Dubai is a surreal cityscape – a glinting, high-tech, luxury oasis that sprung up, seemingly out of nowhere, in what was once a sleepy fishing village. Some call it the Manhattan of the Middle East, others liken it more to Las Vegas, but either way, holidays to Dubai tick all the boxes for a glitzy escape. One minute you’ll be enjoying the sands and surf at Sunset Beach, the next you’ll be browsing designer stores in one of Dubai’s opulent mega-malls. Come sundown, the nocturnal animals come out to play, and you can indulge in cool cocktails in even cooler bars and clubs, mingling with the international jet-setters who make Dubai such a kaleidoscope of cultures.
Planning Dubai holidays is easy with ebookers, as we’ll lay out the best possible packages and you’ll also be able to save up to 15% by booking Dubai flights and hotels at the same time. Dubai does luxury like few other places, so there’ll be no shortage of lavish, gilded suites that will make you feel like a visiting dignitary. That said, more budget-friendly accommodation is also readily available, whether you opt to stay amid the sleek towers of the futuristic Downtown Dubai complex or in the more historic quarter of Deira, where the scents of the souks may just distract you from the uber-modern pleasures elsewhere.
It’s easy to fall into an awestruck reverie when gazing out at the Dubai skyline from the ground, so you can imagine how stunning things will look from high up in the sky. And you can’t get much higher than the top of the Burj Khalifa – piercing the heavens, this silvery structure is the world’s tallest building, and the observation deck offers sweeping views of this unique city. Holidays in Dubai will satisfy all shopaholics, whether you want to browse the jewels and tapestries of ancient souks, or hit the boutiques in the Dubai Mall. The latter also boasts Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where you can come face-to-face with tiger sharks and alien-like giant rays as they swim around the glass tunnels. Afterwards, you can cool off at the Wild Wadi Water Park, with its tranquil pools and rip-roaring slides.
Dubai has state-of-the-art public transport on offer. There’s the swift and efficient metro, along with extensive bus and tram services which provide a convenient way of exploring. Taxis are a favoured way of getting quickly from A to B, though you might prefer to go the whole way and hire your own car, which will give you the freedom to see every part of the region in your own time.