• Aerial view of The Palm

Dubai Holidays

The perfect destination for year-round sunshine, Dubai boasts gleaming skyscrapers, golden beaches, modest mosques, and Arabian markets – offering the ultimate blend of history, culture, and innovation. As a family-friendly location, this dynamic corner of the world has everything from bustling and vibrant souks to gigantic shopping malls, all under the watchful gaze of Dubai’s centrepiece and the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa.

If you look for ultimate luxury in your holidays, the hotels in Dubai should be top of your list. High in style, glamour, and wealth stakes, this desert metropolis combines the best of urban living and beachside relaxation. With its unrivalled selection of fine dining and luxury hotels, Dubai holidays offer the elegance and first-class service you would expect from a city that has become synonymous with indulgence and grandeur.

Beyond the shops, Dubai is also home to stunning beaches and some of the world’s most beautiful resorts that make the ideal spot to soak in the sun and relax with a cocktail. Combine the glitz and glamour of the desert city with a relaxing holiday in the Maldives; offering the greatest contrast imaginable between cosmopolitan hubbub and secluded paradise.

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy world class luxury hotels
  • Shop 24/7 in incredible malls
  • Explore enormous theme parks
  • Visit huge man made archipelagos
  • Kick back in indulgent spas
  • Feast on exquisite cuisine

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai

H&J Rating
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,359 pp

Atlantis The Palm

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Dubai

H&J Rating
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Dubai

H&J Rating

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.

  • Decorative Brass Camels from Dubai

    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.

  • Dubai Skyline, Dubai

    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.

  • Jeep Safari, Middle East

    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.

  • 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.

  • Live cooking station, Dubai

    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.

  • Red Rush water slide, Dubai

    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.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Dubai
24ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

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Dubai
25ºC
3mm

Average weather in March

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Dubai
28ºC
5mm

Average weather in April

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Dubai
33ºC
1mm

Average weather in May

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Dubai
38ºC

Average weather in June

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Dubai
40ºC

Average weather in July

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Dubai
41ºC

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

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Dubai
41ºC

Average weather in September

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Dubai
39ºC

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
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Dubai
36ºC

Average weather in November

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Avg. rainfall
Dubai
31ºC
2mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
26ºC
8mm
  • Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    “When visiting Burj Khalifa, opt for the viewing platform on floor 148, the highest in the world. It's less crowded and you get fast track tickets and refreshments.”

  • Matthew

    Destination Specialist

    “Don’t be scared to get cabs around Dubai, they’re very affordable. Make sure the desert dune safari is on your activity list, it’s an amazing experience.”

  • Verity, General Manager

    Verity

    General Manager

    “New Year’s in Dubai is possibly one of the best places to be. From the impressive Burj Khalifa fireworks to events at some of the best hotels – make sure you book ahead and avoid Sheikh Zayed Road at all costs after 7.00pm.”

Types of Dubai holidays

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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