Cheap Flights to Dubai

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When to fly

Since the weather isn’t particularly varied, there are several other factors which might affect your decision of when to look for cheap flights to Dubai. The below events are some of the most popular attractions in the city and attract visitors from around the world.

The Dubai Shopping Festival takes place between January and February and it has become a great tourist attraction, not only for the large shopping discounts, but also for the other events the whole family can enjoy, including music concerts, fashion shows and children’s’ events. Over 2000 stores participate in this month long festival and offer products ranging from haute couture to cars and electronics to perfume.

Held annually in January, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a world class golfing event. Since the first ball was teed off back in 1989, it has been host to many famous golfers, including, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. The competition is held at the famous Emirates Golf Club and attracts many tourists who book cheap flights to Dubai just to watch the event.

The Dubai Jazz Festival plays host to a fantastic line up of artists and aims to bring Jazz to large audiences who would not normally hear it. Held at the Dubai Media City during February, the festival has a chilled friendly atmosphere and also offers free street concerts.  

Why visit

Often nicknamed the “Vegas of the Middle East”, Dubai is much more than a town filled with hotels and flashing lights. Admittedly, everything here is larger than life and it’s true that some of its shopping malls verge on being ostentatious. But if you look beyond its shiny exterior you’ll discover a tiny emirate that has everything you could ask for in a holiday. Miles of white sandy beaches provide great spots for a barbeque or for simply relaxing beneath a palm tree, while adrenaline-seekers can go para-sailing or jet skiing instead. And since most travellers take cheap flights to Dubai because it acts as a hub to stopover on route to Asia, why not stay a few days – or a week - and explore all that this desert city has to offer.

Dubai’s shopping malls and souks surmount any in the region and are usually the first stop for travellers. The Mall of the Emirates is the largest and has an indoor ski slope, the first of its kind in the Middle East; while Deira’s Gold Souq has an extensive selection of Indian and Arabian gold.

Considering its size, towering skyscrapers and glitzy ambiance, it's incredible to think that Dubai was little more than a sleepy fishing village just a few brief decades ago. The city has experienced some incredible boom times and tourists flock there for premium entertainment and excitement.

Head to the observation deck at the top of the Burj Khalifa. At 2 722 ft, it is currently the tallest building in the world. The building holds many other interesting records; for instance, it offers the tallest mosque in the world. From the observation deck, you'll enjoy a truly phenomenal view and can plan out the rest of your explorations. If you are looking to escape the winter for more hot weather, a cheap flight to Dubai is all you need.

Dubai climate

Dubai is scorching hot and sunny, as you would expect from the desert. Summer days average 11 hours of sunshine a day with temperatures more than 37 degrees Celsius. On the hottest days the temperature can reach 49 degrees. Evening temperatures drop to the 20s, but the humidity rises to an uncomfortable level.Between December and March, daytime temperatures range from the upper 20s to upper 30s, with evenings cooling down to the teens. Rainfall is limited, but what Dubai does get falls mostly from January to March. Book your flights with the temperature in mind. If heat isn’t your thing it would be better to look for flights between December and March, when it is a bit cooler.

Getting around Dubai

Visitors usually choose to make their way through Dubai by taxi. Metered taxis can be found everywhere else and will be beige-coloured with uniformed drivers. Many people rent cars to get around the city. Please note that you drive on the right side of the road in the UAE. Those who prefer not to rent cars can get around in many other ways. The Dubai Metro is clean and easy to navigate. With an NOL card, you can use it to travel around the city with ease. In addition to buses and taxis, there are water buses and water taxis.

You can also get around by bus or the metro system. Buses crisscross the city and routes are easy to decipher. Routes are printed in both Arabic and English and discounted tickets offer unlimited travel on one or both sides of Dubai Creek. Walking is the best way to see the older parts of Dubai, where you can visit the souqs and museums. 

If you need to cross the Creek, abras (water taxis) are convenient and provide a nice view of the waterfront.

Getting from the Airport to the City

All flights to Dubai land at Dubai International Airport (DXB), located close to the city centre making getting from the airport to central Dubai very easy. Bus services are readily available. Two lines of the Dubai Metro travel between the airport and the city centre, and shuttle service is also available. There are metered taxis and limousine services and many hotels offer free shuttle transport.

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How much do things cost in Dubai?

Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 143.50
A dozen eggs
R 34.92
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 132.62
Bottle of wine
R 272.63
Cheap meal
R 105.54
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 4.42
3 course meal for 2
R 527.68
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 140.71
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1160.72
Pair of jeans
R 983.19
How much does transport cost in Dubai?
Taxi - fixed fee
R 41
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 18
1 km taxi journey
R 7
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 106

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