Direct flights from Manchester to Dubai take seven hours, with the return journey adding around half an hour on to this time. It may be the case that a connecting flight will significantly bring down the cost, with Amsterdam and Paris likely destinations for a brief stop over.
Due to the longer haul nature of the distance from Manchester to Dubai, there is less selection when it comes to departure and arrival times, although it is worth comparing flights to ascertain the difference in price for more favourable timings. Dubai enjoys warm weather all year round, with the average temperature rarely dropping below 20°C through winter. The summer months are extremely hot with temperatures often soaring towards the forties.
Dubai Airport is located just three miles southeast of the city centre, although the Marina is closer to 20 miles. Emirates is the only airline that operates from Terminal 3, while Terminal 1 caters to all other international flights.
Taxis are a hugely popular way for visitors to continue their onward journey from the airport, with Dubai Transport Corporation taxis cream in colour with female drivers noticeable for the pink trim in their vehicles. There is a charge of a few pounds for every airport journey, while that lengthier trip to the Marina shouldn’t cost more than £20.
The metro service runs every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3 from early in the morning until midnight, and 1am on Thursdays and Fridays. There’s only two lines which makes negotiating the system fairly simple, while most major hotels are found near metro stations and tickets can be purchased at the airport stations.
Buses operate from stands outside each of the airport’s three terminals, or there are car rental facilities with companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty represented.