Dubai is a burgeoning holiday destination and rapidly becoming one of the marvels of the modern world. On the southern shore of the Arabian Peninsula along the waters of the Persian Gulf, it is one of the seven Emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates. For cheap holiday packages to Dubai, visit Direct Flights.
Sometimes called the "Pearl of the Persian Gulf," Dubai used to be a small, ethnically homogenous pearling community, but it has transformed itself into one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in the world and a place where innovation has no limits. The city boasts remarkable skyscrapers, such as the world's current tallest building, the Burj Dubai, and is developing one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world – The Pad, a residential tower embedded with the latest technology that will allow its residents to change interior designs and window views at will. For cheap hotels in Dubai as well as cheap flights from Australia to Dubai, book a discount holiday package with Direct Flights today.
But despite these changes, Dubai retains a strong Islamic culture. The old meets the new in Dubai, a captivating city that offers both extremes: a traditional past interlinked with modern innovation. Direct Flights books cheap flights to Dubai so you can experience the timeless tranquillity of the desert, the lively bustle of the souks and the city's amazing ultra-modern achievements. Whether you want to fly with the country's award winning Emirates airline, or with a airline closer to home like Qantas or Air New Zealand, Direct Flights can arrange cheap flights to Dubai for any holiday budget.
Dubai has three main sections: Deira on the northern side of the Creek, Bur Dubai on the south, and Jumeirah, where most people on Dubai travel packages spend the majority of their time. Abras, the traditional water taxis of the area, are used to cross the Creek, but each side features fine mosques, busy traditional souks, shopping malls and hotels. A wide range of restaurants are on offer in Dubai, with foods from just about every country of the world. And Dubai features so many shopping malls, traditional markets and souks that it's known as the "shopping capital of the Middle East" and a duty-free shopper's paradise. The Gold Souk in Deira is just one example, a virtual must-see with hundreds of shops offering all kinds of jewellery. Adventuresome visitors on cheap holidays to Dubai may wish to take an excursion into the desert, with wadi driving, dune driving, sand skiing and desert feasts at sunset that often include falconry displays. And frequent camel races provide visitors with a unique opportunity to observe local culture. Book cheap car hire options in Dubai with Direct Flights, or combine it with cheap hotel options and cheap flights to Dubai and make a custom travel package to Dubai that will save you heaps.
The old Bastakiya Quarter with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers provides a glimpse of historic Dubai. The Dubai Museum offers a unique view of desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing and pearl diving, with major highlights including musical instruments and weapons such as swords, spears, bows, arrows, shields, pistols and axes. The Grand Mosque sits on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, and with the city's tallest minaret and dozens of domes, it is a distinctive landmark and and important place of worship. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the grandfather of the present ruler and his house has been restored as a museum. With its wind-towers and rooms built around a central courtyard, it's a fine example of regional architecture.
No holiday in Dubai would be complete without a tour of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. The Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah is an impressive landmark and a five star hotel built on an artificial island. Its sail shape rises 321m into the air, and it is probably the most extraordinary building in Dubai, at least for now. Know the world over- for its opulence, extravagance, and impressive guest list - don't worry if you can't find a bed for the night in this modern palace - Direct Flights can easily book you a hotel room suited for any budget throughout Dubai.
Throughout the year Dubai offers a variety of colourful festivals and celebrations to pique the interest of just about anyone. But even though this all sounds fascinating, the city-state that is Dubai offers much, much more to visitors on Dubai travel packages.
As you would expect with one of the world's most popular destinations, flights to Dubai arrive from just about everywhere in the world: cities throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Argentina, the Middle East, China, Japan, India, Australia, and South Africa all have cheap flights to Dubai. Visit the Direct Flights web site to book your discount travel to Dubai. Their friendly but professional representatives specialise in arranging cheap holidays to Dubai, including accommodation in Dubai to suit any budget, from 5-star hotels to super cheap accommodation. Through Direct Flights you'll be able to visit the marvel that is Dubai.