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An opulent land that can’t fail to impress

This ever-changing Emirate is like nowhere else on the planet and features eye-catching architecture, scintillating tax-free shopping, incredible attractions, beautiful beaches, glamorous bars and restaurants as well as ancient traditions and the silently shifting sands of the dramatic desert interior.

Why visit Dubai?

  • Sunshine virtually guaranteed
  • Wonderful sandy beaches
  • Spectacular skylines
  • Worlds tallest building
  • Sumptuous shopping
  • Fantastic water parks
  • Desert adventure
  • Excellent golf

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Premier Holidays & Dubai

Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about Dubai. With first-hand knowledge of when and where to go they can create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.

The facts:

Flight duration: Dubai is approximately 7 hours from the UK.

Recommended airlines flying non-stop to Dubai: British Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic.

Local time: GMT +4 hours.

Currency: UAE Dirham.

Language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.

Passports & Visas: A full British passport, which is machine readable and valid for six months beyond your return date is required. Visas are not required for full British passport holders for stays of less than 60 days in the United Arab Emirates.

Health: Vaccinations are required and strongly recommended. Your GP will be able to provide you with specific advice on the destinations in your itinerary.

Tourism Dirham charge: A Tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels and apartments in Dubai and is levied per room per night as follows:-
AED 20.00 (approx. 3.80) per room per night for stays in 5* hotels and deluxe hotel apartments.
AED 15.00 (approx. 2.85) per room per night for stays in 4* hotels and superior hotel apartments.
AED 10.00 (approx. 1.90) per room per night for stays in 3* and 2* hotels and standard hotel apartments.

Ramadan: During Ramadan (approximately 15 May-14 Jun 18), it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.

Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are only available in licensed hotels in Dubai and the legal drinking age is 21.

Development: A variety of construction and resort development is underway in Dubai and no matter where you go, you will see and hear evidence of this.

Best time to travel: Dubai enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between December to February temperatures average in the mid-20sC, rising up into the 30s from March to April and again from October to November. While the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40C), its one of the few destinations when its cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays, whether travelling with children or not.