Dubai is really becoming one of the hottest destinations for holidaymakers these days and has more than earned its place as a star location on the world stage. A flamboyant, sun-kissed playground for thrill seekers, shopaholics and sun worshippers, Dubai is the place to be.
Glamour and luxury seem to be the order of the day and you’ll find both in plentiful supply once you reach this jaw-droppingly awesome metroplis. Dubai really has become the success story of the Middle East and offers world class facilities and top drawer hospitality for the discerning holidaymaker. There’s so much to see and do that the only problem you’ll have is fitting it all in to a week or two week break. Here, you’ll create magical memories to last a lifetime, although we suspect if you go once, chances are you’ll go back for more…again and again. Dubai will give you a rich cultural experience set against the most mesmerizing backdrop and you have the best of both worlds in that there’s the bright lights of the big city and all the glitz and glamour that it brings but there’s also the mystical vibe of the desert and the hypnotic landscape of the sand dunes.
When to go: November to March is best for the most comfortable temperatures whereas in the summer months, the thermometer can nudge the high 40s. There are good prices to be found at this time of year but you’ll pay for it with sweat in the scorching heat. It’s generally better to enjoy Dubai when you can cope with the temperature.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan you may find some places are closed and alcohol restrictions may be in place so do check this out before you plan your trip.
• Currency: UAE Dirham
• Language: Arabic and English
• Flying Time: Around 7 hours from the UK
Top Things to See and Do:
Burj Khalifa – A visit to the world’s tallest building is a must. Towering 828 meters above the city, this architectural masterpiece is not to be missed.
Palm Jumeirah Island – spectacular man made islands that, seen from above, look like a palm tree. This luxurious and impressive development which stretches out into the Arabian Gulf is also favoured by A list celebrities. It is packed with high-end hotels, including the popular five star hotel Atlantis.
Extreme Shopping -You can really shop ‘til you drop in Dubai and there’s scope for some serious retail therapy in the sumptuous malls.
All The Fun of The Fair – Enjoy the thrills and spills of Dubai’s top class theme parks, notably the newly opened IMG Worlds of Adventure…the largest indoor theme park in the world.
All At Sea– charter a yacht for the day and cruise out into the Gulf from Dubai Marina and admire the city from the water.
Souk It All Up – It will be hard to leave the comfort of the sumptuous, air-conditioned malls but do take a tour of the local souks and bazaars. Here you will enjoy a more traditional shopping experience where you can buy spices, gold, carpets and all manner of goodies.
Sun and Sand – Why not take off on a thrilling adventure in the sand dunes. You will find lots of activities on offer from sand-boarding safaris to 4×4 off-road driving for a truly exhilarating desert experience.
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