Luxury Apartments In Dubai: Our Top Picks


Ah Dubai, the dazzling jewel of the United Arab Emirates! Famous for its forest of skyscrapers, this dynamic and futuristic city, located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, is a testament to human ingenuity and ambition. Dubai seamlessly blends traditional Arabian charm with ultramodern innovation, making it a destination unlike any other.

With iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building - piercing the heavens, this metropolis has become a global hub for business, luxury, and leisure, offering a plethora of activities for every traveller.

Let us take you on a journey through the best Dubai has to offer, from its culinary delights and cultural experiences to its modern marvels and natural wonders. Discover the magic of Dubai and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Take a look at our stunning homes and apartments in Dubai and head desertward for some fun in the sun!

Why visit?

  • Dubai is renowned for its stunning skyline of iconic skyscrapers and ultra-modern architecture including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The architectural marvels in Dubai offer a unique and futuristic urban experience.
  • Dubai is a shopper's paradise, with numerous high-end shopping malls and traditional markets (souks). The city is known for its tax-free shopping, making it an ideal place to purchase luxury goods, electronics, jewellery, and high-end fashion.
  • Beyond the city, Dubai offers unique desert adventures. You can go on desert safaris, ride camels, try sandboarding, or simply enjoy the breathtaking desert landscapes just a short drive from the city.

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Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked luxury rentals in Dubai have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking homes, apartments and flats in Dubai that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations.

Our helpful concierge team are on hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you are looking for tips on local restaurants, advice on which key attractions to visit or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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When to Visit Dubai

There are many cultural events that take place in Dubai during the calendar year.

Dubai Food Festival is a culinary extravaganza typically occurring in February. This event celebrates the city's gastronomic scene with food tastings, celebrity chef appearances, and food-related activities. Also held in February, the Dubai Jazz Festival features international and local jazz, pop, and rock artists, making it a must-attend event for music aficionados.

In July and August, Dubai Summer Surprises is a family-oriented festival with incredible sales, entertainment, and activities, designed to beat the summer heat.

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) usually takes place in December and attracts movie enthusiasts, celebrities, and filmmakers from across the globe, screening an array of international and regional films.

Food and drink in Dubai

Dubai's cuisine reflects its multicultural population and rich heritage, offering a diverse and tantalizing culinary experience. Traditional Emirati dishes are infused with flavours of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, creating a unique blend of tastes. Signature dishes include Al Harees (slow-cooked wheat and meat), Al Machboos (spiced rice with meat or seafood), and Luqaimat (sweet, deep-fried dumplings).

Dubai's extensive international food scene is like a gastronomic journey around the world. From gourmet dining to street food surprises, you can savour dishes from all over. Seafood, kebabs, shawarma, and mezze are widely available, along with contemporary fusion cuisine.

The city is also home to luxurious restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs, serving innovative dishes (and eye-watering price tags!), or you can dine with a view of the Burj Khalifa or in traditional Bedouin tents in the desert. Dubai's culinary landscape truly caters to every palate and is an integral part of the city's cultural makeup.

Spices piled high at a food market

Things to do in Dubai

Indulge in retail therapy at some of the world's most opulent shopping malls, including the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, where you can shop for designer fashion, electronics, and unique souvenirs. For a taste of old-world Dubai, explore the historic Al Fahidi neighbourhood, where wind towers and winding alleyways evoke the city's rich heritage.

Thrill-seekers will be delighted with the city's adventure offerings, from dune bashing in the Arabian Desert to indoor skiing at Ski Dubai. And when it's time to relax, Dubai's pristine beaches and luxurious resorts await.

Why Dubai is perfect for a getaway

  • Great for babies: The city is designed to be stroller-friendly with well-maintained sidewalks and accessibility ramps and the gentle waters are perfect for baby’s first steps in the sea.

  • Great for kids: Dubai is home to world-class theme parks like Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - a fantastic attraction where kids can marvel at marine life.

  • Great for teens: There are countless thrilling activities like dune bashing, indoor skydiving, and water sports for the adventurous spirit of teenagers. They’ll also love shopping at various malls, including The Dubai Mall, which also has an ice rink and an indoor theme park.
  • Great for couples: The city boasts an array of world-class restaurants, offering a romantic atmosphere and exquisite cuisine as well as a whole host of activities to do as a pair, like quad biking in sand dunes or parasailing.
  • Great for large groups: Desert safaris, yacht cruises, and hot air balloon rides… you name it, Dubai has got it and so many activities are great to enjoy as a group.

Top tips

  • It's essential to be respectful of local customs and dress modestly in public areas, particularly when visiting malls, religious sites, and government buildings. Women should cover their shoulders, and both men and women should avoid wearing clothing that is too revealing.
  • Dubai experiences extreme heat during the summer months, with temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F). If you're not comfortable with high temperatures, it's best to visit during the cooler months from November to April.

What Oliver loves

The best thing about Dubai is its unparalleled ability to seamlessly blend modernity and tradition. From breathtaking skyscrapers, world-class shopping, and futuristic innovations to its deep-rooted respect for heritage, culture, and hospitality. Dubai offers a remarkable diversity of experiences for travellers, and we love it for exactly that!

Towns and villages near Dubai

Surrounding Dubai, you can find unique and unusual towns that offer a distinctive experience. Hatta, nestled in the Hajar Mountains, boasts rugged landscapes and the serene Hatta Dam, and Kalba is a charming coastal town on the east coast of the UAE, part of the Emirate of Sharjah. It offers a unique blend of nature and culture. Explore the Kalba Mangrove Reserve. These towns offer a refreshing change of pace from Dubai's urban hustle, providing natural beauty, culture, and outdoor adventures.

Oliver’s Hidden Gem

The Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood is a stark contrast to the city's modern skyscrapers and offers a glimpse into Dubai's history and culture. Originally home to wealthy Persian merchants who traded textiles and pearls, the neighbourhood's architecture features traditional wind-tower houses, narrow alleys, and distinctive Arabian architectural elements.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, offers a blend of modern extravagance and cultural richness. The awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the opulent Emirates Palace, and the serene Corniche waterfront are must-sees. Yas Island boasts thrilling attractions like Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld as well as world-class shopping and fine dining too.

Just  160 kilometres from Dubai,  Al Ain is often referred to as the "Garden City" due to its lush greenery and oases. Visit Al Ain Oasis and the UAE's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Al Ain Fort (Jahili Fort), explore Al Ain Zoo, and relax in the awesome hot springs at Green Mubazzarah Park.

Fujairah is one of the emirates of the UAE located on the east coast, around a 2-hour drive from Dubai. It's famous for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and rugged mountains. Visit the historic Fujairah Fort, explore the Al Badiyah Mosque (the UAE's oldest mosque), go snorkelling or diving in the Gulf of Oman, and explore the scenic Hajar Mountains.

Best Beaches in Dubai

Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular and iconic beaches in Dubai. It offers pristine white sand, clear blue waters, and a view of the iconic Burj Al Arab. The public beach is free to access and provides a relaxed atmosphere for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

Kite Beach, also known as Umm Suqeim Beach, is a favourite for water sports enthusiasts and families. It's named after the kite surfers who frequent the area. The beach offers a range of activities, including kite surfing, paddleboarding, and beach volleyball. There are also various cafes and food trucks along the promenade.

La Mer is a trendy beachfront development that combines the charm of a beach with a bustling urban atmosphere. It features a long stretch of soft sand, an array of dining options, water sports, and art installations. It's an excellent place for both relaxation and entertainment, with a vibrant atmosphere and numerous beachfront amenities.

Dubai travel: Getting there and around

There are direct flights to Dubai (DXB) from many UK airports - London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow - and the flight time is roughly 6-7 hours.

By car

Renting a car is a popular option in Dubai. The road infrastructure is excellent, and driving is relatively easy. Make sure you have an international driver's license or a valid UAE driver's license if you plan to drive. Keep in mind that traffic can be heavy, and parking in certain areas can be challenging.

By public transport

Dubai has an extensive and modern public transportation system, including buses, the Dubai Metro, and the Dubai Tram. The Dubai Metro is a fast and convenient way to explore the city. It's clean, safe, and cost-effective. Pick up a Nol Card - a convenient way to pay for public transportation that can be used on buses, trams and the metro.

By taxi

Taxis are readily available in Seville and can be hailed on the street or found at taxi ranks. They are generally safe and reliable. Make sure the taxi's meter is running, or agree on a fare before starting your journey. Taxis are especially useful when travelling with luggage or if you want a more direct mode of transportation.

By bicycle

Dubai is known for being a pretty car-centric city, it is becoming more accommodating to cyclists. Bike rentals are available in some places, and you can explore areas like the Dubai Marina or the Palm Jumeirah on two wheels.

By foot

Walking is a great way to explore certain areas of Dubai, such as the Dubai Marina, JBR Walk, and some parts of the older districts like Deira. Be mindful of the weather; Dubai can be scorching hot in the summer, so walking may be more comfortable during the cooler months.

Top tip

  • Dubai Pink Taxis, also known as the "Ladies Taxis" or "Pink Cabs," are a specialised transportation service in Dubai designed to cater exclusively to female passengers. These taxis are part of Dubai's effort to provide safe and comfortable transportation options for women, particularly those who may feel more comfortable with female drivers.