What's Dubai like?
Dubai is the deluxe travel destination that keeps on giving, and needs to be seen to be believed. Even if you've visited the United Arab Emirates city before, each year brings new attractions and luxury resorts determined to outshine what came before. As the World Expo 2020 draws closer, Dubai is pulling out all the stops to make this former fishing settlement the most advanced city on the planet.
Which airlines fly to Dubai?
Emirates is the only airline that offers direct flights to Dubai, departing every day from Auckland.
You can also take 1-stop flights with:
Other airlines such as Air New Zealand also have connecting flights shared with Emirates.
How long is the flight to Dubai?
Auckland to Dubai
17 hours 15 minutes (direct)
Christchurch to Dubai
19 hours (1 stop)
Queenstown to Dubai
19 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)
Wellington to Dubai
19 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)
What is the best time to visit Dubai?
Dubai is always a warm destination, with even its coolest month (January) having comparable temperatures to Auckland's summer. This is the peak travel season.
Dubai's summer (June to August) can get uncomfortably hot with temperatures peaking in the 40s, but this is also when the crowds thin out if you're looking for the best deals.
Do I need a visa for Dubai?
New Zealand passport holders receive a visa on arrival in the United Arab Emirates. This is valid for 30 days. You need to show a valid passport to board your flight.
How expensive is Dubai?
Dubai has made its name as a luxury holiday destination, but travellers of all budgets are catered for. It's easy to find food, drink and accommodation at New Zealand prices (alcohol excepted), unless you feel like spoiling yourself.
Dubai uses the dirham. There are just over 2.5 dirham to 1 NZ dollar.
Arriving in Dubai
Dubai Airport (DXB) is now the busiest in the world for international traffic. With passenger numbers growing every year, the airport is continually seeking to speed up the arrivals process by introducing new scanning technologies.
The airport has 3 terminals. Most international airlines arrive at Terminal 1, Persian Gulf flights use Terminal 2 and Emirates occupies Terminal 3, which is also used by Qantas flights. The city centre is 4.5km from the airport and can be reached by taxi in 30 minutes (120-140 dirham), metro in 45 minutes (6 dirham) or bus in 90 minutes (15 dirham).
Useful tips about Dubai
Make sure you drink plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated, especially if you're visiting Dubai in the summer.
If you're worried about what to wear during your visit, find out how to avoid dressing like a tourist.
Wait for your return flight in comfort at Dubai Airport's Emirates Business Class Lounge, rated by Skyscanner as one of the 10 best airport lounges in the world.
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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.
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