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Dubai travel guide

Rich, lavish, extravagant - all words commonly used to describe Dubai. Aside from the man-made Palm Island, underwater hotel and dazzling Gold Souk, old town souks steeped in historic charm, the quiet fishing village of the Bastakia Quarter and desert safaris are all waiting to be explored.
A woman's feet in the water at Jemeira Beach with tall buildings in the distance

Things to do in Dubai

  • things to do in dubaiBurj Khalifa
    Not only is Burj Khalifa the world's tallest building - towering above Downtown Dubai at 828m, it also plays host to the world's tallest performing fountains. Go down anytime from 5:30pm and watch the musical dancing fountains.
  • things to do in dubaiTraditional souqs
    A souq is a traditional Arabian market, and you can find them anywhere. We recommend the Gold Souq in Deira or the Bur Dubai Souq - stock up on all those vibrant fabrics and jewelry!
  • things to do in dubaiBurj Al Arab
    Another impressive building, but not quite as tall as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab is located in Jumeirah. Reserve a table at the Skyview Bar inside for some beaut sundowners, or save some cash and go opposite to Bar 360° for a good view of the Burj instead.
  • things to do in dubaiAl Fahidi Historic District
    Soak up the ancient history of the region in the Al Fahidi Historical District - the perfect day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. 
  • things to do in dubaiLadies day/night
    Ladies, Dubai reward you just for being yourself! There's a huge selection of ladies' days and nights in the city, whether you want to dance til dawn or just have a chilled one. Try Barasti, Zero Gravity or Nikki Beach Club. Guys, don't worry - you can still go (you just have to pay more).
  • things to do in dubaiBrunch
    Dubai is known for its brunch culture - there's nowhere that does it better. Think sunshine, DJ's and good vibes, plus unlimited food and drinks.

Dubai Stopover Packages

Dubai is the ideal destination to enjoy an exciting stopover experience. Take in the sights of the famous Downtown district, home to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar. Take your pick from shopping malls, historical sites, restaurants, beaches and thrilling experiences from desert dune bashing to skiing down slopes.
A group of travelers sitting on a sand dune next to a white jeep

Dubai Stopover + Desert Safari - 3 days

An excellent option for those short on time who want to explore Dubai's sandy beaches, city and desert life. With return airport transfers to your hotel, plus a Desert Safari trip included, this package will allow you to focus on sightseeing and relaxing by the beach. Keep an afternoon free for the thrilling 4x4 jeep safari in the desert, and spend the rest of the time exploring Dubai's water parks, beaches and restaurants.
A row of skyscrapers

Basic Dubai Stopover - 3 days

This basic stopover package gets your accommodation and transfers sorted so that you can plan your own adventure in Dubai. Choose from a range of 3 star, 4 star and 5 star hotels, located either on the beach of The Palm Jumeirah or in the central hub of Bur Dubai. Spend your time relaxing on the beach or shop till you drop in Mall of the Emirates.
A parasailer about to take off with the skyline of Dubai in the distance

Dubai Stopover + Beach Club - 3 days

Sometimes all you want is a sleek hotel, a pool and an all-day pass to an exclusive beach club. Right? A hot new favorite of ours, this package not only gives you two nights at the Rove Downtown Dubai but also an all-day pass to Zero Gravity Beach Club. Think private beach, pool and garden with shisha pipes, cocktails and live DJs to soothe away the
relentless city noise.

Add day trips to your stopover

The entrance to Don The Chase at Bollywood theme park in Dubai

Dubai Theme Parks

If you're looking for thrills, spills and a whole lotta fun, look no further than Dubai's fantastic theme parks. Kick off in Legoland, get glitzy in Bollywood Park, feel the need for speed in Ferrari World, spend an adrenalin-fueled trip to the roller coasters of Motiongate and so much more. 
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Overnight Desert Camp

After a fascinating 4WD ride through the desert over towering sand dunes, enjoy a delicious barbecue with traditional entertainment before settling down for an evening under the starlit sky. After a magical night sleeping under canvas, rise with the sun and enjoy breakfast before returning back to your hotel in the city of Dubai.
A man and woman wearing ski gear atop the indoor ski park slope

Ski Dubai

Where else would you find a 22,500m indoor ski center with black slopes, zip wires and tube slides? Spend the day learning basic techniques, tobogganing, freestyling on a snowboard, throwing snowballs, or taking on the five fun runs. Your ticket gives you access to the park, all equipment, chairlift ride and the snow zorb, the Giant Ball.
A view of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi waterpark in Dubai

Wild Wadi

Splash the hours away at Dubai's famous Wild Wadi Water Park with this all-day entrance ticket. Rocket down the 32m high Jumeirah Sceirah, catch the surf at the Wipeout Flowrider, take a ride on the rip-roaring speed slides of Tantrum Alley then take it down a notch or two with a float down the lazy river. Sweet as!
The Burj Khalifa towering over other skyscrapers at sunset

Burj Khalifa

Take it to the top with this entrance ticket to the world's highest building, the Burj Khalifa. Start your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high speed elevator, travelling at ten metres per second. At the top (1,500 feet) and outdoor sky level (1,820 feet), enjoy panoramic 360 degree views of the city, desert and Arabian Gulf.
Two people on the deck of a boat with the Dubai skyline nearby at night

Dhow River Cruises

Admire Dubai’s hotspots and landmarks as you sail the seawater Dubai Creek aboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow. Check out the glittering high-rise buildings lining the Creek all while relaxing on the deck or enjoying a romantic dinner.

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Our Travel Expert Alistair travelled to Dubai as part of our STA Travel Insider series with Emirates.

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