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Dubai Holidays

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.

Things to do in Dubai

Moving from a rich heritage of pearl diving to a thriving urban metropolis, Dubai has still maintained its historical pride while looking toward the future. Now shaped by a stunning cityscape, world-class shopping experiences, as well as scenic beaches, Dubai is a gem you have to see to believe. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or to explore all the corners of this metropolitan city, Dubai offers the best of both worlds.

Take a Seaplane Flight

Want to see Dubai from above? By choosing last minute holidays to Dubai, you can book a seaplane tour and take snapshots of the architectural wonders from the skies. This way, the city's architecture scale quickly becomes apparent and you can experience the patterns created by the gardens, islands, and buildings the are usually lost at ground level.

Flyboarding

For more active travellers, cheap holidays to Dubai allow them to try Flyboarding. This activity is not found everywhere on earth so Dubai is a great destination to try it out.

Shopping

With over 1200 shops, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest. Carrying designer brands from across the globe, it’s the place to splash some cash during your holiday to Dubai. Alternatively, leave the modern malls behind and seek out the souks in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Barter for a bargain in these historic markets, well known for their authentic spices and gold.

Record breaking architecture

Home to record-breaking contemporary architecture, Dubai embraces the “bigger is better” philosophy. The Burj Khalifa is a stunning spire with the honour of being the world’s tallest building. While, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain, with spectacular water shows set to popular music, including hits such as Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

Things to see in Dubai

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.

Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Holidays to Dubai 2019 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.

Three Palm Islands

he 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.

Hit the beach

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.

A place to play

There’s plenty of opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine on your cheap holiday to Dubai. Head to the brand-new Dubai Canal for a walk, jog or bike ride along the water or hold on tight as you speed around the Gulf on a banana boat ride. Tee off at one of the best golf courses in the Middle East at the Emirates Golf Club or find adventure on a desert safari.

How to get there

There are various reliable airlines that can get you to Dubai, one being the infamous Emirates Airline. While there are two airports in Dubai, you are most likely to use Dubai International Airport, which is about 15-minute drive to the city and 20 minutes to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Find flights to Dubai.

Public transportation

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.

Typical food and gastronomy

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.

What is the Best time of the year to visit Dubai?

For the ultimate shopping experience and bargain deals, visit Dubai in January-February. For Dubai holidays focused on sightseeing, you need a climate with fewer clouds and less heat, so mid-November to early December is perfect.

Weather & Climate

Winter months have a comfortable climate so it's the peak tourism season. Early March is also an ideal period for outdoor activities. Avoid July-August because the climate is downright unbearable. You can't stay outside even for a few minutes due to the scorching sun.

Visas and other essential information

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. Tourists from some countries such as Australia, Canada, US, UK, China and Japan don't need an advance visa to visit Dubai. Visitors from other countries require a pre-arranged UAE visa which can be applied for online.

What language is spoken in Dubai?

The official language is Arabic but a lot of people speak English.

Accommodation in Dubai

Do you fancy a 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.

Extra tips

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 in 2019: