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Where to go in Dubai

From indulgent beach resorts and peaceful retreats to glamorous city centre experiences, Dubai gives you a little of every kind of luxury. If you can't decide where to go, just ask our Dubai experts to suggest a location that suits your expectations best.

  • Jumeirah Beach is Dubai's premier resort. Exuding glamour, its ten-mile long beach is lined with glittering hotels, chic restaurants, sophisticated shopping centres and alluring boutiques. Young couples love the nightlife here, whilst children and big kids alike love the indoor ski resort and Wild Wadi Water Park.
  • The place to truly appreciate the contrasts between traditional and ultra-contemporary is Dubai City, or 'Downtown Dubai'. This area has some of the most strikingly futuristic landmarks and mind-blowing contemporary architectural developments. It also gives you access to the traditional Arabian architecture and historic buildings of the Bastakiya area - one of the oldest residential districts in the city.
  • Sitting just outside the city of Dubai, the state of Fujairah is renowned for its natural beauty and dramatic scenery, with a backdrop of mountains, desert oases and exquisite beaches. This is the place to come for a relaxing and laidback holiday. It's also just a short distance from central Dubai and historical sites such as ancient Arabian castles, the UAE's oldest mosque and the beautiful Ain Al Madhab Gardens.

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The city of Dubai is known as "the shopping capital of the Middle East" with over 70 shopping malls. Downtown Dubai is the best place to stay for access to one of the grandest shopping experiences in the world - The Dubai Mall. You could also head to Jebel Ali, a haven where shoppers can enjoy tax-free shopping against a backdrop of modern architecture. The shopping options in Dubai are so vast and varied you may not have time to experience them all.

Peace and quiet

Located just south of Dubai, Al Maha is a sanctuary of beauty, tranquillity and peace where you can experience spectacular desert sunsets, glorious starlit nights and a variety of desert adventures. For a peaceful, cultural experience, try Fujairah's unique blend of palm-fringed beaches and an authentic experience of the Arab world.

Activity holidays

A short 40-minute ride from the bustling city centre of Dubai, at Jebel Ali Freeport the warm gulf waters are perfect for watersports. There's a wide selection of sports available at the resort including horseback riding, tennis and deep-sea fishing. Play a round or two of golf at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, set in 128 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Alternatively, head into the desert towards Al Maha for quad-biking or camel trekking.

Family friendly

From wild water parks to underwater zoos, families are spoilt for choice in Dubai. Those who travel with us particularly love Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dolphin Bay and the Burj Khalifa Tower, the world's tallest building. There's also Dubai Creek for dhow sailing, indoor skiing and the Dubai Aquarium. For the ultimate family experience in Dubai, the outstanding Atlantis, The Palm resort, is a gigantic, fun-packed destination in its own right.

A short break or stopover

Some of the most striking hotels in the world are found in Dubai City, and they are ideal for a short luxury break or a quick stopover as part of a multi-centre holiday. The most impressive include The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, a sky-scraping building which rises over 306 metres, the Burj Al Arab, the world's first ever 7-star hotel and The Armani, the first ever hotel to be fully designed by Mr Giorgio Armani himself.

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These hotels have been carefully hand-picked as excellent Dubai hotels. Each offers it’s own unique perspective but also outstanding value.


Hamish Depala

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Holidays from £669 per person

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Atlantis, the Palm

Holidays from £649 per person

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Ja Jebel Ali Beach Hotel

Holidays from £619 per person

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Places of interest in Dubai

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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