Bag a bargain in Dubai in 2010

60% of Brits are heading abroad this summer; staycations last year just didn't come up to scratch. However, the main advantage of staying at home for

your holiday is you won't get bitten by peak season rates. We all know that travelling over Easter and in July and August is much more expensive 20 to 50% depending on the destination than travelling at any other time of the year.

But there is a good reason why travelling at these times is so much more expensive the weather. England isn't exactly famed for its climate, so we all have to head abroad if we want anything like a summer. But the world is a big place, and there are some countries out there that are warm, pleasant and downright appealing all year round or at least for more than just two months a year anyway.

Dubai is one of these countries that is actually better visited during 'shoulder season', i.e. just outside of peak season, therefore May to June and again from September to October. Because Dubai is a desert city, the summer months i.e. July and August are actually a little bit too hot and toasty for European liking. This opulent, have-it-all city actually has its peak season from November to April, when temperatures are cooler. So, the months in between are when temperatures are hot but not too hot, hotels are not overcrowded but not deserted and prices are tantalizingly affordable.

If you need another excuse to explore this desert oasis, then look no further than Expedia Hotels' 2009 Hotel Price Index. According to the research, Dubai's hotel rates dropped by a staggering 10% last year. The average rate for a room in this city was $198 but now it has dropped to $177. Remember that this includes the plethora of five-star, ultra-luxury hotels and peak rates offered from November to April. If you are travelling from the US the rate decrease was even more marked at 25% thanks to exchange rate changes between the Dollar the Dirham.

According to VP at, which is owned by Expedia, these good value rates are likely to be enjoyed throughout 2010. This means that Dubai will not just be a destination for business travellers and a growing expat community but it will appeal through becoming more affordable, to leisure travellers looking for luxury without a luxury price tag.

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