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Why Fly to Dubai?
Many visitors travel to Dubai for the three S's, which in the case of this city-state in the United Arab Emirates, are sun, sand and shopping malls, all if which it has in spades. With a flight time of approximately seven hours from the UK and pretty much guaranteed year-round sunshine, this glamorous desert city is popular with sun-seekers. It also has stunning modern architecture – including the world’s tallest building – and an impressive infrastructure which allows for first-class holidays. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Dubai.
Flying to Dubai from the UK
Dubai flights depart from many UK airports. It is possible to get direct flights from a choice of airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. A direct flight from London Heathrow takes approximately seven hours. There are indirect flights from a wide-choice of airports, usually with one or more stops and although the duration is longer, it is sometimes cheaper.
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Which Airlines Fly to Dubai?
Dubai Airport is an important international flight hub and a wide choice of airlines fly there, meaning it is often possible to get good flight deals. Emirates is Dubai's official airline and it operates flights from many UK airports including London Heathrow, Birmingham and Newcastle. Royal Brunei Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Singapore Airlines also have direct flights to Dubai. Several airlines also offer non-direct flights from UK airports. From Edinburgh, for example, KLM stop in Amsterdam, while Air France flies via Paris.
Mini Travel Guide to Dubai
Aside from its sunshine, beaches and shopping malls, Dubai’s appeal lies in the fact that it offers some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. It does in fact claim to have one of the world’s few seven-star hotels. Designed to look like a billowing sail, the Burj Al Arab, is also one of Dubai's most iconic landmarks. The city state has an exciting skyline, punctuated by the Burj Khalifa, which at more than 800 metres is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. The observation deck on the 124th floor offers incredible views over the city.
Another good way to get a feel for Dubai's desert setting is to take a hot-air balloon trip high above the coast and dunes in the early morning, or at sunset.
Many visitors come to Dubai for the shopping, and while the many malls are favoured by tourists, a trip to Dubai's souks is a must for those wanting to experience a more traditional part of Dubai life. The glittering Gold Souk and aromatic Spice Souk are highlights.
The beautiful Jumeirah Mosque is open to non-Muslims and tours are designed to increase cultural understanding and act as a catalyst for communication.