facilities on your doorstep. Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – accessible by water taxi – offers the ultimate in true Arabian luxury. Meander through a sleepy waterway past perfectly manicured gardens to the light and airy guest rooms and suites.

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa (More Information & Booking)

Stylish Polynesian interiors, impeccable service and picture-perfect views over the Arabian Gulf.

Set on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, this hotel is a great place to combine a peaceful beach break with the chance to explore the thriving city of Dubai. Wide-open interiors adorned with cool marble lead the way to the pretty gardens, where swaying palms line the huge free-form swimming pool and lead you out to enjoy peaceful views of the Indian Ocean from the shore.

Conrad Dubai (More Information & Booking)

In a prime city-centre location with an impressive array of restaurants.
This 54-storey hotel has five superb dining venues to explore, serving a variety of Italian, English, Parisian and Latin cuisine. Oozing a cool and fashionable vibe, Cave – hidden on the mezzanine level – is designed for you to enjoy an intimate drink or some delicious à la carte Parisian soul food. Presenting international cuisine in the form of a buffet complete with live cooking and antipasti stations in the afternoon, and a delightful à la carte Italian menu each evening, Ballarò offers a modern yet casual setting.

Jumeirah Al Naseem (More Information & Booking)

The newest hotel at Madinat Jumeirah, on a stretch of private beach overlooking the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

The name of this hotel translates to ‘a gentle sea breeze’, and is inspired by its enviable position backing a private wide and soft-sand beach. The hotel is the fourth and final hotel to be added to the 98-acre Madinat Jumeirah complex – the largest resort in the Emirate. The hotel itself overlooks one of the region’s most recognisable structures, the Burj Al Arab and it sits adjacent to the Wild Wadi Waterpark™, to which you will have free unlimited access. Another facility you’ll be able to use at the resort includes the Talise Spa, a tropical wellness retreat complete with a delightful Secret Garden for al fresco Thai massages, a sensory room and cabanas for beachside treatments.
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