Flight Details - Virgin Atlantic flights to Dubai depart daily from London Heathrow. Flights are also available with Emirates to Dubai, Qatar Airways to Dubai via Doha, Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi and Oman Air to Oman.
Flying Time - Approx 7 hours to Dubai.
Flight Upgrades - available on all airlines, please call us for details.
Time - GMT +4 hours in Winter and +3 in Summer
Currency - UAE Dirham (Dhs)
Visa Requirements - British citizens do not require a visa.
Language - The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Alcohol - Legal drinking age is 21.
Dubai Flight Arrivals - Virgin Holidays' transfers in Dubai are direct to your chosen hotel. Transfer times may vary due to traffic conditions. The Virgin Atlantic flight to Dubai arrives early in the morning. Hotel check-in times start at 2.00pm. You will be able to store your bags at the hotel and use the hotel facilities until your room becomes available. If you would like to check in on arrival, you will need to pay for an additional night's accommodation.
Religious Periods - The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated between 9th July - 7th August 2013 and for 2014 28th June – 27th July 2014. During these dates there are restrictions on alcohol, food consumption and entertainment for local Muslims between sunrise and sunset when they must fast. Restrictions within hotels with international guests tend to be more relaxed, however you should be aware that the consumption of alcohol in public areas is prohibited within daylight hours and services maybe reduced in some food outlets. However at nightfall there are many lively traditional celebrations, known as Iftah, where hotels often arrange lavish buffet feasts. Whilst visitors are asked to respect these traditions it is also a great time to see the real Dubai and experience local customs and it should not impact the enjoyment of your stay.
Weather - can be extremely hot in the summer months; average temperature in Aug is around 41 degrees Celsius, however most hotels offer shaded pool and outdoor areas and there are many fantastic attractions which are under cover and full air-conditioned.
Average costs at an exchange rate of 5.7AED
Wine by the glass £7.90
Can of soft drink £1.75
Meal in a reasonably priced restaurant £60.00 per person
Meal in an expensive restaurant £175.00 per person
Prices are a guidline only and are subject to change.