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Dubai's many downtown skyscrapers.

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Journey to the future in the middle of the desert

Dubai in short

Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy the sun all year round. You will find yourself in a universe of contrasts in just 7 hours of flight from the UK and with only 2 hours of jet lag. From the desert to the sea, from the modern city with its skyscrapers and futuristic landscapes to the old city with its souks, houses and typical boats, Dubai has something for everyone and the change of scenery is incredible.

The Dubai skyline and its artificial islands

The Dubai skyline and its man-made islands.

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A trip to Dubai is an exhilarating experience for families, couples and adventurers alike. The city is full of surprises and attractions. What could be better than a buggy or quad ride through the red sand dunes of the desert? You can also appreciate the vastness of the desert by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon. Flying over the city is also an essential part of a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Helicopter flights are organised and give you an unobstructed view of all the dizzying buildings. One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of activities for thrill seekers!

A hot-air balloon flight over the Dubai desert

A hot air balloon flight over the Dubai desert.

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For a quieter stay, fill up on cultural activities. Dubai has many museums. They allow us to understand the development of this gigantic city, which was just a fishing village a few decades ago. You can also learn more about the lives of Dubai's people. As a couple, take a cruise on a dhow, a traditional boat, and watch the scenery pass by while enjoying dinner and a show. And for something a little more romantic, head to the 152nd floor of the Burj Khalifa for a stunning view of the city as you sip a cocktail and watch the sun set.

Ride in a traditional boat on the Dubai marina

Ride in a traditional boat on Dubai Marina

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The destination is perfect for families. There is something for children in every activity. Take a break from shopping at Dubai Mall and visit the ice rink at the world's largest mall - the kids will love it and the parents can join in too! If you feel the heat, take the kids to the world's largest water park. Ride down the river in a buoy, have fun on one hundred slides and swim with dolphins. An unforgettable experience for the kids and peace of mind for the parents as the park is supervised by many lifeguards.

Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai

Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai.

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All the must-sees

How to get there?

Several airlines fly from London. Emirates have direct flights from Heathrow airport. The flight takes 6h50.

Where to stay?

Dubai's reputation in the hotel industry is second to none and excellence has reached a rare concentration. Whether you want to stay on the beach, in a skyscraper or in the historic centre, there is a wide choice of hotels to suit all tastes. Many of them impress with their architecture, decoration and quality of service.

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Practical information

When is the best time to go?

The best time to visit the emirate is from October to May, when temperatures start to rise and the summer heat invites you to stay in air-conditioned places. Note that February is the peak season for the Shopping Festival, which attracts tourists from all over the world. Hotel prices are affected. Also remember that during Ramadan there are many restrictions that will limit your stay and especially your enjoyment of the sea.

Getting around

Getting around Dubai couldn't be easier. First reflex: the taxi. They are plentiful and easy to spot by their blue or red roofs. All drivers speak English, so you will have no problem making yourself understood. Avoid rush hours if you are in a hurry. You will need at least 10 dirhams for a ride and do not panic, all taxis are equipped with meters.

There are two lines: the red line, which starts at the airport in Rashidiya and crosses the city from north to south. It's the same line that stops at Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The Green Line serves the must-see areas of Deira and Bur Dubai.

Its impressive futuristic entrance vents, covered in a golden shell, give it a Star Wars feel in the middle of the desert! It's even more impressive from higher up, especially from the large bay windows of the skyscrapers overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road. Clean enough to make many of its European counterparts blush, the metro is also fully air-conditioned and automated.

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We advise you to avoid Dubai in the summer when temperatures can reach 50 degrees. Book your tickets in advance for certain tourist activities, such as a visit to the Burj Khalifa, to take advantage of discounted offers, and don't forget a scarf to protect you from the wind and sand if you decide to go buggying or quad biking in the desert.

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