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Dubai

Dubai, a small desert town only 50 years ago, has developed into a vibrant city that is a business and cultural focal pointing the Middle East and a popular tourist destination. Known for year round sunshine, luxury shopping, modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene Dubai is the ultimate in go to in luxury travel.

Host to the worlds tallest building Dubai never fails to impress. Did you know the police force in Dubai uses super cars to impress tourists and show how 'classy' the city is. Each car costs more than it costs to send a child to college in the USA.

Roughly 85% of Dubai's population is foreign with one of the world's biggest class divides.

Accessible from all uk airports, Emirates fly the 7 hour flight 7 times daily. Please note Virgin no longer fly this route.

Visa required?

No

Currency

Dirham

Injections

No

Key information 

Currency

The Dirham is the official currency although US dollars are taken in most hotels as well.

Visa

A 30 day tourist visa is issued upon arrival in the UAE

Best time to travel

Dubai is sunny all year round however the summer months, June, July and August can be unbearably hot. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, Which makes the city come alive. Ramadan is a yearly muslim festival which sees the country go dry (no alcohol), from sunrise to sunset. This time is best avoided for party goers. Ramadan 2021 takes place between 12th April and the 11th May.

Average temperatures

The lowest average temperatures are around 20 degrees in January, while in June temperatures sit at around 30 degrees . July and August can see temperatures soar to over 40 degrees.

Child friendly rating

Most of the hotels are extraordinarily child-friendly. While Dubai may have a reputation for being a playground for the rich, this family-friendly city should known as a playground for the little ones too.

We rate Dubai a 10/10

Jabs

No Jabs are required for Dubai

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - Ride the world's largest urban zipline


Set in dubai Marina, the recently launched XLINE is also one of the steepest and fastest ziplines in the world. Open Thursday through Sunday this attraction is available to anyone between the ages of 12 and 65. You must be over 130cm tall The cost is 650 AED per person www.xdubai.com




Day 2 - Dine in the sky


An absolute must do date night for those with a head for heights. Located at sky dive dubai , this is a dinner you won't forget in a hurry. Suspended by a crane 50 metres high take in the sights of dubai, while you indulge in, what Forbes has classed as one of the 10 most unusual restaurants in the world Lunch costs 164 USD pp Dinner costs 218 USD pp




Day 3 - Ride a camel


Ride a camel on JBR beach Book into the beach bar grill for lunch at the Ritz Carlton JBR, then take a leisurely camel ride along the beach.




Day 4 - Kids show


Take in a kids show onboard the famous QE2 cruise ship The famous QE2 cruise liner is now permanently docked in Dubai and offers a host of daytime activities including shows for the kids. To book head over to www.theatrebyqe2.com




Day 5 - Helicopter ride


Take a Helicopter tour over Dubai The ultimate in sight seeing tours. Flights leave from Nassim Beach, at the Atlantis Hotel Prices range from 179USD to 3700 USD For more info see their website - www.helicoptertourdubai.com




Day 6 - High tea


Take in High Tea at the Burj Al Arab Savour a sumptuous 5 or 7 course afternoon Tea on the 27th floor of one of the worlds most famous hotels. Advance booking only www.jumeriah.com




Day 7 - Hot air balloon ride


Take a sunset hot air balloon ride over the desert Hot air ballooning in Dubai is truly unique. Not only do you ge to float over the desert at 4,000ft, but you also get to witness the worlds first in-flight falcon show and transrse the desert in museum- quality vintage Land Rovers price adults 1,250 AED pp Children 5-11 1100 AED pp




Day 8 - Do a brunch


Take in one of Dubais famous brunches Dubai is well known for its bottomless brunches. Held every Friday, some our favourites are Bubbalicious at the 'Westin' London Social at the 'Ritz Carlton JBR' White at the Palm Beach Club - 'Atlantis' Zero gravity beach club The Wet Deck at the 'W Hotel'




Day 9 - La Mer


Spend a day at La Mer La Mer offers laid-back fun at Dubai's eclectic beachfront. From breezy calm to acton-packed fun, La Mer has something for everyone. www.lamerduabi.ae




Day 10 - Hire a yacht


One of the most popular activities in Dubai is to Hire a yacht and sail along the beautiful coastline. We use www.xclusiveyachts.com who can be found at pier 7 on the Dubai marina. You ca find some amazing discount offers by downloading the groupon Dubai app. Please note you will need to carry your passport with you incase of coastguard inspection checks.




Day 11 - Desert safari


Embark on a Desert safari Book yourself a desert safari and ride the dunes in a 4x4, say hello to a camel, get photographed with a falcon, watch the sunset in style or even spend the night camping out in the wilderness www.arabian-adventures.com




Day 12 - Hello Kitty day spa


Spend a mummy and me day at the Hello Kitty Day Spa A firm favourite with the little girls. Sip on mocktails and cupcakes while being pampered in the ultimate mummy and me spa afternoon. www.hellokittybeautyspa.com




Day 13 - Dolphins


Swim with the Dolphins and enjoy a day at Aquaventure water park Dolphin Bay at the Atlantis is one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. Dolphin experiences for all ages and swimming abilities. Note that you will get free access to the water park with any Dolphin experience booked. www.Atlantis.com




Day 14 - Dubai theme park


Spend a day at one of Dubais Theme Parks Whether its thrills you're after or family fun days out , Dubai has everything you could possibly desire at its theme parkland water parks Our top picks are IMG World of Adventures Motiongate Legoland Wild Wadi Bollywood Parks Laguna Waterpark Riverland Dubai




Day 15 - Ski Dubai


Ski Dubai is based in the Mall of the Emirates and offers a variety of activities which give you the chance to ski, snowboard , meet the penguins , biplane or take the chairlift ride www.skidxb.com





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