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Dubai Holidays


Dubai holidays deliver an intoxicating mix of one of the most dynamic cityscapes in the world, mile upon mile of glorious golden sand and endless Arabian sunshine. Amidst the astonishing architectural extravagance, shopping malls, nightlife and spas, evidence of old Arabia can still be found in atmospheric souks, Bedouin desert camps and traditional dhows on the Creek.

Blessed with year round sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, a beach holiday in Dubai is the perfect getaway. Soak up the rays on buzzing Jumeirah Beach, relax on the pristine stretches of white sand on Palm Jumeirah or head just out of the city to the small emirates of Ajman or Ras Al Khaimah for a more peaceful beach experience.

With plenty of family friendly hotels, direct flights and minimal time difference (approx 3 hours), not to mention sandy beaches, thrilling water parks and incredible entertainment complexes; Dubai is the perfect destination for families. Be sure to check out the fun and interactive Friday brunch at Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis!

From designer malls to traditional souks, Dubai is a haven for shopaholics! Shop until you drop at the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall, or haggle for some bargains at one of the city’s   atmospheric bazaars. Dubai also boasts a handful of open-air shopping districts where you’ll find cool boutiques, casual eateries and pop-up markets.

Boasting some of the world’s finest restaurants, Dubai is a food lovers’ paradise! The city offers a wonderful concoction of flavours from across the globe with something to satisfy every palate.  Tantalise your taste buds with delicious street food in Old Dubai or experience fine dining in a host of celebrity-owned restaurants.

Aside from the plethora of modern skyscrapers, gleaming shopping malls and extravagant hotels, Dubai also offers a myriad of fantastic cultural attractions. Explore the colourful souks and bustling bazaars in Old Dubai, uncover the city’s intriguing past in historic Al Fahidi or discover trendy galleries in the artistic hub of Al Quoz.

From dune-bashing to sandboarding to hot air ballooning, there’s no shortage of thrills to be had in this exhilarating city! For a bird’s eye view of Dubai, a helicopter ride over Palm Jumeirah is a must for adrenalin addicts. Ski lovers can whizz down the slopes at Ski Dubai while water lovers can make a splash at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO DUBAI

With direct flights connecting you from a multitude of local airports, Dubai is a popular for both short breaks and extended holidays.
Dubai is also, without a doubt, one of the best connected cities in the world and with so many fantastic attractions, it’s the perfect place to stop and spend a few days en route to your final destination.
Here's a selection of our most popular holidays to Dubai and beyond
The Ultimate Stopover - Dubai
City Break
4 days / 3 nights

Dubai & Maldives
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Dubai Family Adventure
Family Holiday
8 days / 7 nights

Something Special by Trailfinders - Dubai
Multi Centre Holiday
8 days / 7 nights

Best of the Beach - Dubai
Self Guided
8 days / 7 nights

Dubai & Bali
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

DUBAI HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Beautiful view of the luxurious Burj Al Arab Jumerirah from the beach below on a sunny, clear day, Dubai, Middle East.
JUMEIRAH BEACH
Boasting a beautiful stretch of white sand, lapped by the stunning turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, vibrant Jumeirah Beach is the ideal spot if you want to relax but also be close to the action. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most renowned hotels along with a vast array of shops and restaurants as well as thrilling Al Wadi WaterparkTM.
Ariel view of the iconic, manmade Palm Jumeirah as it stretches out into the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai.
PALM JUMEIRAH
One of the world’s most iconic landmarks, Palm Jumeirah is the Earth’s largest manmade island stretching 1km out into the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf. Designed in the shape of a palm tree, the island is home to some of Dubai’s most luxurious resorts and pristine beaches, making it the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.
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THE WALK & DUBAI MARINA
A buzzing beachside boulevard lined with restaurants, cafés and boutiques, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach is one of the city’s coolest hangouts. Adjacent Dubai Marina is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy an array of waterfront dining and trendy bars, while the Beach Mall and Marina Mall provide plenty of opportunities to shop until you drop!
Orange, warming lights  shine on the buildings of the old merchant quarter of Al Bastakiya in Dubai.
DUBAI CREEK
The city’s historical centre, the Creek, provides a fascinating glimpse into life in Dubai before its meteoric rise. Explore the maze of meandering alleyways, soak up the buzzing atmosphere at one of the bustling gold, textile and spice souks or take a trip across the creek in a traditional wooden abra boat, an experience not to be missed!
Bustling and bright downtown Dubai glowing as the sun begins to go down over the city.
THE CITY
Superbly located in the heart of Dubai and convenient for the airport, the Creek, the cruise terminal and Downtown, the city is a fabulous choice for short stopovers and for those looking for great value.
The majestic fountains at the Burj Khalifa lighting up as they create a show for passers-by, Dubai.
DOWNTOWN DUBAI
One of city’s vibrant entertainment hubs, Downtown Dubai offers an intoxicating medley of glitzy shopping malls, opulent fashion houses, swanky restaurants and stylish bars, not to mention some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Look out for the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the spectacular dancing fountain.
THE DESERT
Just a short drive from the bright lights of the city lie spectacular rolling sand dunes and stunning desert landscapes. Carved by the wind into sinuous waves, this vast sea of sand is best explored by desert safari. Enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and authentic Emirati entertainment while tucking into a sumptuous Arabian barbecue dinner beneath the starlit sky. A trip to the desert is sure to be an unforgettable experience!
APARTMENTS & VILLAS
Apartments and villas are perfect for those looking for more space and are an ideal choice for families or a group of friends. We offer a selection of luxury apartments in Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, offering great value for money. If you would prefer to be located on the beach, one of our private villas on Palm Jumeirah would be the perfect choice.
Ariel view of the relaxing Arabian Peninsula and its Emerald water.
BEYOND DUBAI
Dubai is rightly famous for its fabulous beaches, incredible hotels and awesome man-made islands, but travel a little further afield within the Arabian Peninsula and you will be justly rewarded. Accessible from Dubai, Ajman boasts pristine sands and a relaxed atmosphere, while Oman’s Musandam Peninsula offers stunning beaches, rugged mountains and secluded fishing villages.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN DUBAI

With such a huge range of accommodation styles across the Emirate, it can be tough to choose the perfect hotel for your holiday.
Whether you are stopping for a few nights en route to your final destination or you have more time to play with, there are numerous ways to experience this fascinating destination. Maybe you’re looking for a palatial pad on Jumeirah Beach, or a family friendly resort on the Palm? Or perhaps its a great value place perfect for a stopover in the City or an Arabian Nights fantasy in the heart of the desert?
Rather than staying in a hotel have you ever considered an apartment or villa instead? You might well find that it is the perfect solution; they are excellent value for money particularly if you are travelling as a larger family or group.
Atlantis, The Palm
5 star

Dubai

Towering majestically over Dubai’s famous Palm Island, this fabulous property offers an exhilarating world of water themed attractions combined with luxurious accommodation, endless restaurants and stylish boutiques. This is the ultimate destination resort, perfect for families, couples and friends alike. Children aged 3-12 are well catered for at The Atlantis Kids Club which offers a varied programme of fun and exciting activities. Families will love the resort’s newest entertainment venue, Wavehouse, with its 4-lane bowling alley, arcade room, soft play area and state-of-the-art wave rider. Babysitting can also be arranged locally. From ultimate fine dining to casual fare, celebrity chefs to poolside snacks, indoor to alfresco, Atlantis has 29 restaurants, bars and lounges to suit all tastes. Particular highlights include the world renowned Nobu restaurant offering Asian-fusion cuisine, award-winning Seafire Steakhouse, authentic Cantonese dishes at Michelin starred Hakkasan and a popular Friday brunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. All 1,548 rooms and suites boast a contemporary style with Arabian touches and feature full or french balconies. Explore our <a href="/holidays/the-middle-east/dubai"><b>Dubai</b> </a>holidays.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
5 star

Dubai

This stunning retreat enjoys a superb beachfront location on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Combining contemporary Asian design in an Arabian setting, the resort boasts a number of sparkling lagoons set amongst tropical gardens making it a haven of peace and relaxation. With a host of excellent facilities, fantastic dining options and exceptional service, this beautiful hotel is ideally suited to couples and families alike. There are seven restaurants and bars to tempt the taste buds; Crescendo offers an impressive international buffet, whilst delicious grills are served at Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar and vibrant Asian cuisine is available at the resort’s signature dining venue, Mekong. The Beach House offers a Mediterranean menu in a stunning beachfront setting and guests can enjoy traditional shisha on the beach in the evenings. The 546 beautifully appointed rooms, villas and apartments are set around the meandering lagoons, nestled within the resort’s gardens and in the adjacent Anantara Residences.
Rove Downtown
3 plus star

Dubai

Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, this modern property is perfectly situated for those wanting to discover the highlights of this exciting city. The hotel offers great value and fuss free hospitality whilst delivering impeccable levels of service. One of the citys trendiest neighbourhood hangouts, FRIDAYS, offers all-day dining and a buzzing coffee culture. Guests can enjoy flavoursome Arabic, Western and South East Asian cuisine, as well as a popular weekend brunch, whilst enjoying stunning views of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
Hilton Dubai Creek
4 plus star

Dubai

This modern hotel overlooks Dubai Creek and is ideally situated close to the gold and spice souks, the cruise terminal, plus many of Dubai’s shopping malls. Offering great facilities including a rooftop pool with spectacular city views and elegant rooms, Hilton Dubai Creek is an excellent choice for a stay in Dubai. Dining is a highlight at the hotel’s 4 restaurants and bars. The award-winning signature restaurant, Table 9, has set new standards in contemporary fine dining while Glasshouse Brasserie offers a delicious Mediterranean-inspired menu. The Edge Pool & Bar is the perfect spot to admire breathtaking views of the city with a refreshing cocktail.
Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
5 plus star

Beyond Dubai

Set within 150 square miles of pristine desert, with the majestic Hajar Mountains as a backdrop, Al Maha is an exclusive oasis providing total seclusion and unparalleled levels of luxury. Since its opening, Al Maha has led the region’s conservation efforts to protect the flora, fauna and bird species of Arabia. The resort boasts some of the most knowledgeable naturalists in the emirate who delight in providing the very best desert experiences. Guests are entitled to 2 free on site activities per night’s stay (subject to activity schedule) including camel trekking, falconry, wildlife safaris, archery and guided nature walks. The signature restaurant, Al Diwaan, serves delicious Mediterranean, international and Arabic cuisine while Hajar Terrace Bar offers stunning views of the desert and its indigenous wildlife. For a truly unforgettable experience guests can arrange a dune dinner at an authentic desert encampment or choose to dine in the privacy of their suite. Al Maha’s luxurious accommodation is comprised of 42 individual tented suites. Each private suite is beautifully decorated with authentic and rare handcrafted Arabian furnishings, antiques and artefacts. All have a spacious bathroom and a private pool surrounded by a deck affording panoramic desert views. Children 9 & under are not permitted at this property.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
5 star

Dubai

Designed in the shape of a breaking wave, this iconic resort occupies a prime location on a private stretch of Jumeirah Beach, overlooking Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The property boasts an impressive array of leisure facilities along with a wealth of incredible dining options making it an excellent choice for all. An ideal resort for families, children aged 2-10 can enjoy the free KiDS Club which boasts a shallow pool and a host of fun activities. Families will also love unlimited complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark™ located next to the resort which is home to over 30 rides and attractions. A wide choice of dining includes 13 restaurants, bars and lounges offering a range of mouth-watering cuisines. La Parilla serves exquisite steaks accompanied by tango dancing while family friendly Beachcombers offers delicious pan-Asian cuisine overlooking the beach. Enjoy British classics at Dhow and Anchor, the hotel’s award-winning gastropub, or head to sophisticated Uptown Bar which serves a variety of inventive cocktails and boasts spectacular views from its 24th floor outdoor terrace. All 599 spacious rooms and suites boast a fresh and modern design with floor to ceiling windows. Explore our <a href="/holidays/the-middle-east/dubai"><b>Dubai</b> </a>holidays.

THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

Dubai has almost literally been made for fun and is home to some thrilling experiences that span the ages from ancient Bedouin customs to high tea in world's tallest building.
One day you might be drifting over the desert in a hot air balloon, the next sampling the legendary brunch at Nobu. With thrilling scenic flights, exciting show tickets, relaxing Creek cruises and great value theme park tickets, our collection of unmissable experiences will really help bring your holiday in Dubai alive.
Heritage Dinner Safari
Approx 7 hours
  • Sumptuous & authentic Arabian dinner
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Heritage 1950s Land Rover
  • Exclusive & intimate Bedouin camp

  • Dubai by Helicopter
    Approx 15 minutes
  • Breathtaking bird’s eye views
  • See the iconic sights of Dubai from the air
  • An unforgetable experience

  • Atlantis Aquaventure
    Attraction Ticket
  • Exhilarating water slides
  • Shark Lagoon
  • Fun for all the family

  • High Tea at Burj Khalifa (window table)
    Approx 2 hours
  • Elegant 122nd floor lounge
  • Stunning city views
  • Delicious afternoon tea

  • Dubai Dune Dinner Safari
    Approx 5 hours
  • 4WD dune drive
  • Bedouin camp dinner
  • Traditional entertainment

  • Culture, Coffee & Colourful Souks
    Approx 4 hours
  • Tour the old town
  • Arabic coffee with the locals
  • Shop for souvenirs in the souks

  • When is the best time to visit Dubai?

    Dubai Climate Guide
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