One of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a relatively new but incredibly popular tourist destination. Ogle at the imposing Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, or give your credit card a workout at The Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates. Serious shopaholics might even consider a dedicated trip during the sale-centric Dubai Shopping Festival. Adrenaline junkies might prefer taking to the desert on a dune bashing adventure, or perhaps hitting the slopes at Dubai’s unfathomable skiing centre. The kids (and big kids) will love the slides at Wild Wadi water park, while lovebirds can take a romantic sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride. When hunger strikes, you’re in luck – Dubai has food to suit all tastes and budgets. Try a cheap shawarma (meat skewers in pita) or fala-fil (falafel) from a street vendor, or splash out with fine dining courtesy of celebrity chefs like Nobu. If you choose self-catering Dubai accommodation, however, you can save money on eating out by stocking up at one of the many Carrefour supermarkets.
When to go to Dubai
Bordered by desert, Dubai is understandably hot. To avoid the most extreme temperatures, time your holiday in Dubai for between September and May.
Getting to and around Dubai
Most tourists arrive in Dubai via flights to Dubai International Airport or neighbouring Sharjah International Airport, just 30 minutes drive away. Once in Dubai, transport options include metro, bus and taxi.
Where to stay in Dubai
When choosing accommodation in Dubai, apartments, villas and other holiday rentals are smart alternatives to more expensive hotels. Not only will you save money, but you’ll enjoy the space, freedom and privacy that your very own self-catering Dubai accommodation affords. HouseTrip has a number of self-catering villas and apartments in Dubai, ranging from affordable studio apartments suitable for couples through to large, luxurious villas ideal for families and groups of friends. Whatever your Dubai accommodation needs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for with HouseTrip. Plus, you can book in as little as six clicks.