The Middle Eastern metropolis of Dubai is closer than ever, with iconic airlines Qantas and Emirates operating 14 flights a day from Australia.*
With breathtaking architecture, historic villages, adventure sports and glorious weather on offer, Dubai is set to be one of the hottest destinations from Australia in 2013.
Experience Qantas on flights to Dubai
Experience award winning inflight entertainment and service with reciprocal Frequent Flyer rewards+, recognition and lounge access, on one of the world's most advanced fleets. With A380 flights daily and complimentary Chauffeur Drive for our Business travellers, there's no better experience for your Dubai flight.
Choose from 14 flights to Dubai, with seven of them serviced all the way by A380s, including Paris and Rome as well as London.
Book your Arabian nights in a Dubai hotel at qantas.com. All hotels come with a price promise
and Qantas Frequent Flyers earn 1,000 points+ per stay at all partner hotels in Dubai booked at qantas.com.
Explore our top packages for Dubai stopovers and more from Qantas Holidays.
Choose from a great selection of stays from luxury to economy and quick single night stop-over's to four and five night packages.
Plus, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 point^ per $1 spent on these packages when combined with a Qantas or Jetstar Airfare (excluding Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific). Not a Qantas Frequent Flyer? Join now.
Experience some of the world's most incredible road trips around Dubai. Hit the road through Jebel Hafeet for magnificent views of Oman and the UAE or drive out to the oasis town of Al Ain, home to forts, tranquil date-palm oases and a great zoo.
Get guaranteed low rates across 4 of Australia's leading car providers with our Cars Price Promise,~ plus Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 700 points per rental for bookings outside Australia with Avis and Budget.
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, the prices are sometimes lower than their country of origin.
Visit during the Dubai Shopping Festival in January to reap the rewards of massively reduced prices as well as plenty of associated events including:
- fashion shows
- film and music festivals
- nightly fireworks
- food fairs and more
Browse our hit list of the best malls in Dubai
Burjuman Centre: Renowned for its range of luxury retail, the Burjuman Centre houses over 300 stores as well as a gym and wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops.
Deira City Centre: This centre is ideal for families, providing a great mix of entertainment and shopping to keep you busy for a whole day.
Dubai Mall: The biggest mall in the world with over 1200 retail stores. The mall is also home to an Aquarium, and 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 world wide brands.
Mercato Mall: This Italian inspired mall offers a little piece of 'Italy' with its welcoming atmosphere, delicious cuisine and stylish shops.
Outlet Mall: 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.
The Boulevard: Elegant and sophisticated, the luxury brands situated within The Boulevard is just one element of an overall experience which links the tow icons of the Jumeriah Emirates Tower.
The Walk: 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.
Wafi Mall: Aesthetically pleasing in every way, this impressive Egyptian themed complex offers a great way to shop.
Activities and Tours
Explore the labyrinth of shopping malls, hit the dunes for some extreme desert sports or unwind and enjoy the simple traditions of the ancient Arabian culture. Book your flight to Dubai with Qantas.
Top Dubai Tours
- Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer - $14.60
- Dubai Hop-on Hop-off Tour - $57.82
- Dubai 4x4 Sandboarding Safari - $58.07
- Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari - special offer: $106
- Private Overnight Safari: Sandboarding, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner and Belly Dancing - $132.73
- Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight - $267.90
Qantas Frequent Flyers earn 1 point** per A$1 spent on all activities booked at qantas.com
Five things you can't leave Dubai without doing
- Hit the dunes for some Arabian adventure sports like sand boarding, sand skiing, dune driving or camel riding.
- See the starry Arabian night from a luxury desert retreat such as Bab Al Shams or the Al Maha Desert Resort.
- Get a bird's eye view of Dubai from the observation deck of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
- Head to the Deira Souqs and sample spices at the spice market and the mega displays of gold jewellery or the textile Souq at Bur Dubai Textile Souq and Shindagha
- Down a cocktail in the luxury Neos Hotel
Enhance your experience with a visit to Dubai during an event or festival. Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan or join the excitement at the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship.
Dubai is also great for a family holiday or stopover with plenty of theme parks and attractions aimed at children.
Try Dolphin Bay, Ski Dubai, Dubailand, Ice Rink, Chillout Lounge, Children's City, Fantasy Kingdom, Magic Planet, Sega Republic, Kidzania, i-Fly, The Lost Chambers or the Dubai Aquarium.
Dubai is a city of contrasts. Excessive and restrained. Cosmopolitan and conservative. Quiet mosques are nestled between extravagant shopping malls while enormous skyscrapers tower over the city's traditional Bastakiya quarter. Find out how to blend in with the locals to enjoy your stay:
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.
While your day away in one of the many beautiful parks. The most popular include Dubai Creek Park, Dubai Zoo, Zabeel Park, Mushrif Parl and Al Safa Park. You could also visit the Jumeirah Mosque, open to non-muslim visitors and beautiful to visit at sunrise.
Dubai is home to beautiful beaches with dazzling white sand and inviting aquamarine water which offer a pleasant sanctuary from the heat. Some popular beaches to visit are Jumeriah Open Beach, Umm Suqeim and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Alternatively choose from some of the city's incredible waterparks, Aquaventure Water Park, Wild Wadi Water Park and Wonderland.
Discover the great culinary delights of the Middle East. Choose from five star hotel restaurants like Table 9 or Nobu or mingle with the locals over cheap eats on Al Dhiyafah Road. Read about Travel Insider's top five restaurants in Dubai or Neil Perry's wrap up of Arabian food.
Travel to the Middle East with our expert correspondents at Travel Insider. Take a tour into the traditional outskirts of the Musandam Peninsula, go higher, faster, taller in Dubai, the city of the mostest and get our 10 reasons why you should visit Dubai. These stories and more at Travel Insider.
QBE Insurance has a range of travel insurance policies for both annual multi-city international travel as well as single international trips. Plus, Qantas Frequent Flyers earn 1 point per A$1 spent on insurance policies, excluding Australian Cancellation and Baggage insurance.#
* Some Qantas codeshare services on Emirates remain subject to regulatory approval.
+ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem points. Join online now. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Qantas Frequent Flyers can pay less money by redeeming points using Points + Pay. As long as you have at least 5,000 points then the mix is up to you! To access the option to use points or Points + Pay when making a booking with Qantas, you must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member logged into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and have the required number of points in your account at the time of booking. Points + Pay allows you to reduce the amount you pay for most flights booked on qantas.com by making a booking using points and money. You can choose the number of points you redeem above a specified minimum level and pay an amount on your credit card to obtain your Award. By using Points + Pay, you will be making a Qantas & Jetstar Any Seat Award booking. Points + Pay not available with Classic Award flights. Any Seat Award fare conditions will apply to your booking. Minimum point levels are subject to change. See qantas.com/pointspluspay for more information and full terms and conditions.
# 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 points on insurance, Qantas Frequent Flyers must provide their membership number to QBE when purchasing a policy. Membership and points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.Qantas Frequent Flyers cannot earn points on Australian Cancellation and Baggage insurance.