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Compact, ostentatious and one of the world’s largest airport hubs, Dubai presents all the ingredients for a perfect stopover holiday. Here’s why you should consider a stopover on your next holiday.

It will break up your flight

If the thought of a long-haul flight gives you a slight sense of dread, then a stopover holiday in Dubai is the perfect antidote. With Emirates flying to over 140 destinations around the world via Dubai, chances are if you’re flying with Emirates or one of their code share partners, you’re going to end up in Dubai anyway. And while you could, like most people, spend your layover at the airport, if you opt to extend it you can stretch our legs around the city, indulge in some beach time and enjoy a well-rested night before returning to do the next leg of your flight.

Destinations you can stopover in Dubai on the way to include:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka

The Dubai metro

It’s easy to get around

Dubai is serviced by an endless stream of taxis, all of which are metred. From the airport you can pretty much get anywhere within an hour by taxi. For public transport, Dubai has an air-conditioned metro which is a cheap and easy way to get around, especially if you buy a red travel card which is ideal for tourists. The metro connects the airport with a range of attractions including the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, the Mall of Emirates and Dubai Marina.

You can get a good feel for the city in 48 hours

With convenient transport options and a centrally located airport, Dubai is a city that’s easy to digest in 48 hours. To start with you of course need to travel to the top of the Burj Khalifa, not just because it’s the world’s tallest building but because the observation deck offers the perfect opportunity to orient yourself and take in Dubai’s attractions, of which there are many. A tour to the top of the Burj Khalifa typically takes an hour. 

The beach at Anantara The Palm Dubai.

The beach is just 20 minutes from the airport

Nothing breaks up a long flight like some beach time, of which Dubai has plenty. Many of the city’s resorts boast their own private beaches along with your typical beach resort offerings including sun loungers and water sports. If you opt to stay in a city hotel though there are free beaches you can visit including the sport-friendly Kite Beach and the beach at The Walk at JBR.

Woman shopping in Dubai

Things to do aren’t dependant on the weather    

While Dubai’s weather typically ranges from warm (24 degrees in January) to hot (40 degrees in July), its air-conditioned attractions allow it to be a year-round destination. Indoors you can enjoy retail therapy at the city's various shopping malls, take in the views from sky-high buildings, dine at some of the world's best restaurants and let loose at a range of theme parks. For more options, read our favourite list of things to do in Dubai.