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City Breaks Dubai

New-age glamour and opulence is perfectly balanced with historic and cultural charm in a city break to Dubai. Shop up a storm in some of the biggest malls in the world, or take a look at the city from the top of the tallest building on earth.

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Best time to visit: Between October and April, for moderate temperatures, sunshine and blue skies.

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Dubai International Airport  (DXB) is located about 6 kilometres from the city centre.

From desert safaris to skydiving, thrill seekers will always find something to excite them in Dubai. For those wanting to glam it up, shop in some of the biggest malls in the world and sip on a drink in a luxury bar or club. Explore the city’s cultural charm by visiting a traditional souk, then end your day with a sundowner cocktail on top of the world’s highest building.

No city break to Dubai is complete without a journey on the back of a camel (or the back seat of an SUV) through the desert. Stop along the way to enjoy the view, and enjoy  drinks and dinner while the sun sets over the desert.

Escape the heat and have some fun at one of the many waterparks in Dubai. The Wild Wadi waterpark is situated in front of the Burj Al Arab hotel and offers 30 rides and attractions for the whole family. Visit Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai, where you’ll also find The Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to 65,000 marine animals.

The options for shopping in Dubai are endless. Mega-malls, markets and designer boutiques –  Dubai has it all. Visit a traditional souk to find anything from antiques and electricals to fresh produce.The best gold jewellery can be found at the world famous Gold Souk.

The tallest building in the world is a must see when you’re on a city break in Dubai. It’s surrounded by a massive park with six water features, gardens, palm lined walkways and trees. Climb to the observation deck at the very top of the building for a panoramic view of the city.

Thrill seekers visit Dubai for a skydiving session that the city has become famous for. Skydive Dubai is one of the world’s premier skydiving locations, close to the man-made island of The Palm Jumeriah and the Dubai Marina. Those who prefer to watch can do so from the Skydive Dubai Cafe.

DUBAI IS BEST FOR...

Thrill seekers: Water parks, desert safaris and skydiving adventures are all must-dos in Dubai

Shoppers: From quaint markets to massive malls, Dubai is any shopper’s dream.

Night owls: The Dubai party scene is huge, with hundreds of hotels boasting exciting bars and clubs.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Dubai is Arabic

Currency: The currency used in Dubai is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

Local time: Dubai is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Dubai International Airport  (DXB) is located about 6 kilometres from the city centre

Flight time from UK: 7 hours

Tourist Information: Further Dubai tourist information can be found at www.definitelydubai.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Dubai.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 36°C in summer and 19°C in winter.

Best time to visit: Between October and April, for moderate temperatures, sunshine and blue skies.

Summer in Dubai is between June and September. August is the hottest month, with average temperatures of 36°C. Humidity is also very high in summer. The coldest month is January, with temperatures averaging 19°C.


GETTING AROUND

By car: Drive around the city at your own pace by renting a car. Rates can vary, but  are usually  cheaper when booked in advance. Remember that an international driver’s licence is required.

By taxi: There are taxis available all over the city, and they’re easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

By water taxi: Try a traditional way of seeing the city by hopping on a water taxi, which operates between 5am and midnight.


EVENTS

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF): Between mid-January and February, millions of visitors flock to Dubai to take part in the Dubai Shopping Festival, when thousands of shops and stores offer massive sales and tax free shopping.

Camel Racing: The traditional sport sees races taking place all over the country, starting in October and continuing throughout the winter months.

U.A.E. Desert Challenge: Top rally drivers from all over the world come to Dubai to compete in the cross country desert racing event in March.


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