Consumer September 2013

Desert safaris are one of the most popular activities for holiday makers in Dubai.
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With stunning scenery, average temperatures in the high 20s, a host of exciting activities to choose from and just a 6 and a half hour flight, Dubai makes for a perfect winter escape.

The warm climate and hours of winter sunshine means that you will be able to relax by the pool or unwind on the beach, with many hotels having their own private stretch of shoreline. For those on a budget, the city has some fantastic public beaches where you can have a swim in the inviting Arabian Sea.

There are plenty of fantastic family activities to enjoy too including the splashtastic Aquaventure water park at Atlantis The Palm and the Watercooled watersports centre at the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Another great option is to take a dune-bashing safari in a 4x4 jeep through the Arabian Desert followed by a meal and entertainment in a traditional Bedouin camp.

It may come as a surprise but Dubai is a wonderful place to spend the festive period. For example the little ones can meet Santa at the iconic Raffles Dubai. A Christmas Festival is taking place at the Media City Amphitheatre which includes a traditional Christmas market.

There’s nothing quite like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai. At midnight, Downtown is the place to be. The fireworks erupting from the top and sides of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, are sure to provide an inspirational backdrop to the first minutes of 2014.

The free Dubai the Destination app will help you plan the trip of a lifetime to the sun drenched city and here are five reasons why:

- The ‘What' and 'Where' sections will inspire you with beautiful images and videos.

- There is an interactive Dubai map which allows you to explore some of the best attractions the city has to offer.

- Choose the best time to visit and find out about the range of events in the 'When' section.

- Discover the wealth of family facilities, affordable hotel accommodation and dining options.

- The Culture mini-section will help you explore the emirate's historical gems.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store.
There are lots of exciting events taking place in Dubai over the coming months. From cricket to comedy, from fashion to flying – there’s something for all tastes. Below is a sample of what’s on offer:

Al Murray (4 October)
Al Murray takes to the stage once again in Dubai as everyone's favourite pub landlord.

Vogue fashion experience at Dubai Mall (10 October)
A one-of-a-kind global fashion event takes place for the first time in the Middle East at Dubai Mall.

Sandance Festival featuring the Killers (11 October)
Vegas-born, American indie band The Killers are coming to Dubai to rock at the ever-popular Sandance.

South Africa vs Pakistan Cricket Series (23 October - 15 November)
These two cricketing titans will take each other on in a series of T20, one-day and test matches.

John Cleese (5 November)
The comic genius from Monty Python is back after a sell-out show last year.

Alicia Keys (15 November)
The American singer is returning to Dubai after nine years for her 'Set The World On Fire' tour.

Dubai Air Show (17 - 21 November)
The biggest airspace show in the region is a biennial event.

Rugby 7’s (28 - 30 November)
Record-breaking crowds, thrilling rugby action, entertainment second to none and an impressive purpose-built venue all ensure that each year the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is an event to remember. For more information and to book your Rugby 7’s package to Dubai visit Travel Republic. Rugby 7’s season tickets from £75, Reserved Grandstand seat with Season Ticket £119, hotel and ticket prices from £285pp.

For a full list of all of the city’s fabulous events, visit the Dubai Calendar website.
There are plenty of ways you can find out more about what Dubai has to offer.

Be sure to download our free app for iPhone and iPad Dubai The Destination and be inspired by the limitless possibilities.

Visit Dubai Calendar to see which great events will be on during your visit.

Whether you’re visiting Dubai as a stopover or for your holiday, you’ll find everything you need at DefinitelyDubai.com.

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