Say Och aye to Dubai!
They may seem a million miles apart (although only 4,852 to be exact), but it is easier than you might think to travel from Glasgow to the sun drenched shores of Dubai. In 7 and a half hours you can fly direct from Glasgow International Airport to Dubai International Airport courtesy of Emirates from around £530 return per person.
Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and it is a mecca for both tourism and the global business community. With transport connections to all of the major international cities and a plethora of activities to keep you entertained, it isn’t hard to see why. Whether you decide to take a luxurious break on a long journey or you make Dubai your one-stop destination you won’t be disappointed.
Where to go and what to see in Dubai – our top 10:
- Burj Khalifa – Impossible to miss at 828 metres high, the world’s tallest tower welcomes visitors to the world’s tallest observation deck, fittingly named “At the Top” on the 148th floor.
- The Dubai Mall – You’ve seen it on the Apprentice, now experience it for yourself. The Mall’s 1,200-plus shops sit alongside 150 restaurants, an indoor theme park, an ice rink, an indoor waterfall, a choreographed outdoor fountain and the giant Dubai Aquarium. Plenty to keep the whole family entertained indefinitely.
- Dubai Creek – The waterways and souks of ‘old Dubai’. Head to the heart of the city which the Bani Yas tribe originally called home and learn more about Dubai’s fascinating history at the Dubai Museum before a visit to the intriguing souks selling gold, spices and beautiful textiles. A ride on an Abra (a traditional canal boat) is also a highlight.
- Palm Jumeirah – The iconic man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. Hop on the monorail from the mainland to visit an impressive selection of hotels and eateries.
- The Walk and Beach at JBR – Not just any old beach, The Beach opposite JBR also hosts top DJs every weekend, a regular outdoor cinema and an impressive waterpark.
- The Desert – Less than 20 minutes drive from downtown Dubai will find you in the impressive Arabian Desert. Blend the old and new with a camel ride or quad biking safari, or perhaps stay a little longer and treat yourself to dinner under the stars.
- Al Fahidi (“Dubai’s past”) – one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Dubai, where you can take Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits to gain a real understanding of traditional Dubai.
- Dubai Parks and Resorts – One for the families, Dubai is soon to introduce an exciting collection of theme parks such as Motiongate, Bollywood Park, as well as its very own Legoland. Sure to delight both the young and young at heart!
- Al Warqa’s Dubai Safari – Home to 2,500 different species of animal (rising to nearly 5,000 by 2020), explore four themed areas of the park: the Arabian, Asian, African and Safari Village.
- The Dubai Opera – Enjoy a cultural experience to rival the West End or Broadway in an intriguing space inspired by the shape of the Arabian Dhow ship.
Pictured above: Dubai Opera
Dubai vs Glasgow – The Weather
Dubai is also known for its sunny desert climate and – just in case you needed another reason to visit – check out these average temperature differences between Glasgow and it’s exotic Middle Eastern counterpart!
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Popular Hotels & Resorts in Dubai
Of course, one of the main draws of Dubai is its stunning, luxurious, and sometimes over-the-top hotels. Here are some of our favourites:
- Rixos Bab Al Bahr – One of our most popular hotels in Dubai and it’s not hard to see why. This 5* resort has it all; fantastic beachfront location, 15 restaurants and bars, a huge selection of activities, entertainment… and family friendly to boot!
Pictured Above: Rixos Bab Al Bahr
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai – Oozing the effortless cool of the Nikki Beach club. Mingle with the coolest of the cool at this classy beach retreat on Dubai’s stunning Pearl Jumeirah shore. Fantastic food and laid back vibes courtesy of the best DJs in town will ensure that you relax in style.
- Conrad Dubai Hotel – Right in the heart of the action in Dubai’s financial and shopping district, the luxurious Conrad Dubai Hotel caters to those wishing to work or play during their stay. Take advantage of easy access to all of Dubai’s must visit attractions such as the Mall, Marina and its ever-growing range of theme parks. Alternatively, why not stay in and enjoy a host of fantastic facilities and restaurants such as Marco Pierre White’s Grill or an impressive wine cellar with over 1500 international wines on offer.
- Lapita Hotel – A fantastic base for the attractions of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the 4* plus Lapita Hotel is the only resort to be situated within the theme park itself. It is as family friendly as you could imagine with dedicated children and teen clubs to appeal to the younger members of your group.
- Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort – As the name suggests, the 5* Hilton Al Hamra offers the best of both worlds for the keen golfer and beach lover. Ideally located between the impressive Al Hamra Golf Course and the beautiful coast of Ras Al Khaimah, take a break from the fairway to enjoy a relaxing treatment in the magnificent spa or, for the thrillseekers, enjoy the numerous watersports and activities on offer.