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Cheap Flights to United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates overview

Comprising of seven sheikdoms (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain) the United Arab Emirates is what most of us picture typical Arab countries to look like: crystal clear beaches lined by never-ending stretches of desert, but the difference with the United Arab Emirates is that it embraces western ideals while staying faithful to its traditions. By taking a cheap flight to the United Arab Emirates, you’ll be welcomed by a brilliant blend of the old and the new as you gaze upon glitzy shopping complexes that defend old souks and ancient cities, all waiting for travelers to come and explore the ‘Vegas of the East’!

When is the best time to fly to the United Arab Emirates?


Peak season:                                                        

The United Arab Emirates has its peak tourism season between October and May, although a lot of travelers also visit the country from November through February. Prices on flights will probably be at their most expensive during the peak season, so keep in mind that you’ll have to do your admin well in advance if you want to see the country during the busiest and most tepid time of the year.

Off season:

The off tourism season of the United Arab Emirates falls between the months of June and September, which is also when temperatures tend to soar. This can be a perfect time to seize the opportunity of booking your cheap flights to the United Arab Emirates since a lot of hotels and airlines offer discounted rates.

When is the best time to book a flight to the United Arab Emirates?

Hotels are usually fully booked months in advance in the United Arab Emirates, which means that before trying to find the ideal time to book your flights, you’ll have to determine which one of the seven emirates you want to visit. The cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai both host year-round, world-renowned cultural and sporting events, which can considerably impact the prices of flights and accommodation. Generally speaking, when you make your flight bookings to the United Arab Emirates, the best way of ensuring you’re landing a great deal is by doing your admin three or four months in advance of your traveling dates. 

How long is the flight to the United Arab Emirates?

Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi               8 hours, 10 minutes
Johannesburg to Dubai                       8 hours, 15 minutes
Johannesburg to Sharjah                     24 hours, 20 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to the United Arab Emirates?

Depending on where exactly you want to go in the United Arab Emirates, you’ll have to make a choice between a variety of different airways that all operate cheap flights to and from the UAE. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you’ll likely see names such as JetBlue Airways, British Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Aegean Airlines, and Jet Airlines coming up as the most popular carriers. Go ahead and compare the offerings from each of these airlines, not forgetting to compare them based on different dates, and then decide whether or not comfort or a more affordable price ranks higher on your traveling needs scale.


How to get from the airport to the city center?

The United Arab Emirates has a very efficient public transport system, and getting from any one of the emirate airports to the centers of the city will be easy to do. All of the major airports have car hire companies based on site from which you’ll be able to rent a car. Alternatively, you can also choose to use any of the taxis (which are found in plentiful supply at all the airports). Taxi services are cheap and easy to use in the United Arab Emirates and can be very affordable if you’re looking at long-distance traveling.

United Arab Emirates insider information

  • The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. The city is renowned for its amazing parks and gardens, but if you’re traveling here make sure you get a glimpse of the rich history which can be explored in sites such as the Old Fort.
  • Dubai is the UAE’s shopping capital, which means that travelers that stop here have to check out the Mall of the Emirates, featuring an indoor ski arena, a palm tree-shaped man-made island, and the world’s only seven-star hotel! Check out this post for other great ways of exploring Dubai in a short time.
  • Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and although not nearly as popular as Dubai or Abu Dhabi, it’s still a perfect place to submerge yourself in the culture and explore the beautifully restored old buildings.

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How much do things cost in United Arab Emirates?

Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 129.37
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 4.16
1 km taxi journey
R 6.31
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
R 21294.13
Abu Dhabi
Pair of jeans
R 798.77
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1096.42
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 3.91
Meal at McDonald's or similar
R 78.88
Pair of jeans
R 609.55
Pair of Nike shoes
R 940.53
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 47.33
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 220.87

International departures to United Arab Emirates