An Agent's View of Dubai

by Priscilla Soondrum on 23 December 2013, 11:12AM

One of the most popular destinations amongst Travelbag customers and travel consultants alike, Dubai is also one of the most exciting and luxurious cities in the world.

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With frequent routes from all of the UK’s major airports, you also have the choice of flying into Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports, the latter offering regular 45min shuttles from arrivals right into Dubai city centre. Together with excellent year-round weather and flights taking around 7 hours, Dubai is a high quality and convenient holiday destination for short stopovers, long weekends and extended stays

Home to the exclusive Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world with magnificent views to be enjoyed across the city, Dubai also plays host to some incredible hotels, while the world-class shopping, nightlife and restaurants ensure it has something to offer everyone!

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Most of the premier tourist attractions in Dubai, including Deira, Jumeirah Beach, The Walk and The Palm, are located within easy reach and Travelbag offers a vast selection of great value-for-money hotel accommodation in each of these areas.
 
The walk at Jumeirah Beach is a popular tourist spot with its wide array of outlets, from department stores to health and beauty stores, accessed through a fashionable pedestrian area. It is a very trendy hangout area with a multitude of restaurants, cafes and bars. If you’ve always fancied smoking a shisha, here’s your chance, as various restaurants can oblige!

There are numerous hotels around this lively location, including the 5* Movenpick Hotel on The Walk, which features a public beach across the road, while it is also within close proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road and many of the main commercial hubs.

Dubai Marina also boasts its own Mall, a superb shopping experience and with stunning views of the high-rise buildings, yachts and the Arabian Gulf, the Marina makes a very pleasant place for a walk! Once again, there are some exceptional 5* properties around, such as the Westin Dubai, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi or the Habtoor Grand some of our most popular choices.

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Another area worth a visit when in Dubai is Bur Dubai and Dubai Deira.  Dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left to Deira on the right. The Abra (water taxi) is the most preferred mode of transportation, which beats the traffic and offers panoramic view of the area! A visit to the Gold Souk or Spice Souk is a must for a walk or for a dinner cruise along the creek. For a stay in this relaxing area, the Hilton Dubai Creek is a fantastic luxury resort in close proximity to this area.
 
Another popular activity when in Dubai would be the 4WD desert Safari, which takes you on a journey around the golden sand dunes of the desert, concluding with a BBQ dinner whilst being entertained by local belly dancers.

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If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, a hotel on the Palm would is the ideal destination for you. It is very easy to get around in Dubai and taxis are well-priced, so being on the Palm would not prevent you from accessing other parts of Dubai easily.

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At the far end of the island, Atlantis The Palm comes into view. This lavish and exclusive property is one of Dubai’s most iconic attractions with its larger-than-life facilities. Inside the hotel itself, the Lost Chambers featuring a sequence of underwater halls and tunnels, dotted with specially constructed ‘ruins’. In the grounds outside you’ll find the resort’s spectacular Aquaventure Waterpark, while the adjacent Dolphin Bay offers the chance to swim with the hotel’s own dolphins!
 
Nearby, Sofitel The Palm is a recently opened luxury resort and Travelbag has some fantastic deals for this property. It is the first hotel on the trunk and has some great facilities for adults, as well as children, while features include a ‘living wall’ – complete with exotic plants that grow around you – and high quality dining venues.  Furthermore, the Anantara Palm Resort & Spa has only recently opened and brings Thai-inspired hospitality to an Arabian setting with its sumptuous lagoons, over-water villas and Asian-themed guestrooms.

Dubai is already a popular stopover hub for flights en route to China, Japan, India, South East Asia, Indian Ocean, Australia and New Zealand, so why not extend your holiday by spending a few days exploring this exciting destination.

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Offering an exquisite mix of sun, shopping, sand and Middle Eastern charm, Dubai is a city that has successfully placed itself at the forefront of everyone's attention and there are sure signs that it is only going to get bigger and better!

Author bio: Priscilla Soondrum is a sales consultant at Travelbag's Solihull branch. For her help in organising your holiday to Dubai call her on 020 3139 7475.


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