Dubai city breaks

A city like no other, Dubai effortlessly combines traditional Middle Eastern charm with seven-star glamour. Home to the world’s tallest building and grandest malls, you can be sure of world-class comforts and a dazzling array of activities for a fun-packed city break.

Surrounded by sandy desert, which gives the city an unusual feel, Dubai boasts many wonders to delight every traveller. From soaking up the sun on one of the dazzling beaches to sampling exquisite Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s plenty to take your fancy here. Thrill-seekers can experience Dubai’s sandy terrain on a 4×4 safari, camel ride or quad bike tour, stopping off for a cup of Bedouin tea. The simple life that the people of the desert live exemplifies how far Dubai has come from its humble origins.

A historic trading port steeped in tradition, Dubai offers a modern, futuristic outlook that enchants visitors from every corner of the world. Whatever you’re looking for from your getaway, Dubai city breaks are sure to go above and beyond your expectations.

 

Things to do

From action-packed skiing sessions to haggling at souks or soaking up a spa day, there’s an activity to suit everyone in Dubai. Whether you’re enjoying the city’s opulent malls and hotels or sampling its outstanding food, art and sport, Dubai offers beautiful ways to enjoy the best of the Emirates.

Dubai city breaks boast a range of attractions that are sure to impress, so don’t forget to bring your camera. You might struggle to capture the scale of the Burj Khalifa, but you can give it a go from both the highest observation deck in the world and the comfort of solid ground. Head to the Burj Al Arab for an opulent brunch, Dubai Mall for the wealth of great shops, or the Wild Wadi Water Park for an action-packed day of family fun.

 

Beaches

Aside from its glimmering skyscrapers and vibrant shopping scene, Dubai is also home to many incredible beaches. Every beach across the city is glistening clean, well-maintained, and packed full of superb facilities.

 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach, often referred to as Umm Suqeim beach, offers a peaceful retreat to relax, unwind and bask in the glorious sunshine. It’s one of the quieter beach locations along the coast, the perfect spot for an undisturbed morning jog and the ideal place to watch the sunset in the evening. Head here to witness a stunning view of the Burj Al Arab in the distance.

 

The Beach

For somewhere a little livelier, pay a visit to The Beach by JBR. Here, the soft, golden sands are framed by outstanding restaurants and bars where you can eat and drink throughout the day. Take in the bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere and watch the Arabian Gulf shimmering in the distance. 

 

Shopping

From grandiose mega malls to traditional souks located on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, this city offers an exquisite shopping experience like no other. Whether you want to snap up a souvenir from an open-air market or update your wardrobe with glamourous designer labels, Dubai has it all.

 

Dubai Mall

Located next to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping destination and boasts a retail haven of over 1,200 stores and hundreds of food and beverage venues. Avid shoppers can also pay a visit to Bloomingdales, one of America’s most famous department stores. Besides its vast range of shops, Dubai Mall is also home to an ice rink and aquarium, so there’s something for everyone.

 

Gold Souk

For a truly enriching day of shopping, head to Gold Souk in Old Dubai. Here you’ll find a mesmerising labyrinth of walkways home to retailers selling a selection of beautiful jewellery. From authentic Arab designs to glistening bespoke pieces, pick up a dazzling souvenir from one of the most enchanting souks across the city. And if you visit, be prepared to haggle!

 

Food and drink

Dubai’s cuisine consists of a rich fusion of Persian, Indian, and Bedouin influences, to name a few. One of the most popular dishes is Margoogat. This flavourful tomato-based stew is cooked with turmeric, bezar, and cumin. It’s well-loved for its delectable blend of Arab spices and flavours and is typically made with chicken or lamb. Wash this delicious recipe down with an authentic Turkish cocktail concocted from pomegranate, citrus, and mint. Other dishes to taste include samboosa (a hot pastry appetiser) and luqaimat (a sumptuous dessert of hot dumplings).

For an unforgettable dining experience, head to Al Hadheerah, a restaurant home to 14 live cooking stations and authentic cuisine from the Middle East. Or sample delightful dishes prepared by award-winning chefs at Zheng He’s restaurant, which offers a beautiful dockside setting and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Great nightlife

This futuristic city is continually evolving and has lots to offer in terms of nightlife. From trendy rooftop bars to mega discotheques, Dubai boasts a captivating atmosphere and plenty of places to relax after the sun goes down. There are strict alcohol laws in place in Dubai, meaning you’ll usually go to a hotel complex for a night out during your break here. Get set to party the night away in the sand or across glitzy multi-layered venues.

To experience the bustling nightlife in its full glory, pay a visit to Madinat Jumeirah, where you’ll find vibrant bars and nightclubs that offer a glamorous evening out. To party on the sand, make your way to Nasimi Beach and join one of many lively cocktail parties.

Located at Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, WHITE Dubai is the biggest club in the city centre. As the world’s first outdoor rooftop venue, it boasts impressive music and an outstanding vibe, ideal for those looking to spend their evenings in livelier venues across the city. Club Boudoir is another popular haunt, home to an electrifying atmosphere and glamorous interior made up of red sofas and crystal chandeliers. Wherever you choose to spend your evenings, Dubai’s nightlife will make your city break one to remember.

 

Map of Dubai

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Best time to visit: Dubai is sunny and warm throughout the year. Summer months have an average temperature of 36°C. Visit between October to April for moderate temperatures, with an average of 19 - 25°C.

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

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 nightlife.

Fast facts for Dubai

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.visitdubai.com

 

Getting around Dubai

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 in Dubai

Dubai Summer Surprises: This bright and bold festival takes place from July to September. It combines a shopping bonanza in thousands of stores with a wide range of fun family events.

Middle East Film and Comic Con: The biggest pop culture festival in the Middle East rolls into the city each April - a must for film, comics, music and theatre buffs.

Camel Racing Season: In April the free Al Marmoum Heritage Festival brings the traditional sport’s winter season to a close, with numerous events and must-see camel races.

Dubai weather

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.

Dubai is sunny and warm throughout the year. Summer months have an average temperature of 36°C. Visit between October to April for moderate temperatures with an average of 19 - 25°C.

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