Australia Stopovers: Dubai, The City Of Gold

skyscrapers in dubai

A rich, enticing destination, Dubai is the City of Gold. With a mix of towering skyscrapers, world-class shopping, golden beaches and sublime dining, it’s fast become a city of the future. Don’t miss a chance to soak up the vibrancy and grandeur of this metropolis on your way to or back from Australia.

Things To Do

A pretty full-on city in the UAE desert, you probably won’t need longer than 10 days in Dubai, which gives you plenty of time to see the sights and take in the experiences that have made it so iconic. While most cities are man-made, Dubai takes it one step further with man-made beaches and islands like The Palm Jumeirah Beach. It also boasts the world’s largest tower – Burj Khalifa – and the world’s largest mall – The Dubai Mall – not that it’s competitive or anything… For something more traditional, wander around the souks (markets), sample Arabian cuisine or spend a day in the desert with a camel ride.
camel lying in the sand dunes in dubai


When it comes to your budget, there’s an enormous range of accommodation in Dubai, from the affordable to the outrageous. Choose from two to five-star hotels, apartments and resorts, the majority located within 15 minutes of Dubai International Airport.

What To Wear

In an Islamic country like Dubai, you should aim to have your shoulders and knees covered when in public places like shopping malls, markets and the streets. Beachwear (bikinis and swimsuits) may be worn at beaches and hotel pools, but remember to bring a change of clothes for when you leave.


The currency in Dubai and the UAE is the Dirham. ATMs can be found in malls, hotels and gas stations. Accepted credit cards include American Express, Visa and Mastercard.

Getting There

The major airlines that fly directly to Dubai are Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. You can book a package stopover if you’re flying with Emirates, which includes a choice of 80 accommodations, 24-hour check-in/check-out, buffet breakfast, transfers to and from your accommodation, and a variety of tours and excursions to add on. If you hold a British passport, you can get a 30-day visa on arrival at the airport.