The Dubai getaway guide

The year is marching on, (get it?), and it’s about time you had a well-deserved break. We think you deserve a little luxury this month, and nowhere does escapist-luxe better than the jewel of the Middle East, Dubai.

To start shopping for your Dubai getaway right away, click here to visit our Holiday Shop.

The destination:

Can’t choose between a relaxing beach holiday or a glittering city break? Then don’t. From the world’s tallest building to miles of golden sand, Dubai really does have it all. Go wild at one of its incredible waterparks or lose yourself in a fabulous shopping mall. Whatever your ideal holiday holds, Virgin have all you need to tailor-make your trip-of-a-lifetime. Click here to browse Virgin Holidays in Dubai.

The day out: Dune exploring

If you’re seeking thrills on your Dubai getaway, leave the pristine beaches and skyscrapers behind for a day and head out to the desert. The seemingly-infinite sand dunes are a sight for everyone’s bucket list. Try a whole host of activities from sand boarding to quad-biking and camel riding and make your trip truly unforgettable.

For more ideas, check out Virgin’s Things to Do guide here.


The hotel: Atlantis, The Palm

The legendary Atlantis hotel boasts gorgeous views of the sea and the iconic Jumeirah Palm. This really isn’t your average hotel. Atlantis has its own Lost Chambers Aquarium with over 65,000 marine animals and is also host to the region’s best-rated waterpark, Aquaventure, which is free for guests throughout their stay. When you aren’t busy getting aquatic, dine in style at one of the hotel’s numerous award-winning restaurants. Atlantis is loved by celebrities and is often used for filming movies and tv shows, so what are you waiting for? Click here to view the hotel on the Virgin Holidays site.


The swimwear:

Get poolside-perfect in this striking black halterneck swimsuit from MW by Matthew Williamson. The stylish ribbed texture is lightly padded for a flatteringly smooth shape and embellished with gemstone details for Dubai-worthy glitz.

Click here to shop all swimwear. 


The sleepwear:

Layer up after dark in this sumptuous satin, three-piece pyjama set from The Collection. The rich purple shade is perfect for your decadent Dubai trip and the silky, lightweight fabric will keep you feeling cool. Click here to shop all sleepwear.

The accessory:

While packing for your Dubai getaway, it’s important to remember that the country has a dress code. Most hotels and beaches allow bikinis but it’s always good to have a cover-up handy for popping back to the room, bar or areas where the dress code is in effect. It’s a bonus that a long, flowing beach dress or kaftan makes you feel ultra-glam too. This tropical MW by Matthew Williamson maxi kaftan, looks gorgeous and is perfect to take you from the pool to barstool. Click here to shop all cover-ups.


The luggage:

Nothing says you’ve arrived in Dubai like a chic matching suitcase set. What colour is more appropriate than champagne? Start the luxury vibes as soon as you start packing with this Tripp luggage range.

Click here to shop all luggage.

The don’t-forgets:

In all the excitement of booking your perfect January escape, it can be easy to forget the essentials.

Debenhams travel insurance will help cover you against the unexpected from as little as £9*. It’s customisable too so you can tailor your cover to your trip. Click here to learn more.

Avoid nasty card charges and worries of overspending by buying your currency before you travel. You can click and collect foreign currency orders from over 100 Travel Money bureaus in our stores across the UK, and if you spend more than £50, we’ll treat you to a ‘£5 off £20 spend in store’ voucher to help with those final holiday purchases.

If by some miracle you don’t spend it all, you can even load your leftover currency onto a Debenhams gift card and we’ll give you 20% extra free!

For the Ts and Cs and to buy now, click here.


Want more inspiration and guidance? Click here to find your nearest in-store Virgin Holiday desk. While you’re in your local store, don’t forget our personal shoppers are on hand to solve your packing dilemmas too. Happy holidays!


Instagram credit: @Erinirwin58 at Jumeirah Beach


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