About DUBAI HOLIDAYS
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates and offers great duty free shopping, a range of beaches and a choice of watersports, with year round sunshine. In Dubai east meets west with numerous deluxe class hotels and a bewildering choice of shopping outlets. For sports enthusiasts there are four world class golf courses, or scuba diving, or game fishing. For entertainment there is the Wild Wadi waterpark, and there are a choice of excursions available. Please contact our sales department for more information.
About DUBAI BEACH HOLIDAYS
Boasting some of the best beaches in the world, Dubai has magnificent white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The coastline has many beautiful untouched public beaches where you can relax and unwind whilst soaking up the gulf sun; possibly the best are Jumeirah beach and Mamzar park beach. With the shallow warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, the beaches are family friendly and popular for water sports such as wind surfing. With Dubai city on your doorstop, with its array of shopping and entertainment options, this is the perfect beach get away for those who like to treat themselves.
About DUBAI CITY HOLIDAYS
The jewel in the crown of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is modern, fast paced, glitzy and even a little over the top! With towering glass buildings soaring skywards, flamboyant hotels and numerous shopping malls, Dubai is the ultimate chic destination. With arguably the best shopping in the Middle East and an array of world class restaurants serving the ultimate in international haute cuisine, Dubai city will not disappoint. The obvious choice for those looking for an opulent and prestigious destination, combined with a never ending choice of entertainment options.
About DUBAI DESERT HOLIDAYS
Take a desert safari in to the Dubai desert, just outside of the city. The vast open spaces and undulating sand dunes really do provide an Arabian Desert fantasy. Take a 4x4 jeep and drive into this mesmerising landscape for a day or overnight there under a star-laden sky. Stay for dinner, indulging in the local cuisine; shisha and Arabian coffee, all while watching the mesmerising belly dancers. An experience not to forget.
About THE PALM HOLIDAYS
The Palm Dubai has everything visitors need to enjoy a wonderful holiday break including world famous hotels, amazing tourist attractions and luxury fashion & shopping malls.
Relax or immerse yourself in an exciting and dynamic world of leisure and entertainment. Enjoy the magnificent sunsets, unwind in the spas and eat out at the fine selection of restaurants. There's a wide range of daytime activities to choose from, including water sports, aquariums, theme parks and miles of beautiful beaches. At night, the bars, clubs and shows offer plenty of fun and amusement. The Palm Dubai provides a truly inspirational holiday experience.
There are no street addresses in Dubai
In Dubai, 1 out of 5 persons purchase 5 pieces of gold jewelry every year
Dubai is listed in the countries having highest per capita incomes in the world
Dubai government doesn’t levy any kind of personal or income taxes on its citizens
Dubai has the worlds first man made islands, called the Palm Islands
Before oil was discovered in the 1950s, the UAE's economy was dependent on fishing and a declining pearling industry
Dubai City with its History Museum and market
Burj Al Arab (the world's most luxurious hotel)
Jumeirah Mosque (an architectural landmark in Dubai)
Bastakiya - Old Town for cultural and traditional aspect of Dubai and UAE
The Palm Island, Dubai Marina and “Jumeirah Beach Residence” projects for better understanding of modern day’s lifestyle in Dubai
Abu Dhabi (port at Jebel Ali, Grand Mosque, Heritage Village or the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall)
Sharjah (an exciting, lively city with colorful souks) & Fort of Ajman
Sea Cruise to Palm Island
Gold and spice souk in the Dubai Old Town
East Coast (Al Dhaid, the old village of Dibba, Al Bidya Mosque or port towns of Khorfakhan and Fujairah)
Hatta Tour by 4X4 - drive through the rocky landscape
Desert Safari (go into the heart of the desert)
Wild Wadi and Aquaventure (water theme parks)
Enjoy the amazing Dubai fountains while having dinner in one of many restaurants in Dubai mall or Souk al Bahar
Discover the Dubai night life at the Madinat Jumeirah
Haggle when buying anything in Dubai old spice souks. Offer half the asking price to start
Dress appropriately; for women, if visiting a mosque, a scarf will be handy
Enjoy high tea in one of Dubai most famous land marks, the Burg Al Arab
Take a scenic metro ride across Dubai or on to the Palm Jumeirah
Getting There DUBAI
Flights from six regional airports – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Glasgow. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card.
General Facilities include:
“ice” entertainment system – personal seatback monitors provide up to 1200 channels to choose from (international movies, TV programs, music, video games) in all classes.
Dining - choose from regionally inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients and free drinks in all classes.
– seat pitch approx. 32-33”; luggage allowance 30kgs.
– seat pitch approx. 48-60” / lie-flat beds approx. 79” long; luggage allowance 40kgs. Priority check-in & baggage handling; complimentary chauffeur-drive service (mileage restrictions apply); executive lounges in the UK and Dubai.
– seat pitch approx. 69”; luggage allowance 50kgs. First class passengers enjoy individual private suites on selected aircraft; personal mini-bar; exclusive cabin crew service; dining service with fine wines and champagne.
A daily service from London Heathrow to Dubai with complimentary food and drinks. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card. Available up to 24 hours before your flight or at a check-in kiosk at the airport terminal, print the boarding pass and drop bags at the Fast Bag Drop desks.
Euro Traveller & World Traveller
(Economy Class) - seat pitch approx. 31”; luggage allowance 23kgs (1 bag). World Traveller Y class can take 2 bags. Gold and Silver Executive Club members can carry an additional checked bag up to 32kgs as part of their free allowance. Entertainment’s Audio and Video system - choose from over 200 entertainment options is available for World Traveller passengers.
World Traveller Plus
(Premium Economy Class) - seat pitch approx. 38”; luggage allowance 23kgs (2 bags). It is a private dedicated cabin with a maximum of six rows. Entertainment’s Audio and Video system - choose from over 200 entertainment options.
(Business Class) - seat that converts into a 6ft fully flat bed; luggage allowance 32kgs (3 bags). Enjoy personal space in a separate, spacious cabin. Relax before your flight in one of BA lounges; enjoy complimentary hot/cold snacks and refreshments. Use separate check-in area and Fast Track security at London Heathrow. A member of the British Airways Executive Club can take advantage of 50% more Avios when flying Club Europe. Gold and Silver members can also boost their Avios with an additional Tier bonus.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS
A daily service from London Heathrow to Dubai with complimentary food and drinks. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card.
K-iD backpacks bursting with goodies, a kid's channel on the seat-back TV, plus tasty child meals.
- seat pitch approx. 31”; luggage allowance 23kgs (1 bag). Gold members can carry an additional checked bag up to 23kgs as part of their free allowance. Personal seat-back TV is with a great selection of the best TV from around the world. Extra legroom seats – get an additional three inches of space with the extra legroom seats (from £30 one way - subject to availability).
Premium Economy Class
- seat pitch approx. 38”; luggage allowance 23kgs (2 bags). Privileges – avoid the queues with dedicated check-in and bag drop and priority boarding. Personal seat-back TV to enjoy a movies, shows, music or games. Plus laptop power point. Extras - amenity kit which has all the essentials you’ll need for a great flight.
– seat pitch 22” wide and turn into a 33” wide, 6’66” long flat comfy bed; luggage allowance 32kgs (3 bags). Privileges – chauffeur driven car service (to and from the airport); avoid the queues by a private security channel from check-in through to the Clubhouse lounge. The Upper Class cabin is a luxurious equipped zone. There’s a power point, a roomy table and laptop storage space in every suite. Every suite has its own 10.4'' TV with a choice of movies, TV shows and games and also its own aisle access. Enjoy a delicious selection of food and a range of fine wines.
Language: The official language of Dubai is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken and understood.
Currency: The official currency is the UAE dirham (Dh), which is fully convertible and pegged to the US dollar. One dirham is divided into 100 fils; $US, Euros, £GB & Credit cards are widely accepted.
Time Difference: +4 hrs GMT
Flying Time: 6¾ hours
Tourist Board: http://www.dubaitourism.ae/
Visa Requirements: No visa required prior to enter Dubai for UK passport holders. Visit visa will be received at the airport, upon arrival. Initial entry is granted for a maximum of one month. UAE Consulate in London – Tel. +442078088307.
Passport: A valid 10 year passport is required with a minimum 6 months remaining on your passport from the date of return to the UK and an available empty page.
Security: For the latest information visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk and select ‘Country Advice’.
Voltage: 220v and three pin plugs are used similar to the ones used the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Religion: Islam is the main religion in Dubai, however the practice of other religions is permitted in this country.
Health: Hepatitis A /Tuberculosis /Tetanus /Polio vaccinations are recommended before arriving in Dubai/United Arab Emirates. Check with your Doctor for latest information.
Water: Bottled water is recommended.
2012 Public Holidays:
1 Jan - New Year’s Day
4 Feb - Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
17 Jun - Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
19 Aug - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
25 Oct - Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
15 Nov - Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
2 Dec - National Day
During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.