Dubai is the year-round Middle East luxury holiday destination graced by some of the finest hotels and resorts in the World. Twenty five years ago the Sheikh Zayed Road that leads to Dubai from Abu Dhabi was a single lane dusty track, today it’s a formidable, multi-lane highway that opens out onto a metropolis of vast skyscrapers in this completely transformed beach city. Graced by the iconic Burj al Arab, Dubai retains a now inherent lure for luxury seekers, whilst in recent years the rise of the epic Palm Jumeirah has seen yet more stunning hotels added, including the vast pink towers of Atlantis the Palm, a Mecca for families – not to mention the tallest building in the World, the Burj Khalifa which stands tall in Dubai’s Old Town.
You’ll find some seriously good shopping here, within the air conditioned surrounds of numerous highbrow malls, from brands such as Gucci, Prada and Burberry whilst a slice of the authentic can be discovered within several of Dubai’s souks, the best of which is Souk Madinat near Jumeirah Beach. There is so much see and do for everyone in Dubai – and that was exactly the Sheikh’s vision for the place.
The hotels guests really are spoilt for choice, whether it’s a large scale luxury family resort, a boutique experience for 2 or even an off-the-beaten track desert hotel, Dubai has everything covered. Vibrant nightlife is focused in distinctive hotel based bars, most notably at One&Only Royal Mirage which houses the trendy, 3 level KasBar and the Rooftop Terrace at Arabian Court – both open to the public. Families will love Aquaventure at Atlantis the Palm whilst guests staying at all Jumeirah hotels have complimentary, unlimited access to neighbouring Wild Wadi Waterpark. The Dubai Fountains are a sight to behold in the Old Town whilst a trip up to the summit of the Burj Khalifa is worth doing, purely to say “I’ve been”. Oh, and the golf isn’t bad either, #worldclass !
Dubai is a year round hot destination. And by hot, we mean hot! The months of June to September really cracks the flags with temperatures rising to 45 degrees. You should see the sun for 10 hours per day from April – October. This fantastic weather means you’ll need to take the necessary precautions – it also means taking a dip in the sea is akin to enjoying a warm bath. For those who like it hot it’s a dream come true, for those who like it slightly cooler we’d recommend travelling in December or January.
Dubai is an accessible place to travel around, the best method of which is possibly by Metro. A trip to Atlantis the Palm is a must do, if you aren’t staying there – and there’s a dedicated Metro stop for the resort making it easily accessible from the main town. Taxis are also available although traffic in Dubai can get heavy at peak times. If travelling in the warmer months, you won’t want to be walking too far in the heat, but given the scope of facilities on offer within all of the hotels we feature, you really shouldn’t have to anyway.