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Stopover in Dubai?

Hi - We are flying to Africa via Dubai and considering breaking the journey for a night or two.

Just wondering about the practicalities as it isn't a place we had planned on visiting. Where is the best place to stay to get a flavour of the city, how long will it take to and from the airport, do we need visas? What would be a must see in Dubai?

Is it something to seriously consider for a couple of days?

Any guidance would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

If you hold a British passport you will get a free 30 day visa on arrival.

My advice is to do some research and get a feel for what Dubai has to offer. It's s very popular stopover destination. You could start by reading this forum and the Top Questions about Dubai on the right side of this screen.

The airport is right in the city so no matter where you stay it won't take long to get there. It would help if you say your budget per night for a room if you want specific advice. Also mention if you want to be in old or new Dubai.

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2. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

When are you travelling ? The weather and hotel prices vary significantly throughout the year. It's summer now and very hot and humid. The winter (Nov-Jan?) is very pleasant but more expensive.

There is plenty to do and you can get a flavour of the place in a couple of days. There is something for all budgets.

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3. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

Info on some of the things to see and do in Dubai:

http://www.dubai.com/v/attractions/

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4. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

Thanks for the updates - I am reading up about it now. We are travelling in August but the flight arrives at 5am

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5. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

August is low season because it's very hot and very humid, hotel prices are lower than most other months. You won't want to spend extended periods walking around outdoors so you'll have to take that into account when making plans about what to do. It's hot and humid 24 hours/day so early morning and evening are also uncomfortable.

That said, many people visit at that time of year and have a great time.

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6. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

In one or two days you hardly scratch the surface of Dubai. Some people spend 2 weeks and don't get bored. Beaches, desert safari, water parks, shopping, fancy hotels, restaurants....

As a first timer, I suggest staying in downtown area around Dubai mall/burj khalifa depending on your budget. It's close to the airport airport and old souqs in case you fancy to visit them as well.

Edited: 12 July 2014, 13:53
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7. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

If your flight lands at 5am then you will be out of the airport and in a taxi by 6am so you need to decide if you want to book an hotel room from the night before, which will mean you have a room on arrival or book into an hotel with 24 hour check in such as Jumeirah Creekside.

Your budget will dictate where you can stay.

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8. Re: Stopover in Dubai?

Most of our visits to Dubai are stopovers usually on the way back from our main destination but usually stay anywhere between three to five days.

Where you stay might depend on what is your purpose in Africa. If its a beach stay in Africa then stay in the historic Dubai area for example.

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