• Aerial view of The Palm

Dubai Holidays

With its futuristic skyline, warm sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and world-class theme parks, there’s no end to your adventures during your Dubai holiday. Blending city glamour with traditional culture, the desert that surrounds Dubai offers jeep safaris, sunset camel rides, and glamping under the stars.

You might find that shopping becomes the main attraction to your holiday in Dubai - because there’s a world of both luxury brands and bargain hunting to choose from. Dubai Mall is one of the biggest retail centres in the world, containing over 1,200 stores. You’ll even find a theme park, a 22-screen cinema and an aquarium within the mall.
If you prefer cultural shopping, sail across Dubai Creek and head to the Old Town where you can embrace Dubai’s past. Visit the various bazaars, such as Gold Souk, and haggle for a bargain on souvenirs such as fresh incense, Middle Eastern textiles and fragrant spices.

For a taste of Dubai’s history and culture, a journey inside the walls of Al Fahidi Fort in Old Dubai is a brilliant tribute to the city’s past. Soak in the heritage as you take a tour through traditional scenes of Arab households, souks and mosques. You’ll receive unique insights into desert life by the sea. Admire incredible Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy and take a glimpse into Emirati traditions such as falconry and camel racing.

Dubai holidays: city of gold

For the popular bucket-list experience of swimming with dolphins during your Dubai holidays, we know where you should head: Atlantis The Palm. Follow this incredible experience with a breath-taking trip up to the top of the tallest building in the world, the 828 metre-high Burj Khalifa. If you’re thinking of bringing your family, worry not - children will thrive in Dubai, as there are over 100 rides, shows and attractions for you to choose from. If you are looking to relax with some food and wine in the sun, pick from one of Dubai’s sophisticated beach clubs. Bubbaliscious at the Westin Seyahi is a popular choice for Friday brunch.

Whatever is on your Dubai holiday wish list, we’ve been crafting tailor-made holidays for 65 years. Give our Destination Specialists a call today, and they’ll help you create 
an unforgettable tailor-made Dubai holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Revel in the views from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and visit magnificent manmade archipelagos
  • Choose from a wide range of luxury hotels, kick back in indulgent spas or discover Dubai’s many live shows, theme parks, and incredible malls
  • Indulge in fine-dining and feast on exquisite cuisine at one of Dubai’s many world-renowned restaurants, or head to a sophisticated beach-club for brunch
  • Take a trip to the desert with a jeep trip across the dunes. Watch the dazzling sunset during a camel ride, and spend a night stargazing at a traditional Bedouin camp.

Our favourite hotels

Whether you are planning a family holiday in Dubai or an adventurous Dubai multi centre holiday, let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite places to stay in Dubai, which have been handpicked by our experts.

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
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Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

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Guide Price

 €1,359  pp

Atlantis The Palm
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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Dubai

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
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Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Dubai

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Guide Price

 €1,129  pp

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. seven hours. Direct flights available from Ireland.

Currency

Dirham (AED)

Visa Information

Irish citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to Dubai.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Dubai.

Dubai is the emirate that clinches all the headlines, steals all the scenes, and cleans up at every award show. About as far from a shrinking violet as it gets, this show-off of a city churns out world-famous structures – like the towering Burj Khalifa and man-made mega-island of Atlantis The Palm – in the blink of an eye. Add to that a year-round sunshine record and swathes of golden sand, and it’s no wonder this is the fourth most-visited city on the planet.

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    Shopping

    If you’re in the market for a tax-free shopping spree, Dubai is the place to do it. Haggle for glittering, gilded jewellery in the Gold Souk, then hotfoot it to Dubai Mall to splash out on designer labels at one of the biggest collection of shops in the world.

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    Iconic Landmarks

    You’ll be awed by the sheer scale of Dubai’s landmarks – let’s just say this city doesn’t do anything by halves. Take the lift to the top of the world’s tallest building – the observation deck is 555 metres up – and at dusk, watch the city’s lights shimmer like a million precious jewels.

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    Desert sports and adventures

    You can't visit this desert city and not explore its surrounding sandy plains and dunes, some of which reach heights of over 200 metres.

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    Explore Dubai's cultural heritage

    Providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse into local traditions and customs; from the call to prayer to falconry and from camel racing to Islamic art; Emirati culture lives on in modern-day Dubai.

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    Dubai's delicious food

    You will find every cuisine imaginable in Dubai; from fish and chips to seven course tasting menus in celebrity-chef-run restaurants. But be careful not to overlook the local food.

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    Dubai Parks and Resorts

    Welcome to the Middle East’s largest integrated amusement park destination. Dubai Parks and Resorts features three incredible theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park.

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Average weather in January

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24ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

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25ºC
3mm

Average weather in March

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28ºC
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33ºC
1mm

Average weather in May

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38ºC

Average weather in June

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40ºC

Average weather in July

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Dubai
41ºC

Average weather in August

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41ºC

Average weather in September

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39ºC

Average weather in October

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36ºC

Average weather in November

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Dubai
31ºC
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Average weather in December

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26ºC
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    Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    Take to the sky and fly by helicopter to admire Dubai from above.”

     

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    Matthew

    Destination Specialist

    “Enjoy an evening drink or even dinner at ZETA, located in the award-winning and iconic Address Downtown Hotel. Here you will find the best views of the fountain show and the iconic Burj Khalifa.” 

     

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Dubai holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.

  • Shawarma

    This popular Middle Eastern dish is made from slow-roasted, spiced meat (usually chicken or lamb) and served in an Arabic roti, with optional vegetables, fries, pickles and garlic sauce.

  • Mahalabiya

    Mahalabiya is a creamy dessert similar to blancmange. This dish is made with a mixture of milk and sugar, cooked and thickened with cornstarch, and usually flavored with orange blossom or rose water and pistachios. 

     

  • Stuffed Camel

    Known in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘largest item on any menu in the world', this ultimate Dubai foodie dish consists of stuffed camel filled with chicken, eggs, fish, sheep, and spices. Stuffed camel is only available at festivals, Bedouin ceremonies and other important cultural events, so if you want to try this dish, plan your Dubai holidays accordingly.

     

Types of Dubai holidays

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Dubai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Dubai take approximately seven hours. There are currently daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Dubai International Airport with British Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and Royal Brunei and various direct flights from other UK airports with Emirates. 

Taxis in Dubai generally have a minimum fare of 6–10 AED (£1–2) within the city and a minimum fare of 20 AED from the airport. The fare on top of this will generally then be around 1.6 AED per km. Additional charges will be made for toll gates and you could be charged up to 30 AED if the driver has to wait.

Yes, it costs AED 125 for adults (£26) and AED 95 (£20) for children to visit Level 124 of the Burj Khalifa. During the evening, it costs AED 200 (£42) for adults and AED 160 (£34) for children. To visit the highest level, known as Burj Khalifa SKY, it costs AED 350-500 (£74-£106). 

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