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We asked two Dubai expert travel agents to tell us how they sell the Emirate and why they love it…


Sarah Perry THOMAS COOK


“I’ll never forget sitting on the 122nd fl oor of Burj Khalifa, sipping a drink in At.mosphere Lounge with a great group of girls and looking out over Dubai’s amazing skyline.”


Why go?


Dubai really does have something for everybody. Under seven hours from the UK it off ers guaranteed sunshine and an amazing selection of awe-inspiring attractions, or if you prefer, you can just relax in one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. And let’s not forget those customers who love to shop... I thought I’d died and gone to bag heaven!


Where to stay


I usually recommend the Jumeirah Beach Hotel for families, but any property on the Palm sells well. Couples can really have a great time wherever they stay in Dubai, but the important thing is to tailor-make their itinerary and decide on accommodation depending on what they want to do. If they want shopping and restaurants I might suggest Downtown Dubai.


Top attractions


Tours choices are varied and obviously depend on the customer. The ones I recommend the most would have to be At the Top (the Burj Khalifa viewing platform), a 4WD evening desert safari and sunset BBQ, a hop-on-hop off bus tour, afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi or Aquaventure Waterparks, and a dhow dinner cruise. All are incredible.


TOP TIP You can stay in a


fi ve-star luxury ho- tel for less than the price of an average UK three-star. Also, many hotels off er complimentary half-board which is a huge saving, so always check dates for the best off ers, they tend to be between May and September.


Samantha Morrison TRAVEL 2


“Don’t be scared of selling Dubai during Ramadan! The prices are incredible and it’s an excellent


opportunity to learn more about local culture.” Getting around


The best way to see Dubai is on an open top bus tour. Taxis are very cheap but remember that Sheikh Zayed Road can get congested during rush hour. The metro is also a fantastic way to get around and, like everything else in Dubai, it is very clean, safe and effi cient.


Where to stay


Families do love the Palm hotels but if your client doesn’t want to worry about costs in resort, JA Palm Tree Court does a fantastic all-inclusive. Pay a little extra and they get guaranteed ground fl oor and connecting rooms. For couples, my favourites are the One&Only properties or Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah – all sophisticated, elegant and the ultimate in luxury.


Going out


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I recommend the Mango Tree restaurant at Souk Al Bahar, where you can have a drink while taking


20 BOOK REASONS TO - Putting on the style -


Dubai's style and service is famously luxurious. Add a stopover and you add a touch of the high-end to any itinerary


in the most amazing views of the Dubai Fountain. I also love Segreto at Madinat Jumeirah, which serves the best Italian food ever! The nightlife in Dubai is fantastic, with everything from Barasti at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, to Buddah-Bar at Grosvenor House where you see plenty of Ferraris and Lamborghinis.


Shopping tips


Dubai has almost every shop you can imagine, from European designers to UK stores like Next and popular American brands like Hollister and Body Works. And with places like KidZania in The Dubai Mall and Ski Dubai, in Mall of the Emirates, the kids will actually want to come shopping too.


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