When is the cheapest time to fly to Dubai?
Despite the stifling heat during July and August, airfares are still high during this time, although prices for accommodation are slashed. Costs do start to come down during the latter half of August. Cheap flights to Dubai are most common between March and May and during October when the days are balmy, so this is the time to look for the best deals.
When is the best time to book flights to Dubai?
It's recommended that you book your flights to Dubai four to six months in advance of your desired departure date. Some airlines release their tickets up to 12 months before departure so it’s possible to pick up an early bird deal on return flights if you have fixed travel dates. Deals on last-minute flights are not usually very common but they are not unheard of either.
How long is the flight to Dubai?
A direct flight from the UK to Dubai takes just under seven hours.
Flying to Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Dubai International Airport (DXB) ranks as the third-busiest airport in the world, only coming behind Atlanta Airport and Beijing Airport. However, in terms of international passenger traffic alone, it's in the number one spot. The airport is less than five kilometres from the city centre and, depending on your choice of transport, you’ll reach the centre in roughly half an hour.
Direct flights to Dubai from the United Kingdom are most frequent from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Although several airlines fly direct from London, a stopover in may be needed if you choose to fly from another UK airport, like Edinburgh, Birmingham or Manchester. You can fly from the UK to Dubai with various big-name airlines, including Emirates, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. If you're looking for a cheap flight to Dubai, it's also worth comparing the flight prices of KLM, Air France and Turkish Airlines. With so much choice, there's an option for every budget.
On arrival and getting around the airport
The airline you fly with determines which terminal you will arrive at. Flights with Emirates and Qantas arrive at Terminal 3 and all other airlines, like British Airways, will arrive at Terminal 1. There is a complimentary shuttle bus service between terminals 1 and 3 and there is also a metro line between the terminals. As this is an airport that deals with millions of travellers per year, there are plenty of amenities to take advantage of. If you want to shop, you can browse one of the many boutiques, if you fancy a swim you can go to the pool, and even slip in a cheeky massage at the same time. There are plenty of restaurants to dine at or you can even catch up on some sleep in one of the state of the art sleep pods.
Getting to the city from Dubai International Airport (DXB)
There are plenty of options to get from the airport into the city. It is possible to get a bus from all three terminals into the city. You will need to buy a Nol travel card that can be topped up with credit for use on public transport because drivers do not take cash. The Nol card can also be used on the metro. There are two metro lines and they run every ten minutes from terminals 1 and 3. Taxis are found at the taxi ranks outside each terminal. Car rental is also available from several different companies.
Why visit Dubai?
Located on the southeastern coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is where tradition meets the future. Visitors get an incredible aerial view of the city from their Dubai flight, with the city’s palm shaped islands stretching out into the sea. Once disembarked it is possible to truly appreciate the skyscraper laden skyline in all its glory and as night falls, the city glitters. If you want to check out the social scene, after dark is when the party starts and there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
Modern, air-conditioned shopping malls sit next to charming, old-world souks, where locals and tourists alike splash their cash on spices, clothes and trinkets. When the hustle and bustle of modern Dubai gets too much, the Al Fahidi historical area is the perfect antidote. These narrow, winding streets lend themselves to aimless strolling, and it's one of the best places in the city to learn about the Dubai of the past.
Don't forget before you fly
British travellers to Dubai do not need to apply for a visa before departure. Upon arrival British citizens will receive a 30-day visa. Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of entry. If you plan on working, then you must apply for a three-month probationary work permit from the Ministry of Labour. The UAE Dirham is the local currency. It's possible to exchange money in the UK before you go but, if needed, currency exchange is available at Dubai Airport (DXB).