If you want to take your holiday of a lifetime to the next level, make sure you include a stay in this spellbinding sun-kissed Arabian Gulf haven – you won’t be disappointed.
A stopover will typically only be for a day or so, but it will still give you the chance to discover some of the wonders of Dubai, an enthralling haven of luxury, style and entertainment.
A better way to get the full Dubai experience is to make it one of your destinations on a multicentre escape, where you’ll spend part of your holiday in this magical metropolis.
You could either start your dream holiday in Dubai, before jetting off to your next fabulous destination, or make the city the final stage of your adventure.
The appeal of making Dubai the first stage of a holiday is that it means you can enjoy a few initial fast-paced days and entertainment-packed nights in dynamic surroundings.
Then, after immersing yourself in the wonders of the city and having a thrilling time, you can head off and slow things down with a contrasting experience in a tranquil and peaceful paradise escape.
That's not to say you can’t opt to chill out and relax in Dubai if you choose – you most certainly can. The city has a myriad of opulent five-star hotels where you can enjoy a laid-back time, surrounded by private sandy beaches, sumptuous spas, comfortable cabanas beside the pool and world-class alfresco restaurants where you can savour delicious meals and sip cocktails by moonlight.
Destinations which make a winning combination with Dubai include Mauritius, Bali, Borneo, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Maldives. There's also beautiful Thailand and the amazing Thai islands of Phuket and Koh Samui to consider.
A combo holiday will typically include a 2, 3 or 4-night stay in magnificent Dubai and a 6, 7 or 8-night stay in another destination. Multicentre deals normally comprise two destinations, but there's also the option to combine three or more.
After living the life in Dubai you can rest assured it will be luxury and style all the way at the city’s imposing airport, as you get ready for your onward journey to your next destination.
Despite being the world’s busiest international airport, no expense is spared to ensure travellers experience a pleasant and hassle-free time in the massive 7,200 acres three-terminal building in the Al Garhoud district.
The superb facilities at Dubai International Airport include rest zones with recliner chairs, showers for freshening up, a zen garden, a health club, a spa and luxurious lounges for relaxing before your flight. There’s even a huge trampoline park for young travellers.
City of dreams
Dubai will wow you with glitz, glamour and pure magic – this dream city makes a big impression of every visitor with its jawdropping attractions, futuristic skyline, up-market shopping malls and pulsating nightlife.
You'll also discover luxurious hotels, powdery sands, crystal-clear waters, gourmet restaurants and unrivalled hospitality.
It’s easy to see why Dubai is also known as the city of superlatives – it is home to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa; the world’s tallest hotel, the Gevora Hotel; the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa and Yas Island, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
And that’s not all – the city also boasts the world’s largest dancing fountain show, the world’s deepest swimming pool, the world's second largest shopping mall and one of the world’s largest man-made islands, the famous Palm Jumeirah.
The city skyline will take your breath away with many incredible towering architectural wonders including Burj Al Arab, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai towers, Dubai Opera, Cayan Tower, the Dubai Frame and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Imposing buildings inspired by the distant past include Jumeirah Mosque and the WAFI mall complex.
There’s no shortage of fabulous attractions in Dubai when you crave some fun and entertainment during your visit.
The city is currently hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, a global extravaganza which has been billed as the ‘greatest show on earth’. Daily shows, street festivals, pop-up theatres, world-class performers and colourful parades are among the attractions at the six-month event which runs until March 31, 2022
The Skydive Dubai centre is the height of fun, with the opportunity for some daredevil tandem parachuting and a gyrocopter tour. What better way to get a bird’s eye view of the city and the famous Palm Jumeirah which is shaped like a giant palm leaf when seen from a height.
A splashing time is assured at Aquaventure Waterpark, a phenomenal attraction with more than 30 huge water slides and twisting chutes, Dubai’s longest lazy river and white water rapids. Dare to descend the Leap of Faith, a thrilling ride that plunges down a near-vertical slide or venture on to Aquaconda, one of the world’s largest tube-waterslides.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a magical place where children can see sharks, rays, giant groupers and thousands of other aquatic creatures in a massive 10 million litre tank.
Other family-friendly attractions for a fun day out include Ski Dubai with its 22,500 square metre indoor ski slope, Legoland® Dubai theme park, Kite Beach, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, Kidzania Dubai, Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project and Dubai Dolphinarium.
A plethora of glorious sandy beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun, enjoying games on the sands and taking to the Arabian Gulf for some exciting water sports action.
Dubai really bursts into life after dark with vibrant nightclubs and lively bars among the places to party into the early hours.
If you crave some live music, the city can meet your needs, with everything from up-tempo sounds at the famous Hard Rock Café to soothing vintage jazz at Q’s Bar & Lounge at Palazzo Versace.
The city has many multi-screen cinemas if you fancy watching a movies and Dubai Opera is the place to enjoy a classic Italian opera or exciting Broadway show.
If you fancy some retail therapy, you can shop till you drop in Dubai, with your choices ranging from traditional souks where you can haggle for a bargain to glitzy boutiques offering the latest in high-end fashion.
The city’s air-conditioned shopping malls are truly spectacular, with many of them boasting, high-end cafes and restaurants, cinemas and even plush spas.
The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Festival City Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall are among the most impressive shopping centres, while the main markets include the flea market in Zabeel Park, the Gold Souk, Dubai Spice Market and Covent Garden Market.
Dubai also excels when it comes to wonderful places to dine, with gastronomic delights that are more than capable of satisfying the most discerning palate.
Beachfront BBQs, street food stalls, imposing food courts and luxurious fine dining restaurants are among the types of venues to tantalise your taste buds during your stay.
The city delivers a kaleidoscope of cuisines from around the globe, so you won’t struggle to find somewhere to savour the flavour you desire – options include Indian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Latin American, British, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, French and Greek.