Over the last ten years package holidays to Dubai have grown massively – both in size and popularity – especially since Kylie Minogue hosted judges houses at the Atlantis in 2009’s X Factor. Dubai is unique in so many ways and whether you’re looking for an active adventure holiday or total relaxation, you’re sure to find it here. Spotless beaches, classy brunches, designer shopping, desert safaris, skydiving…the list is endless.
- Beach and city in one
Dubai’s coastline is developing continuously. What I love about this place is that you have the best of both worlds. You can chill around the beach or pool area drinking the best local cocktail, the Bull Frog, or go out and explore all the city has to offer. I like doing both of these thing so it was important to plan my itinerary equally, spending a few days around the pool and a few days exploring. [New blog soon with video of the activities I did]
- Glamorous hotels
Not only does Dubai have four and five star hotels, it has the impressive seven star Burj Al Arab. This hotel is something else. It’s in its own league of luxury and with a ratio of eight staff per guest. The Jumeirah chain owns the Burj Al Arab as well as other swanky hotels on the beach of Jumeriah. If you fancy the surreal experience of sharing your room with an aquarium full of marine life then ‘splash’ out on an underwater suite at the Atlantis hotel on The Palm. Dubai is still majorly under construction but don’t let this put you off visiting. In fact, I would go back in a flash.
- TALLEST building in the World
Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world. The ‘Burj Khalifa’, which stands 830 metres high, it is the tallest construction to have ever been built. It’s open to tourists and I booked my tickets to the top before I travelled as it’s cheaper and tends to sell out quickly. I watched the sun set over the Arabian Gulf and the fountains dance on ground level, but from that dizzying height I could have done with a pair of binoculars!
Dubai is bursting with shops, malls and designer boutiques. As you can imagine it’s not exactly cheap, and is much more expensive than London, but they do have several malls on multiple levels that sell everything from budget brands to designer labels. You’ll even find a Waitrose and Boots! The Dubai Mall is huge. It’s located next to the Burj Khalifa, and contains the world’s largest aquarium, hundreds of dining venues and stays open most nights until 11pm. If your wallet won’t quite stretch to the real thing, head over to Karmara market for where you can pick up pretty good replicas of the latest handbags, watches and wallets for a fraction of the price.
- The Palm Jumeirah
Consisting of two man-made islands constructed into the shape of a palm tree, this attraction is an impressive feat of engineering. It’s especially striking when viewed from above, making the palm the perfect location for a sky dive. If leaping from a plane isn’t your thing – which to be fair is most people – you can enjoy the view with a cocktail from the 57th floor Observatory Bar in the Marriott hotel. The Palm began construction in 2001 and is now home to several hotels including the Atlantis, Fairmount, Rixos and one of the latest editions, the stylish Kempinski.
- Ski Dubai
Who would have thought you can ski in Dubai? Well, you can! The Mall of the Emirates, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the world has a huge 85 metre indoor ski slope. It’s a cool minus 4 degrees compared to the 35 degrees outside. If you don’t ski then you can try other great activities to take part in the snow park. Make sure you sample Ski Dubai when you’re here, there is no other place like it.
There are more flights than ever to Dubai and even some of the regional airports are offering direct flights. Call us on 0800 916 51 00 for a quote for cheap holidays to Dubai.