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Flights to Dubai
Dubai flights arrive at the bustling Dubai International Airport, which receives flights from six continents and over two hundred destinations. Dubai International is one of the busiest airports in the world when it comes to international passenger and cargo traffic, but despite the crowds passengers on Dubai flights will feel welcome and relaxed in the airport's impressive terminals. After deplaning their flights to Dubai, travelers can explore the airport's duty free shopping, take a nap in one of the Snooze Cube sleeping pods, enjoy the children's play area, or head to the G-Force Health Club for swimming, gym time, or a massage. Dubai International is a hub for Emirates Airlines and Flydubai and is located just three miles from the center of Dubai.
When planning for Dubai flights, travelers should keep two things in mind: weather during Dubai summers is oppressively hot, and the dress code in Dubai emphasizes modesty. Because summer temperatures climb to an average of 113F, travelers should pack lightweight, conservative clothing. This is a good way to adhere to local custom and avoid sunburn. It is best to plan flights to Dubai for the winter season, from November to March, when temperatures are cooler. Visitors should always pack a jacket, as air conditioning systems in Dubai run quite cold.
Getting Around Dubai
After Dubai flights land, passengers can take taxis, cars, or buses to downtown Dubai or take an airport shuttle directly to a nearby hotel. Visitors should keep in mind that Dubai streets are highly congested due to construction and constantly changing street routes. Additionally, the rate of traffic accidents in Dubai is one of the highest in the world. Most people in Dubai prefer to travel by taxi, and foreign visitors especially should avoid driving on their own. Dubai's public transportation system has undergone expansion in recent years and now includes additional bus lines and the Dubai Metro, which offers rapid transportation to most areas of Dubai. Tourists should also take at least one traditional abras ferry ride across the Dubai Creek.
Flights to Dubai transport travelers to one of the busiest and most energized places in the world. Dubai's streets and skyscrapers are packed with adventures of every kind, and nearby deserts, parks, and beaches provide the perfect escape from the city rush. Attractions include:
- Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which consists of sand dunes and gravel plains and is home to 120 birds and 43 mammal and reptile species
- Dubai Fountains, a choreographed water display accompanied by music that propels water as high as fifty stories
- Dolphin Bay, where visitors can swim with dolphins and learn the history of their flippered friends
- Ski Dubai, the third largest ski slope in the world
- Al Mamzar Park, a clean, serene beach adjacent to a park area that includes a swimming pool
Dubai When to Go
Expect hot and humid days year-round in Dubai. Although rain is rare, it is more plentiful in winter. Temps range from 73 degrees in January to a broiling 103 in July. Low season is in summer, from July to August. This being the desert, nighttime temperatures cool considerably, but most times of year light clothing is all you need. Many businesses close for the holy month of Ramadan, which falls on a different date each year depending on the Muslim calendar.
The most popular time to travel is November to April, and expect big crowds during high season’s major events, such as the Dubai Rugby Seven in December, when over 120,000 passionate sports fans arrive. A bastion of consumerism, Dubai naturally has its own shopping festival at the end of January, with over two million shoppers flocking for deals. February’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament puts $2.5 million at stake and is considered the crown jewel of the European Tour’s three-stop desert swing. The Taste of Dubai is March’s family-friendly event featuring a Kid’s Zone, live music, foodie workshops, and celebrity chefs whipping up delectable dishes. The marquee event, however, is reserved for the ponies, as 50,000 horse enthusiasts arrive in March for the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world.
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