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first_img1. Hit the beachThe famous sail-shaped, helipad-topped Burj Al Arab Hotel (maybe one day!) provides a stunning backdrop for Jumeirah Beach – a 3km-long strip of sand with warm, shallow water which is absolutely ideal for families. Take a trip out to Palm Island, where the sand is artificial, but the beaches look even better than the real thing. And you might be lucky enough to bump into Posh and Becks, who’ve got a place here.2. Hit the pisteDubai boasts year-round sunshine, with the climate at its best from November to May. In fact, it hardly ever rains, let alone snows. But winter sports enthusiasts can combine winter sun with winter snow thanks to Ski Dubai, a Christmas card world of the white stuff, in a shopping mall. When it’s a lovely 30 degrees outside, you can tackle the world’s only indoor black run, explore a giant ice cave and have a snowball fight.3. Go on safariIf you’ve always wanted to experience the desert, without getting too serious, you can enjoy a bite-size taste of the wilderness with a desert safari. Visit a camel farm, go sand skiing or ‘dune bashing’, see a spectacular sunset over endless sand dunes, feast at a barbecue with belly dancers for dessert, and spend the night under the stars.4. Go bargain huntingYou don’t need to be a WAG or an heiress to flex your purchasing muscles in Dubai. Explore curious Karama, an enticing, exciting area of old Dubai that’s a veritable Aladdin’s Cave for bargain hunters. Pick up ‘genuine fakes’ of the highest quality at low prices from Prada to Louis Vuitton. No-one back home will know! Dubai residents go there for furniture at rock-bottom prices, but you might struggle to get a sofa on the plane home with you.5. Go wildNo, we don’t mean maxing out that Amex on evening wear without your other half knowing. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, the glitz and the glamour, head to Ral Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a wetland reserve home to a variety of exotic birds. Admire up to 500 pretty in pink greater flamingos, along with beautiful blue-cheeked bee-eaters, stunning purple sunbirds and many more.(ADVERTORIAL) RelatedThe best hotels in Dubai for every budgetWhether you’re looking for a five star resort with access to the world’s biggest shopping centre or just a good deal on a beach hotel, Dubai has a room for every occasion and budget. We’ve lined up the best hotels in Dubai so you can take your pick….Long-haul for less: where to go for early summer sun Was that a flake of snow we just felt? Why wait for summer to arrive, when you can escape before everyone else does, grab a bargain and still catch some rays. Ditch the unpredictable weather of the UK and fly far, far away to these top destinations. Search flight deals…Dubai for FamiliesDubai is known to be a glamourous city break destination with record breaking skyscrapers, the world’s biggest shopping malls and seven star hotels, but it can be just as enchanting for children with ski slopes, water parks, family friendly hotels and restaurants. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The rain falls, the nights draw in and you dig out last year’s winter coat from the back of the wardrobe. How about jetting off to somewhere dry, sunny and bursting with cool stuff to do that’s surprisingly affordable? We present… Dubai. Dubai may conjure up images of six-star hotels, Premiership stars by the pool and shopping malls the size of a small country. But this emirate is no longer the exclusive domain of Platinum Amex WAGs, for in recent years Dubai has been one of the UK’s fastest-growing mid-haul holiday destinations. With increased demand, it’s no surprise then that ticket prices are coming down. For example, Pegasus Airlines now offers very affordable flights to Dubai from the UK.With year-round sunshine, you could easily spend your holiday in Dubai lounging by the pool with 50 Shades, pondering which of your new purchases you’re going to wear to dinner – and there’s nothing wrong with that! But if you fancy a slightly more energetic escape to the sun this winter, or an amazing active autumn half-term getaway with the kids, then there’s so much more to see and do in Dubai than sunbathing and shopping. Here are our five Dubai must-dos:last_img read more