Holidays in Dubai, Beaches and Beyond

Hotels in Dubai, Beaches and Beyond

Essential information for Dubai, Beaches and Beyond

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Do I need a visa?

British citizens do not require a visa for travel to Dubai.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Flight information

Dubai (DXB)
7h 5m
Direct flight

Flight schedule

  • Virgin Atlantic flights to Dubai depart daily from London Heathrow. Flights are also available with Emirates direct and Qatar Airways to Dubai via Doha.

When is Ramadan?

Ramadan, from 27th May – 25th June 2017 (followed immediately by Eid) is a festival like no other, and visiting during this period offers a fascinating insight into Emirati culture and religious traditions.

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Dubai beaches and beyond

If you want pure, unadulterated luxury, a holiday in Dubai is perfect for you. With miles of golden sand and a manmade island shaped like a giant palm tree, a trip to Dubai ticks every holiday box – from five-star resorts and spas to the world’s tallest buildings and idyllic beaches. Here’s a list of things not to miss whilst you enjoy a Dubai holiday.

Luxury Holidays in Dubai

Is there a better to place to indulge in a little luxury? If you’re looking to spoil yourself on your package holiday to Dubai, then these a few luxurious highlights:

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai is home to some of the world’s biggest shopping malls. Spend the day wandering the gilded halls and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home, or treat yourself instead. Here are some shopping experiences to look out for:

The best of Dubai’s beach holidays

The truth is, there are almost too many beaches to count in Dubai. There’s one to satisfy your every mood – whether you want a quiet spot to chill out in or a lively atmosphere complete with bars and restaurants. These are a few highlights to narrow the search down a little:

Dubai’s desert safaris

Dubai’s unique location in the middle of the desert presents some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Here are just a couple of them:

Water sports in Dubai

During your 2017 Dubai holiday, take advantage of all of that coastline by getting out on the water. Learn to dive, try something new or head to the waterpark.

Events in Dubai

There’s no bad time to take a holiday to Dubai, but to get the most out of your trip you might coordinate it with one of the exciting events occurring throughout the year:

Ready to indulge, relax on the beach or discover the desert on your 2017 Dubai holiday? Check out our range of Virgin Holidays hotels in Dubai now.