Welcome to Dubai
Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Dubai Cruise & Stay Holidays. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with throughout the year. Our Dubai Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Dubai providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.
With our Dubai Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
Modern Dubai has luxury at its core - with some of the most exclusive hotels, restaurants and bars on the planet - but visitors to the city can also find glimpses of old-world Arabia in the markets, souks and buildings of the historic city centre.
Fine-dining is an easy task in Dubai, with an array of high-class eateries and five-star hotel offerings to choose from. Dine underwater at "The Sail" or visit one of the city's many rooftop restaurants for incredible views of the Dubai skyline, the surrounding desert and as far as the Gulf.
Once you've satisfied your shopping, eating and sight-seeing needs, make like the local expat community and hit the beach. Stay on the perfect sand long enough to catch the sunset and watch as the light fades over the Arabian Sea.
Weather in The United Arab Emirates
Things to do in Dubai
No trip to Dubai would be complete without visiting the world's tallest building - the incredible Burj Khalifa…
Head to the At The Top viewing deck on the 124th and 125th floors, or the premium At The Top Sky on the 148th level - a staggering 555m above the ground. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you'll have an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of the city, the desert and the Arabian Gulf.
The Dubai Mall
Visiting the biggest and best in the world is a daily event in Dubai, and those who love to shop will find the world's biggest mall here…
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall has some 1,200 shops - with luxury designer labels and high street names - and is one of the most visited buildings on the planet, attracting more than 54 million visitors each year.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
One of the most popular family attractions in the city, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has something for kids of all ages…
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Including the 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank on the ground floor of The Dubai Mall, the aquarium and zoo are home to more than 140 species of aquatic animals - from sharks to rays and otters to crocodiles.
Burj Al Arab
The luxury Burj Al Arab hotel, also known as "The Sail", is the third tallest hotel in the world, standing at 1,053 ft…
Burj Al Arab
Even if you're not staying at the hotel as a guest, you can still dine at the incredible underwater aquarium restaurant helmed by chef Nathan Outlaw.
Restaurants in Dubai
Over-water restaurant Pierchic offers a romantic setting with uninterrupted views of the famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The menu is predictably luxurious, with caviar, lobster and foie gras and an expensive drinks list to match, but for sunset dining views over the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic is hard to beat.
A favourite amongst Dubai's elite, French restaurant Cantine is the hot place to eat, and be seen eating. The cafe-vibe stretches to the cool outdoor terrace, with a classic French menu that includes a few surprising extras - like the popular "Les coquilletes de mon enfance" - an indulgent take on mac 'n' cheese, served with truffles and gruyere.
Located in Dubai's famous Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, Nobu is the city's go-to restaurant for unbeatable Japanese food and incredible views. You'll find all the classic Nobu dishes at the Dubai instalment of the upmarket chain, as well as added Arabic twists. If money is no object, Nobu's Grade A9 Australian Wagyu Beef, priced at $223, comes highly recommended.
One of Dubai's most exclusive bars, 40 Kong is a rooftop cocktail lounge and restaurant, located on One Sheikh Zayed Road. Take the elevator to the 40th floor for the bar's incredible panoramic views of the city, as well as an excellent drinks list and food menu for those looking to wine and dine.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Located at the Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, Lock, Stock & Barrel is Dubai's trendy-casual drinking, dancing and live music venue. Spread over two floors, the venue has a New York-vibe, and was voted the Best New Bar at the Hype Awards 2017.
Voted the “Bar of the Year 2016” by Time Out Dubai, Asia Asia is an opulently designed lounge, inspired by exotic locations like Thailand, Persia and Bali. With a Far East meets Middle East vibe, the stylish bar offers Asian-inspired cocktails and an impressive collection of wines and sake.
The award-winning White Dubai is the city's biggest and most exclusive nightclub, with incredible views of the Dubai skyline. Located on the rooftop of the Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, you'll find a mix of locals and tourists dancing the night away at White. Entry is free, but the dress code is strict, so put on your finest threads to ensure you pass the doorman.
Events in Dubai
Al Marmoom Heritage Festival
Learn more about the culture and history of Dubai and the UAE at the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival, which takes place every year in March and April. Aiming to educate visitors about the Emirati way of life, the event features camel races, music, food and live entertainment.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai is a shopper's paradise at any time of the year but visit during the 1st of January to the 1st of February to take advantage of the discounts and bargains available during the Dubai Shopping Festival. More than 2 million people visit during the month-long festival, with firework displays, kids’ entertainment and concerts taking place in the malls.
Dubai World Cup
Taking place at the state-of-the-art Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup is the world's richest horse race, with a $10 million prize up for grabs. The world's best jockeys, horses and trains all descend on Dubai for the race, with plenty of celebrities and A-listers turning out to watch the action and join in with the after-party.
UAE Desert Challenge
Part of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, this thrilling desert race lasts for five days, starting in Abu Dhabi and ending in Dubai. Fans of fast cars and bikes will love being in Dubai for the final leg of the race.