The founders of finesse
Set uponmiles of glorious golden sand, our hotels in Dubai allow you to luxuriate in five-star glamour, while still reaching the bright lights of the city. The nearby desert is a treasure trove of falconry, sand boarding and dune bashing, perfect for magical adventures on your Dubai holiday.
As well as holidays inDubai, we offer unforgettable trips to other spectacular destinations across the UAE. So, whether you're seeking spellbounding skyscrapers,laid-back lavishness, or dreamy desert experiences, we have the perfectholiday for you.
Where to stay in Dubai, Beaches and Beyond
Hotels in Dubai, Beaches and Beyond
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Atlantis, The Palm
Perfect for families and couples alike, Atlantis, The Palm is a world away from your everyday.
It strikes a pose as part of Dubai’s iconic skyline and is every bit as awe inspiring on the inside as it is out.
All guests receive unlimited access to Atlantis Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, families will love the amazing kids and teens clubs and activities and foodies will not be disappointed with its wide choice of restaurants from lavish buffets to celebrity chef dining.
Not one to rest on its laurels, all rooms are fresh from a full refurbishment and there is a brand new Imperial Club Lounge for guests craving an extra touch of luxury.
Dubai and Maldives
The Middle East and Indian Ocean lend themselves very well to a multi-destination holiday, a stop over in Dubai en-route to the Maldives is a very popular option. Combine a few days hitting the shops in Dubai City before heading to the idyllic island resorts and white sand beaches of the Maldives.
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Essential information for Dubai, Beaches and Beyond
Official currency of the United Arab Emirates
Regional flights from the UK are available with Emirates direct. Customers travelling between 1 May - 30 September 2022 can use their Emirates boarding pass to enjoy exclusive offers and discounts at hundreds of participating venues across Dubai and the UAE.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re travelling on a British Citizen passport, you can get a visitor’s visa on arrival in the UAE. This visa allows visitors to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. The visa terminates automatically on departure and a new visa is issued on arrival each time the visitor returns to the UAE.
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When is Ramadam?
Ramadan is estimated to be from 22nd March - 21stApril 2023. Visiting during this period offers a fascinating insight into Emirati culture and religious traditions.
From the desert to the city
If you want pure, unadulterated luxury, a holiday in Dubai is perfect for you. With miles of golden sand and a manmade island shaped like a giant palm tree, a trip to Dubai ticks every holiday box – from five-star resorts and spas to the world’s tallest buildings and idyllic beaches. Here’s a list of things not to miss whilst you enjoy a Dubai holiday.
Is there a better to place to indulge in a little luxury? If you’re looking to spoil yourself on your package holiday to Dubai, then these a few luxurious highlights:
- The Waldorf Astoria Dubai: Enjoy brunch Prohibition style at this beautiful hotel on Dubai’s iconic Palm Island. Classic brunch dishes can be served poolside. An experience made even more luxe with the addition of live jazz.
- Waldorf Astoria Spa: While at the hotel, don’t miss pampering yourself at the spa. There are over 50 treatments to indulge in – from serene massages to rejuvenating facials. It was named Best Luxury Destination Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016, so you can be sure your relaxation is in good hands.
- Want some privacy? Then pay a visit to the secluded cabanas at Nasimi Beach or The Palm Jumeirah’s RIVA Beach Club – the perfect romantic spot for those on honeymoon in Dubai. All you need is a cocktail and a good book.
Dubai Parks and Resortsis the region’s largest integrated theme park destination comprising three theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, a movie inspired theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate; Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind family theme park that will showcase rides and attractions based on the authentic Bollywood experience; as well as LEGOLAND® Dubai, a unique, interactive theme park for families which will bring the well-known LEGO® brick to life in a playful learning environment; and LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children 2-12 years old.
The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
Dubai is home to some of the world’s biggest shopping malls. Spend the day wandering the gilded halls and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home, or treat yourself instead. Here are some shopping experiences to look out for:
- The Dubai Mall: This shopping and leisure complex is the largest in the world at a whopping 12 million square feet. Featuring high fashion boutiques, department stores and artisan stalls, you’re bound to find everything you need (and probably a few things you don’t). Alongside the shopping, you can marvel at the fish in the Dubai Aquarium or cool off in the Dubai Ice Rink.
- Mall of the Emirates: It may offer an incredible 560 shops, but the Mall of the Emirates is so much more than a shopping centre. Underneath its huge roof, you’ll also find a ski resort and snow park, cinema screens, the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Complex and 90 eateries. The sheer wealth of things to do makes it the perfect place to visit on a family holiday to Dubai.
The truth is, there are almost too many beaches to count in Dubai. There’s one to satisfy your every mood – whether you want a quiet spot to chill out in or a lively atmosphere complete with bars and restaurants. These are a few highlights to narrow the search down a little:
- Jumeirah Beach: This is the longest beach in Dubai. Parts of it are sectioned off as private beaches, but there are plenty of idyllic public spots too, including Wollongong Beach. It’s adjacent to a playground, meaning little ones will be happy all afternoon – perfect for fun family holidays to Dubai – and volleyball nets, tennis courts and kite surfing opportunities for sports-lovers.
- Sunset Beach: Located next to theJumeirah Beach Hotel, this is the place to try your hand at water sports. Take lessons or rent a board for a couple of hours to test out the waves.
Dubai’s unique location in the middle of the desert presents some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Explorean excitingdesert safariacross the sand dunes (don’t forget to pack and charge your camera) where you’ll sample authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and watch belly dancing at a Bedouin camp. It’ll be an unforgettable part of your holiday, whether you choose to go early and catch the sunrise or stay overnight to witness the majesty of the desert at night.
During your Dubai holiday, take advantage of all of that coastline by getting out on the water. Learn to dive, try something new or head to the waterpark.
- Dubai's a great place to take your PADI Open Water Diving Course. There are plenty of diving schools to choose from, catering to every age and level – try Aqua Diving and Marine Services or Dolphin Diving Services. On your underwater explorations, you’ll find old shipwrecks, an artificial reef completely made of cars and unique coral islands.
- For a truly thrilling experience, go to the Dubai Aquarium, where you can even dive with Tiger Sharks in a safe environment.
- If you have children – or want to embrace your inner child – visit the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which offers 30 rides. It also has a stunning view of the Burj al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
There’s no bad time to take a holiday to Dubai, but to get the most out of your trip you might coordinate it with one of the exciting events occurring throughout the year:
- March: The International Kite Fest takes place on Jumeirah Beach and the sky fills with colour. Watch the spectacular display from the vantage point of the beach.
- March: The Dubai International Boat Festival is also on this month. It’s the world’s number one luxury, leisure and lifestyle event. Watch as huge, impressive superyachts take to the water.
- May: Visit in May, and you’ll get to witness the Al Gaffal Traditional 60-foot Dhow Race, which honours this region’s rich and fascinating pearl-diving history.
Ready to indulge, relax on the beach or discover the desert on your Dubai holiday? Check out our range ofVirgin Atlantic Holidays hotels in Dubainow.
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Having stayed here it is worth it unless you are happy to eat in fastfood places in which case it will be cheaper to stay elsewhere. It is a little far out but runs regular shuttle buses and has a rep if you fancy a day trip.
The cheapest season as you know is the summer months although hotels are full even during off peak hence price difference not as great as it once was. I recommend you either go for november/ early december or february.
Average holiday costs for a week in Dubai, including spending money for 2 people stands at £2,988 / 14,940AED /$4,153 . Don't forget, if you wish to visit Dubai on a budget you can still do so for as low as £1,358 / 6,790AED / $1,887!
9 answers. Yes it includes alcohol, however they have different menus for all inclusive drinks. But good choices of cocktails and wine.
The best time to visit Dubai is in September and April, when it's sunny but not too hot. While much of the Northern Hemisphere is wrapped up for winter during this period, the city continues to offer bright skies and balmy temperatures. Temperatures soar from May to August, so hotel prices drop and crowds disperse.
Alcohol. UAE Residents can drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues. Liquor licences are still required for Residents in Dubai but are no longer required for Residents in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates (save for Emirate of Sharjah) to purchase alcohol for personal consumption.
U.S. citizens are subject to all UAE immigration laws. Passport Validity: A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required to enter the UAE. Personal travel of 30 days or less: A U.S. citizen with a regular passport may obtain a no fee visitor visa upon arrival.
Days are usually hot with balmy evenings, so visitors should pack light and cool clothing. The average daily maximum is 41 C and the average daily minimum is 27 C.
How much does a 7 day Dubai trip cost? The average cost of a 7-day trip in Dubai is around 1,00,000 to 2,50,000 depending upon the number of travellers, amenities included in the package, and the type of travel they intend to experience (luxury, budget).
The cost for a 5 day trip to Dubai ranges from INR 27,000 - INR 48,000. It depends on many factors, and the primary factors of all are the number of days you plan your trip for, the places you wish to stay at, the places you wish to tour, and the things you include in your itinerary.
The average price of a 7-day trip to Dubai is $1,498 for a solo traveler, $2,690 for a couple, and $5,044 for a family of 4. Dubai hotels range from $35 to $107 per night with an average of $46, while most vacation rentals will cost $210 to $530 per night for the entire home.
Cost of living in London (United Kingdom) is 31% more expensive than in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
If interested in planning a Dubai itinerary, then a stay of about 5 days is the best amount of time to squeeze all of the tourism juices out of this illustrious middle eastern gem. From luxury to style to architecture—it boasts of the tallest building in the whole world: the Burj Khalifa.
So how much does it cost to go to Dubai? I estimate you'll spend about US$2,850 for five nights and six days. This isn't terribly expensive, but it's also not cheap. For many people, Dubai is a bucket list destination so it's well worth the cost.
You can only purchase alcohol from Duty Free or from a licensed bar/restaurant (generally in hotels). You cannot drink alcohol at the public beach in Dubai, if you purchase drinks from duty free then drink them in your room or balcony.
Drinking Is A-OK, in the Right Places
Tourists are permitted to drink in licensed restaurants, hotels and bars attached to licensed hotels. It is unacceptable and punishable to drink in public places—even beaches. Dubai is incredibly strict about public drunkenness and has zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
Alcohol in restaurants and cafes in Dubai
Cocktails start at 12 dollar and can go up to 35 dollar.
An all-inclusive vacation is a vacation that includes all the essentials in the booking price. Besides accommodation, you can expect food, drinks, activities, and entertainment to be included, without having to pay extra for it.
You may have heard about half board holidays, but what does full board mean? Well, if you book a holiday and choose the 'full board' option, this means that the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner in your chosen accommodation is taken care of. That leaves plenty of extra money for snacks, drinks and other treats.
Full board includes the three main meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which are usually served as buffets. If hotels have multiple restaurants, they're generally not included, or guests have to pay to dine a-la-carte. As with half board, drinks are usually only part of the deal for breakfast.
If you stay at a hotel and have half board, your breakfast and evening meal are included in the price of your stay at the hotel, but not your lunch.
- Don't Venture Out Of The Resort Alone. ...
- Avoid Eating The Soup. ...
- Don't Do The Same Activities Everyday. ...
- Don't Drink The Complimentary 'Welcome' Juice Offered At The Lobby. ...
- Avoid The Crowds. ...
- Don't Eat At The Buffet The Entire Time.
How Much Do You Tip at All-Inclusive Resorts? For a one-week stay at an all-inclusive resort, a couple should budget to spend about $150 US (or the local currency equivalent) total in tips. This means that you should bring about $20 in small bills with you to spend on tips throughout the day.
If you go on an all-inclusive vacation, it means your stay, unlimited food, drinks, activities and entertainment are included in the booking price of the resort – without any surprise costs.