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Dubai offers you the opportunity to go skiing in the morning and desert safari in the afternoon with a BBQ in the middle of the desert as you watch the sun go down. Only 4 hours ahead of the UK and less than 7 hours away - temperatures are in the thirties for much of the year, making it the perfect place to enjoy some winter sun.
Dubai has gained a reputation in the Middle East, and the wider world, as a fast moving, high tech country with a super modern infrastructure, huge shopping malls adorned with all the big names in fashion. Not forgetting the highest skyline in the world topped by the Burj Khalifa standing over 829m high... however there is another side that moves a little slower and embraces the relaxation and wellness that we believe should be at the heart of any escape, and we have found the best places to go....
Set in 225 square kilometres of pristine desert landscape, yet only an hour from the city of Dubai, the award winning Al Maha desert resort and spa is a wonderful (and very luxurious) wilderness escape.
The Royal Mirage is on the Dubai coast and overlooks the famous Palm Bay and Island built out in the Arabian Gulf and pays tribute to Arabian architecture and hospitality on a truly regal scale.
Built on the Palm itself out in the Arabian Gulf, The One&Only Palm Hotel is the ultimate in exclusivity, with world class spas and cuisine the Palm's supreme location also makes it the perfect location for a range of activities including golf, water sports and excursions.
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Weather and when to go
Built on the coast and surrounded by desert Dubai gets very hot, from May to September the sun is intense and in August temperatures can hit 54°C. It is dry when it is hot and humid when its cooler, the best time to go is from the end of September to the beginning of May with temperatures in their 20s. December to April brings with it a little rain however in the past annual rainfall has lasted only minutes!
dubai, united arab emirates 5 nights from £1,660
Located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, Palm Dubai, The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Amidst lush manicured gardens, fountains and pools along the sparkling shore, guests can enjoy the beauty of the resort.view