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A METROPOLIS WITH NO LIMITS


Swanky, flashy, sensational and a tad insane, Dubai is a destination that lives to be seen. We are not sure that any other destination in the world has transformed itself in such a short space of time and the development continues at an amazing pace.
 
The exterior is acquisitive beyond anyone’s imagination and by delighting every visitor like a VIP, they often respond by spending like a VIP. This is a city that quite literally invented the ‘shopping festival’ (Dubai Shopping Festival), with the basic idea being to get people to come to Dubai and spend money. With heaps of shopping malls, huge and vibrant souks selling everything from clothing to jewellery, designer shops a plenty, a mind-boggling selections of dining options, ostentatious hotels and bouncing clubs and bars, it’s all over-the-top but it most definitely works! Spearheaded by Sheikh Mohammed, a man who doesn’t let much get in the way of a big idea, people across the world are rocking up to this metropolis in growing numbers with the assurance that Dubai is like no other city, and Sheikh Mohammed is delivering.
 
Most of the hotels on offer are 5-star and it seems like every year there are bigger and better ones opening. They are all very well-equipped and you can opt for beachside properties or city-based hotels. The service levels are impeccable and the dining options throughout Dubai are amazingly varied, from fine dining restaurants under the banner of world renowned designer chefs to legendary fast-food outlets and everything in between.
 
The city is also sport mad and the sporting calendar throws up some exciting spectator events, whether its golf, rugby, tennis, horse racing or cricket. For those wanting to participate rather than watch, then there are 7 superb golf courses to choose from plus an array of racquet courts, watersports, shooting clubs and archery etc.
 
This is truly a “marmite” destination and most visitors either love it or hate it. However, despite its brazen nature, under the surface another Dubai lives. Head to the Heritage Village during Ramadan or the Shopping Festival and you’ll see a different Dubai, where Emirati’s sing and dance, joyously proud of their traditions and heritage. Relax by the creek; watching the dhow (traditional wooden boats) and the abras (water taxis) drift along the waterway while enjoying some sheesha. Walk the streets through the multicultural Karama or Satwa, or serenely reinstated Bastakiya area. This is a Dubai firmly far away from the consumer madness of the glitzy hotels. Whatever you desire, Dubai is a unique experiment like no other.

    • Flight Time: Approx. 7 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
           
            • Language: Arabic is the official language with English spoken as the second language. Persian, Hindustani and Punjabi are also widely spoken by many Asian expatriates.
               
                • Currency: UAE Dirham
                   
                    • Area: 1,600 square miles
                       
                        • Total coastline: Approx. 150 miles
                           
                            • Population: Approx. 2 million
                               
                                • Capital: Dubai

Dubai enjoys almost year-round sunshine with blue skies and only a little amount of rainfall in the winter months (November to March). The heat and humidity can get very high in the summer months (July to September) with temperatures reaching 40°C. In the winter you can enjoy temperatures of around 25°C.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The winter months between November to April are the best time to go to enjoy pleasant daytime temperatures around 25°C. If you can stand the head and humidity then there are excellent deals to be had in the summer months between July and September. Note that during the holy month of Ramadan that the sale of alcohol is prohibited until after dusk.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey back from the UAE. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into the UAE.


WHERE TO STAY

 

BURJ AL ARAB

Burj Al Arab is in a sail-shaped, it is more than a stunning hotel, and it is a symbol of the modern Dubai. Burj Al Arab is the third tallest hotel in the world and is a five-star hotel. At Burj Al Arab there are 202 duplex suites, each with panoramic views of the azure ocean.
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JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a five-star luxury hotel, located on the west coast of the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Inspired by the famous palaces of the Ottoman era, with one of the largest spas in the Middle East.
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ONE & ONLY THE PALM

The One and Only The Palm is a luxury hotel in Dubai, the hotel is located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.
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AL MAHA

Set on a beautiful natural island just 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International airport and ten minutes from the city’s downtown.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Dubai. Call us on 01778 382764.