For world-class shopping, mysterious deserts dunes, extravagant entertainment and dining, culture-rich sites and cool beaches, Dubai holidays should be high on anyone's destination list. Adventure-seekers, families, couples and foodies gather in this UAE city to experience a huge mixture of places and activities for different tastes. Enjoy the sun and sand in one of the many luxury resorts, take in the breathtaking views from atop the world’s tallest skyscraper, and visit the waterfront galleries and cafes in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Explore Dubai holiday packages with lastminute.com to make the most of your holiday.
Miles of stunning coastline, the beautiful Arabian Desert, and year-round sunshine make Dubai the ultimate destination. While you’re there, be sure to shop ‘til you drop in the world’s largest shopping mall, barter in the some of city’s colorful local markets, and visit the famous man-made Palm Islands.
Holidays to Dubai wouldn't be complete without discovering the iconic underwater ride plus the glass-bottom boat tour in Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The underwater world is virtual so don't worry, you won't get wet.
The man-made islands- Palm Deira, Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali- sit on natural rock and sand. They are home to an iconic coastline and several accommodation destinations. Villas, hotels, eateries and apartments on these islands will leave you awestruck on your all inclusive Dubai holidays.
When you’re worn out from shopping, Dubai has a wide range of beaches to relax on. Pristine sands and the clear blue ocean stretch out before you at Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach Residence – known to locals as JBR. You can unwind on a sun bed, take a swim in the warm ocean or even play beach volleyball. Dubai’s renowned beach clubs are also world class, like El Chiringuito or Nasimi Beach on The Palm or for world-class lounging, try Nikki Beach or the more low-key Azure at Rixos Premium.
Dubai is always busy so high traffic is a common phenomenon. Roads are extremely clogged on Fridays and Saturdays, particularly around the beaches and shopping malls. If you enter via Abu Dhabi International for Dubai family holidays, it can take you up to an hour to drive to your destination. The primary means of transport are buses, metro, taxis and abras (water taxis). Taxis are fast and convenient at night.
Dubai draws in food enthusiasts from around the world. Head to Al Dhiyafah Road and enjoy the variety of food on offer, such as Ravi Restaurant specialising in Pakistani dishes, or Pars Iranian Kitchen for a taste of Iran. Dubai brings in world-class talent from every culinary tradition. Most hotels in Dubai have high-class restaurants, but if you like to dine outdoors Pierchic offers a delectable seafood menu to enjoy while overlooking the Gulf.
For a taste of Dubai’s hottest restaurants, try out Fish Beach Taverna, Coya, Enigma, or Ruya. The local Emirati cuisine has recently begun to change. With a huge number of restaurants opening, UAE holidays couldn't be more delicious. Escape the sun by sampling some of the best Middle Eastern foods and drinks in the Emirate city including Machboos, Luqaimat, Samboosa, Khubz, Camel, Margoogat, Knafeh, Chebab and Turkish cocktails.
Do you fancy sleeping in a posh hotel after a long day of activities? Check out Dubai hotels to book the accommodation of your dreams. Choose your flight together with your favourite hotel to save on your travel.
Tailored itineraries for Dubai Holidays are waiting for you. If you're obsessing over visiting other world destinations, explore the list of holidays at lastminute.com, book a flight and get packing. Here are a few places you should visit:
Dubai is a fantastic destination with good weather year-round. It’s both a beach and city destination, with impressive architecture in Downtown, such as the Burj Khalifa, and many museums and awe-inspiring mosques. It’s also popular for shopping excursions.
To be near the modern city centre sights, head Downtown. The iconic Marina district offers plenty of bars, restaurants, and good beach access. Sun-seekers should check out Jumeirah Beach, or the Palm Jumeirah, for maximum luxury. Bur Dubai (the heart of the old city) is very authentic, albeit slightly less luxurious.
Most people recommend four to five days: enough time to relax in your hotel, visit the beach, go shopping and see the key sights. For maximum relaxation with several beach days, a week is ideal.
November to March is the most popular time, so to avoid peak prices, crowds and searing temperatures, pick shoulder season. April and September/October have very pleasant weather and the cheapest deals.
If you're after a sunshine break, then Dubai is ideal as the best time to go is between November and March when the temperatures are still in their late 20°Cs to early-mid 30°Cs. In the summer however, it is very hot - with temperatures in the 40°Cs.
A direct flight from the UK (from London or Manchester, for example) takes around seven hours. A direct flight from Glasgow is around eight hours.
Dubai is considered very safe. It’s frequented by visitors from all over the world, and crime is very low. It’s considered largely safe for women, however, it is not seen as an LGBTQ-friendly destination. In general, public displays of affection outside of hotels are frowned upon.
The official language is Arabic but a lot of people speak English.
Before you start getting excited about the cheapest Dubai holiday packages, check with your local UAE embassy to ensure that you have the necessary documents. Different entry requirements apply to non-standard passport holders. Check the official website for latest information.
Yes, just act with additional consideration. Don't eat and drink in public areas - there will be restaurants and cafes discretely open - and ensure you dress respectfully.
You can buy alcoholic drinks in licensed hotels and clubs - but you should never drink in public. The legal age is also 21 and if you are drinking in someone's home - make sure they have a permit. Read the Home Office advice on the subject here - along with other local customs and law guidance.
You'll need the United Arab Emirates Dirham: 100 UAED = approx £23.31 - check the latest exchange rate