Located on the southeastern coast of the Persian Gulf, the city of Dubai is a vibrant holiday destination in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is home to the highest population in the country. Dubai is known for its luxury shopping, spectacular skylines, ultramodern architecture, exotic golf courses, desert dunes, artisan wares and lively nightlife scene.
Whether you are planning to catch the sight of Burj Khalifa, world's tallest tower or enjoy the magical Dubai Fountains, the city always provides you with something to look forward to. Save on package holidays in Dubai by booking Flight to and hotel in Dubai together.
What To Know Before Visiting Dubai?
Flights to Dubai arrive at Dubai International Airport (DXB), which is one of the busiest airports in the world and has excellent connectivity with several major destinations. If you're visiting from the UK, you can opt for a direct flight from Dublin or Cork to Dubai. While the official language is Arabic, English is spoken by many locals. Dubai is four hours ahead of the United Kingdom (GMT+4) and the local currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Dubai?
Dubai has a subtropical climate with hot summer weather averaging 42°C during the daytime and 28°C at night. Spring and fall are still slightly humid, with daytime temperatures between 23 to 37°C and nights around 18 to 23°C, with less humidity. Winter weather is dry and pleasant, with daytime temperature reaches up to 23°C and 12°C at night.
If you choose package holidays in Dubai between November and March you will likely to enjoy ideal temperatures for enjoying outdoor activities. For a perfect weekend in Dubai during this period it is best to book in advance. Enjoy some of the city's most popular festivals, including the Dubai International Film Festival, which features the latest Arabic and international movies (December) and the Dubai Shopping Festival, a grand shopping extravaganza which takes place every January and February.
What To Do In Dubai?
City breaks in Dubai have a lot to offer. Take a trip to Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai) on a traditional water taxi (Abra) or book a cruise to experience the magic of the city after sunset. Known as a shopper’s paradise, Dubai is home to some of the world's best malls and retail chains. You will fall in love with the luxury shopping outlets in the enormous Dubai Mall.
No visit to the city is complete without soaking up the sun on the white sands of Jumeirah Beach, if the temperature gets too high you can always cool off at the Wild Wadi Water Park.
Climb aboard a Hummer or Land Cruiser to explore the sand dunes on an adventure drive with a Royal Desert Safari. Take a camel ride to explore the surrounding landscape further.
One of the best things to do in Dubai is to visit the towering Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure and an architectural wonder providing a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city.
For adventure lovers skydiving in Dubai is the ultimate adrenaline rush.
The dinner cruise is one of the most popular things to do on a weekend in Dubai. Dinner cruises not only offer a lavish meal but you can also enjoy live music shows, panoramic views and much more.
A holiday in Dubai is not complete without experiencing its legendary nightlife. Some of the most exciting hotspots including the Cavalli Club, White Dubai, VIP Room, Cirque Le Soir and the Blue Marlin Ibiza.
What Places To Visit In Dubai?
Dubai offers many sightseeing options. City breaks in Dubai wouldn't be complete without visiting the Dubai Miracle Garden which features over 100 million flowers showcased in unique sculptures and designs. To escape the glitz and glamour of the city head to Bastakiya Quarterm, a charming little neighborhood popular for its cafes, cultural institutions and art galleries. The exhibits at the the Dubai Museum explore the historical, cultural and geographical landscape of the city as well as incorporating the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest structure in Dubai.
Dubai’s newest landmark, the Dubai Frame, is located in Zabeel Park and is comprised of two 150 m tall towers. An elevator takes you up to the bridge to admire bird's-eye views of old and new Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest man-made archipeligo and a symbol of cutting-edge technology. You will enjoy the Palm's high-end hotels and resorts, including the Fairmont, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, One&Only, and the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world and provides a habitat for over 140 species of aquatic wildlife including sharks and rays.
What To Eat In Dubai?
Dubai is known for its thriving food scene. When in Dubai be sure to try the authentic Emirati dishes which will undoubtedly leave you craving for more. Shawarma and hummus are two Arabian signature dishes that will make your mouth water. Mandi is also very popular in Dubai and prepared with meat (lamb or chicken), rice, and spices. Camel meat is widely used in local cuisine. Other must-try delicacies include Chelo Kebab (rice served with butter and kebabs), Al Harees (a combination of meat and wheat) and Qoozi (lamb with roasted raisins and nuts served with rice).
What To Bring From Dubai?
Dubai provides a wealth of options when it comes to souvenirs. Camel-shaped milk chocolates are the perfect gift for the sweet-toothed. The UAE is famous for its fancy coffee pots and you will be certain to find an elegant one in Dubai. Gold jewelry can also make a fantastic souvenir and the Dubai Gold Souk is the perfect place to get gold jewelry at bargain prices. Aside from gold, other items that will make for a memorable gifts include dried fruit and perfumes as well as Persian rugs and carpets.