Flying time from UK: 7 hours
Typical air fare: Around £450
Temperature: 26°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 8
Chance of rain: 6 per cent
Why go: Dubai’s dry desert climate means hot, rain-free days, and although the coastline can feel over-developed with its glitzy hotels, the sand is soft and the sea warm. Beyond the beach, there are vast shopping malls, spice souks – even an often-derided but much-enjoyed indoor ski slope; and 45 minutes’ drive from downtown you’re among desert dunes, where you can go wadi-bashing or horse-riding.
Get me there: Kuoni (01306 747008, has five nights at the Jebel Ali Goif Resort and Spa from £1,036pp, including flights from Heathrow, accommodation and transfers.
Or try: Oman, Dubai’s much less-visited sibling. It has fewer crowds, footprint-free beaches, medieval forts, Bedouin villages and world-class dive sites.
Great heat and great shopping – don’t come to Dubai for peace and quiet though.