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  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
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Flights to Dubai

Try and get a seat by the window for your flights to Dubai – as the plane descends, you'll want to see the sheer scale of its dramatic sprawl along the coastline, which is just as impressive as its skyline. In little more than 40 years, this city has transformed itself from a tiny settlement to a glittering metropolis and world-class destination.

While Dubai's startling feats of engineering such as the Burj Khalifa, the Palm islands, Burj Al Arab and The Dubai Mall are jewels in its crown, the city’s multi-faceted appeal extends to more than just its architecture. Some people are attracted to the buzz of the place – the frenetic pace and energy of a global business city and tourism hub. However, you might prefer the tranquillity of its desert retreats, golf courses, calm seas and beaches.

Beyond clusters of gleaming five-star hotels, with their luxury suites and infinity pools, there's a historic side to the city too. Visit Al Fahidi Historical District (formerly known as Bastakiya) to see traditional Arabic architecture, then tour the Heritage and Diving Villages of Shindagha.

Visiting Dubai is largely about consumption and one of the most popular activities here is shopping. As well as record-breaking malls packed with designer names, there are traditional souks and vibrant markets. And while Michelin-starred celebrity chefs have embraced Dubai’s high-end culinary credentials, there are still scores of independent restaurants with authentic flavours to explore.

It all adds up to a city of contrasts, and there's nowhere better to witness Dubai's diversity than the Dubai Creek. Here, traditional abras cross the waters, and dhows unload their cargo beneath shimmering skyscrapers. Nothing stays the same for long though, and there are always new and ambitious projects afoot, like the upcoming Creek Harbour development and the indoor city, Mall of the World.

The latter will have air-conditioned shopping streets, a theme park and a healthcare district. It almost sounds too good to be true, but given Dubai's already incredible rise, you wouldn't want to bet against it.

What to do in Dubai

My Emirates Pass

You can pack even more into your trip to Dubai with My Emirates Pass. From January to March 2018, you can access exclusive discounts at restaurants, spas and top attractions across the city, simply by showing your Emirates boarding pass.

Take a look at the full list of offers.

Go on a desert safari

You could be forgiven for thinking nothing but sand and the occasional cactus lie beyond the shadows of the city. But with Arabian Adventures tours, visitors can get up close with a wealth of wildlife, including Arabian oryx and gazelles. The Nature Trails trip is just one of many operated by the company.

Emirates Holidays Building
Sheikh Zayed Road
Business Bay Metro Station
800-ARABIAN (800 272 2426)

Go on a street food tour

Arva Ahmed’s Frying Pan Adventures Tours will show you the other side of Dubai’s food scene, away from the five-star hotels. There’s a menu of food trails to follow, from the Middle East Food Pilgrimage to the Little India On A Plate experience. Go with an empty stomach.

Frying Pan Adventures
Pickup point: Mall of the Emirates
Al Barsha 1
+971 56 471 8244

Where to eat in Dubai

Bubbalicious (Brunch)

Friday brunch is an event in Dubai, and this energetic affair at The Westin Mina Seyahi is one of the liveliest. Spread across three restaurants – Blue Orange, Hunters Room & Grill and Spice Emporium – and with live cooking stations, it offers everything from Asian noodle dishes and Arabian mezze to pasta and yorkshire puddings.

The Westin Mina Seyahi
Al Sufouh Road

+971 4 399 4141

Creekside (Middle Eastern)

Sitting on the cobbles outside Creekside is a throwback to a time when the nearby souqs were the closest thing you can get to a mall in Dubai. You can enjoy the local cuisine with a modern twist, while watching traditional dhow boats ferry goods and people across the creek.

Souq Al Kaber
Behind Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street
Bur Dubai
+971 4 359 9220

Café Belge (Modern European)

Modelled on the grand cafes of 1920s Brussels, this elegant Art Deco restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton has a raw bar and delicious Belgian frites. The giant seafood platters are tremendous, as is the burger. There’s also live entertainment most evenings.

Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Gate Village
+971 4 372 2323

Places to stay in Dubai

Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

Heading out to The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai’s manmade palm tree-shaped archipelago – is an experience in itself, but staying at this luxurious hotel on the eastern section is the icing on the cake. Expect white sandy beaches, a huge infinity pool and three lagoon pools, superb restaurants and the only over-water villas in the UAE.

Crescent Road
The Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 567 8888

Burj Al Arab

The iconic Burj Al Arab redefines five-star luxury with its extravagant design, impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail. Even if you can’t afford a room, book a table at one of the excellent restaurants to see what all the fuss is about – it’s the only other way to get access to the hotel.

Jumeirah Beach Road


+971 4 301 7777

XVA Art Hotel

This tiny gem is a boutique hotel in Dubai’s historic quarter, and it’s just the thing for art lovers. Aside from minimalist rooms designed by local artists, there’s a popular vegetarian cafe and a contemporary art gallery.

Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (formerly Bastakiya)
Off Al Fahidi Street

Bur Dubai

+971 4 353 5383

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For The Love Of Odd

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Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC, Dubai

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A Dubai Shark Tale, Dubai

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La Serre, Dubai

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Cultural Capital

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Last Exit

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Dubai Walls

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Tribe, Dubai

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Ismaili Centre, Dubai

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Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

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MB&F M.A.D Gallery, Dubai

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Culinary Boutique, Dubai

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Corcel Collective, Dubai

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Creekside, Dubai

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Kite Beach, Dubai

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Al Souq, Dubai

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Magnificent Sevens

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Wasl Square, Dubai

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Taste Kitchen, Dubai

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Stereo Arcade, Dubai

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Raw Coffee Company, Dubai

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Marta's Kitchen, Dubai

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Lunch with Benedict Floyd at Rivington Grill, Dubai

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Friends Avenue Cafe, Dubai

The menu at Friends’ Avenue Café features a fresh blend of Australian, English and European favourites, all competitively priced. The carefully selected breakfast menu features a wide variety of dishes, ranging from brioche French toast to the Friends’ Breakfast Board, which incorporates sautéed mushrooms, smoked salmon, asparagus, tomato confit, two poached eggs, feta cheese, pesto and toasted rye, while the lunch menu consists of freshly made sandwiches, crunchy salads and carefully selected main courses. Read more Friends Avenue Cafe, Dubai

Ghaf Kitchen, Dubai

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Following a decade that has seen Dubai’s restaurant scene make a name for itself on the world stage, its reputation is still growing. The star names that have nurtured it are being joined by a multitude of celebrated chefs keen to be associated with the city that has become the Middle East’s foremost dining destination. Prior to 2001, eating out in Dubai was an enjoyable experience, but the city couldn’t have claimed to be competing with the world’s greatest Read more Dubai: The Making of a Culinary Capital

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Dubai Butterfly Garden, Dubai

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Dubai Street Art

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Deira Fish Market, Dubai

A wonderful, noisy hive of activity, Deira Fish Market and its surrounding streets in Old Dubai have long been the beating heart of the city’s traditional trading district; a multicultural community where generations of disparate nationalities have lived and worked side by side in the markets and souks. Read more Deira Fish Market, Dubai

D.Tales, Dubai

In what is seemingly an unlikely path for a design aficionado, Swedish native Lars Narfeldt was a UN peacekeeper in war zones across Africa and Afghanistan before settling in Dubai to pursue his dream of bringing Scandinavian design to the Middle East. Read more D.Tales, Dubai

Creekside, Dubai

A new cultural space beside Dubai Creek aims to celebrate and preserve Emirati culture with a menu inspired by traditional Emirati flavours, and a packed cultural programme of workshops and events. The task of finding Creekside is a big part of the experience. The building is perched on the edge of the docks and originally served as a lighthouse, then a tailor’s workshop Read more Creekside, Dubai

Bookshop Dubai

Tucked away amongst the glistening towers of Dubai’s financial district, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), devotees of the printed page will find Bookshop – a veritable treasure trove of difficult to source books exploring Middle Eastern and North African culture. The independent store-café specialises in both new and used publications in Arabic and English, including vintage fiction and non-fiction finds that encompass the breadth of the region’s literature, from architecture and design to history, poetry, film, music and sociological essays Read more Bookshop Dubai

Al Mallah, Dubai

Down in Dubai’s old garment district of Satwa, you’ll find that one of the city’s oldest restaurants is still also a favourite. Al Mallah in Dubai’s old garment district of Satwa has been serving some of the city’s favourite Arabic food for almost three decades. Read more Al Mallah, Dubai

Al Bastakiya, Dubai

A small heritage quarter of cobbled stones, secluded courtyards and art galleries, has been welcoming visitors and shaping the city since the 1800s. Read more Al Bastakiya, Dubai

Akin Barber & Shop, Dubai

With a nod to tradition, architectural styling and a community feel, this is the only place that you should take your beard for a tune-up in Dubai. Read more Akin Barber & Shop, Dubai

A4 Space and Café, Dubai

Dubai’s dusty industrial area is an unusual place to discover a communal hub dedicated to fostering the local creative community, but Al Quoz is fast-emerging as the city’s newest arts district and A4 Space workspace and café rests at its heart. Read more A4 Space and Café, Dubai

Cafe Rider, Dubai

A combination of serious coffee and specialist motorbikes might sound unusual (it is unusual), but it could well be Dubai’s most intriguing cafe. Read more Cafe Rider, Dubai