Cheap Flights to Dubai

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Dubai overview

Often nicknamed the “Vegas of the Middle East”, Dubai is much more than a town filled with tacky hotels and flashing lights. Yes everything is here is larger than life and it’s true that some of its shopping malls verge on being slightly ostentatious. But if you look beyond its shiny exterior you’ll discover a tiny emirate that has everything you could ask for in a holiday. Miles of white sandy beaches provide great spots for a barbeque or for simply relaxing beneath a palm tree, while adrenaline-seekers can go para-sailing or jet skiing instead. And since most travellers taking flights to Dubai merely use it as a hub to stopover on route to Asia why not stay a few days – or a week - and explore all that this desert city has to offer. Just be sure to keep these 13 rules in mind when out and about so as not to offend the city's culture.

Dubai’s shopping malls and souks surmount any in the region and are usually the first stop for travellers coming off their flights to Dubai. The Mall of the Emirates is the largest and has an indoor ski slope, the first of its kind in the Middle East; while Deira’s Gold Souq has an extensive selection of Indian and Arabian gold.

Dubai climate

Dubai is scorching hot and sunny, as you would expect from the desert. Summer days average 11 hours of sunshine a day with temperatures more than 37 degrees (Celsius). On the hottest days the temperature can reach 49 degrees. Evening temperatures drop to the 20s, but the humidity rises to an uncomfortable level.Between December and March, daytime temperatures range from the upper 20s to upper 30s, with evenings cooling down to the teens. Rainfall is limited, but what Dubai does get falls mostly from January to March.

Getting around Dubai

Tourists usually choose to make their way through Dubai by taxi. The privately owned taxis are the only ones allowed at the airport and are not metered, so you will have to agree on a fare before departing. Metered taxis can be found everywhere else and will be beige-coloured with uniformed drivers. You can also get around by bus or the new metro system. Buses crisscross the city and routes are easy to decipher. Routes are printed in both Arabic and English and discounted tickets offer unlimited travel on one or both sides of Dubai Creek. Walking is the best way to see the older parts of Dubai, where you can visit the souqs and museums. 

If you need to cross the Creek, abras (water taxis) are convenient and provide a nice view of the waterfront. Pay your fare once you’re afloat.

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How much do things cost in Dubai?

Transport
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 1.84
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.67
1 km taxi journey
$ 0.73
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 0.71
Restaurants
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 13.17
Cappuccino
$ 6.03
Cheap meal
$ 11.02
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 14.69
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 116.17
Pair of jeans
$ 106.95
Markets
Large bottle of water
$ 0.82
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 10.47
Bottle of wine
$ 27.54
A dozen eggs
$ 3.70
How much does an apartment cost in Dubai?
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1946
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 2874
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 3915
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 5713

More information about Dubai

  • Enjoy all the astounding modern architecture of Dubai, including some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world
  • Dubai is a superb destination for a fantastic city break in one of the world’s most up-and-coming cities
  • Have a wander around the glittering Gold Souk, one of the largest gold retail markets in the world
  • The city has a diverse range of restaurants in which to spend your evenings, offering foods from across the globe
  • Fly first class direct to Dubai and arrive in style; there are some fantastic deals on offer at the links above
  • Find out about the city’s history at the Dubai Museum and explore the old Al Fahidi Fort that is located there
  • If you’re not staying in it, visit the opulent Burj Al Arab, considered unofficially the world’s only 7-star hotel
  • You can find discounted airline tickets to Dubai from major airlines, but book early to get the best price
  • Why not check now for cheap deals on last minute flights to Dubai, the magnificent ‘City of Gold’?
  • Get a feel for the local culture and religious traditions by visiting Dubai’s splendid Grand Mosque
  • Direct flights to Dubai operate frequently with major airlines including Emirates, British Airways and Virgin
  • Play golf at one or more of Dubai’s fantastic courses including those at the top-class Emirates Golf Club

International departures to Dubai

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