The exquisite beach-side setting of Fairmont The Palm is conveniently located close to all that Dubai has to offer. The iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest human-engineered island, is where magnificent tourist attractions and miles of white sand wait at every turn.
Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the iconic man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
A playground in which to relax and indulge, Vida Downtown Dubai is the perfect choice for those looking to explore Dubai.
Built on the edge of a lake, The Palace Downtown Dubai, is a harmonious blend of traditional Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai style.
The award winning Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is an idyllic, exclusive oasis nestled deep within Dubai’s magical desert landscape.
In the heart of the prestigious Dubai Marina on the enchanting, world renowned, Jumeirah Beach, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection boasts uninterrupted views of the sparkling waters of the Gulf.
Unforgettable family moments are made at JA Oasis Beach Tower, located on the famous Jumeirah Beach.
Stroll along the beachfront promenade to Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach and feel the relaxed ambiance of this urban riviera infuse your soul. Step in to a sensory explosion of tradi-chic colours, tastes and aromas of the Orient mingled with cosmopolitan life.
Discover Dubai in a bustling district close to the beach at JA Ocean View Hotel. With a great location on The Walk, the city’s famous seaside promenade, this contemporary hotel is a superb choice for an unforgettable Dubai stay.
Grosvenor House is ideally located at Dubai Marina, close to The Palm, and is the perfect base for exploring local attractions, including the Emirates Golf Club and Mall of the Emirates.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina offers a luxurious getaway on Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Beach. Benefiting from 500 metres of private beach, the resort features several swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym.
Wander down the palm tree-lined gardens to the glorious white sands of Jumeirah Beach at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled in extensive landscaped gardens close to Emirates Golf Club, the resort is conveniently located for exploring all that Dubai has to offer.
Overlooking the world's largest man-made marina and waterfront which houses upscale retail stores, renowned restaurants and trendy late night lounge destinations, The Address Dubai Marina lies at the heart of Dubai Marina.
A modern 5 Star resort on Jumeirah Beach, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina offers a tranquil setting with exceptional views over the Arabian Gulf.
Jumeirah Al Qasr, 'The Palace', is the centrepiece of the Madinat Jumeirah resort and has been designed to reflect a Sheikh's summer residence. It is grandiose and impressive in its elegant setting, reached via a long tree-lined avenue adorned with beautifully sculpted Arabian horses.
Nestled within Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf is perfect for guests seeking an intimate Arabian hideaway.
An opulent, magical oasis of Arabian luxury, crafted in the spirit of the Orient. Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage is nestled within 65 acres of landscaped gardens on Jumeirah Beach front, with dramatic architecture that harmonises perfectly with the surrounding fountains and walkways.
A regal domain in the heart of the stylish One&Only Royal Mirage resort, The Palace rekindles the grandeur, dignity and hospitality of old Arabia in mesmerising splendour.
Experience this Mediterranean-style beach resort providing renowned Arabian hospitality in an exclusive setting in the heart of the vibrant Jumeirah Beach and Marina district.
A vibrant symbol in the Dubai skyline, Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers all the luxury one can expect from a 5 Star beach resort.
Explore a majestic tribute to Dubai’s past surrounded by tranquil waters at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, a grand boutique hotel that forms the gateway to Madinat Jumeirah.
A wondrous place of arches, domes and towers interspersed by courtyards and rich green lawns, Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage is an intimate retreat for those seeking the ultimate luxury break.
Enjoying a beachfront location, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is perfect for exploring this glamorous city.
The word ‘Malakiya’ translates into ‘royal’ in Arabic, and epitomises the level of luxury at Malakiya Villas. The seven independent villas are designed for those seeking spacious opulence, seclusion, impeccable service, while benefiting from complete discretion.
Combining the very best of the traditional and the modern, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers the ultimate in lavish accommodation. This spectacular sail-shaped structure, built on a man-made island, soars majestically into the skies and has become an internationally recognised landmark.
Discover an unforgettable idyllic retreat with alluring tranquillity and breathtaking views over the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Inspired by the imperial palaces of the Ottoman era, the spectacular Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers limitless views of calm, azure waters from the sanctuary of its private beaches.
Be thrilled by a sunny Polynesian island theme, with vertical gardens, fresh flowers and artworks bringing elegance to luminous interiors at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.
Perched on the eastern crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort is a remarkable resort inspired by traditional Thai architecture in an Arabian setting.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is a resort with a stunning beach setting, perfect for the whole family to enjoy a luxury beach holiday in Dubai.
Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular man-made landscapes, The Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm enjoys relaxing views of the Gulf and exciting vistas of the new Dubai skyline.
Discover vibrant Dubai at the Arabian inspired Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. With easy access to Dubai’s top attractions, this hotel is perfect for those looking to explore this exciting city.
The multi award winning JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel is situated on a private 800 metre palm-lined beach overlooking the golden shores of the Arabian Gulf. This 128 acre beach resort in Dubai is renowned for an unpretentious, relaxed holiday atmosphere, perfect for family holidays.
This golfer’s paradise is located in the heart of the prestigious Emirates Hills and boasts a dramatic links-style 18-hole Championship golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie, in association with Desmond Muirhead.
A superb family beach holiday destination, JA Palm Tree Court is a 5 Star beach hotel within Dubai’s award-winning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
An oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city, Grand Hyatt Dubai is set in 37 acres of landscaped gardens at the edge of Dubai's historic Creek.
Set in the heart of Dubai and just moments away from Dubai International Airport, the contemporary Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is perfect for those looking to be at the centre of Dubai’s pulsating cultural scene.
PER AQUUM Desert Palm is the pinnacle of luxurious Dubai accommodation. This stylish retreat combines chic, subtle elegance with local design and historic architecture and is set amidst green fields and palm trees.
Centrally located in Old Town Downtown Dubai, just a short walk from Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountains, Manzil Downtown Dubai offers a high standard of traditional Arabic hospitality.
The large outdoor pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, located above the hustle and bustle of street level, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing or shopping.
The Address Dubai Mall blends traditional Arabic hospitality with a contemporary and cosmopolitan environment to create a glamorous hotel, overlooking the Burj Khalifa, in the heart of trendy Downtown Dubai.
Set within the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel offers a retreat into a world of understated elegance in each of the 160 guest rooms and suites.
Set in the heart of Dubai alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the Dubai Metro Station and a short drive away from pristine beaches, this established landmark encompasses a fully integrated five star hotel in a luxurious setting.
Experience the Fairmont Dubai, a hotel of unmatched luxury. With an ideal location, gracious service and exceptional amenities such as the Willow Stream Spa, the luxurious Fairmont Hotel Dubai is a unique blend of contemporary design and urban chic.
Emerging from the heart of the desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is an elegant resort in a traditional Arabic fort setting. It features 113 rooms and suites, beautifully furbished in traditional Gulf decor and a superb range of recreational facilities.
Bordered by stunning white beaches, Fairmont Ajman offers a delightful contrast to the bustling metropolis of Dubai.
Jumeirah Al Naseem is a breath of fresh air in today’s dynamic Dubai. With its extensive landscaped gardens on the city’s longest private beach, proudly overlooking Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai fuses outstanding architecture with pioneering design that complements its iconic destination.
Boasting a prime location within the Al Zorah eco destination is The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah. A sophisticated design set within mangrove forests and caressed by the gentle sea breeze, the resort offers modern comforts with exceptional service.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is located on the waterfront of The Pearl Jumeirah, allowing guests to enjoy the Arabian Gulf’s blue waters from almost every corner of the resort.
Offering sweeping city views towards the iconic Burj Khalifa and within walking distance of the world’s most exciting shopping destination - The Dubai Mall - The Address Boulevard Dubai is perfectly placed for exploring this cosmopolitan city.
Dubai is a unique and fascinating cocktail of 'east-meets-west' and 'old-meets-new'. All year round glorious sunshine, warm inviting Arabian Gulf waters and a majestic desert tell only one side of the story.
This intriguing oasis is quite simply the ultimate destination. It offers a flavour of Arabia alongside a chic and cosmopolitan lifestyle. In addition to sunbathing on uncrowded, pristine beaches there is the option to engage in a plethora of pursuits including watersports, desert safaris, camel rides, horseracing, dune driving, superb duty-free shopping, exotic souks (markets offering gold, carpets and spices), historic mosques, palaces and Bedouin villages. In addition, over recent years Dubai has become an increasingly popular destination for golfing trips, with a selection of championship courses available to challenge the most accomplished of golfers.
Beyond the hotels and resorts, there are endless opportunities to experience the diversity of Dubai. From 4-wheel drives or camel riding in the dunes of the desert, excursions into the Hajar Mountains and moonlit cruises along the Creek, to snow-skiing and tobogganing in the Snowdome. As the world's third largest indoor ski slope, the piste will excite and challenge all levels of skiers. For the less energetic, why not visit the fascinating Dubai Museum, indulge yourself with some shopping at the many malls and souks, treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab's Skyview Bar or or ascend the world’s building – The Burj Khalifa.
So whether your preference is a city tour, a romantic dhow cruise or the thrills and spills of camel-riding and sand-skiing in the desert, to make the most of your holiday, we can suggest a variety of excursions that are offered locally by our agents.
Amongst the local excursions that are recommended are:.
Building developments in Arabia
There are currently some building works taking place throughout Arabia and in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular. This is all part of a government strategy to ensure that these Emirate states remain at the forefront of advancement to meet the anticipated future demand of the discerning traveller.
Dubai especially has developed a reputation for its bold and innovative approach in creating architectural wonders, and for its cutting-edge infrastructure, architecture and design. Both Emirates recognise however that any unavoidable disruption requires to be kept to an absolute minimum and hotels make every effort to ensure that guests have an enjoyable holiday.
These developments are not under the control of If Only..., nor are we necessarily always made aware of them in advance. However, we do liaise with our local agent regularly. Generally, any disturbance is minimal and any impact on your holiday is negligible.
|Location:||Arabian Peninsula||Vaccinations:||None compulsory, contact your doctor|
|Size:||3885 square kilometres||Flying Time:||UK/Ireland to Dubai: 7 hours|
|Population:||1.5 million||Telephone Code:||+ 971 4|
|Local Time:||GMT + 4 hours||Electricity:||220/240 volts|
|Visa:||None required by UK or Irish passport holders||Tourist Office (UK):||
|Currency:||UAE Dirham (Dhs)||Language:||Arabic, English is widely spoken|
|Tipping:||Some bar and restaurant bills will
contain a pre-added service charge;
if you wish to tip 10% is generous. Tipping hotel staff such as chambermaids, porters etc. is at your discretion.
|Smoking:||Please note that electronic cigarettes are illegal in the UAE and are likely to be confiscated at the border.|
*Weather patterns are unpredictable and this data should be used as a guide only. Rainfall data is per month.