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Among all this, low-cost flights to Dubai from the UK have become plentiful in their own right, with British Airways and Emirates both flying the route alongside carriers such as Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and Royal Brunei.
Emirates operates regular flights to Dubai from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow, while British Airways serves the destination from Heathrow.
Flights to Dubai from London take around seven hours, as do flights to Dubai from Manchester, which means ample time to unwind in the air and catch a couple of films before the holiday begins.
There are a number of ways to reach your final destination after touching down. Find out more on our how to get around Dubai page.
The airport itself is very much in keeping with Dubai’s modernist, bolder-is-better ethos.
After your Dubai flight, you’ll find designer boutiques, big-name restaurants and plush lounges – in other words, there’s plenty to keep you occupied; the airport has even been known to put on live music gigs.
As well as being the HQ for Emirates, the airport is also the home of low-cost sister airline Flydubai, which mainly offers shorter-haul flights to parts of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. If the routes suit you, it’s a good bet for a cheap flight to Dubai in 2016 or 2017.
The usual advice applies when booking an air ticket to the city: it’s well worth trying to compare and book Dubai flights as early as possible, and it also pays to compare the prices of different airlines.
Keep an eye too on the various flight-with-accommodation deals being offered by agents and operators, as they can often save you a substantial sum.
As if having the world’s busiest airport weren’t enough to be getting on with, in early 2016 Dubai also announced major plans to expand its second air hub, the Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, by June 2017. It’s hoped that the airport will one day handle more than 200 million passengers a year.
While it’s easy to fly to Dubai in 2016, air access isn’t the only way of getting there.
The growth of the cruise industry now means that various ships call in at the Emirate on their way between Europe and the Far East, while other vessels actually start or end their cruise itineraries in Dubai itself.