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DUBAI

If you enjoy an array of sports, then Dubai is your destination in the Middle East. It claims to be the sports capital of the region, hosting world-class golf (Both the Europe and Asian PGA circuits play in the coastal city), tennis, horse racing, camel racing, boating and sailing, and rugby, but you simply cannot travel to Dubai and not experience indoor snow skiing at the Mall of Emirates. This colossal shopping centre includes a “mountain” over three football fields long on which you can practice your alpine skills!

VISA REQUIREMENTS 

South African passport holders can now apply and purchase a Dubai visa online.

A minimum of 7 – 10 days are required to process this application.

It is recommended to buy travel insurance for any unforeseen situations whilst travelling in the UAE.

Visa Cost: ZAR1490.00 ex VAT

Compulsory Vaccinations Required: No.

Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

We recommend the best time to visit Dubai is from November – March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees blue skies and primo beach weather. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect plenty of company on Jumeirah Beach. You can escape the crowds if you visit during the summer months, but be prepared for high temps and high humidity levels. Beach bums should also note that January – March is Dubai’s rainy season. You can expect a few drops here and there, but showers are short-lived.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS

THE DUBAI MALL

Home to the biggest mall in the world and with high-end retail locations seemingly on every corner, it’s no surprise that visitors come to Dubai from far and wide for a bit of retail therapy. A relatively new tourist destination. Dubai is essentially a desert city with superb infrastructure, liberal policies (by regional standards), that became popular for its excellent tourist amenities. While most people tend to picture huge skyscrapers and glitzy 5-Star hotels when they think of Dubai, just down the road, you can swap the chaos of the modern metropolis for the hustle and bustle of the Creek, a hive of activity since the pearl-fishing industry sprouted up in the 1930’s.

BURJI KHALIFA

Standing 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is hard to miss. The world’s tallest tower naturally dominates the Dubai skyline, but the true majesty of the building is best appreciated up close or, even better, from inside. On a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is absolutely stunning, topped only by the view from the luxurious At The Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor.

THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN

Is located at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa and just outside the doors of the famous The Dubai Mall, features the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. This popular dancing water show jets water streams as high as 150 metres in the air. Each colourful, illuminated jet sways in time to various musical numbers from around the world, producing what has become the one of the most popular shows in Dubai.

IMG WORLD OF ADVENTURE

Fun, excitement, speed – and even 5D, you can expect all this in the enormous theme park, which is the size of 28 football pitches. With the most up-to-date and exciting rides, IMG Worlds of Adventure brings your favourite characters to life

DUBAI DESERT

Less than 20 minutes driving from the modernist streets of Downtown Dubai, you can experience the marvels of the Arabian Desert, the original tourist attraction of Dubai. Take a desert safari Dubai-style with off-roading, quad biking and sandboarding followed by traditional barbecues, henna and camel rides.

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