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Decadent holidays in Dubai

Soak up the year-round sunshine on breathtaking beaches and discover a new level of luxury on holiday in Dubai. This glittering metropolis is packed with attractions, stratospheric skyscrapers and luxury supermalls. Yet there is more to Dubai than meets the eye.

Traditional souqs emit sensational smells and sights, and gold shimmers in large supply. Arts and culture is burgeoning, from traditional to contemporary, and luxury hotels are in on the act. Take in the views from the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – before heading to the spectacular beach resorts, which line the coast. Dine at any number of international restaurants, Arabian, English, Indian, Japanese, and so on. There is so much choice. Don’t miss out on a trip to the desert, to ride a camel or race buggies across the dunes before sleeping under the stars in a tent.

My perfect day in Dubai

Find out how our BA expert, Carol Miles, spends 24 hours in Dubai.

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Start the day with an energizing dip in the pool at Le Royal Meridien, or even the sea, before heading off to take in some of the sights of Dubai.

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Al Bastakiya.

Al Bastakiya

Learn some of the history of Dubai while strolling around the Al Bastakiya district – here you can still see some traditional wind towers and old houses. Then drop by the Dubai Museum, which is housed in a restored fort, for a further insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of the Emirate. Perhaps cross the creek by ‘abra’ to soak up the aroma of spices in the Spice Souk and splash some cash in the Gold Souk.

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Wild Wadi.

Wild Wadi

After a morning of sightseeing cool down at Wild Wadi Waterpark, one of the most popular water parks in the Middle East. With 30 rides and attractions you'll easily find something to keep the whole family entertained. Alternatively, head to the 42 fun-filled acres that make up Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, including the renowned slides that catapult you through shark filled lagoons.

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Desert safari.

Desert safari

Watch the sun set over the desert on an exciting trip into the desert. Experience a thrilling 4-wheel drive over the dunes and an optional camel ride, followed by a Bedouin-style meal while watching the sun set.

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Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa

Here you can take the elevator to the top of the (currently) tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, for a magnificent view across Dubai at night. Afterwards take in the ‘dancing fountains’ before heading for some retail therapy in the Dubai Mall – one of the biggest shopping malls in the world and an entertainment and leisure destination in its own right. With almost 1000 shops, a wealth of restaurants, Dubai Aquarium, a skating rink, a cinema, KidZania and SEGA republic the hardest choice will be deciding what to do first.

Find your perfect Dubai holiday type

Luxury Dubai holidays.

Dubai should be another word for luxury, they are so intertwined. You can stay at some of the world’s most lavish hotels, like the award-winning Burj Al Arab, whose architecture resembles a billowing sail. Glamorous shoppers can pick up this season’s latest fashions before dining in signature restaurants of celebrity chefs. Sail down the creek on a dhow, whilst you enjoy a romantic dinner under the twinkling stars. Sit back and relax at a stunning spa, play golf on championship-level courses, or just sip cocktails on the beach – Dubai has it all.

Dubai spa holidays.

From traditional hammams steeped in Arabic culture to ultra-modern treatment rooms offering weird and wonderful spa therapies – Dubai has the best of both worlds. Unwind in stunning surroundings, like the award-winning Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s regal opulence. This beautiful sanctuary is the pinnacle of spa luxury, with authentic Turkish baths and a snow room. Take a step back in time to Arabian luxury at the One&Only Royal Mirage’s Oriental Hammam. Pamper yourself in its lavish steam rooms before cooling off in icy plunge pools. Then move outside to idyllic gardens for an expert massage from the attentive and skilled staff.

Romantic Dubai.

Be whisked away on an Arabian adventure on your romantic holiday in Dubai. Take a sunset dhow cruise and gaze in awe at the stunning Dubai skyline, before an indulgent dinner on the beachfront. Stay at a luxurious hotel, such as the beautiful boutique Four Seasons Resort Dubai, and sip delicious cocktails on the rooftop bar. Share a sumptuous spa day, with intimate private suites amid lavish surroundings – an unforgettable experience. Head out into the desert, where you will feel true freedom, and sleep under the twinkling stars in unique tent-inspired rooms at the Al Maha Resort.

Family holidays in Dubai.

Dubai is a family destination like no other, unparalleled in terms of attractions and fun things to do. Only in Dubai will you find a ski slope, with real snow, in the middle of a sun-baked desert. Ski Dubai at the Mall of Emirates is a great way to cool down. Venture into the Dubai Mall, where an Olympic-sized ice rink, a 22-screen cinema, aquarium, zoo, and miniature fun fair all await your kids’ gleeful smiles. Head to Wild Wadi for water park thrills and spills, or to the Atlantis The Palm hotel’s Aquaventure for an exhilarating time.

Beach holidays in Dubai.

Beach holidays in Dubai will not disappoint. They combine the perfect mixture of white sandy beaches calmly lapped by glittering aquamarine waters, with high-octane water sports and super-yachts. Relax on Jumeirah’s ‘golden mile’, where charming private beaches and luxury hotels vie for your attention. The Beach at Dubai Marina is a vibrant stretch, with plenty of shops and cafés to keep you busy. Alternatively, take a trip to Palm Jumeirah – its great water parks, exclusive resorts and beachfront bars will entertain all day and long into the night.

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