Cheap Flights to Dubai
Dubai is one of the hottest holiday destinations, and has emerged as a global city and a business hub. It is recognised as the tourism and commercial capital of UAE, and is globally reckoned as the most sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Its main revenues come from tourism, financial and real estate services. Now Dubai is known for its skyscrapers and is where you will find the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Flights to Dubai
There are several airlines that offer direct flights to Dubai from UK airports, are British Airways, Emirates, Qantas and Royal Brunei Airlines. It’s easy to find a direct flight from London, Birmingham, Manchester, New Castle and Glasgow airports. The direct flight will take around seven hours to reach Dubai.
To get a good deal for your tickets, its best to check our flight search tool for cheap flights to Dubai. You can save money, if you can travel in mid-week. As this city is a popular stopover place, between a numbers of Asian and Australia destinations, many visitors plan to stay for few days to see the glass fronted skyscrapers, gorgeous beaches and luxury resorts. Tourists will not have to face any hassles as in this city the local people communicate in English.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the main airport in the United Arab Emirates city. This is the acting hub for Emirates, Qantas and FlyDubai airlines; therefore it is one of the busiest airports in the world in terms of international traffic, serving over 70 million passengers per year. There are three terminals in Dubai International Airport, and passengers can make use of the free 24-hour shuttle bus between all three terminals. Terminal 1 and 3 also connected with the option of Metro that runs between them.
On arrival to Dubai
When you arrive at Dubai International Airport, there are number of cheap travel options available to transfer to your hotel. In Dubai, many hotels offer free taxi transfers from airport, but this need to be organised at the time of booking. The other easy option is to get a taxi, outside the terminal. They will charge you on meter rate.
If you prefer to keep your spending in control, then the cheapest options are to take local bus or Metro. In regards to local bus, you may well have to change at the central bus station to get to your final location, therefore plan your route before you set off. Metro is connected to the airport, with plenty of destinations, so check out the map that this may be more convenient and speedy way of getting to and from the airport. The only hassle is that you have to drag with your luggage in these public transports.
The most important thing to remember is that you cannot pay in cash on the bus from the airport or in the city. Therefore you need to buy a NOL card, which is an electronic payment card that works by touch-and-go technology. NOL cards come in four different colours; blue, silver, gold and red. Each colour has access to different modes and frequency of transport. The silver card is the best option for those who prefer to travel regularly in the city.
The final option is to hire a car from airport. This will be suitable if you plan to drive to other cities, otherwise you won’t get much use out of a car in Dubai itself. This is due to heavy traffic in busy times, and the driving standards are different to UK.
What to see in Dubai
Dubai is the United Arab Emirates holiday hot spot, and now one of the most popular destinations for British travellers. This city has transformed itself from a desert to a popular holiday destination for many tourists. The most famous attractions are to visit in Dubai are:
This is the tallest building in the world and a landmark in Dubai. The height is around 830 meters, and one of the most famous tourist destinations of the city. The observation deck on 124th floor gives a beautiful view of the city skyline in the day and night time famous city-lights. On the ground, the Burj Khalifa is wrapped with buildings, beautiful gardens and the world’s tallest performing Dubai Fountain.
Many international tourist visit Dubai Mall for shopping, as this is one the famous destination in Dubai. There is much different kind of festivals and fashions shows held in this mall, and the most famous of these are the annual Dubai Summer Surprise Festival in July and August and Dubai shopping Festival in January and February. This mall provides entry to the Dubai Aquarium and the Burj Khalifa. The other entertainment options are cinema complex, gaming zone and ice-skating arena.
Dubai museum is the city’s famous attraction and is located in Al-Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, and present the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. There are different galleries that include local antiquities and artifacts from Asian and African countries that traded with Dubai.
Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai. It separates the city into two towns with Bur Dubai to the south and Deira to the north. Tourist can travel across the creek by dhows (tourist cruise boats) or by abra (small wooden ferry), between the ferry points on the creeks’ Deira and Bur Dubai banks. The creek is an important element of the city trade by sea, and this goes back centuries.
Dubai Aquarium is located on the ground floor of Dubai Mall, and is one of the best tourist attractions. Over 140 species of sea life contained in huge suspended tank, and tourist can see through them in glass bottom boat tours or by cage diving. Free view is available from the mall, through underwater zoo and you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.
Dubai Jumeirah Beach
This white sandy beach is famous destination in Dubai. Many hotels and restaurants are located on this beach, and provide excellent facilities to their customers.
Burj Al- Arab
The Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in the world. This hotel is the world’s tallest with 321 meters height and standing on an artificial island. The most luxurious suites in this hotel cost more than $15,000 for one night. You can enjoy dinner in underwater Al-Mahara Restaurant, where you can view sea life through floor-to-ceiling glass panels in his dining room. The city panoramic view can be enjoyed from the 27th floor, while enjoying afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar.
There are many more places to visit in Dubai, like Bastakia (Old Dubai), Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Jumeriah Mosque, Palm Beach, Deira (for shopping), Sheikh Zayed Road, Heritage and Diving Village, Desert Safari, Dubai Opera, Kite Beach, Alerkal Art District and Aquaventure Waterparks.
There are lot of activities and sightseeing in Dubai, therefore you can make the most out of your visit by booking half day or two days guided tour, through reputable tour operators. You can also book a short helicopter flight tour over Dubai of no more than 30 minutes.
Essential Information for Dubai
Population: 2.753 million
Flight Duration: 6 hours plus from London
Time zone: GMT +4:00 hours
Dialling Codes: Dial 00 971 + local number
Sales Tax: No Tax
Emergency Service: Police & Ambulance – 999, Fire – 997, Electricity and Water 991
Passports and Visa
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. For further information, click on link https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates
British Citizen will get visitor visa on arrival in the UAE for up to 30 days. The visa will terminate automatically on departure.
When is the best time to book a flight to Dubai?
Visitors who are thinking to take a trip to this place can plan their tour anywhere between November and April. The weather during these months is comfortable and is between 24-35°C keepings the nights chill and evenings warm. To get the best deals for cheap flights to Dubai, use our flight search tool from the airport near you around 20 weeks in advance. This could save you money which you can spend in Dubai for shopping. In June, July and August, the temperature rise above 40 degrees during the day, therefore tourists may avoid travelling, but you may be able to find cheapest flights to Dubai during those summer months.
Dubai has a tropical desert climate, because of its location within the Northern desert belt. Summer months are extremely hot with an average high temperature around 41°C and overnight lows around 30°C. Winters are warm and short with an average high temperature around 23°C and overnight lows of 14°C. The rainfall in Dubai occurs in December to March period, and is the most comfortable climatic conditions of the year.
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