Cheap Flights to Dubai (DXBA)
Why visit Dubai?
Once a small fishing port, the desert jewel of Dubai is all at once an oasis, a playground, a financial powerhouse, an international hub, a traditional rest haven and a melting pot. Spending time in this city will grant you the opportunity to embrace all of its quirks, as well as enjoy its well-deserved reputation as a wonderful holiday destination.
Things to do in Dubai
First stroll through Old Dubai, where bobbing dhows—traditional merchant boats—replace the gleam of the skyscrapers. Sail down the creek to get a sense of this community before it exploded onto the world stage. It is in this part of town that you can investigate the wonderful souks, especially the ones celebrated for selling gold, and then try true Emirati cuisine, a mixture of rice, seafood and halal meats, perfect and delicious in the desert heat.
Once you’ve taken in the old world, head for the new by stepping into the flashy core of downtown, shop in lavish malls, eat in award-winning restaurants, and browse the contemporary galleries that litter this part of town. Then leave the streets and make your way to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world, and see the spectacular Dubai skyline. If you can, time your trip at sunset, as the cityscape is at its most impressive at night, when all the lights contrast against the velvety black sky.
Lastly, a trip to this city would not be complete without some time spent in Jumeirah, the golden stretch of sand that runs along the city. See families stroll along the beach at sunset, and then dine along the shore in what is considered to be the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Dubai.
Best time to visit Dubai
· From February through ‘til April the days heat to a perfectly lovely 20-26°C, making these months the most popular in Dubai.
· The months between May and August are best avoided, as this is when the heat ratchets up to its highest, with max temperatures around 39°C.
· Winter is very pleasant in the city, with average highs hitting about 23°C and lows generally not sinking below the 14°C mark.
Best time to book
· Generally for long-haul flights out of Australia the best time to book is about 7 months in advance to get a spread of the most competitive flight prices.
Expect to pay
· Emirati Dirham (AED).
· Enjoying a coffee in the city of Dubai should come to approximately 16.50AED ($5.80).
Arriving in Dubai by plane
· You’ll find that the Dubai International Airport (DXB) handles most of the international traffic. Almost every international airline in the world passes through this transit hub, some of these carriers include: Emirates, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Air Canada, Japan Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways and Qatar Airways.
· Located 14km outside of the city, it is easy to travel to and from DXB airport. WiFi, restaurants, cafes, shops, as well as banking and currency services are all provided to passengers travelling through this airport.
· Most of Australia’s premier cities offer regular and direct routes to Dubai.
· If you are an Australian citizen, you will be granted a 30-day stay on arrival to Dubai. It’s important to check the smart traveller website run by the Australian foreign affairs department to ensure that restrictions for Australians have not changed prior to your flight.
Transportation to city centre
· Taking a taxi into central Dubai should come to approximately 60AED ($21), or if you’d prefer to arrange transportation in advance, Skyscanner can help you book an airport transfer to meet you when you land.
· The Metro and buses are available for passengers wanting to take public transport.
· There are car rental agencies that operate out of DXB, or you can utilise our car hire search tool if you’d prefer to reserve a vehicle ahead of time.
Where to stay in Dubai
· The downtown area is perfect if you want to experience quintessential Dubai, with its shining high rises and panoramic views. There’s plenty of shopping to be had here, plus excellent dining and lots of city attractions are all right on your doorstep.
· Old Dubai is for those that want a taste of the city before it became an international playground. With lots of cultural highlights, and hotels that suit all budgets, this is a great neighbourhood to stay in.
· For a little beachside glamour, you can’t go wrong with booking a hotel in Jumeirah, the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Dubai.
Useful tips before you go
· The UAE is a conservative country, so if you’re out and about it’s best to keep your shoulders and upper legs covered, and keep to looser fitting clothes. For the beach, you can wear swimsuits and bikinis within the private resort beaches and the pools, but otherwise you must wear modest attire, even on the public stretches of sand.
· Keep in mind that the United Arab Emirates maintains a dry state, so drinking in public, or being drunk in public is breaking the local law.
Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of May 2016
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