Make your stopover a holiday within a holiday
Most people don't think much about stopovers when flying long haul. Airlines often have to stop on route to refuel, maybe for an hour or so, or sometimes half a day, and some people pay extra to just to avoid them. But what if the stopover was a city you've been dying to visit and you want to see more than just the airport? Want to experience what Dubai has to offer but don't have the budget for more than two or three days? Stopovers are the perfect opportunity for a taster holiday and a great way to break up the long haul flights.
Dubai is the fastest-growing transit hub in the world and has one of the most impressive airports. The airport is only 3 miles from the city centre making it super accessible on a stopover. So why not make it a memorable addition to your trip? There's so much to see and do it's recommended you stay AT LEAST 3 nights or you'll be very disappointed. The biggest dilemma facing visitors is choosing what to do! Stay in luxurious hotels, pamper yourself in magnificent spas, enthral your senses through a world of adventure as you wander through historic souks or eat in some of the world's greatest restaurants.
The Textile Market is a must, where you'll see textiles coloured by traditional dyes using well-practised techniques and producing luxurious results. A Spice Soux Tour will open your eyes to the scents and sights of the culinary Middle East with spices prepared according to ancient traditions. And after a morning wandering around bustling markets, there is nothing better then enjoying a hammam experience where the steam will cleanse your skin and you can wash and scrub away your worries. Perhaps book yourself in for a massage if you're feeling indulgent. Or for something a bit more thrilling for the whole family, try one of the Dubai's many adventure parks - Aquaventure Park anyone? There are also many events held throughout the year such as the international Dubai Motor Festival.
With so many world class activities and experiences on offer, Dubai is the perfect destination for a holiday within a holiday. Talk to our team today to find your great Dubai stopover deal.
Please note: The Unite Arab Emirates has strict customs so it's important to respect local sensitivities. It's illegal to share a hotel room with someone of the opposite sex to whom you are not married or closely related, and you should watch not to show public displays of affection or swear. Homosexual or de facto relationships can be subject to severe punishment and females should always wear clothing that covers arms and legs. It's also one of the safest countries in the world so relax, have fun, and respect the local culture.
Atlantis The Palm is a majestic destination resort on the man-made Palm island – a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with it’s magnificent scale and ingenuity. Whether you book a couple of nights or just visit for the day, Atlantis has become an icon of the city and a must-see destination – especially for the kids! The ocean-themed resort boasts 1539 rooms, beach, waterpark, dolphin bay and Aquarium. While the kids are having a blast the adults can make the most of the spa and luxury shopping alongside the 23 restaurants, bars and lounges… That’s if they can resist joining in with the the kids!
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are a hands-on experience taking families on themed adventures through interactive rides, water slides, models and building experiences. You can buy your Legoland tickets in advance through the website – the kids (and let’s face it, the adults) will love it!
One of the biggest malls in the world, Dubai Mall boasts 12 million sq ft made up of 1200 retail stores, 2 departments stores and more than 200 food and drink outlets. Not to mention Kidzania – an 80,000 sq ft interactive mini city, an Olympic-sized ice rink, a 22-screen cinema, and the largest aquarium in the world. Phew!
Famous for some of the world’s most extraordinary architectural geniuses of our time, Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa – an engineering marvel and the world’s tallest building. At 160 stories, towering above the city’s other ‘skyscrapers’, it reaches 828 metres into the hot Middle Eastern sky with the longest travelling elevator and highest outdoor observation deck in the world. Dubai, however, is planning to break their own record! By 2020 they plan to build a tower “a notch” higher than the Burj Khalifa, complete with rotating balconies and elevated landscaping inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon. We can’t wait to see this one!
Home to one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world, and a 48 metre walk-through tunnel that provides 270 degree views from 11 metres below the surface. While you’re there, you can say hello to King Croc – the 750kg crocodile over 5 metres in length that you have to see to believe!
Aquaventure located at Atlantis The Palm, take on thrilling rides and white water rapids as you slide through shark filled lagoons. The Lost Chambers Aquarium showcases 65,000 marine animals in 20 interactive exhibitions.