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Dubai Stopovers

A land of excess and contrasts. Dubai is a desert metropolis embodying the glamour, style and wealth of the Middle East.

Dubai is an urban retreat offering beach and city, side by side. With an ever-changing skyline of slick high-rises set aside historic Arabian architecture, it's an enchanting place to stopover on your way Down Under.

Of course, one must do while in Dubai is to experience the dizzying heights of the world’s tallest building - the Burj Khalifa. Situated in Downtown Dubai, the impressive 830-metre skyscraper pierces the skyline. With 160 storeys, ascend to level 124's observation deck for floor-to-ceiling panoramic views. Or, for a fine dining experience with a difference, book a table at At.Mosphere on level 122.

It's also no secret that Dubai is a haven for shoppers. The city is rich in designer boutiques and extravagant malls. But if you're looking for more traditional souvenirs, make a beeline for the souks. Here you'll find everything from fragrant spices and colourful jewellery, to lanterns and gold.

If you need a break from shopping, then head to Ski Dubai - the indoor ski slope at Emirates Mall. Cool off in the -1°C temperatures and enjoy the wintery setting, or take to the slopes. With five different slopes, including the world's first indoor black run, choose from snowboarding, skiing or tobogganing. Who would have thought you could find snow in Dubai?

What to do in Dubai

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Dubai.

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Places to stay in Dubai

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Dubai holiday.

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)

    Language: Arabic, though English is widely spoken

    Time difference: GMT +4

    Airport: Dubai International Airport (code: DXB)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days in Dubai.

    Climate: With a desert climate, Dubai is hot and sunny year round. Summer months of April to October endure average highs of 40°C accompanied by high humidity. Temperatures in the evening are cooler, yet still hover at 30°C. Winter from January to March has a more comfortable average temperature of 25°C. Rainfall in Dubai is rare but occurs mainly between November and February.

    Approximate flying times

    If you're thinking about stopping over in Dubai, here's a rough guide of flying times from London, and then on to Australia and New Zealand.

    London Heathrow to Dubai = 7 hours

    Dubai to Sydney = 14 hours
    Dubai to Melbourne = 13 hours 30 minutes
    Dubai to Cairns = 18 hours + 1 stop

    Dubai to Auckland = 16 hours
    Dubai to Christchurch = 19 hours + 1 stop