Totally smooth and relaxed stress-free flights, transfers and accommodation
Very good service. Thanks Stephen
Always good service from Olivia and her team
As always fulfilled all expectations. Excellent knowledge of what we were looking for in our holiday. Thank you Billy.
Perfect as always
Really good price. Really good at communicating and any requests were dealt with fast and efficiently
Everything was perfect. Thank you Tristan
The service we receive from DialAFlight has been consistently excellent for the many years we have used them. We would not think of using an one else.
Abbie is the best
Very good service in all aspects, will be using again.
Excellent service from Mason, very helpful and polite.
Sean continues to deliver the goods.
Always polite, helpful and responsive to any questions. Will definitely use again.
Howard was brilliant!
Brilliant customer service. Could not fault it. Very helpful
Ian was very helpful in sorting out my itinerary at fairly short notice over a busy period and at a reasonable price
Eric was fabulous. Will always use DialAFlight for holidays
Gordon is a star
Teddy provided me with the guidance and support to book my family holiday with young children, which is always quite stressful. We will be recommending you to our friends and family.
Booked around 10 holidays over the last few years and will continue to do so. Bruce is a great guy to deal with.
Fab holiday! Transfers great as they provided car seats for the little ones!
Very impressed with Jim who helped me find the best flights within my budget. Thank you DialAFlight - we will be using you for all future trips!
Charles is amazing. No further words needed.
Your service was excellent. The new app is very user friendly.
We have been looked after by Gavin for 8 years and he has been excellent.
Great service - was refreshing to talk to someone rather than do it online
Follow up calls are made to ensure customers are comfortable with travel itinerary
Thanks Reid for your help - amazing holiday!
Graham was brilliant, although I had a little issue with one passport out of date. Will definitely recommend DialAFlight
The whole experience was first class from start to finish.
This is the city where construction never sleeps. Turn your back for a second and another skyscraper miraculously emerges from the sand, shinier and bolder than its neighbour, adding to the architectural fantasia that makes Dubai one of the most extraordinary man-made creations on Earth.
BIGGER & BETTER
Imagine if the entire planet was wiped out, leaving only dust and we had to start again. Most likely, Dubai would be it, complete with a few reminders of the old world - a Big Ben lookalike, a couple of Chrysler buildings, London's cheese grater. They're all here.
Then there's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure, set to lose its crown in 2020 to The Tower in Creek Harbour a few miles away. Competing against itself is a way of life in Dubai.
A shopping mall to make Westfield look titchy? On its way. Another highway linking the financial district to the Marina? Consider it done. A new water park with scary rides? Form a queue. Fancy eating in a Jamie Oliver restaurant one night, a Gary Rhodes the next, then a Jason Atherton and even a Diego Sanchez at Lima? Take a seat.
On the subject of food, no trip to Dubai is complete without sampling the city’s infamous weekend brunch spots. Like Dubai’s skyline, brunch offerings keep getting bigger and better every week with each venue offering their own unique twist on what has become the biggest weekly social events in the Dubai calendar. One of the most popular spots is Bubbalicious at The Westin Dubai which offers incredible spread with free flowing bubbly at AED 680 (approx £145 pp).
The first high rise was built in Dubai in 1979 and it shows no sign of letting up.
Streets are clean, public transport is efficient and crime virtually absent (I like the story of the taxi driver who found a £780,000 gold watch in his cab and handed it in). What's more, sunshine is pretty much guaranteed all year round.
How it all works is the unfathomable question that merely adds to the intrigue.
New players are arriving all the time. The Versace Palace hotel (1.5 million tiles on its mosaic floor) has opened near the airport; the Armani hotel occupies pride of place at the foot of the Burj Khalifa; the futuristic FIVE (spa on the roof, swimming pool practically in the lobby) is on a beach on the Palm Jumeirah, and now our very own Dukes Hotel (founded a century ago in London's St James's) has opened a 500-room branch on the trunk of The Palm.
PLACES TO BE SEEN
St James's to Dubai sounds farcical but it works brilliantly, right down to the martinis in Duke's Bar, the private beach, the hand-picked staff from the likes of Claridge's and Mandarin Oriental, and the first international franchise of Mumbai's famous Khyber restaurant.
Khyber is on the 15th floor just above the 'floating swimming pool' on the skybridge that connects the hotel's twin towers, high above the lavish lobby, where bemused members of the British aristocracy stare out from portraits on the walls.
It's worth hiring a guide and driver for a whistle-stop tour of the city. Ours was a German married to a Mauritian, who, like so many expats, wasn't quite sure how she ended up in a city where it rains only about eight or nine times a year.
She took us to the spice market where we bought stuff we will never use, and to the gold market where we would have liked to have bought lots of stuff.
We took an Abra boat taxi over the creek, had our photograph taken with a Bedouin and popped into the Dubai Museum, which gave us a crash course on the city's history.
Dune-bashing followed by quad biking, camel-riding and a barbecue in the desert - with belly dancers providing the after-dinner entertainment - is almost obligatory.
At one point, we asked if we could take a walk in the red sand and trekked almost a kilometre. When we turned round, our tracks already had been erased - just as they are in those scary survival movies.
The temperature in the desert reaches 120f in summer - at least it does for now. Presumably, the powers that be will install some form of air-conditioning in the future. Anything seems to be possible here.