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Guide to Dubai

Dubai is a fascinating city located in the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.  It has a population of around two million inhabitants and is rapidly growing. Arabic is the official language, and English is second.


The city is one of the most expansive and expensive in the world. Located on the emirate’s northern coastline, in the Persian Gulf, it has been a major global trading centre and is the commercial hub of the Middle East.

Dubai Holidays are world-famous for shopping as there are more than 250 shopping malls, including the largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall.  Here, alongside over one thousand shops, you’ll find some unexpected attractions such as Dubai Aquarium with the largest viewing panel in the world and an underwater zoo.  The mall is home to Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski slope – not something you might expect in a desert.

The Dubai Fountains by Dubai Mall are a spectacular sight, not to be missed.  Watch how the water dances to music and illuminates and shoots up to 500 metres into the air.  The fountain show is a fun family attraction, occurring every hour for a few minutes.

Another family favourite is Dolphin Bay, a stunning dolphin park with adjacent waterpark.  Get up close to Flipper and friends for an unforgettable interactive experience and swim with the dolphins.  Book ahead to avoid queues. Then there’s Aquaventure, a top water park with zip lines, waterslides and flumes that pass through shark filled lagoons (separated by glass).

City breaks to Dubai are very popular due to its word-renowned large constructions which have become symbols of the city.  Check out the Burj Khalifa, the tallest  building in the world.  In less than a minute, you can take a trip up the 124th floor for excellent views across the city.  The telescopes give you a unique look at Dubai past and present, and reveals how the city has evolved.  You can buy advance tickets and save time and money with Expedia.

Dubai lies within the Arabian Desert.  It has a hot climate with scorching summers and warm winters. To experience its distinctive desert environment, take a trip off the beaten track to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Go ‘dune bashing’ in a four wheel drive tour and end the day with dinner in the desert. Buy tickets for this amazing Desert Safari right here.

To enjoy the sand of a beach by the sea, head to Jumeria Beach and Park.  Here you can relax on white sand and swim in clean, clear waters.

Take to water on the Bur Dubai at the Abra Dock. This traditional wooden boat ride will take you across Dubai Creek to the old town where you’ll find Dubai’s traditional souks (marketplaces) selling traditional items and souvenirs. You’ll also find the Gold Souk with hundreds of jewellery retailers.

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Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

Dubai Airports, Dubai
4.2
of 5, from 1,519 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubai, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Festival Center, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

£55
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, Dubai
3.9
of 5, from 1,434 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Festival Center, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Deira City Centre is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

Palm Jumeirah North/South Residence

Palm Jumeirah North/South Residence

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Matloob Business C, Dubai
2.9
of 5, from 25 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beach & Coast, this beachfront apartment is in the city centre, 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Aquaventure, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Umm Suqeim Beach and Ski Dubai. Mall of the Emirates and Dubai College are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£70
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Dubai
4.1
of 5, from 1,361 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Deira City Centre and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Creek Park and Dubai Creek are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£83
Rove Downtown Dubai

Rove Downtown Dubai

312 Happiness Street, Dubai
4.6
of 5, from 610 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Trade Centre 2, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

£55
ibis One Central Hotel

ibis One Central Hotel

Trade Centre District, Dubai
3.9
of 5, from 228 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Trade Centre 2, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£263
Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Crescent Road, Dubai
4.5
of 5, from 2,783 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beach & Coast, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Umm Suqeim Beach and Ski Dubai. Mall of the Emirates and Dubai College are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£140
Shangri La Hotel Dubai

Shangri La Hotel Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
4.6
of 5, from 803 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Trade Center hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of City Walk and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Mall and Jumeirah Mosque are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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