Dubai City Breaks
A Dubai City Break Guide
Dubai is a great city break destination with plenty of shopping, sunshine and activities to do. The beaches here are beautiful, waterparks and theme parks to keep everyone entertained and the level of service is impeccable. You can even organise a city break in Dubai on a stopover to somewhere else further afield.
As a sunny city break destination, Dubai undoubtedly wins hands down if you have the time and money to enjoy this little piece of the world.
Once just a few buildings in the desert, Dubai has become a sprawling metropolis on the Arabian Gulf, perfect for getting away for some much needed sunshine and warmth.
From the beautiful beaches and magnificent hotels, to the wonderful arabian hospitality and culture, Dubai has seen a dramatic change over recent years and for many, there will always be something to do and enjoy in this mega city that targets pretty much everybody.
You can even take a drive down to Dubai's sister city, Abu Dhabi, and explore another side of the UAE focusing more on the culture and heritage of the region.
Getting to, from and around Dubai
With two main international airports, Dubai has plenty of flight options from the UK, whether its the 20+ daily direct flights or the numerous indrect options, the market is full of airlines wanted to get you some incredible fares to Dubai.
Once arrived, the city is often easiest to get around by taxi, which are cheap. That said, ask anyone in Dubai what's wrong with the city and many will say the traffic during peak rush hour. Try the citys monorail service which goes up and down the length of Dubai, stopping at key attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina and Dubai International Airport. Travel cards are also relatively inexpensive.
Things to do in Dubai
For a city break in Dubai, you'll want to make sure you use your time wisely, so depending on what you are coming to this magnificent city for, ultimately depends on how to spend your time.
For sun worshippers, a hotel with a beautiful pool is a must. Try a resort style hotel, located on a beach, or for stunning views, check out the likes of hotels in the Jumeirah Beach district where rooftop pools are commonplace. Of course, if you want to be a little more active while you enjoy the sun, there are plenty of sports activities on offer. A visit to one of the city's two waterparks is an absolute must. Aquaventure at The Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah is a perfect day out, combining a day on the many slides and rides with a trip into the Aquarium to explore some of the exotic underwater life.
Many will choose Dubai as a golf destination and with 11 golf courses, each one beautifully designed and maintained, there will be one you'll love to get your tee-th into!
For a bit of culture, try one of the many activities that allow you to explore traditional arabian culture. A desert safari is a perfect family adventure, heading out into the stunning sanddunes before stopping off at a traditional beduoin camp to try sandboarding, henna tattoos, belly dancing and much more.
For those who love to shop, this really is the place to go. From the old souks that sell traditional wares, to the high end luxury boutique hotels in one of the many malls, and even the Karama market where a lot of haggling will get you discounted watches and bags.
Where to stay in Dubai
If you're only in Dubai on a short city break, you will want to maximise your time in the city. Try flying overnight directly from the UK. This means you land in the morning and can head straight to the hotel to enjoy what Dubai has to offer, saving on a night's accommodation.
If it's just the sunshine you are after, make sure your hotel has a nice pool, as no doubt that will be where you are spending most of your time. Dubai Mall is also an area to think about with it's good transport links and proximity to a number of Dubai's key attractions.