For many travellers, Dubai is the first (and sometimes only) stop on their Middle Eastern experience. Dubai has seen an immense transformation from a sleepy fishing and pearl diving hamlet to a cosmopolitan world class city. Identified as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is probably the most well known and most popular sheikdom of the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. The city offers not only a remarkable modern skyline boasting the current world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai but also maintains its traditional links with its souks and the quaint Old Town.
With the amazing ability to create only the best of everything Dubai is home to some of the world’s most exciting attractions. What could be more different than to go skiing in the desert at the famous indoor ski resort for the more adventurous visitor. With Dubai situated next to the Arabian Sea there are also plenty of water activities including deep sea fishing and of course diving where you will find some real treasures of all types of marine life. Afternoon tea at the gold bedecked 7* Burj-al-Arab is a must. And if all that gold gives you a taste for it, then a trip to the Gold Souks will be a sight for sore eyes. Dubai isn’t called the city of gold for nothing.
There is no doubt that Dubai remains one of the most exciting cities in the world, in an exciting combination of mosques and shopping centres, sea and desert. But beyond the glitz and glamour of iconic city attractions such as The Burj al Arab hotel, indoor ski-slopes or the huge Dubai shopping mall is a rich cultural heritage waiting to be discovered. One of the Barefoot Traveller team’s top picks lies under an hours drive from Dubai’s city centre, where the spectacular eco-resort of Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa lies nestled amongst the red desert dunes.
With blue skies and sunshine all year round thanks to the sub tropical climate and variety of things to do, Dubai offers something for everybody.
Climate: The UAE enjoys a sub tropical climate and blue skies can be expected most of the year. Rain is infrequent, and temperatures range from 15 degrees in winter to high’s of 40 degrees or more in the summer months between June to September. Best time to travel is in the cooler months between November and April.
Best time to go: November to April.
Flying time: 7 hours
Our preferred airlines: British Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways
Do I need a visa? British nationals do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with their embassy.