Dubai

Just the name Dubai conjures magical images of exotic indulgence and high end luxury; you can guarantee that a holiday in Dubai will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Shimmering in the heat of the Arabian desert, Dubai glitters with iconic high rise buildings and skyscrapers – including the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa.

The earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095 in the Book of Geography by the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri, but modern Dubai is thought to have been established as a fishing village in the early 18th century. Its strategic trade position has always brought people to the area, but after oil was discovered nearby in the 1960s the size and wealth of the city grew exponentially. Nowadays Dubai is more reliant on tourism and its position as a global business and transport hub.

Shopping is a major pastime in Dubai. You can give your credit card a workout at the Dubai Mall, browse the treasures on offer in the Gold Souk and discover the fragrant Spice Souk. At Dubai’s resorts and hotels there’s the full range of watersports to enjoy, and a range of spas to pamper you from head to toe. The city also boasts some fantastic dining experiences from chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa at Atlantic, The Palm to Marco Pierre White and Giorgio Locatelli. And for an insight into local cultural, don’t miss a visit to Jumeirah Mosque, which operates regular tours and Q&A sessions for non-Muslims.

With multiple daily flights to Dubai from all the main UK gateways, it couldn’t be easier to experience the splendour of the city for yourself. Getting around once you’ve arrived is easy too, thanks to the Dubai Metro (officially the longest fully automated metro network in the world) which runs from the airport all the way to the other side of the city. The major attractions of Dubai, including the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Marina – are all accessible via the Metro. Others, such as Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah can be accessed on the new tram system which opened at the end of 2014.

Please be reminded that the majority of local people in Dubai are Muslim and Ramadan is the month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food, drinks and smoking from dawn to dusk. As a sign of respect, visitors are also requested to refrain from consuming these items in public places during the daylight hours of this month

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

As a luxurious destination which attracts the world’s wealthiest people, as well as anyone seeking a 5* experience, Dubai boasts world class restaurants and many celebrity chefs have establishments in the city. Alcohol is generally only served in establishments that have licences such as hotel restaurants and bars, so save your partying for your villa, hotel or resort.

 

Anantara Dubai The Palm

Anantara Dubai The Palm

Anantara Dubai The Palm, Dubai

Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a luxurious five star resort located on the crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah. The resort is surrounded by lush gardens and features ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: The Palm
Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Situated on the top of man-made The Palm Island, Atlantis The Palm has quickly become an icon of Dubai and a ‘must-see’ destination. A large five star luxury resort designed to...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: The Palm
Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Burj Al Arab is probably the most recognised building and iconic hotel in the world. In 1993, architect Tom Wright took on the challenge of creating this groundbreaking superstruc...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: Jumeirah Beach
Four Bedroom Palm Jumeirah Villa

Four Bedroom Palm Jumeirah Villa

Four Bedroom Palm Jumeirah Villa, Dubai

Dubai is one of the most popular year round destinations and The Villa Collection is pleased to offer private villas for holiday rental. This Four Bedroom Palm Jumeirah Villa i...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a stunning luxury hotel located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah and The Royal Residences at Jumeirah Zabeel offer the ultimate in luxury and privacy. The re...

  • Bedrooms: 4-5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4-5
  • Location: Palm Jumeirah
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is a new and exclusive resort located on the waterfront of Dubai’s Pearl Jumeira and introduces a new meaning to daytime entertainment to the region....

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: Jumeirah Beach
One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

One&Only Royal Mirage overlooks Palm Island Bay and is considered one of the most stylish beach resorts in Dubai. It is located on a kilometre of private coastline and nestled ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Overlooking Palm Island
One&Only The Palm

One&Only The Palm

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

One&Only The Palm is located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes offering an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Amid lush mani...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: West crescent of The Palm

Getting There

Getting to Dubai has never been easier with direct daily flights from London with Emirates, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Emirates also flies from major UK cities such as Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Country: United Arab Emirates
Flying time: 7 hours
Language: Arabic, but English is widely spoken
Country Size: 1,588 square miles
Time Difference from UK: +3 hours summer/+4 hours winter
Currency: UAE Dirham
Voltage: 220/240 volts
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: Dubai International Airport
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity
Drink the Water: Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is cheap and plentiful
Beaches: There’s 15km of coastline to explore. Sunset Beach, Al Mamzar Park or Black Palace Beach are serene stretches of sand; alternatively try kite surfing at Kite Beach, wakeboarding at Jumeirah Beach. Other activities from kayaking to deep sea diving are available too.
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Dubai. Summers get extremely hot – pack sun cream year round. Respect the conservative code of behavior – cover up in public places and keep public displays of affection to a minimum; holding hands is acceptable, hugging and kissing is not.

Dubai is located on the Gulf of Oman and bordered by desert and therefore the weather  can get extremely hot. The cooler months are from the end of September to the start of May though it will still be considerably hot during the day. The months between May and September will bring about an intense heat with temperatures reaching highs of 54 degrees centigrade. All the indoor spaces are air-conditioned and the pools are temperature controlled.