Ever restless, ever changing, Dubai’s metamorphosis from trading post to global megalopolis is one of the world’s great urban transformations. Book your flight to Dubai for futuristic desert modernism, vast shopping complexes and fine, white coral sand beaches. Between seeing boundary-pushing attractions like the world's biggest shopping mall (Dubai Mall), tallest building (the Burj Khalifa) and largest natural flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), you can wander the narrow alleys of Al Bastakiya and make the most of a culture shaped by Muslim traditions and its ethnically-diverse population. Together, Qantas and Emirates offer 14 flights to Dubai from Australia every day, with ‘one-stop’ access to Europe and the largest shared A380 network in the world.
Flights to Dubai
Summer in Dubai is extremely hot, averaging around 42°C with overnight lows of 29°C.
Winters average highs of around 23°C and overnight lows of 14°C.
If you are travelling on leisure, you’ll find yourself mostly on the beaches in Jumeirah, at the shopping malls and developments of Downtown or ‘new Dubai’, at the restaurants along the Dubai Marina or in the old streets of Bur Dubai.
The historic area west of Dubai Creek includes all districts between the west bank of the creek and Jumeirah Beach and is a popular residential area. It is separated from Deira by Dubai Creek, which runs north east to south east through the city. The historic Al Bastakiya with its shady alleys is here, east of Al Fahidi Fort.
The old financial centre hosts some of the city’s oldest souks, including the spice souk, and is now a vibrant commercial and residential hub. You’ll find the airport to the south.
Downtown Dubai, formerly known as Downtown Burj Dubai, is the development complex commonly considered ‘New Dubai’. The area is bound by Dubai Marina at the south and Sharjah at the north and includes notable attractions like the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, along with hotels and skyscrapers.
This beach strip is where the main hotels are clustered to make the most of the endless sunshine and white sand.
Dubai is shopping! From global fashion brands and high-end luxury goods to local artisan designers and jewellery, there's no place on earth so perfectly orientated to the consumer. With low import duties and no tax, visit during the Dubai Shopping Festival in January to reap the rewards of reduced prices.
Renowned for its wide range of luxury retail stores, the Burjuman Centre houses over 300 stores as well as a gym and plenty of restaurants and coffee shops.
Deira City Centre
Deira City Centre is ideal for families, providing a great mix of entertainment and shopping to keep you busy for a whole day.
The biggest mall in the world with over 1200 retail stores, as well as an Aquarium, underwater zoo, indoor ice rink and the Dubai Fountain.
Mall of the Emirates
Famous for 'Ski Dubai' (the first indoor ski slope in the Middle East), the Mall of Emirates also has 520 stores of leading worldwide brands.
This Italian inspired mall offers a little piece of 'Italy' with its welcoming atmosphere, delicious cuisine and stylish shops.
As the name suggests, the Outlet Mall is filled with factory outlet discounted shopping, with branded items at reduced prices.
Souk Madinat Jumeriah
This traditionally inspired Souk is part of the extraordinary resort of Madinat Jumeriah. The lantern-lit walkways and friendly courtyards offer the visitor a mesmerising glimpse into historical Arabia.
Located in the iconic Emirates Towers, this elegant and sophisticated shopping mall offers a range of luxury brands and culinary experiences.
This weekly market and line-up of restaurants and shops runs parallel to the foreshore and is an extremely popular destination for holiday makers.
Times Square Centre
Home to the city's only ice lounge, Chillout, the Times Square centre also caters for shoppers looking home furnishings and electronics.
Aesthetically pleasing in every way, this impressive Egyptian themed complex offers a great way to shop.
Dubai is a city of contrasts. Excessive yet restrained. Cosmopolitan yet conservative. Quiet mosques are nestled between extravagant shopping malls while enormous skyscrapers tower over the city's traditional Bastakiya quarter. You won’t want to miss the vast marbled malls, gleaming glass towers, artificial island, coral-sand beaches and the adrenaline-pumping fun of Wild Wadi and Ski Dubai, but here are a few more things to do in Dubai…
- Take a hot air balloon to watch the sun come up over the Arabian Desert
- Visit the Dubai Museum in the square Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787
- Take an excursion to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to spy an oryx
- Visit Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, a traditional 1896 courtyard house
- Explore the souvenir-saturated Souk Madinat Jumeriah
- Visit Hatta Heritage Village during Ramadan for local Emirati singing and dancing
- See Dubai from the skies on a seaplane flight
- Stroll around one of Dubai’s great parks like the river side Dubai Creek Park
- Take the kids to the Zabeel Park children’s entertainment zone
- Visit the Jumeirah Mosque at sunrise
- Take a traditional abras boat across Dubai Creek
- Go swimming on a white sandy beach like Jumeriah Open Beach or Umm Suqeim
- Kick back with a barbeque at Al Mamzar Beach Park
- Visit one of the city's incredible waterparks, Aquaventure Water Park, Wild Wadi Water Park and Wonderland
- Treat yourself to one of the five star hotel restaurants like Table 9 or Nobu
- Mingle with the locals over cheap eats on Al Dhiyafah Road
- Discover the spice souk in the old town of Deira
- Sample the local cuisine of Wafi Gourmet food store and restaurant
Travellers to Dubai should always remember to respect local laws and traditions. Alcohol is only served at licensed establishments and people should dress and behave with modesty during their stay.
Bestselling tours in Dubai at qantas.com right now…
- 4x4 Dubai Desert Safari
- Dubai Seaplane Flight
- Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari
- Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight
- Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
- Earn Qantas Points
- Price Promise
- 24/7 Support
10 departures from Australia to Dubai every day
World's Best Inflight Wine Cellar 2013
Awarded Best First, Business and Overall Wine Cellar at Business Traveller 'Cellars in the Sky Awards' 2013
Introducing the A380
Qantas award winning A380 available to Dubai
Chauffeur Drive for Business passengers
Let us take you to and from the airport in style
Unwind in our upper deck onboard business class lounge area on selected flights
Flexible dining in Business
Enjoy small and main plates of seasonal cuisine inspired by award winning chef Neil Perry
Relax on our fully flat Skybed in Business
Malin + Goetz in Business class
Kate and Jack Spade amenity kits with Malin+Goetz skincare for Business and First passengers.
Award winning wines in First and Business
World’s Best Wine Cellar 2012 at Cellars in the Sky Awards
Relax before your flight in the Qantas Business Lounge if you’re travelling Business
Sleep Service in Business
Enjoy our new mattress, duvet and turndown service
Note that all flights are subject to last minute aircraft changes. Seating configurations and product features may vary between aircraft, including aircraft of the same type.
Cars are the primary means of transportation in the city and you can book car rental to depart from the airport or your hotel. Qantas also offer cheap private arrival transfers for an easy connection to your hotel or cruise port.
To get around Dubai, hail one of the cream taxis – the different coloured roofs indicate different operators – or use the public bus or driverless metro system that runs between the major financial and residential hubs of the city. There’s also the option of the hop-on hop-off bus which offers multiple departure times to the major sights in the city and the beach.
You can cross Dubai Creek by water bus, water taxi or abras, the local passenger ferries. Or take to the skies in a seaplane or hot air balloon and see the megalopolis of Dubai in all its splendour. Don’t miss your chance to get into Dubai’s desert with popular tours such as desert camel safari, camp safari.
If you can make it over here, you won't need to make it anywhere else in New York, America's cultural capital. Find out more about our flights to New York.
From 6 hours to a whole week, there’s plenty to keep you swinging in Singapore. Find out more about our flight to Singapore.
When it comes to serving up experiences of a lifetime, South Africa is an overachiever. Find out more about our flights to South Africa.
FLIGHTS TO DUBAI
Read the latest articles on Dubai written by local experts and renowned Australian writers.
HOTELS IN DUBAIBook hotels in Dubai
GETTING AROUND DUBAI
Book car hire in Dubai
Step out of town and into ancient Arabia in your own deliciously cool, air conditioned car. You can visit one of the gorgeous beaches, waterparks, historic villages or desert spas that surround the city. You could also cross the border into Oman and visit the Musandam Peninsula. Book at qantas.com and you could earn 700 Points on your rental with Avis and Budget.^Book
QBE has a range of travel insurance policies for both annual multi city and international travel as well as single international trips+Book
* For card payments on international bookings at qantas.com, add A$30 for credit/charge cards or A$10 for debit/prepaid cards including Qantas Cash™, per passenger per booking. For card payments on domestic and Trans-Tasman bookings at qantas.com, add A$7 for credit/charge Cards or A$2.50 for debit/prepaid cards per passenger per booking. For Points Plus Pay bookings, immediate payment by card is required, and no card payment fee applies when using a Debit Card. Also add A$60 per passenger for international bookings or $35 for domestic or trans-Tasman bookings made on 13 13 13, and through Qantas airport locations. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. Prices may fluctuate if carrier charges, fees, taxes or currency change. Prices are one way or return as specified and are valid on Qantas services only.
^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. Join online now. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. The minimum number of Qantas Points earned is quoted based on the most direct routing.
# Prices are per night based on twin share and include all fees and taxes. The applicable fee can be viewed on the payment page before your confirm your booking.
+ Product disclosure statements are available at qantas.com/travelinsurance. Policies are only valid upon acceptance of payment by the insurer. The insurer is QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited ABN 78 003 191 035 of 82 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Qantas Airways Limited ABN 16 009 661 901 is its authorised representative and receives a commission for policies sold. To earn Qantas Points on insurance, Qantas Frequent Flyers must provide their membership number to QBE when purchasing a policy. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Qantas Frequent Flyers cannot earn Qantas Points on any cancellation and baggage insurance.