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Dubai International Airport is located just 2.5 miles (4km) southeast of Dubai city centre. The journey time by car and taxi is around ten minutes depending on traffic. There is a Metro link which runs frequently between the airport and Dubai city center from Terminals 1 and 3. The journey time to the city center is between 10 and 20 minutes. A bus service runs to the city from stations opposite Terminals 1 and 2. Buses C1, 11, 15, 33 and 44 depart from Terminal 1 while bus 2 leaves from Terminal 2.
Dubai's second airport is Al Maktoum International Airport, located 37km southwest of the city.
When to go to Dubai
Any time of year is excellent for visiting Dubai although those who want to enjoy fun in the sand dunes of the desert, desert treks or camping with the Bedouin should avoid the blazing summer temperatures and come in winter. Sports fans will want to see the Rugby Sevens in December or perhaps the Tennis Championships in February. For shopaholics, January is the must-visit time of year with as Dubai plays host to a vast and jaw-dropping Shopping Festival. For runners who can stand the heat, the Dubai Marathon takes place in January.
The cheapest flights to Dubai are usually from between October to December and January to late March. Temperatures are much more pleasant at this time of year and it avoids the summer crowds of holidaymakers.
What’s the weather like in Dubai?
Dubai is definitely a year-round destination with blue skies, warm sea and scorching sunshine 365 days a year. Late April and early September are the months of highest humidity but everywhere has air conditioning so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Summers are unbearably hot with temperature soaring up into the 50°Cs. It is best not to visit the desert at this time.
Further information on visiting Dubai
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What to see and do in Dubai
There is no doubt that Dubai is a millionaire’s playground however it is also accessible to us mere mortals too. While you may not be able to afford a stay in the 7 star Burj Al Arab hotel or to buy a new house on ‘the Palm’ or ‘the World’ islands, there are still mega malls, glitzy bars and restaurants, a wonderful historic old quarter complete with 17th century British fort and bustling Arabian bazaars and spice souks to soak up. Eating is cheap and delicious, the shopping is plentiful and the beaches boast beautiful white sandy beaches and bath warm waters. For those with a sense of adventure, nothing can beat a camel ride or a night of Bedoiun camping under the infinite stars in the awesome surrounding and breath-taking desert.
Attractions: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Aquaventure, Bastakiya Quater, Dubai Fountain, Palm Islands and ‘the World’.
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