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One of the world’s most glamorous cities, Dubai is home to an incredible array of luxurious hotels, high-end shopping malls and oversized entertainment venues. As well as cutting-edge architecture and excess, Dubai also boasts a distinctive culture, a fascinating history and a burning hot desert climate, giving you plenty to explore during your stay.
The weather in Dubai can be relentlessly hot throughout the year. Your best chance of experiencing cooler temperatures – and relatively low humidity – is to book your flights to Dubai between November and March. In the US winter months temperatures hover between 75˚F and 95˚F, making it a little chilly by UAE standards.
If you’re looking for a cheap getaway, the best value plane tickets to Dubai are generally available between June and September. Many people avoid the city at this time of year as the mercury can easily top 105˚F. However, if you’re a fan of the heat, or plan to spend most of your break sat around the hotel pool, you should be able to find great deals at this time of year.
The spring and fall months can also be a good time to book a flight to Dubai. Although temperatures can be a little toasty, there are plenty of air- conditioned malls where you can cool down. Travel around the city using taxis and metro services to keep sun exposure to a minimum.
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Dubai International Airport is a major international air hub. The home base for Emirates, it’s the third busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic and offers a huge selection of flights to destinations around the world.
The terminal building is located just three miles from the center of Dubai, making it a very convenient entry point for those travelling to the Emirate.
From Dubai International, there are a number of ways to continue your journey to the city center. The Dubai Metro connects the airport with many of the most popular destinations in the city. It runs between 6am and 11pm every day except Friday. The airport is also connected to the surrounding area by buses, taxis and hotel shuttles.
Connecting and non-stop flights from US destinations to Dubai are available from a number of airlines.
Dubai is a very easy city to navigate, whether you’re travelling by foot, by taxi or by public transport.
The city’s metro service is modern, fast and efficient and links many of Dubai’s main attractions.
The Dubai tram can be used to travel between the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers and connects directly to the Palm Monorail.
Taxis are plentiful in Dubai and buses connect most parts of the city. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hire a bike using Dubai’s public rental scheme and explore the city on two wheels.
Without a doubt, the most famous attraction in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. Standing at a lofty 2,722 ft, it’s currently the tallest building in the world and is a must-see during your stay in the city. Take the high-speed lift to the tower’s observation deck for panoramic views of the surrounding area.
At the base of the Burj Khalifa you’ll find the Dubai Mall. This temple to consumerism is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city and a great place to pick up a souvenir of your trip.
See another side of Dubai with a visit to the Bastakia Quarter. The city’s old town, this atmospheric neighborhood is home to a number of traditional buildings and some great examples of Arabian architecture.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Dubai however you should ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you enter the Emirate.
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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