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Find fabulous holiday homes to rent near Dubai

Dubai is a modern metropolis that offers both ultimate excitement and ultimate relaxation. From the busy skyline of super skyscrapers to luxurious beaches, Dubai is a cutting-edge marvel of the Middle East that has a rich heritage. As you look for holiday homes to rent, you can be sure that you’ll be close to the action, whether that’s ultramodern architecture, a water theme park or an exotic zoo. Travellers of all sorts, from families to couples and groups to solo trekkers, love what Dubai has to offer.

History

Explore Dubai’s heritage sites near your holiday home

Dubai is situated on the south side of the Persian Gulf on the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It has a fascinating background that traces back thousands of years when it was known for bronze and copper, prior to the infusion of oil money in the 1960s. Modern Dubai was established in the mid-19th-century around fishing and pearling industries. Among the many heritage sites to see, Al Faridi Fort is a sand-swept historic citadel built in the late 18th century and now houses a museum of history. Just on the outskirts of downtown, you can see in 19th-century watchtower standing tall in Bur Dubai. Most visitors make sure to stop by the famous Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which is a symbol of Dubai’s cultural past. Lastly, from your holiday home, you could venture out to the historic 1896 Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House to explore how the ruling family used to live.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Dubai

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Dubai has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Ski Dubai (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Aquaventure (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Dubai Festival City Mall (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Wild Wadi Water Park (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Arabian Ranches Golf Club (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
  • Emirates Golf Club (15.3 mi / 24.7 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the desert landscape and other natural features in Dubai

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Dubai. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dubai Creek (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Jumeira Beach and Park (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Al Hudaiba Park (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Creek Park (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Al Mamzar Beach Park (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctury (5.4 mi / 8.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Dubai

The nearest airport is in Dubai (DXB-Dubai Intl.), located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Sharjah (SHJ-Sharjah Intl.), which is 14.2 mi (22.9 km) away.

It's easy to get around Dubai by catching a ride on the metro at Palm Deira Station, Al Ras Station or Baniyas Square Station.

How to get around

Transport to and around your Dubai holiday rental

Dubai is relatively easy to travel to, and public transport is widely available to get you to and from your holiday rental. International flights land directly at the Dubai International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world for international travellers. The man-made Palm islands provide a monorail that transports visitors directly to and from the airport. By rail, there is the Dubai Metro that can take you throughout the city on the urban train network. In the downtown region, you’ll find a tram service. By road, you can use a public bus service and five licensed taxi services. Taxis are identifiable by their colour, and there’s a pink service that caters specifically to women by women cab drivers.

Food & drink 

Taste delicacies of Dubai near your holiday home

Dubai is a gastronomic mecca, offering some of the finest Arabic cuisine throughout the Middle East. Travellers rave about Khuzi, which consist of small portions of roasted mutton that sits upon a bed of rice accompanied by local nuts and vegetables. Al Machboos is a spicy chicken and rice dish that unleashes curry powder, paprika, cardamom, crushed dried lemon, black peppercorns and cinnamon to taste. Biryani is a rice dish with lamb or fish flavoured with a long list of spices and a boiled egg that’s popular among the many Indian and Pakistani transplants. Alcohol is available, but it’s regulated and typically only available in restaurants, hotels and bars.

Essential info

Key facts for holiday accommodation in Dubai

As you get ready to enjoy your Dubai holiday accommodation, you want to know the key information to ensure a safe and fun trip. Dubai is considered a Muslim city, but it’s more culturally tolerant than other cities in the region, and alcohol is sold to visitors. It is also considered a safe city and offers amenities similar to other modern global cities, but if you travel to the popular Jumeirah Beach, be aware of common pickpockets. Conveniently, English is widely spoken and used in print advertisement and on Dubai television. The weather is one of the most attractive features of Dubai, as it hardly rains and rarely drops below 16°C. The summer months of May, June, July and August are quite warm, averaging upwards of 36°C, but Dubai has very low humidity and a pleasant breeze coming off the Persian Gulf. The local currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham.

Where to stay near Dubai?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,104 holiday rentals near Dubai. From 73 Villas to 873 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Dubai for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Dubai?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dubai:

  • Trade Centre: 131 holiday homes
  • Za'abeel 2: 121 holiday homes
  • Dubai Marina: 374 holiday homes
  • Business Bay: 189 holiday homes
  • Jabal Ali 2: 92 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Dubai?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Dubai. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Dubai Mall: 1,097 holiday rentals
  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctury: 1,098 holiday rentals
  • Burj Khalifa: 1,096 holiday rentals
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis: 1,091 holiday rentals
  • Spice Souk: 1,100 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dubai listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Dubai?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 73 Villas in Dubai. Our other popular types of Dubai holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 873 holiday houses
  • Houses: 54 holiday houses
  • Studios: 929 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dubai?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 824 holiday homes with pool available in Dubai. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.