Where to book Dubai package holidays

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

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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

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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


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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


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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.

Go to the TUI website


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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


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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.


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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


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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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