Destination guide

You say Dubai, I say hello

Located beside the Persian Gulf, Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis in the Arabian Desert. A paradise for the international jet set, the city is famous for the innovative architecture of its many luxe resorts and hotels, as well as white-sand beaches, upscale shopping, and buzzy restaurant scene. It's home to a number of water parks, indoor skiing centers, and amusement parks, and you can find everything from ancient mosques to contemporary galleries. A centrally located Dubai vacation rental will put you right in the middle of local landmarks like the Gold Souk, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, and the sprawling Mall of the Emirates.

Things to do

Going above and beyond in Dubai

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa _ the soaring, 160-story tower features 2 observation decks on the 125th and 148th floors. It also hosts exhibits that will take you through the local history of Dubai, from its earliest days through the present. At the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, you can get an in-depth look at Emirati culture. You can join one of the center's many walking or dining tours, or even enroll in an immersive language class for a crash course on the Arabic language.


Dubai _ the gold standard of the Middle East

Looking for that unique Dubai shopping experience? Skip the lavish malls and check out the even more lavish Gold Souk. In this dazzling, open-air shopping area, you'll find more than 300 vendors hawking jewelry, gems, and _ of course _ gold. Fair warning, though: be ready to haggle if you want to walk away with the real bargains. For a sunnier day out, head to Kite beach _ the gentle breezes and immaculate white-sand beach make it the ideal spot for activities like kayaking and kite surfing, and you'll also find beach volleyball and tennis courts.


Dubai _ hot fun in the summertime

Unsurprisingly, Dubai has a hot desert climate, which means warm winters and hot summers with plenty of wind. Summer highs average in the triple digits from May through September, and, despite the humidity, there's very little rainfall this time of year. It's also your best bet for lower rates on Dubai vacation rentals, since the blistering temperatures keep all but the most avid sun-seekers away until the cooler fall and winter months. The winters are still warm, with highs in the upper 70s in December, January, and February.

Natural features

Get your just deserts in scenic Dubai

Flanked by the sands of the Arabian Desert and the waves of the Persian Gulf, Dubai occupies a unique ecosystem where sea and desert meet. While the city of Dubai is densely urban, you can enjoy safaris, off-roading excursions, or luxury camping in the surrounding desert and mountains, and you can even spot desert-adapted wildlife like oryx, desert fox, and hyenas. The sparkling waters and white-sand beaches of the Persian Gulf offer plenty of fish, as well as dolphins, dugongs, and sharks. A Dubai vacation rental puts you just a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the world's most undeveloped wilderness.

Where to stay around Dubai?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,148 vacation rentals near Dubai. From 64 Villas to 932 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dubai for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dubai?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dubai. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dubai: 1,171 vacation rentals
  • The Palm Jumeirah: 188 vacation rentals
  • Dubai Marina: 379 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Dubai: 284 vacation rentals
  • Bur Dubai: 178 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Dubai! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dubai?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dubai:

  • Dubai: 1,171 rentals
  • Dubai World Central: 43 rentals
  • Abu Dhabi: 33 rentals
  • Sharjah: 383 rentals
  • Ajman: 28 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Dubai?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Dubai are:

  • Dubai International Airport (DXB): 1,127 vacation rentals
  • Dubai (XMB-Marina Mall Bus Station): 1,139 vacation rentals
  • Dubai (XNB-Dubai Bus Station): 1,162 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Dubai?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Dubai. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Jumeirah Golf Estates: 1,136 rentals
  • Burj Khalifa: 1,165 rentals
  • Dubai Mall: 1,166 rentals
  • Dubai Festival City Mall: 1,166 rentals
  • Al Mamzar Beach Park: 520 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dubai listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.