Your Personal Stag Do Expert
Organising a stag do can be a very stressful business, and if you get it wrong you're going to look like a right chump. All our customers get their own personal stag do manager, who will be able to give you advice on what will work best for your group, is on hand to answer any questions you may have, and make sure the stag do is a complete success.
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When you submit an enquiry, we create your own personal stag do area. You can view and edit your event, invite guests, see who paid what and when, get maps, directions and a whole host of other things to make your life simple!
This decadent playground of the mega-rich is home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and some of the world’s hottest nightlife… literally.
Dubai in a nutshell
- Cloud-piercing skyscrapers and man-made islands springing out of the desert like a futuristic oasis.
- Seven-star hotels, sizzling beach bars, non-stop nightclubs and buffet brunches with bottomless bubbly.
- More rollercoasters, water parks and massive sporting events than your inner-child’s wildest fantasy.
Visiting the City of Gold
Dubai’s strict alcohol laws don’t dampen its long list of lavish nightclubs, pumping beach bars and famously hedonistic brunches, which kickstart the weekend every Friday morning.
Massive music festivals and even bigger sporting events fill the calendar in November, and you can zip around Abu Dhabi’s Formula One track yourself, strapped into a Chevrolet or behind the wheel of a go-kart. Get more thrills and spills at adrenaline-pumping water parks and theme parks, including the high-octane Ferrari World where theworld’s fastest roller coasterraces from0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Dubai’s sky-piercing architecture is a wonder to behold. Climb 1,821 feet to the observation deck of theBurj Khalifa(the world’s tallest building) for panoramic views, or experience how the other half live at theBurj al-Arab(the world’s tallest hotel), 1,050 feet of pure opulence that costs $15,000 per night. Dubai’s taste for luxury is channelled in the massiveDubai Mall(home to the world’s largest indoor aquarium. See: cage diving with sharks) and the highly-Instagrammable Dubai Frame.
Betwixt this sparkling desert city are the ancient wonders of Bastakia (Old Dubai) and Deira, with plenty of narrow lanes to get lost in. Get your adrenaline fix byDune Bashingacross the sand, or simply chill with a cocktail onJumeirah Beach(not to be confused with Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah: an artificial island shaped like a palm tree).
Eating in Dubai
If you’ve never had Emirati food before, you’re in for a treat. Between Dubai’s skyscrapers, you’ll find local restaurants serving up classics likemachboos(enormous plates of rice and meat) andkhubz(Arabic bread), best eaten fresh with hummus or mutabal (aubergine dip).
Even on glitzy Jumeirah Road you’ll find hidden gems offering gaint kebabs and sweet treats likeluqaimat: hot, doughnut-like dumplings drizzled in date sauce. Coffee culture is huge in Dubai, and you can make an experience of visiting anArabian Teahouseand pouring from a traditional coffee pot. If you’ve got the cash to splash, head inside the shopping malls or rooftop restaurants for dinner with a view.
Fridays in Dubai mean it’s time for boozy brunch. The UAE’s equivalent to Saturday means the bubbly is put on ice, as thirsty diners head for hotels for bottomless champagne. These extravagant sittings can easily set you back overDh 585 per person (£150), but in return, you’ll likely get massive buffet-style food offerings and gorgeous views.
Remember that alcohol in Dubai can only be bought in venues with a liquor license (hotels and nightclubs), with most bars set inside hotels. To drink here as a tourist, you’ll need to stick to the designated areas and can’t be drinking (or drunk) in public. It is also an offence for tourists to buy alcohol from an off-license. Keep an eye on what you post on social media - pictures of your friends throwing up after too many tequilas on a #dubai post might catch the wrong kind of attention.
One of the first thing to appreciate about Dubai is how much it costs and how currency works. For starters £1 buys just under 5 dirham (Dh).
Flights - £400:Cheaper when Dubai roasts over summer (June to September).
Airport taxi - Dh40 to Downtown:OrDh80 to the Palm Jumeirah.Metro ticketsstart at justDh4.
Beer - Dh30-50:Sniff out a happy hour to save some coin.
Shisha: Dh50:Per pipe.
Five-star hotel room: Dh500:Serves up some serious luxury.
Aquaventure Waterpark: Dh300:Book in advance.
Bottomless brunch: Dh200-700:Depending on whether you want soft drink, house beverages or champagne with your food. Guys pay slightly more than girls, too.
Dubai dodges the unrest that rocks the rest of the Middle East, and strict policing stamps out violent crime. Like all big cities, petty crime can happen — but the biggest threat to your safety is one too many glasses of Moët at brunch, because public drunkenness is a major no-no. Keep your booze inside the bar, though, and you’ll be fine.
Dubai Drinking Tips
Drinking alcohol in licensed bars and restaurants, usually attached to hotels. The drinking age is 21 — bring ID.
Being drunk in public (you could be locked up and cop a big fine), loud music and dancing in public (stick to the nightclub), drugs (zero tolerance), plus cross dressing, swearing, rude gestures, sex outside marriage, same-sex relationships, even eating or drinking on public transport. Sorry to sound like your mum, but be on your best behaviour!
Dubai is a country bathed in sunshine with a hot desert climate. Featuring just two distinct seasons -Summer and Winter.
Summer begins around the end of April and finishes at the start of October. It is hot and very humid with a lot of warm wind with very little rainfall. Watch out for dust storms in the summer and scorching temperatures that can climb above38 °C (100 °F)and only fall to around26 °C (79 °F)overnight.
Winter starts at the end of October and lasts till the beginning of April. The winter season has the most pleasant weather, making it Ideal for stag weekends and outdoor activities. Only drawback is there is more rainfall in the winter and large thunderstorms are not uncommon. Daytime temperatures can reach around22 °C (72 °F)or12 °C (54 °F)at night.
Dubai during Ramadan
You’ll be glad to know that alcohol is not banned during the Holy Month of Ramadan. However, clubs are completely shut and bars, while open, will not play any music or serve alcohol before 8pm. This means you may want to consider booking outside these dates.
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Keep in mind that during this 30-day period locals will be particularly reflective, so do your best to be respectful in public. Most restaurants will not be open between sunrise and sunset (to coincide with the fasting practice), but convenience stores and designated cafes still cater to non-Muslims. Dress codes definitely get more conservative during this period: women should cover their shoulders and legs in public (a shawl will do wonders in a pinch), while men should not wear shorts above the knee.
Dubai Neighbourhood Guide
Four key neighbourhoods make up the beautiful desert city of Dubai. Ancient Arab alleyways meld into space-age city skyscrapers as you shift from Old Dubai in the north to New Dubai in the south.
The Burj Khalifa skewers the centre of the city, soaring 828m above the glitzy Dubai Mall and the dazzling Dubai Fountain, with a dizzying observation deck 555m high. Nearby, the City Walk leads Dubai’s new wave of open-air malls brimming with glam licensed restaurants, while the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is packed with upscale eateries and five-star hotels.
Around the Burj Al Arab
A Dubai icon since 1999, this sail-shaped stunner is the world’s only seven-star hotel, building a hyper-modern Arabian palace on an artificial island with its own man-made beach and an infinity pool terrace. In the 321m shadow of the Burj Al Arab sits the Wild Wadi Waterpark, the Jumeirah Public Beach and Madinat Jumeirah — a modern recreation of an ancient Arab marketplace — plus more turquoise water further up the coast at Kite Beach.
Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah
Every frond of the Palm is peppered with luxurious villas, beach resorts and sun-kissed strips of sand. Atlantis is the jewel in this golden crown, complete with its own aquarium, dolphin pod and the Aquaventure Waterpark. Back on the mainland, you’ll find good value restaurants along the Walk and the Beach at Dubai Marina, the drop zone of Skydive Dubai, and JBR Beach for a splash.
Beneath all the bling fizzes a fusion of Arab, Bedouin and Islamic culture in Old Dubai. Souqs straddle Dubai Creek, which stirs with abras (wooden boats) cruising between Deira in the north and Bur Dubai in the south. Cheap and cheerful Emirati eateries give you a taste of what Dubai was like before oil money transformed a once-sleepy fishing village into the uber-wealthy wonderland it is today.
Top Stag Ideas Dubai
Where else can you spend your stag do playing camel polo, or cruising the desert in dune buggies? Come to Dubai for some unforgettable Arabian nights.
Engage in a spot of camel polo
Climb aboard your trusted steed as you take on your mates in a round ofcamel polo. The only humps here are the ones you’ll be sat on top of, as the game follows traditional UK rules. Pretty much the same, except for the sweltering heat and dromedaries. Tally ho!
Ski in the desert
Snow in Dubai? Your eyes won’t be deceiving you in this gargantuan winter wonderland, boasting an 85m high mountain, ski lifts and five different runs - and even some resident penguins. Zip up warm as you bobsled, luge and take the Snow Bullet down this incredible feat of engineering.
Fly an Emirates A380 aeroplane simulation
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s you in a virtual reality plane! Leave your fear of heights on the ground as you enter this hyper-realisticflight simulation, manning the pilot’s wheel of the world’s largest aircraft.
Stand at the top of the world’s tallest building
Skyrocket to the observation deck of theworld’s tallest building, 1,812 feet up in the air as Dubai glitters below. Enjoy 360 degree views at your own leisure, then relax with a cocktail at the luxurious SKY Lounge. The 125th Level is slickly designed after Arab art and culture - there’s even telescopes should you want a closer look.
Track Day Experiences at Dubai Autodrome or Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi)
Bring on your Fast and Furious 7 A-game as you burn rubber inDubai’s Autodromeor Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Get behind the wheel of aFormula Onevehicle and blast through an official race track, or drift like the pros inside a Scirocco. In nearby Abu Dhabi, a hair-raisingdrag experienceawaits behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro.
You’ll find no issue getting to Dubai from the UK. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination, with daily flights operating around most major airports.
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From London, flight time averages on 6 hours 55 minutes, landing directly at Dubai International Airport (DXB) - remember that it’s 4 hours ahead of the UK, so set those watches once you land. Flight prices peak from November to March, climbing up to £900+ for a return during Christmas. If you’re smart, you’ll book when prices start from £150 one-way - the sunshine isn’t going anywhere.
Note that while alcohol is freely available onboard flights to Dubai, airport authorities don’t take kindly to rowdy, drunken stags staggering off planes. Avoid drinking during the flight and save it for the hotel - unless you want to face a potential jail sentence.
Once you’ve landed in Dubai, it’s a short 20-minute journey to the city centre (up to 45 minutes in traffic) in a taxi. You can’t miss the cream-coloured cars of Dubai Taxi Corporations outside the arrivals hall, costing you around Dh21 (£4.40) per journey. Shuttle buses run every 7 minutes during the day and 20 minutes by night in front of all terminals, costing you a very tempting £0.21. Alternatively, take the red line on the Metro to reach Dubai’s centre in 40 minutes. The cost is Dh7.5 (£1.58) per person, running Saturday to Wednesday from 5am to midnight, Thursdays 5am to 1am and Fridays 10am to 1am - remember, weekends here are Fridays and Saturdays!