Conveniently connected to the Dubai Mall via an air conditioned skywalk, the Sofitel Dubai Downtown hotel provides you with luxurious rooms and facilities within a prime location. Enjoy Dubai and its many must visit destinations with easy access to the city, while at the same time experience staying in true luxury with Sofitel’s 31 floors of artfully designed rooms and suites, 5 delicious restaurants, and a beautiful infinity pool terrace that offers stunning views over the Dubai Skyline.
Your stay at Sofitel Dubai Downtown will surely be a luxurious one with its modern designed rooms that blend in a hint of urban sophistication. The rooms and suites at this hotel offer geometric chic designs, stunning views of the city and the famous Burj Khalifa, and all the necessary in room facilities. Take advantage of your own Bose entertainment system, flat screen TV, and a tea and coffee making area, while upgraded rooms and suites offer separate sitting areas, dining rooms and butler service, and special access to a lounge.
Five spectacular restaurants including Peruvian and Mediterranean cuisines are situated within the hotel, with a 24 hour café available to meet your every need. A poolside lounge with live music is perfect for those that want to relax and unwind, while an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna can be found separate giving you the extra special touch to a perfect evening.
For those looking for a heaven of relaxation, why not try out So SPA’s beauty treatments, massages, and reflexology. Relax in style in the modern state of the art spa that offers a beautiful peaceful environment full or aromas and tranquility. Guest will also have access to the fully equipped So FIT gym, and the breathtaking outdoor infinity pool that is surrounded by soft lawns, loungers, and cabanas.
From £1049 per person
based on two people sharing
Return flights from London to Dubai
7 nights at the 5* Sofitel Downtown
Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
Valid for travel from May to the September (except 20th July to 10th August).
Alternative dates are available throughout the year at a supplement. Prices subject to change and availability at the time of booking.
Home of the seven Emirates that have become popular holiday getaways, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain are all must visits when travelling to the UAE. The UAE is in high demand with their relaxing beaches, desserts, delicious cuisines, breathtaking mosques, and all the luxuries needed to provide you with the perfect halal friendly getaway.
Flight time from the UK: A direct flight from London to Dubai is approximately just under 7 hours.
Local languages: Arabic is the national language of those that live within the UAE, however English is widely understood and spoken to at conversational level. Those visiting Dubai will have no problem making conversations in English as English is the most spoken language.
Best time to visit: The very best time to visit the UAE is between September and May. It’s between these months that visitors will enjoy blue clear skies and a comfortable warm climate. The summer months can be quite hot!
Visa requirements (for British passport holders) : Citizens and passport holders of the UK, with right of abode in the UK, will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. Please note that your passport will be stamped for 30 days upon arrival.
Key Events and Festivals:
Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival – Originally a two day event which now takes place over a week. This lively festival brings in huge crowds which flock to the most-populated city in the UAE for Abu Dhabi’s International Jazz Festival. The beloved May event lures thousands of music lovers, where they can enjoy amazing performances by some of the world’s leading jazz artists.
Eid - At the end of Ramadan, the cities of the UAE celebrate with parties and feasts. Both visitors and locals can share in the spoils as Dubai and Abu Dhabi throw social events for several days to mark the end of the Islamic fasting period.
National Day Festival – Celebrating the formation of the UAE and the independence of the region from Britain, National Day is celebrated across the country in December with joyful performances and events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Desert Classic – An annual event held at the Emirates Golf Club in March, where the best golfers from around the world make their way to Dubai, where the Desert Classic takes place.
Which airport will you fly in to: The airport you fly into within the UAE depends on which part of the UAE you’re visiting first. Most direct flights from the UK however will fly in to either Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Must try food:
Al Harees - A famous dish of UAE with highly exotic taste. It is made up of meat and wheat and is a very simple and elegant dish with very few ingredients but with longer cooking duration.
Shawarma – This dish is the most eaten food across this country, and has become very popular in Asian countries. It can be made with lamb or chicken with different restaurants serving this dish in different manners. The most common ingredients are chicken or lamb with a mix of garlic sauce, pickles, fries and tomatoes wrapped in Arabic Roti.
Al Machboos – Another famous traditional dish of UAE is Al Machboos, a meaty yet tender meal. The important ingredients combined to produce this delicious dish are rice, meat, onion and dried lemon. Other seasoning includes spices and salt
Must do experience:
Visit Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque – This spectacularly stunning mosque is famous for its interior and exterior and is known as the key site for worship in the country.
Up above with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai from the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Discover Al-Bidyah Mosque - The oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, Al-Bidyah is an important historical site that lies in the Emirate of Fujairah. The entire surrounding area is an archaeological site, where many pottery and metal artifacts have been excavated.
Walk back in time at Bastakia - The Bastakia quarter of Dubai is the last remaining fragment of Old Dubai. This small heritage area really evokes the simpler, gentler past of the city before skyscrapers took over the skyline.
Dessert Excursions – Adventure lovers will enjoy the empty stretch of desert hugging the coastline outside the popular cities. Most travelers start their dessert adventure from Dubai or Abu Dhabi. With handfuls of activities available within the desert, tourists can enjoy four-wheel-drive trips and dune-buggy journeys, to sand boarding, hiking and camel treks.
Our favourite halal eat: There are too many to list! From the variety of restaurants in the mega malls to the discovering small local restaurants that have been there for over 30 years, you'll never be short of a good meal in the UAE. Let us know if you would like any recommendations when you book your next trip with us.
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