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Holidays to Dubai are all about extravagance. You can discover luxury resorts, shop in the biggest mall on the planet, and go up the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. Whether you’re looking for a romantic trip for two, a family break or an all-inclusive holiday to Dubai, our experts will create your perfect getaway.  

The most populous Emirate in the UAE, Dubai is famous for its luxury lifestyle. Glittering hotels and five-star resorts line up gourmet restaurants, lavish suites and therapeutic spas. Plus, if you stay in an all-inclusive resort, you can enjoy all your meals and drinks for one budget-friendly price. And, when you eventually manage to tear yourself away from your hotel, you’ll find that a holiday to Dubai offers plenty of things to do.

It’s called the City of Superlatives for a reason. Dubai has every activity and attraction you could ever need – and, whatever it is, it’ll probably be the biggest in the world. Shopaholics can hop between the stores in the gigantic Dubai Mall, and barter for souvenirs in the Gold Souk. Sun-seekers will love relaxing on the powdery beaches, while adrenaline junkies can try out different watersports and bounce across the dunes on a 4x4 desert safari. Families can go wild at the theme parks, aquariums and waterparks. And visitors of all ages will be amazed by Dubai’s futuristic skyscrapers, dancing fountains and the iconic Palm Islands.

Dubai holidays can be as busy or as chilled-out as you like – and, thanks to the short flight time, you can even pop over for a long weekend. Whether you’re here for four days or two weeks, you’ll never be short of things to do. If you want to extend your Dubai trip, why not visit Abu Dhabi? The capital of the UAE is just a 90-minute drive away. Or enjoy a Dubai multi-centre holiday when you stop off on your way to the Maldives, Sri Lanka or Mauritius.        

Things to do

Shopping

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Best time to go

Things to do

You can expect to see eye-popping sights and record-breaking buildings on your Dubai holiday. This metropolis has everything from the planet’s longest indoor ski slope to the world’s biggest shopping mall – which has 1,200 shops, an aquarium and an ice rink.

But the most famous landmark in Dubai is the soaring Burj Khalifa. With 163 floors, it’s the tallest building on Earth. Visit the viewing deck on the 124th floor and look down on the sprawling city below, or enjoy afternoon tea at The Lounge up on floor 152.  

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If you want to get your heart pumping, spend a day kitesurfing, jet-skiing and banana-boating on Dubai’s beaches. Take the kids to Dubai Parks and Resorts, or head into the desert on a dune-bashing drive.

After a busy day, sip fruity cocktails in a rooftop bar and tuck into a delicious meal at one of Dubai’s Michelin-starred restaurants, such a Nobu, Hutong or Marina Social.

Find out more about the top things to do in Dubai.

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Shopping

No holiday to Dubai would be complete without a bit of retail therapy. When it comes to shopping, this place is up there with Paris and New York.

Take to the air-conditioned walkways of the Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates (MOE) and hop from designer labels to big-name bargains. When you need a break from browsing the never-ending shops, you can stop for a high-end brunch, grab a drink, or even watch a film in the cinema.

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Alternatively, for a more authentic shopping experience, get up early and head to the souks. Dubai’s traditional market places are overflowing with perfume, spices and textiles. You can haggle for jasmine and lemongrass, admire gold trinkets, and run your hands through lengths of silk and goats’ wool used to weave shawls and pashminas.

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Luxury hotels in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for its five-star hotels and decadent all-inclusive resorts. Even the cheapest Dubai holiday packages come with a sprinkling of luxury. We’re talking hedonistic spa treatments, sea views and rooftop cocktail bars.

You’re probably familiar with names like Rixos, Sofitel and Waldorf Astoria. But flagship resort Atlantis, The Palm – on the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island – is the best example of affordable luxury in Dubai. With 23 restaurants, an aquarium and a water park, this Atlantis-themed hotel has something for everyone, and is particularly popular for Dubai family holidays.

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If you’re looking to go all-out, consider The Ritz-Carlton Dubai. With a private beach, nine restaurants and a signature spa, this five-star hotel takes luxury to the next level. And, of course, there’s the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Consistently voted the most luxurious hotel in the world, this sail-shaped hotel is the perfect place to stay for an unforgettable trip to Dubai. 

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Best time to visit Dubai

In summer, Dubai gets incredibly hot and humid. While the hotels and malls have fantastic air-conditioning, you might find the beaches too hot, as it’s common for temperatures to soar above 40°C. It’s best to visit Dubai between November and April, when temperatures hover between 25°C and 33°C. You can explore in the cooler mornings, and spend your afternoons on the beach.

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You should also check when Ramadan falls, as this holy month moves each year. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, this is a fantastic time to visit Dubai. Opening hours of attractions may be slightly different, but that’s not a bad thing – the Burj Khalifa observation deck is open until 1am, for instance, so you can see the city by night. Ramadan is a month of fasting, but most hotels’ restaurants are still open to tourists. You shouldn’t eat or drink in public places during daylight but, come sunset, canons are fired to mark the breaking of the fast – and then you can feat on a delicious iftar buffet.

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Things to do

Things to do

You can expect to see eye-popping sights and record-breaking buildings on your Dubai holiday. This metropolis has everything from the planet’s longest indoor ski slope to the world’s biggest shopping mall – which has 1,200 shops, an aquarium and an ice rink.

But the most famous landmark in Dubai is the soaring Burj Khalifa. With 163 floors, it’s the tallest building on Earth. Visit the viewing deck on the 124th floor and look down on the sprawling city below, or enjoy afternoon tea at The Lounge up on floor 152.  

Show More
Show Less

If you want to get your heart pumping, spend a day kitesurfing, jet-skiing and banana-boating on Dubai’s beaches. Take the kids to Dubai Parks and Resorts, or head into the desert on a dune-bashing drive.

After a busy day, sip fruity cocktails in a rooftop bar and tuck into a delicious meal at one of Dubai’s Michelin-starred restaurants, such a Nobu, Hutong or Marina Social.

Find out more about the top things to do in Dubai.

Show More
Show Less

Shopping

Shopping

No holiday to Dubai would be complete without a bit of retail therapy. When it comes to shopping, this place is up there with Paris and New York.

Take to the air-conditioned walkways of the Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates (MOE) and hop from designer labels to big-name bargains. When you need a break from browsing the never-ending shops, you can stop for a high-end brunch, grab a drink, or even watch a film in the cinema.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, for a more authentic shopping experience, get up early and head to the souks. Dubai’s traditional market places are overflowing with perfume, spices and textiles. You can haggle for jasmine and lemongrass, admire gold trinkets, and run your hands through lengths of silk and goats’ wool used to weave shawls and pashminas.

Show More
Show Less

Hotels

Luxury hotels in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for its five-star hotels and decadent all-inclusive resorts. Even the cheapest Dubai holiday packages come with a sprinkling of luxury. We’re talking hedonistic spa treatments, sea views and rooftop cocktail bars.

You’re probably familiar with names like Rixos, Sofitel and Waldorf Astoria. But flagship resort Atlantis, The Palm – on the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island – is the best example of affordable luxury in Dubai. With 23 restaurants, an aquarium and a water park, this Atlantis-themed hotel has something for everyone, and is particularly popular for Dubai family holidays.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re looking to go all-out, consider The Ritz-Carlton Dubai. With a private beach, nine restaurants and a signature spa, this five-star hotel takes luxury to the next level. And, of course, there’s the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Consistently voted the most luxurious hotel in the world, this sail-shaped hotel is the perfect place to stay for an unforgettable trip to Dubai. 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Dubai

In summer, Dubai gets incredibly hot and humid. While the hotels and malls have fantastic air-conditioning, you might find the beaches too hot, as it’s common for temperatures to soar above 40°C. It’s best to visit Dubai between November and April, when temperatures hover between 25°C and 33°C. You can explore in the cooler mornings, and spend your afternoons on the beach.

Show More
Show Less

You should also check when Ramadan falls, as this holy month moves each year. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, this is a fantastic time to visit Dubai. Opening hours of attractions may be slightly different, but that’s not a bad thing – the Burj Khalifa observation deck is open until 1am, for instance, so you can see the city by night. Ramadan is a month of fasting, but most hotels’ restaurants are still open to tourists. You shouldn’t eat or drink in public places during daylight but, come sunset, canons are fired to mark the breaking of the fast – and then you can feat on a delicious iftar buffet.

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At The Top – Burj Khalifa

Standing proud at 830 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Head to the At The Top observation deck on floor 124 for jaw-dropping views.

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Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai has some incredible rollercoasters and water parks. Have a fun day out at LEGOLAND® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Waterpark, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Motiongate™ Dubai.

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Desert safari

A desert safari is a must-do on your trip to Dubai. Leave the city behind you, roll over the dunes and visit a Bedouin-style camp.

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Dubai Mall

Time flies by in Dubai Mall. This enormous centre is home to a cinema, an ice rink, an aquarium, hundreds of restaurants and bars, and a seemingly-endless amount of shops.

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Old Dubai

Marvel at the traditional architecture of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, visit the Dubai Museum, and meander through the labyrinthine Spice and Gold Souks.

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