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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.