Where to book Dubai package holidays

Indulge in an opulent city break to the Arabian paradise of Dubai.

Updated

Home to countless boutique shopping malls, an exclusive 7-star hotel and the world’s tallest building, Dubai has become a playground for the ultra-rich.

But this city is not just for the luxury-seekers. Search a little harder and you’ll discover a unique culture in its historic quarter, untouched sand dunes in its countryside and the best knafeh dessert this side of the Mediterranean.

Here are seven travel companies that can help you to visit this small pocket of the United Arab Emirates in whichever way you see fit.

Where to book Dubai holiday packages

Picture not described

1. Expedia

Experience something different when you book a holiday package to Dubai with Expedia. As well as flights and hotels, Expedia can arrange a selection of activities to enjoy, like a camel safari through the city’s red dunes.

  • Price range: Mid-range to high-end
  • Trustpilot rating: 1.5/5
  • Who should book a package with Expedia? Couples and seniors
  • What should I expect? Fly with either Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines, both of which offer affordable and direct flights from London to Dubai.

Go to the Expedia website


Picture not described

2.Lastminute.com

Got your heart set on a city break to Dubai but worried about the costs? lastminute.com can help you to book an impromptu weekend away for less.

  • Price range: Mid-range
  • Trustpilot rating: 4/5
  • Who should book a package with Lastminute.com? Budget travellers and couples
  • What should I expect? To keep costs down, lastminute.com works with a range of low-budget to mid-range hotels that are clustered around Deira. Direct flights can be arranged from most major airports in the UK.

Go to the Lastminute.com website


Picture not described

3. TUI

Let the team at TUI create a hand-picked getaway to Dubai that suits your wants and needs.

  • Price range: Mid-range to high-end
  • Trustpilot rating: 2.5/5
  • Who should book a package with TUI? Seniors and couples
  • What should I expect? Choose from all-inclusive packages at Jumeirah Beach resorts, or a bed and breakfast option in one of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels.


Picture not described

4. STA Travel

STA Travel steers clear of the sky-scrapers and high-end malls and lets you experience Dubai as it was fifty years ago.

  • Price range: Mid-range
  • Trustpilot rating: 4.5/5
  • Who should book a package with STA Travel? Budget travellers
  • What should I expect? As well as low-cost hotels and affordable flights, the team at STA Travel can arrange an abundance of exciting activities for you to enjoy. Think camel safari and street food tours through the historic quarter.

Go to the STA Travel website


Picture not described

5. First Choice

Whether you’re looking to splash your cash on Dubai’s flashiest hotels or find a more affordable holiday to the UAE, First Choice will have a holiday package for you.

  • Price range: Mid-range to high-end
  • Trustpilot rating: 3/5
  • Who should book a package with First Choice? Families and seniors
  • What should I expect? With deposits as low as £50 per person to secure your Dubai adventure, booking a holiday has never been easier.


Picture not described

6. British Airways

Working with some of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels, consider booking a holiday package with British Airways if you’re looking for a no-expenses-spared type of getaway.

  • Price range: High-end
  • Trustpilot rating: 3/5
  • Who should book a package with British Airways? Seniors and couples
  • What should I expect? Book your flights, hotels and activities with British Airways to enjoy a stress-free ATOL protected holiday package.

Go to the British Airways website


Picture not described

7. Shearings

Boat trips through the marina, stargazing in the desert and helicopter rides over Dubai are all included when you book a packaged tour with Shearings.

  • Price range: Mid-range to high-end
  • Trustpilot rating: 2/5
  • Who should book a package with Shearings? Families and seniors
  • What should I expect? Flights, accommodation, transfers, activities and food are all part of the package. Expect to stay in 4-star hotels and dine at some of the city’s top restaurants.

Go to the Shearings website


Pros and cons of pre-packaged holidays: Is it better to book or build my own?

Pros

  • Receive guidance from experts who know the country inside-out and can advise you on where it’s best to stay so you can get the most out of your holiday.
  • No need to worry about organising transfers and activities whilst you’re on holiday as these can all be arranged in advance.
  • You don’t need to spend your evenings trawling the Internet for the best deals on flights and hotels as the travel operator has already done this for you.

Cons

  • With everything arranged for you, pre-packaged holidays are notorious for being inflexible. Everything from meals to activities will be dictated to you, with little wriggle room for change.
  • It’s not always clear what’s included in a holiday package. To avoid paying any hidden charges while you’re abroad, make sure you know exactly what meals, transfers and activities are part of the package.
  • Accommodation and dining choices are limited when you book a packaged holiday, so you might not be able to stay at that boutique hotel that you had your heart set on.


Where should I stay in Benidorm?

The 200-story Burj Khalifa building stands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the world's tallest tower today and renamed it the Burj Khalifa after the ruler of neighboring Abu Dhabi, which bailed out Dubai during the country's debt crisis last year. Photographer: Charles Crowell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

1. Downtown Burj Dubai

As the beating heart of glamorous Dubai, downtown Burj is home to the world’s tallest building as well as an abundance of ultra-luxurious hotels.

  • Budget: High-end
  • Best for: Couples and business people
  • What’s nearby? Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Souk Al Bahar
  • Distance to airport: 8 miles (13km) from Dubai International Airport

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: XCAT teams practice near the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab during the Dubai Grand Prix - the Second round of the UIM World Series where 14 boats ae competing, at Dubai International Marine Club on April 16, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. XCAT, short for extreme catamaran, is one of the most challenging and extreme forms of powerboat racing in the world. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for XCAT)

2. Jumeirah Beach

When you stay at Jumeirah Beach you’ll be moments away from the Persian Gulf which provides the perfect respite from Dubai’s intense heat.

  • Budget: High-end
  • Best for: Families and couples
  • What’s nearby? Al Wadi Wadi Waterpark, Mercato Shopping Mall, Burj la Arab
  • Distance to airport:12 miles (20km) from Dubai International Airport

United Arab Emirates U.A.E. UAE Middle East Dubai Deira Baniyas Square hotel buildings city skyline. (Photo by: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

3. Deira

If you thought that Dubai was impossible on a smaller budget, consider staying in the Deira region which is home to a selection of more affordable hotels.

  • Budget: Mid-range to high-end
  • Best for: Families and couples
  • What’s nearby? Deira Clocktower, Al Mulla Plaza, Women’s Museum
  • Distance to airport: 5 miles (7km) from Dubai International Airport

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: The Palm Islands, also referred to as The Palm Dubai and The Palms, are the three largest man-made islands in the world, which are being built on the coast of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its concept was announced in May 2002 and the three resort islands are expected to maintain position as a premium tourist destination The Palm Islands is also the self-declared 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Each of the islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira) are being built in the shape of a date palm tree and consist of a trunk, a crown with fronds, and are surrounded by a crescent island that acts as a breakwater. The islands will support luxury hotels, freehold residential villas, unique water homes, shoreline apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and various diving sites in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 01, 2007. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

4. The Palm

Encompassing a series of man-made floating islands in the Persian Gulf, staying in this exclusive area comes at a hefty price, but is a must-go for luxury travellers.

  • Budget: High-end
  • Best for: Couples and seniors
  • What’s nearby? Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Distance to airport:21 miles (34km) from Dubai International Airport


Top deals on holiday packages for Dubai

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com
Summer holidays

Back to travel!

Thanks to the amazing last minute deals available on lastminute.com you're still on time to book your 2020 Summer holiday! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Expedia Expedia

Find your next getaway

When you're ready to get away, we're ready to inspire you. Explore trip ideas and travel deals with Expedia today. T&Cs apply

Last verified

Expedia Expedia
Greece

Visit Athens, Greece, from £115/per room

Love museums, history and temples? Get away to Athens with Expedia today from £115/night average per room! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia
Poland

Visit Krakow, Poland, from £66/per room

Come to Krakow and enjoy its cathedral, history and museums. From £66/night average per room. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Cancel your hotel reservation for free

Can't or don't want to go on a trip anymore? Don't worry! If you booked it through Expedia, you can cancel it for free. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com
Summer 2021

Summer 2021 now on sale!

Everybody needs a little break now and then. From all-inclusive treats, to lazy days on the beach, and holidays for couples and families, we’ve plenty of tempting offers to help you plan your getaway. So if you’re looking for a little inspiration we’ve pulled together our list of the Top 10 summer holiday destinations. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com
Winter 2020/21

Winter sun holidays 2020/21 now on sale

The perfect solution to those long, dark nights – these holiday deals are packed full of fun, sun and savings. Leave the gloom and the grey far behind while you just concentrate on the tan. And enjoy a spot of luxury too, with 4 and 5-star hotels, all-inclusive and adults-only resorts all available to choose from. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Get 5% off your worldwide student discount card ISIC

Get your worldwide student and youth ISIC discount card with a discount of 5% off with this STA Travel discount code applied at checkout. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

5% off STA travel insurance

Purchase your STA travel insurance online and take advantage of this working discount code that will help you save 5%! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Subscribe for member prices - unlock an extra 10% or more off select hotels

Subscribe now and get extra 10% or more off select hotels at Expedia! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Book early and save up to 25%

Travel smarter and for less with early bookings at Expedia. Explore the best deals that will help you save up to 25%. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com

Catch exclusive offers before they're over

Get great deals with this Flash Sale from lastminute.com. Explore these exclusive flight + hotel packages and book your next trip today! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com

Book now and pay later with Fly Now Pay Later at lastminute.com (Rep. 49.0% APR)

Book your dream holiday now and pay for it in instalments thanks to lastminute.com's partnership with Fly Now Pay Later. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com
Spa!

Up to 60% off selected spa packages

Looking to escape for a relaxing spa break in the UK? Use one of lastminute.com offers and save up to 60% today. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com

Up to 40% off top secret hotels!

Want to add a sense of mystery and excitement to your holiday? Score up to 40% off your booking when you choose your ideal hotel based on everything but the hotel's name! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Shearings Holidays Shearings Holidays

Best one-price deals

Looking for fantastic four- and five-day half-board breaks? Here you can find the best of the best, price match guaranteed! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Shearings Holidays Shearings Holidays

Gift vouchers with a free delivery

Surprise your loved ones with gift vouchers from Shearings Holidays! Prices start from as little as £10. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel
Cheap!

Discover cheap trips under £300

Wanna have the time of your life without breaking a bank? Check out these cheap travel options and jet off to Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere already tomorrow. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Book now with just a £49 deposit

Lock in your place on STA's next great adventure with deposits from just £49! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Cultural festivals from £225

Whether you're looking for Octoberfest, La Tomatina or a European music festival, check out STAs cultural festival packages starting at just £225. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

British Airways British Airways

Save 10% on your booking at British Airways

If you're a British Airways Visa Signature® cardholder, then this offer is for you! Get a 10% discount on British Airways round-trip flights when you use your British Airways Visa Signature card with this discount code. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Double Expedia Rewards on all app bookings

Download the Expedia app to gain access to real customer reviews and in-trip updates and enjoy double Expedia Rewards! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Discover great travel deals at Expedia

Browse Expedia's huge choice of holidays, flights and hotels and save on your next adventure today! T&Cs apply

Last verified

Expedia Expedia

Free extras with selected bookings

Click here to see which Expedia offers will give you free extras! Deals include free breakfast, late checkout and more! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com

Holiopathy: rediscover the holiday break

Do you need Vitamin D booster, Creativity kick-starter, Couples remedy or Super kids holidays? Then you definitely need Holiopathy! Check Lastminute.com innovative vacation solution. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Lastminute.com Lastminute.com

Find great discounts on a range of holidays at lastminute.com

Looking to save on your next trip away? Check out lastminute.com for great deals on destinations all over the world. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Shearings Holidays Shearings Holidays

Get a free brochure

Take the stress out of choosing your travel destination and request a free brochure online today. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Shearings Holidays Shearings Holidays

Get the latest deals

Sign up to the Shearings Holidays newsletter and get hand-picked deals and exclusive offers. T&Cs apply

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Start your travelling adventure with STA Travel

Whatever your adventure is, it starts right at STA Travel. Book flights, hotels, tours, find insurance and many more - all in one place and at the best affordable prices! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Discover the BlueTiecket option with STA Travel

When you aren't certain about your plan but eager to commence your once-in-a-lifetime experience, STA is there to help you with their BlueTicket option. Click here to find out more! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

British Airways British Airways

Last-minute holiday deals from just £144

Up for a spontaneous trip? Check out last-minute holiday deals from British Airways and book a flight + hotel package from just £144. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

British Airways British Airways

Sign-up to receive special offers and the latest news

Get access to special offers with newsletter sign-ups at British Airways. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Travel news and reviews

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site