Arrive in the UAE this winter and discover the cosmopolitan playground, Dubai. Luxury and the ultra-modern go hand in hand in this gleaming destination. From the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, to the man-made Palm Islands, Dubai is a jaw-dropping experiment in design. Look behind the 21st-century facade, and you’ll uncover a rich heritage to complement these modern structures. Visit the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and wander the ancient streets of this sun-kissed city. To explore the treasure troves of Dubai's gold, spice and textile souks a trip to the Old Souk is a must.
One of the world’s biggest artificial islands built in the shape of a palm tree. This man-made archipelago full of luxury residences, golden beaches, designer shops and nightclubs is a miracle of engineering and a fantastic place to stay. There’s plenty of extravagant hotels to check out here, including the famous Atlantis The Palm.
Go skiing, snowboarding, and witness the 'March of the Penguins' at Ski Dubai - an indoor ski resort at Mall of the Emirates. You'll find 22,500sqm of the area covered in snow with jump slopes, play areas, and the famous Avalanche café. Here you might be introduced to a beautiful colony of King and Gentoo penguins.
Shop until you drop at one of the largest and luxurious malls in the UAE, The Dubai Mall. A brand-lovers paradise with more than 1,200 outlets spanning 1.1 million sqm. You'll find designer boutiques, the breathtaking Dubai Fountain, and the thrilling Dubai Aquarium - home to thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Visit the nearby Souk Al Bahar to experience the traditional Arabian market.
Experience thrill and extreme adventure when you take a Dubai desert safari. Dune bashing in a 4x4, quad biking, camel riding, and sandboarding - an adventure awaits you among the golden sands. Many desert safaris also offer an alfresco barbecue dinner, belly dancing, shisha and sunset photography. Discover traditional Bedouin camps, local wildlife and sample traditional Emirati cuisine beneath the stars.
Take in the magnificent view of the city's skyline by stepping onto the world's highest observation deck At the Top - 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Here you will be awed by the 360-degree views of the nearby desert and the Arabian Gulf. Of course, the breathtaking view of the city itself will leave you mesmerized.
Whether you're an avid thrill seeker, a moderate risk taker or a family with bold youngsters, you'll find just the right choice. Choose from theme parks like IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Motiongate Dubai, or splash into a world of fun in Legoland Water Park, Aquaventure Waterpark and Wild Wadi.
Join the most lovable creatures of the ocean at Dolphin Bay in Atlantis The Palm. Here you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins in Dubai, or simply choose an activity where you can hug and kiss these adorable creatures. Choose from a range of dolphin experiences suitable for all ages and swimming abilities.
Planted over 72,000sqm of land, the world's largest flower garden creates massive shapes and designs of known structures using a seemingly impossible 50 million flowers. Located inside the Miracle Garden is Dubai's Butterfly Garden, visit here to witness 35,000 species of butterflies in nine custom-built domes. Best time to visit Dubai Miracle Garden is from December to January.
Dubai is a sub-tropical city with clear skies, high temperatures, and sunshine throughout the year. During summer, the average temperatures range from 39°C to 41°C from June to August. In the winter months from December to February, the temperatures range from 23°C to 26°C, and you might also catch the odd shower.
You can get around Dubai by bus, taxi, metro or car hire. Dubai's large bus network spans major parts of the city. Check bus routes and buy tickets through the Roads and Transportations Authority which runs the service. You can also take the Dubai Metro which covers major parts of the city. Alternatively, flag down a taxi, book one over the phone or have your hotel arrange one for you. You can also hire a car with flydubai.
The currency used in Dubai is dirham (also known as DH, Dhs, or AED). Its value is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 3.675 AED to 1 USD. Notes are available in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000.