Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If luxury shopping, all year sunshine and a lively nightlife scene whilst staying in some of the world finest hotels sounds fun, then you'll totally love Dubai

Getting to Dubai

Air

Dubai is served by 2 airports, Dubai Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum Airport (DWC).

Dubai is the primary airport and is connected with direct flights to 227 cities making it the busiest airport by international passenger traffic in the world. Al Maktoum Airport serves mainly seasonal flights, domestic and some international flights.

You may find direct or cheaper flights to neighbouring capital city Abu Dhabi. A private transfer from Abu Dhabi to Dubai costs 330.00AED ($90.00) and takes around 2 hours. Alternatively, a bus costs 31.50AED ($8.60) and takes around 2 hours 20 minutes.

If you book through Emirates you may qualify for a free transfer between Abu Dhabi & Dubai.

Dubai Airport (DXB)

The quickest transfer from DXB to the city centre is by Metro from Terminal 3 and takes 19 minutes. Tickets cost 5.00AED ($1.36) and will terminate at the Burj Khalifa.

Alternatively, the airport is well served by shuttle busses, they can be found from outside Terminals 1, 2 and 3. You need to purchase a NOL card as the driver cannot take cash. The shuttle costs 8.60AED ($2.34) and takes approximately 25 minutes.

Taxi’s are in abundance in Dubai and can be easily obtained from outside Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Prices for taxis are regulated by the state so they don’t vary too much, you can however, book your taxi in advance for 64.00AED ($18.00).

Uber also operates in Dubai. You will need an Internet connection to book so make sure you have a data plan that covers the United Arab Emirates.

Al Maktoum Airport (DWC)

The easiest and fastest way of getting from DWC to Dubai Centre is by booking a taxi. Transfer time will take around 40 minutes and will cost approximately 160.00AED ($45.00) .

A shuttle bus also operates from the airport and takes approximately 1 hour with tickets costing 17.50AED ($5.00) one way.

Uber also operates in Dubai. You will need an Internet connection to book so make sure you have a data plan that covers the United Arab Emirates.

Train

It is not possible to reach Dubai via direct trains from other countries at present.

Sea

You can arrive in Dubai by ship via the Mina Rashid or Harbour Cruise Terminals, however, these are mainly used by cruise companies.

Get all the information you need for your trip to Dubai by checking out our Planning a Trip to Dubai guide. Here you will find useful information to help you plan ahead, book transfers & tours, save money and get the most out of your trip.

Top Attractions in Dubai

Sometimes it seems like Dubai is all malls and air-conditioning, but this sprawling desert city has a new and exciting influx of cultural institutions, galleries, and shopping complexes all focused at luring in a new generation of visitors.

The Jewel in Dubai’s crown is certainly the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world with 2 viewing platforms on the 124th floor (At The Top) and the 148th (Sky). Make it a VIP experience and watch the sunset over the horizon and skies turn pink with romance from level 152 to level 154. Enjoy a glass of house beverage or bubbly, complemented by gourmet canapes.

Those travellers with a soft spot for good photo angles on Instagram should visit Dubai Frame. Designed to represent a metaphorical connection between the old and new city, Dubai Frame is said to be the largest picture frame in the world. The giant, glistening gold frame stands nearly 500 feet tall and boasts panoramic glass lifts that shuttle guests to the top, where they can walk on a clear glass walkway along the entire 313-foot width.

Try not to get lost in the largest mall in the world. The Dubai Mall draws in almost 100 million visitors a year (in 2015, it counted 92 million). There are more than 1,200 shops, and its a great place to beat the Dubai heat and ogle at the luxury stores.

For a full list of things to do in Dubai and how to book tickets and tours, check out our TotalGuide to Things to do in Dubai

Places to Stay in Dubai

There are over 540 hotels in Dubai so finding somewhere to rest your weary legs after a day exploring this desert city won’t be hard.

Whether you want a cheap room in a hostel or a bath overlooking the Persian Gulf in the 7* Burj Al Arab, then we have you covered.

We’ve already compiled a list of trustworthy and reputable hotel rooms to suit every budget, so you can rest assured that not only are you getting value for money, but you’ll be in a clean, centrally located hotel with amenities to suit your budget.

We’ve compiled a list of our top picks for hotels in Dubai to suit every budget. Check out A TotalGuide to Hotels in Dubai

Getting Around Dubai

With one of the best public transport networks that rivals some of the best in the world getting around Dubai is as easy as they come. For a long time, Dubai was a city built for cars. The expansive road network, the city’s love for cars and the subsidized fuel prices enabled everyone to own their own personal vehicles.

The great thing for travellers is that the Metro, Buses, Trams, Abras, Ferry and Water Taxi all use the same ticket type – the NOL card.

Taxi’s also operate within this Arabian metropolis. Despite being the most expensive form of public transport in the city, its ease and comfort easily makes it one of the most convenient ways to move around the city. Taxis in Dubai are run by various companies and run at similar rates, at AED 1.75/km ($0.47), with the minimum charge capped at AED 12 ($3.21). Taxis can be easily found at the entrances of malls, shopping destinations and all major tourist attractions. You can also hail one on the road, though it does get difficult during rush hour.

For more information about all the ways to get around Dubai head over to our Getting Around Dubai section.

Best Time to Visit Dubai

This indulgent slice of the Middle East doesn’t really do cold weather – in fact, in Dubai, winter isn’t really a thing, as temperatures rarely drop below the 24 degree-mark. This means sunbathing is on the cards all year-round, and Dubai certainly comes up trumps with a stunning selection of beaches.

However, the scorching sun in July and August is too intense for an enjoyable sunbathing session. So, if swimming in the Arabian Sea and topping up your tan is high on your holiday to-do list, visit Dubai in April or May. It’s outside of peak season, too, so hotel rates are usually lower and you’ll have plenty of space to roll out your towel.

For more information on yearly weather charts and daily weather updates in Dubai, click here.

What’s on in Dubai

From concerts and art exhibitions to fitness and family friendly places to visit, Dubai has a captivating events schedule.

Planning a trip to Dubai is exciting and so when you do, you may want to find out what is happening during your break or even plan your trip around a key event?

Our What’s On Dubai section is updated daily. Here you will find information on events and how to book.

Dubai Travel Information

Sometimes we often overlook really important information when booking a trip but don’t worry we have compiled an Dubai Travel Information guide to help you tick off the boring but vitally important information needed to navigate around Dubai safely.

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Whether you just want somewhere to rest your tired legs after a hard day exploring Dubai or a luxury hotel to make your romantic break even more memorable, we’ve got you covered. Every hotel on our list is centrally located, clean, comfortable, has a 24/7 reception, and excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. If you haven’t already booked your transfer to the …

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