Gold sparkles and the sea dazzles under the sunshine of glitzy Dubai, a truly unique holiday destination...
Check in at luxury Dubai hotels and discover one of the hottest holiday destinations on the planet.
Dubai is the gateway to the United Arab Emirates and a major tourist and business hub. It combines a luxury international lifestyle and seven-star hotels with traditions such as pearl diving and hunting in the desert.
There is a treasure trove of historical and cultural sites in Dubai. The Jumeirah Mosque is the largest in the Middle East and open to non-Muslim visitors. The Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, is the oldest building in the emirate. It is easily accessible via the metro from the city centre and has a collection of artefacts, some of which date back 3,000 years.
Shopping is a favourite activity in Dubai, with the gold and spice souk one of the top destinations. For something a little more modern, the Dubai Mall – one of the world’s biggest retail centres – caters for all tastes, no matter how deep your pocket. Take a break from spending and skate at the ice rink, visit the aquarium, or, for something completely different, see dinosaur skeletons at DubaiDino.
The Heritage and Diving Centre is located close to the mouth of Dubai Creek. It focuses on Dubai's maritime past. Dinner in the evening at one of its restaurants provides a taste of the tranquillity and charm of old Dubai.
See modern art from the Middle East, Africa and India at the Art Attack Gallery between the Al Wasl Road and the Jumeirah Beach Road. Or have a flutter at Meydan Racecourse just south of Dubai Creek. The world's richest racecourse, it opened in 2009 when the neighbouring Nad al Sheba closed. For even more of an adventure, take a 4x4 drive on a desert safari.
Dubai continues to forge a reputation for hosting top cultural events. Some of the world's biggest music and sports stars do their thing in Dubai as the destination packs out its events calendar. And Dubai is the major international sports centre of the Persian Gulf, hosting world-class golf and tennis tournaments. Check what's on when you visit or book a holiday around your favourite artist or sport.
The best time to take holidays in Dubai is between November and March when daytime temperatures are about 25C.
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Just like Las Vegas, the hotels in Dubai are attractions in their own rights...
Once you’ve booked your flights to Dubai Airport (DUB), it’s time to look for cheap hotels in Dubai. Known for its extravagant hotels, prices are in line with the standards and facilities on offer (and that line can be high). But if you’re travelling on a budget, you can also find cheap and mid-range hotels that present clean, basic rooms and good value for money.
The long stretch of coastline that encompasses Jumeirah Beach is the best place to look for a stylish seafront hotel. Landmark hotels, such as Burj al Arab, Palm Atlantis, and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, dominate the accommodation scene here.
The seven-star Burj al Arab hotel is unmistakable, with its famous sail-like structure. It was built to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing boat. One of the world's most photographed structures, the hotel provides a personal butler service for guests, in-suite check-in and a private Rolls Royce for transport around the emirate. Swish.
The Palm Atlantis is part of a resort in the Palm Jumeirah Islands that is modelled on the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Two monorails link the resort to the rest of the Jumeirah Islands.
It is possible to find budget hotels close to the main areas of popular Jumeirah Beach; Holiday Inn Express, for example, runs a couple of low-cost hotels with terrific locations and basic rooms.
Dubai hotels are generally of a very high standard, ranging from budget rooms at low prices to the five-star chains such as Jumeirah, Kempinski, Marriott, Intercontinental, Sheraton, Marco Polo, Hilton, and Ritz Carlton. The luxury hotels command high prices compared with those in Europe. But many of the hotels are design-led, so visitors can enjoy contemporary art as well as a holiday.
If you are choosing a cheaper room, make sure that it has air conditioning during the summer months.
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Dubai is home to a number of cultural treasures; it’s definitely worth making the effort to explore...
Tourists with a taste for spending will not be disappointed in Dubai. The sparkling gold souk is worth a visit, whether you're in the market for precious metal or not, while the ultra-modern Dubai Mall stocks everything you could possibly desire.
You'll soon discover that Dubai doesn't do anything by halves. Having shopped in one of the world's biggest shopping malls, take a journey up the world's tallest building and savour the views from level 124.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Cool off from the heat at this pleasure-laden waterpark next to the Burj Al Arab. With an Arabian folklore theme and plenty of rides and activities, the whole family will enjoy Wild Wadi.
To really chill out when the mercury rises, take to the artificial slopes at Ski Dubai. This indoor ski resort is even home to a small colony of penguins!
Dhow sailing on Dubai Creek
Take a look at ancient Dubai when you drift on the waters of the creek aboard a traditional dhow boat.
Here’s our pick of the best annual events in Dubai…
Shopping Festival; January-February: Exactly as it sounds, this is a celebration of all things retail. Shoppers can pick up some fantastic bargains, while many Dubai hotels also offer deals around this time.
Dubai World Cup; March: The culmination of the World Cup Carnival (between January and March), this one-day spectacular is the biggest event on the Dubai horseracing calendar. General admission is free and there's a great family atmosphere.
Middle East Film and Comic Con; April: A relatively young event, the World Trade Centre welcomes thousands of fans and some of the biggest stars from the world of popular culture.