Dubai: All Inclusive

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Backpacking

Backpacking in Dubai

Dubai is definitely not a good option for backpackers. Although cheap hotels are not hard to find, Dubai is aimed at visitors with higher holiday budgets.

Beach

Beach in Dubai

Beach Holiday in Dubai

With its beautiful beaches, white sand and clear blue water, Dubai is definitely at the top of the list for a beach holiday.There are a choice of beaches for both locals and visitors - public beaches which have limited facilities but no fee, fee paying beach parks with good facilities and private hotel beaches accessible to non residents for a high fee. The water is clean and warm, even in the cooler months and the sand is soft, white and inviting. The beaches are generally safe for swimming and lifeguards are in attendance during certain hours.

Public beaches in Dubai are found at Al Mamzar either side of the lagoon, Jumeirah open beach which has showers, toilets, food kiosks and cafes, the only draw back is it is overlooked by passes by and a lovely unspoilt stretch of beach between Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is not attended by lifeguards.

Beach Parks Dubai
Al Mamzar Beach Park has 4 clean beaches with grass picnic areas and a children’s playground. It has a sheltered swimming area, two pools with changing rooms and showers. Lifeguards are in attendance. There are food kiosks, a restaurant, coffee shop, chalets to rent daily for AED 200. To get around this large area there are bicycles for hire or you can take a train tour. Fees are nominal, AED 5 pp or 30 per car including occupants. During the Dubai Shopping Festival shows and cultural events take place in the amphitheatre.

Jumeirah Beach Park along the Beach Road is a one kilometer stretch of sand and clean water shaded by palm trees. Lifeguards are in attendance until sunset. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired for AED 20 and there are showers and toilets, a café, a BBQ area and a children‘s play area. The fee is AED 5 pp and 20 for cars. Open Sunday to Wednesday, women and children only on Monday.
Private Hotel Beaches are open for non residents for a fee of AED 150 to 350.
 

City Breaks

City Breaks in Dubai

City Break in Dubai

Dubai is an excellent option for a city break. With so much to see and do, you can combine your city break with a few hours on the beach , playing golf or on a desert safari. Splash out on your Dubai city break and shop for jewellery in Deira's gold souk or designer gear at the largest shopping mall in the world - Dubai Mall. History buffs on city breaks to Dubai can delve into Dubai's past in the Bastakiya quarter. If food is your passion, treat yourself to Dubai's fine dining on a gastronomic city break in Dubai.

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in Dubai

Corporate weekend in Dubai

It can be argued that although Dubai is not the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, it is definitely the UAE's primary business hub. With a vast array of 5 (and 7!) star hotels, restaurants, cafe's, elegant shopping malls, limo-pick up services, Dubai is a bustling business centre, ideal for corporate weekends. Business Bay, pin pointed by the tallest building in the world - the Burj Dubai, lies next to the Sheikh Zayed road. With a vast array of activities, Dubai also offers a large number of options for corporate team building weekends.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Dubai

Culture and Arts Holiday in Dubai

Dubai has an interesting social and religious history and is steeped in local traditions and culture. It makes for a great culture and arts holiday. Art galleries and museums are found throughout Dubai. Heritage and religious sites are mostly well presented with informative literature and on site visual displays. The government is keen to inform non muslims of the ways and practices of the Islamic religion which is the heartbeat of Arab communities . By appointment, daily tours and presentations are conducted at the Grand Mosque at Jumeirah. Conservation areas have been created in the old part of the city to preserve many local neighbourhoods which otherwise would have been torn down to make way for the incredible rebuilding of Dubai in the 70s and 80s paid for by massive revenues generated by the discovery of oil in the late 60s.

There are theatres showing local productions and London West End productions on tour at the Community Theatre Mall of the Emirates and the Theatre at the Madinat Souk. The annual Dubai International Film Festival is hosted at the Community Theatre. It is an opportunity for amateur film makers and established directors and stars to present their latest work to an international audience. Eight multiplex cinemas at various locations in Dubai show the latest movies, mostly English speaking and also local films and films from India with subtitles. Censorship still exists but is fairly relaxed.

Music concerts are held in various outdoor arenas throughout the winter, classical, jaz and pop music are supported by big name events.

Many visitors looking for a cultural and arts holiday in Dubai combine this with the other activities on offer such as golf, watersports, shopping and dining out.
 

in Dubai

Culture and Arts Holiday in Dubai

Dubai has an interesting social and religious history and is steeped in local traditions and culture. Art galleries and museums are found throughout Dubai. Heritage and religious sites are mostly well presented with informative literature and on site visual displays. The government is keen to inform non muslims of the ways and practices of the Islamic religion which is the heartbeat of Arab communities . By appointment, daily tours and presentations are conducted at the Grand Mosque at Jumeirah. Conservation areas have been created in the old part of the city to preserve many local neighbourhoods which otherwise would have been torn down to make way for the incredible rebuilding of Dubai in the 70s and 80s paid for by massive revenues generated by the discovery of oil in the late 60s.

There are theatres showing local productions and London West End productions on tour at the Community Theatre Mall of the Emirates and the Theatre at the Madinat Souk. The annual Dubai International Film Festival is hosted at the Community Theatre. It is an opportunity for amateur film makers and established directors and stars to present their latest work to an international audience. Eight multiplex cinemas at various locations in Dubai show the latest movies, mostly English speaking and also local films and films from India with subtitles. Censorship still exists but is fairly relaxed.
Music concerts are held in various outdoor arenas throughout the winter, classical, jaz and pop music are supported by big name events.
 

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Dubai

Holidays for Disabled People in Dubai

Dubai is a caring and friendly holiday destination for blind, partially sighted and physically handicapped people. Wide lifts, ramped access to buildings, disabled bathrooms, polite and helpful attendance, dedicated parking and taxis catering for wheel chairs make Dubai an ideal holiday destination for disabled people. Tour companies in Dubai welcome disabled tourists and where practical will accommodate most special needs.
 

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Dubai

Dubai is the perfect holiday destination for families with children. Sea front hotels have clean, sandy beaches and safe bathing areas patrolled by life guards until sundown. All hotels have pools suitable for young children with pool attendants and some with aerobic instructors. Hotels provide babysitting services for about AED 30/hour. There are several parks in Dubai great for all the family. The beach parks have picnic areas and water sports for hire, the Creek Side Park next to the Dubai Creek has a 2.5 km long cable car and a children’s entertainment center. All parks are patrolled by security staff. The largest park at Al Safa has a boating lake, football pitches, a ferris wheel and a host of family entertainments. A family holiday in Dubai would not be complete without visiting the Wild Wadi at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the newly opened Aqua Venture at the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah. The indoor ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates and the impressive aquaria at the Atlantis Hotel and the Dubai Mall are also not to be missed family attractions. Hotels and restaurants welcome families with children of all ages. So for a wonderful family holiday, Dubai is the answer.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Dubai

Dubai doesn’t have a “gay and lesbian scene” and some hotels do actively discourage such guests. With its low tolerance for same-sex relationships, Dubai is probably not the ideal holiday destination for gays and lesbians.

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Dubai

Why not come to Dubai with your mates and combine your hen night celebration with a shopping spree. A bit expensive but you can probably arrange a special deal including hotel, flights and chauffeur driven car. Hen parties are very popular in Dubai, especially with the guys. The Dubai night life and clubbing till late is perfect for your special do but beware of lounging in the hot sun the morning after.
 

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Dubai

Rates one of our top ten chocies, Dubai is ideal for your honeymoon. Dubai offers romantic settings, hotels with style, restaurants for couples in love and a nightlife to remember. Buy her engagement ring at the Gold and Diamond Park, remember, the diamonds are registered in Antwerp the jewelry designs are exquisite and you pay only for gold weight, that is why the prices are probably the cheapest in the world. A honeymoon in Dubai would not be complete without a dinner cruise on a dhow or a champagne cocktail at level 24, Jumeirah Beach Hotel where you will have probably the most romantic setting in Dubai overlooking the Burj Al Arab and a panoramic view of Dubai at night. With numerous elxclusive resorts and hotels, Dubai is rated one of the top ten destinations for a honeymoon.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Dubai

Dubai is not your Iyonapa or Ibiza but Dubai is a great place for a party holiday and it can surely swing. You will be surprised at the quality of nightlife in Dubai, from beach bars to wine bars to live and DJ music in the many clubs in and around the city which open till late. The singles party nightlife in Dubai is great and it is also crime free.

Couples Holiday

Couples Holiday in Dubai

From the time you arrive at your hotel and acclimatize to the summer and winter sun beside the pool or on the beach, couples of all age groups will find plenty to do in Dubai. During the day there is a varied programme of sightseeing from visits to traditional arab settlements, cultural tours whilst taking in the landmarks which the world associates with modern Dubai such as the Burj, the tallest freestanding building in the world, Burj Al Arab hotel, the shopping malls which combine shopping with entertainment. A desert safari is an absolute must so is a visit to the old and new gold and diamond souks where you can buy quality jewelry at discount prices. The night life is full of entertainment with so many bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. The dining scene is very international and the service and ambience is truly five star. Dubai is an ideal holiday for couples.

Safari Activity Holiday

Safari Activity Holiday in Dubai

Desert Safari's in Dubai are very popular only in the cooler months. Driving in the desert dunes and mountain roads can be rugged but at the same time thrilling so be prepared. Dubai Desert safari tours start and end with pick up and return to your hotel, they are either half day, full day or overnighters. Safari Tours in Dubai combine driving in the high sand dunes, visiting villages and camel farms on route and arriving at a Bedouin style desert camp just before sunset to enjoy sundowners, a sumptuous Arabic buffet/BBQ and relax with a shisha or join in the traditional entertainment. Try a camel ride and for the ladies have your hands or feet decorated by a henna artist.

Dune/diner safaris are usually 6 hours, returning at 10 pm, prices are AED 150 to 300. Overnight stays cost AED 400 to 500. There are separate desert excursions for sand boarding and dune buggy driving in the huge red dunes off the road to Hatta, prices from AED 100 for one hour.
Mountain tours are usually full day as they combine desert terrain with excursions into the mountains and wadis. Popular tours include trips to the Hajar Mountains via Ras Al Khaimah, Jebal Maleihah, a desert drive visiting the fossil rock on route and ending with a challenging ascent of the mountain. Drive to the top of the Jebal Hafit, the highest point in the UAE for stunning views and combine it with a tour to Al Ain, . The long drive over the mountains and through Wadi Bih to the East Coast will reward you with spectacular views of the UAE and Oman. Overnight stay at Dibba and take in a dhow trip to the Musandam, the most northerly point in Oman for deep sea fishing, dolphin watching or scuba diving.
 

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Dubai

Dubai is the perfect destination for winter sun holidays or for visitors who just want to escape from the cold and rain back home and treat themselves to a holiday in the sun. Dubai’s winter months from October through to end April are warm and mostly sunny with only short periods of rain. You can relax on your beach lounger and work on your tan in the middle of January. Perhaps also indulge in a cold beer or cocktail as the red sun castes its shadows over the day as you make plans for the night’s entertainment. Dubai has much to offer day and night but one thing’s for sure, the sun will be ready to greet you the next day. Winter sun holidays in Dubai offer not only sun but also magnificent hotels, international restaurants, golf, water sports, plenty of activities and great entertainment.

Shopping Holiday

Shopping Holiday in Dubai

Dubai is one of the top ten destinations in the world for shopping. It offers you every opportunity to shop and shop and shop. Wonderful if your passion or interest is shopping, a nightmare if it is not. There are compensations as shopping malls and hotel retail outlets in Dubai are air conditioned, particularly important in the hot summer months, parking is plentiful and there many distractions such as food halls, some with licensed bars, even cinemas, skiing at the Mall of the Emirates and a giant aquarium at the Dubai Mall, the worlds largest undercover shopping center in the world. A shopping holiday in Dubai is for everybody and there is much to do to entertain children and dads.

Dubai’s rapid development is extricably linked to shopping and with each new development comes a new mall. The Walk at Dubai Marina is a kilometer strip on the beach front with shops, restaurants, pavement cafes and street artists giving it an exciting Mediterranean feel.

A modern Gold and Diamond Park located near the Mall of the Emirates is a good place to shop for jewelry at discount prices. The designs are without doubt eye catching and exquisite. Gold is charged according to weight, there is no charge for workmanship.
Slightly out of the city you will find Global Village, Dragonmart, Deira City Center and Festival City which offer food, shopping and entertainment from many countries.

Dubai is not just about modern malls and branded fashion goods, there are also traditional souks and shopping neighbourhoods where you can buy material, clothing, spices, perfumes, gold, jewelry, electrical goods and relax and enjoy local food and drinks at very cheap prices. Bur Dubai, Kerama and Satwa are the favourite places to shop for the traditional and cheaper goods.
 

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in Dubai

Dubai is not a popular choice for a stag do. However with its growing number of world class bars, clubs and concerts it may be an option for those who don't mind the 6 hour flight and the expensive hotels. Compared with Europe, alcohol is expensive and Dubai does not tolerate drunken behaviour on the streets.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Dubai

Well being centers and spas are very popular in Dubai for both men and women and there is a huge variety to chose from offering every type of treatment whether it’s a pampering session at a health spa or receiving meditation guidance from a guru, or simply relaxing in calming surroundings whilst enjoying a full body massage.
Top hotels and spa centers offer a wide range of massage and beauty treatments. Prices vary from AED 100 to 300 for a one hour massage.

Well being centers offer yoga, reiki, stress management, tai chi and meditation

Make time for an overnight stay at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, a desert conservation reserve for the endangered Arabian Oryx. It has a beautiful Timeless Spa, pricey but for a truly unique experience why not treat yourself. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is another desert retreat offering spa and beauty treatments in peaceful surroundings.
 

Golf Activity Holiday

Golf Activity Holiday in Dubai

Dubai is one of the top ten destinations in the world to play golf. It is the most popular sport in the UAE, with 6 fully grassed 18 hole courses in Dubai, some floodlit and one exceptional 9 hole course at the Jebal Ali Hotel. Four of the courses are designed by top professionals, including the new Els course at Sports City and the Tiger Woods course under construction. The Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Course is a PGA course home of the Desert Classic. The Earth Course designed by Greg Norman, is one of four championship courses comprising the Gulf Estates which will host the Race to Dubai when completed. Green fees are expensive, but group deals and summer discounts are available especially if you stay at the Jebal Ali Hotel or a serviced apartment at The Montgomerie or Arabian Ranches.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Dubai

There is nothing so exhilarating as taking life easy on a yacht or power boat and to view Dubai’s coastline and the “Manhattan skyline” from offshore. There are many hire or charter companies offering coastal trips to the Palm Jumeirah, sunset cruises, lunch and dinner cruises and longer trips for snorkeling and dolphin watching or 3 to 5 day live on board cruises to the Musandam.

Charter companies based at the marinas and hotels offer half day, full day and overnight trips on yachts and cruisers on a per person basis or groups. The shorter trips go to the Palm and to the World Islands and the longer trips sail down the coast to Ras Al Khaimah or Abu Dhabi. Trips to the Musandam take 5 days by sail and 3 days by powerboat and include comfortable accommodation on board. All boats have qualified crews, meet strict safety standards and are safe for children. Food and drinks are usually provided.

Sailing is a popular activity in Dubai, especially among the expats. From million dollar yachts to small sail boats, Dubai is an excellent destination if you like to sail. There are a number of places that will allow you to rent a boat on a daily or weekly basis. laser dinghys and catamarans are available at the Jumeirah beach hotels and the Jebal Ali Hotel. Non residents may be charged an access fee as well as a hire charge.

Cruises

Cruises in Dubai

Dhow Cruises in Dubai

The Arabic wooden dhow is still used to transport commercial cargo and dhows are still built in the traditional way at dhow yards in Dubai, well worth a visit. An evening aboard a dhow, either on the Dubai Creek or sailing along the coast, is a wonderfully atmospheric and memorable experience. Lunch and dinner cruises on the Creek are most popular, entertainment is offered by some charter companies and dhows are licenced. A two hour dinner cruise costs AED 150 – 200. Dhows can be hired at Dibba on the East Coast for diving, fishing, turtle and dolphin watching along the coast to the Musandam. Prices start at AED 370 for divers and AED 300 for non divers. Equipment hire is not included but is available at the dive center at Dibba.

Another popular way to discover old Dubai is to take your own abbra (ferry) from one of the abbra stations along the Creek. You should pay no more than AED 100 but the boatman will haggle. The round trip from the mouth of the Creek to the bridges will take one hour. It is advisable to buy a guide book as the boatman does not do commentary and communication may be difficult.
 

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Dubai

With no cycle paths, bad driving and lots of traffic, Dubai would be cycling nightmare. Especially in the summer months.