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With a glitzy skyline, a gorgeous Persian Gulf shoreline, and a growing list of larger-than-life attractions, Dubai entices a wide range of tourists from all over the world. The city is not only a hot destination on the tourist map, it is literally hot all year round! From November – April, the average temperatures are 75 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the peak tourist season, when the day temperatures are hot, but the nights are slightly cooler. For the remaining 6 months, the average temperatures range from 100 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Outdoor activities are less enjoyable because of the scorching heat. Being a desert location, there are not a lot of shady places in the city. If you visit during this time, protect yourself from the heat. Use a generous amount of sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and try to not to be outdoors for too long.


Dubai flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares to Dubai found recently by users on momondo
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Air China
Air China
LAX
22 Sep
Los Angeles airport
33h 40m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Air China
DXB
30 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
28h 50m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
417 USD
Air China
Air China
LAX
24 Sep
Los Angeles airport
33h 40m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Air China
DXB
30 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
28h 50m
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LAX
Los Angeles airport
424 USD
Air China
Air China
LAX
12 Sep
Los Angeles airport
44h 55m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Air China
DXB
17 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
22h 50m
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LAX
Los Angeles airport
427 USD
Norwegian
Norwegian
JFK
28 Nov
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
25h 00m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Norwegian
DXB
09 Dec
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
43h 40m
1 Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
521 USD
Norwegian
Norwegian
JFK
12 Jan
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
26h 00m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Norwegian
DXB
22 Jan
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
43h 40m
1 Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
523 USD
Air Canada
Air Canada
ORD
11 Jan
Chicago O'Hare Intl airport
38h 25m
2 Stops
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Air Canada
DXB
21 Jan
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
28h 36m
2 Stops
ORD
Chicago O'Hare Intl airport
696 USD
Emirates
Emirates
DFW
30 Oct
Dallas/Ft Worth & other airports airport
14h 45m
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Emirates
DXB
04 Nov
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
16h 15m
DFW
Dallas/Ft Worth & other airports airport
796 USD
SAUDIA
SAUDIA
JFK
13 Sep
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
16h 00m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
SAUDIA
DXB
21 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
21h 20m
1 Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
705 USD
Air France
Air France
IAD
29 Aug
Washington Dulles Intl airport
20h 30m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Air France
DXB
04 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
22h 55m
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IAD
Washington Dulles Intl airport
786 USD
Ukraine Intl Air
Ukraine Intl Air
JFK
13 Feb
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
26h 35m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Ukraine Intl Air
DXB
18 Feb
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
17h 55m
1 Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
718 USD
Delta
Delta
LGA
25 Nov
New York LaGuardia airport
22h 09m
2 Stops
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
Delta
DXB
04 Dec
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
22h 25m
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LGA
New York LaGuardia airport
743 USD
SAUDIA
SAUDIA
JFK
12 Sep
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
21h 30m
1 Stop
DXB
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
SAUDIA
DXB
21 Sep
Dubai Intl & other airports airport
23h 20m
1 Stop
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
705 USD

Which airlines fly to Dubai?

Direct international flights from the U.S. to Dubai are available exclusively from Emirates. All other airlines that fly this sector offer flights with 1 or more stops. You can choose from jetBlue, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Japan Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Qantas, Saudia, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, Turkish Airlines, South African Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Swissair, Air France, TAP Air Portugal, KLM, Finnair, and Aeroflot.


How to get from the airport to Dubai city center?

Below you will find all the airports in Dubai along with the distance from the city center
Dubai Al Maktoum Intl
21 mi from city center
Dubai Intl & other airports
6 mi from city center

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

DXB is the primary international airport serving Dubai, and has been consistently named amongst the top 5 busiest airports in the world. The airport is located in the Al Garhoud district, about 8 miles from Downtown Dubai. Here are the options to get around from the airport to the downtown area.

Metro

Dubai Metro offers a fast, convenient, and affordable way to travel from the airport to central Dubai. Take the Red Line from the Terminals 1 or 3 and ride the train to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro station in Downtown Dubai in 24 minutes. Trains run roughly every 10 minutes from approximately 6.00 a.m. – midnight. On Fridays, the service starts only at 1.00 p.m. The one-way adult fare is 5.00 AED. Cash payment is not accepted on any public transport in Dubai. You can purchase a Red Ticket for 2.00 AED from any ticket vending machine and load it with up to 10 single trips. This ticket can be used only for 1 mode of transport at a time. Alternately, you can purchase a NOL Silver Card for 25.00 AED and load it up to enjoy access to all modes of transport.

Buses

To travel between Terminals 1 and 3, you can use the free 24-hour shuttle bus service. The RTA-operated Dubai city buses have several routes that go past the airport terminals and travel to various parts of Dubai. Buses are mainly suitable for residents or people familiar with the city, as 1 or more changes are required to complete the journey to Downtown Dubai. Bus #55 travels from the airport to the Ibn Battuta Metro station every hour when the Metro services are in operation.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the taxi ranks outside the airport terminals. There is a flag charge of 25.00 AED from the airport, followed by 1.96 AED for each subsequent kilometer. Typically, a ride to Downtown Dubai will cost 52.00 AED – 55.00 AED and the trip will take about 15 minutes.

Car rentals

Most of the major car rental agencies have a presence at DXB. You could also consider booking ahead and get some great deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Dubai

Most frequently searched flights to Dubai along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Beirut to Dubai
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3h 55m
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Copenhagen to Dubai
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Cairo to Dubai
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Manila to Dubai
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Stockholm to Dubai
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6h 15m
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London to Dubai
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6h 55m
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333 USD
Moscow to Dubai
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5h 15m
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333 USD
Amman to Dubai
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3h 00m
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Singapore to Dubai
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7h 10m
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Bangkok to Dubai
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6h 10m
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414 USD
Los Angeles to Dubai
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15h 50m
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417 USD
Erbil to Dubai
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2h 55m
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420 USD
Accra to Dubai
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7h 30m
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507 USD
San Francisco to Dubai
Fastest flight time
15h 40m
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536 USD
Boston to Dubai
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12h 10m
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578 USD
Lagos to Dubai
Fastest flight time
7h 05m
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581 USD
New York to Dubai
Fastest flight time
12h 25m
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602 USD
Denver to Dubai
Fastest flight time
21h 10m
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612 USD
Seattle to Dubai
Fastest flight time
14h 15m
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629 USD
Newark to Dubai
Fastest flight time
12h 30m
Cheapest price
636 USD
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How to get around in Dubai?

Dubai is a large metropolis and you will need to rely on a set of wheels to get around from one place to another. The city offers a well-developed and efficient public transport network that includes metro, buses, trams, and boats.

Metro

Dubai Metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system that operates mostly above ground. The Metro connects you to many of the popular tourist attractions such as Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souks and Dubai’s Financial District (DIFC). Fares are based on number of zones travelled. A standard adult ticket price could range from 4.00 AED – 8.50 AED.

Buses

RTA operates 1500 buses in Dubai and the fares are usually combined with the Dubai Metro ticket prices. You can explore Dubai with the Big Bus, Dubai’s hop-on hop-off bus service that makes stops at all major landmarks throughout the city. A 1-day ticket costs approximately 225.00 AED.

Trams and monorail

Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in about 42 minutes, and connects directly to the Palm Monorail. The tram makes stops at attractions such as the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and more. The Palm Monorail runs from the trunk of the Palm to the Atlantis, The Palm. Monorail tickets are not integrated with the rest of the public transport. Single trip fares range from 10.00 AED – 20.00 AED based on distance traveled.

Boats and ferries

Explore Dubai in its traditional mode of transportation, the ‘abra’. Boats ride across Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah and the fare is 1.00 AED per ride. Check out the larger dhow boats that offer dinner cruises in the Dubai Marina or the Dubai Water Canal. Tour packages start at approximately 150.00 AED. The RTA-operated Dubai Ferry offers 4 different hour-long round trips that start at the ferry station and tour around local areas of interest. Ticket prices range from 50.00 AED – 75.00 AED based on the class you choose to travel in.

Taxis

Taxis are easily available and you can hail one directly from the streets at any time. If you prefer to pre-arrange your ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808. While taxis in Dubai are reasonably priced, you may experience surge in fares due to factors such as traffic, time of day, and road tolls.

Biking

Cycling around Dubai is becoming increasingly popular and a large number of cycle paths have also come up in the city. Nextbike is the official bike share program in Dubai. You can rent a bike at any BYKY station in the city and you are charged 15.00 AED for the first 30 minutes, 20.00 AED for an hour, and 25 AED for 2 hours. Staggered pricing continues upwards up to 80.00 AED for 24 hours.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Dubai?

U.S. nationals do not need to make any advance visa arrangements to enter Dubai. Once you disembark from your flight, you can proceed to immigration where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visitor visa, free of charge. For foreign nationals, please check the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs – Dubai website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Dubai

Things to do and places of interest in Dubai

One of the most unique cities in the world, Dubai is a traveler’s dream. The city offers several historic sights, contemporary, edgy architecture, trendy nightlife, and a bunch of over-the-top attractions. Dubai also boasts a thriving arts and culture ecosystem, and an ever-evolving culinary scene. There is so much to see and do, that it may be overwhelming to choose what to include in your itinerary, when you travel to Dubai. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Visit Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach, Media City, Internet City, and the Gold Souks and Spice Souks in Old Dubai.
  • Learn about Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum and get a whole new perspective on Islamic tradition and cuisine at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
  • Stroll in beautiful parks such as Safa Park or Mushrif Park.
  • Ride across Dubai Creek in one of the beautiful, old, roofed boats from Bur Dubai Abra station for just 1.00 AED.
  • Go on a desert safari and get a glimpse into the Bedouin lifestyle. Try a hubbly bubbly (shisha tobacco), sample freshly barbequed shawarma, and enjoy thrill rides around the desert dunes. In the evening, listen to traditional music and watch authentic belly-dancing performances.
  • Catch one of the free fountain shows at the Dubai Fountains situated outside the Dubai Mall.
  • Stroll along Al Bastakiya Quarter’s narrow alleyways to admire palm-wood houses and ‘wind towers’ (early Arabian ventilation system). Sample a few brews at the Arabian Tea House that boasts over 100 different blends of tea.

Tips and tricks for visiting Dubai

Buy a Go Dubai Card

Invest in a Go Dubai Card for discounted entry to several top museums, tours, activities, and attractions. The all-inclusive card starts at 759.00 AED for an adult and 519.00 AED for a child (ages 3 – 12). Depending on your itinerary, you can buy a 3, 4, 5, or 7 calendar days’ card.

Go on a food journey

Dubai’s food landscape is a melting pot of over 200 nationalities and cultures. Indulge your taste buds in a wide range of cuisines to make the most of Dubai’s culinary offerings. You can sample several ethnic cuisines including Arabic, Persian, Moroccan and Lebanese. The Emirati food is known to be all about spice and flavor. Try Emirati specialties like al machboos (a flavorsome dish of meat cooked with spice blends and rice), chebabs (Emirati pancakes infused with saffron and date syrup), khameer (bread stuffed with sweet or savory fillings), kunafa (Middle Eastern version of a cheese Danish), and luqaimat (deep-fried dumplings served with local date syrup). Coffee lovers should taste the ‘Gahuwa Arabia’, a coffee that features lightly roasted beans mixed with saffron and cardamom.


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