Cheap Flights to Dubai

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When is the best time to fly to Dubai?

Peak season

Sunseekers needing a vitamin D top up should book cheap flights to Dubai for a short break or stopover enroute to their final destination. In terms of beach weather, this desert city has two seasons, hot and hotter. Blue skies and sunshine abide all year round, and the temperature hovers around a balmy 25C in the peak tourist season November to March. But expect to bump elbows on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai’s desirable weather attracts visitors from all over the world during this period. The Christmas holiday period and the short time after it are when prices are at their highest. Flights to Dubai are easy to come by since this is the hub for National Carrier Emirates which has flight routes all over the world, and is a popular stopover for Kiwis travelling to Europe. Book flight tickets and accommodation well in advance and keep an eye out for Emirates flight sales.

Off Season

July and August are uncomfortably hot and humid in Dubai but if you don’t mind hanging out in air conditioned hotels you’re most likely to find the cheapest flights to Dubai during these summer months.

When is the best time to book a flight to Dubai?

The best time to book a flight to Dubai is November/early December before the Christmas/New Year rush. The cooler weather means more people, however, and this is the busiest time for tourism. You can escape the crowds if you visit during summer, June to August, but the weather isn’t optimal for sightseeing unless you go outside very early in the morning or at dusk, and be sure to wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water.

How long is the flight to Dubai?

Flights from Auckland to Dubai – 17 hrs

Flights from Wellington to Dubai – 19 hrs 55 mins

Flights from Christchurch to Dubai - 19 hrs 25 mins

Flights from Dunedin to Dubai - 20 hrs

Which airlines operate flights to Dubai?

Emirates is your best bet for cheap flights to Dubai, with a direct, non-stop flight from Auckland every day of the week. Qantas, Thai Airways, Qatar and Cathay Pacific also operate flights to Dubai with one stop-off.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is 4.6km east of Dubai city centre and the airport has good public transport connections. Outside terminal 1, there is a bus stop across the road to the right as you exit customs (approximately 50m away); at terminal 3, there is a bus stop on the second level of the terminal. Taxis and limos are a popular alternative, albeit more expensive, whilst many hotels offer free shuttle transport from the airport, but, in many cases, you will need to arrange this in advance.

Dubai insider information

  • You can spend endless hours in Dubai's colourful, bustling souks. At the Bur Dubai souk, you'll find textile, clothing and antique stores housed in arabesque arcades and wind-towers. Even if you aren't in the market for gold, it is worth venturing through the timber latticed arcades and arches of the Deira Gold Souk, a treasure-trove of exquisite, ornate Indian and Arabian jewellery and one of the biggest gold markets in the world. Nearby is the wonderful historic Deira Spice Souk, where you and pick up some exotic incense and spices.
  • Dubai's latest over-the-top hotel, the Atlantis-themed water paradise, Atlantis The Palm, has a showpiece three-story aquarium (some suites have underwater views of the aquarium).
  • Designed like a traditional Arabian marketplace, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is well worth a visit. You can take a ride along its waterways, admire the stunning hotels, explore the countless shops and stop at a cafe for mint tea.
  • It's a short drive to the desert, where you can go on desert safaris or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try dune bashing. Just strap yourself into the jeep, take a deep breath and head over the sand dunes.
  • If you're shopped out, get out of the malls and spend a peaceful afternoon in XVA, a restored old courtyard residence that’s been converted into a contemporary art gallery, cafe and boutique hotel.

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How much do things cost in Dubai?

Restaurants
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 15.99
Cappuccino
$ 6.66
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 0.52
3 course meal for 2
$ 71.95
Markets
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 15.69
Large bottle of water
$ 0.86
A dozen eggs
$ 4.02
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 4.40
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 125.86
Pair of jeans
$ 105.42
How much does transport cost in Dubai?
1 km taxi journey
$ 1
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 2
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 5

International departures to Dubai

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