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Dubai holidays are all about the resort, right? Sure, you could just get a snap of the world’s tallest building then spend the rest of your time sipping mojitos poolside, but you’d be missing so much of what the city has to offer. Get off the beaten track and you’ll have a truly memorable trip. How about a jet ski tour of the marina or a night spent under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp?

If it’s action you want, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Dubai. Quad biking, dune bashing, skydiving, kitesurfing… adrenaline junkies are well catered for in the desert city. Fancy something a bit slower paced? Soak up the local culture at the winding souks and markets of Old Dubai or pop over to the desert for a spot of wildlife watching.

From street art and 3D-printed buildings to Insta-worthy indie coffee shops and the low-key curry joints of Al Karama, there are plenty of chances to escape the usual tourist trail. Spend a day living your best life by the pool, then head out and find your own adventure in the ‘City of Gold’.

Dubai

Dubai holidays are all about the resort, right? Sure, you could just get a snap of the world’s tallest building then spend the rest of your time sipping mojitos poolside, but you’d be missing so much of what the city has to offer. Get off the beaten track and you’ll have a truly memorable trip. How about a jet ski tour of the marina or a night spent under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp?

If it’s action you want, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Dubai. Quad biking, dune bashing, skydiving, kitesurfing… adrenaline junkies are well catered for in the desert city. Fancy something a bit slower paced? Soak up the local culture at the winding souks and markets of Old Dubai or pop over to the desert for a spot of wildlife watching.

From street art and 3D-printed buildings to Insta-worthy indie coffee shops and the low-key curry joints of Al Karama, there are plenty of chances to escape the usual tourist trail. Spend a day living your best life by the pool, then head out and find your own adventure in the ‘City of Gold’.

   
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A day in the desert

  • Food

    3 course meal for 2: £41.96

  • Coffee

    A regular cappuccino: £3.94

  • Beer

    A medium beer: £9.44

  • Taxi

    One-way (Local Transport): £1.26

A day in the desert

  • Food

    3 course meal for 2: £41.96

  • Coffee

    A regular cappuccino: £3.94

  • Beer

    A medium beer: £9.44

  • Taxi

    One-way (Local Transport): £1.26

Soundtrack of the city

Winter sunshine

The emirate’s desert climate means sunshine all year round, though there are two distinct seasons. Winter runs from October to April, and its cooler temperatures make it the perfect time to get out and explore. Summer is hot – unbearably so for some. Cheaper prices and plenty of indoor activities (or poolside lounging) await the sun-worshipping visitors who can handle it.

Discover the real Dubai

Thinking of leaving your dream holiday up to chance? Bold move. You could end up missing out on some incredible experiences. We’re all for spontaneity, but a bit of insider knowledge never hurts. Forget trawling through reviews at the hotel – we’re here to give it to you straight with tips on all of Dubai’s best bits.

No more FOMO – we’re here to take you on a tour on the best parts of the city. Avoid the tourist traps and head straight to the places that will make your time here unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a week-long trip or just passing through on a layover, we have all the insider tips you need to have a blast in Dubai.

Of course, no trip to Dubai would be complete without taking some time to marvel at the man-made beaches and planet-sized malls, but there’s plenty more to do. From world-class galleries to traditional Abra rides, here’s our pick of the top sights and lesser-known activities that will make your trip truly special.

Foodies rejoice, Dubai is heaven on earth. From ultra-glam fine dining to beachside food trucks, you’d need years to eat your way through the city. The emirate’s multicultural vibe also means there are some fantastic hidden gems ready to fill your belly with amazing budget-friendly dishes – if you know where to find them.

Guides & Tips

No more FOMO – we’re here to take you on a tour on the best parts of the city. Avoid the tourist traps and head straight to the places that will make your time here unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a week-long trip or just passing through on a layover, we have all the insider tips you need to have a blast in Dubai.

See & do

Of course, no trip to Dubai would be complete without taking some time to marvel at the man-made beaches and planet-sized malls, but there’s plenty more to do. From world-class galleries to traditional Abra rides, here’s our pick of the top sights and lesser-known activities that will make your trip truly special.

Food & Drink

Foodies rejoice, Dubai is heaven on earth. From ultra-glam fine dining to beachside food trucks, you’d need years to eat your way through the city. The emirate’s multicultural vibe also means there are some fantastic hidden gems ready to fill your belly with amazing budget-friendly dishes – if you know where to find them.

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More of the UAE

Ready to explore more of the United Arab Emirates? There’s plenty more where that came from. Plan the trip of a lifetime and explore parts of the world few tourists venture to (or have even heard of). From desert wilderness and camels galore to world-class hiking trails and secret beaches, the emirates certainly aren’t short of personality. Marvel at awe-inspiring feats of human engineering amidst some of the world’s most incredible skylines or discover fascinating archaeological finds and historical sites. The UAE is far more than just Dubai (but what better place to start?).