Cheap flights to Dubai from the UK

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Best student & youth fares right now to Dubai

Wondering how much a flight from the UK to Dubai could set you back? Wonder no more. Take a look below at our best student and youth fares to Dubai. And if you don’t find anything that suits your travel plan or budget, come back tomorrow, as these fares are updated everyday.

Student flights from the UK to Dubai

Dubai is a city which blends Western comforts with Eastern charm with ease. It’s uniqueness and impressive modernity leaves anyone who visits in awe. It’s an architectural oasis, hugely diverse (in terms of people, nature and culture) and pretty popular for travellers in their twenties. It also takes the crown for the largest population in the UAE and is home to some pretty spectacular skyscrapers too.

Ready to take a leap (and a flight) over to Dubai right now? Then take a look at our best student and youth flights using the search box above. And if you’re wanting to save a little more cash before your trip, why not sign up for free to become a StudentUniverse member? It’s quick and easy to do and once you’re a fully fledged member you’ll be able to get your hands on some exclusive offers and discounts on flights!

map of Dubai showing major airports

What are the main Dubai airport hubs?

In Dubai there are two airports, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). Both of which have a number of transport options which will take you into central Dubai.

Dubai International Airport (DXB):Located only 5 kilometres from the city centre is Dubai International Airport. Making it an easy option if you want to get into the city centre as quickly as possible. The airport is home to two metro stations, with trains running from Terminals 1 and 3. If you’re looking to save some cash, take one of the local buses. And if you’re feeling fancy taxis are available too.

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC):Al Maktoum International, otherwise known as Dubai World Central, is a little further out of Dubai city centre, 37 kilometres to be exact. There are no direct transport options to this airport, but you can use a combination of both the metro and local buses to get there.

How to fly from the UK to Dubai

Flying from the UK to Dubai is a pretty easy journey. You can fly non-stop from the likes of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. Airlines that we partner with that operate flights to Dubai include Turkish Airlines, Emirates and British Airways.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from London Heathrow (LHR)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 10 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 162 (nonstop) flights from London Heathrow and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 23 per day.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from Manchester (MAN)

Average flight duration

7 hours


Number of daily flights

There are 76 (nonstop) flights from Manchester and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 10 per day.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from Birmingham (BHX)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 5 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 86 (nonstop) flights from Birmingham and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 12 per day.

Cheap flights to Dubai
from Glasgow (GLA)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 15 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 32 (nonstop) flights from Glasgow and Dubai International per week. This averages to around 4 per day.

When is the best time to fly to Dubai?

Dubai is one of those destinations that is hot all the time. The time of year you visit will just determine exactly how hot. From November to April Dubai is experiencing winter, so it will be a little cooler. But if you decided to travel between April and October be prepared for some warm days. So much so that it gets virtually impossible to explore outdoors until the evening.

Still not sure when to visit Dubai? Why not plan is round one of the many awesome festivals taking place in the city each year. The include the Dubai International Jazz Festival, Dubai Shopping Festival, ArtDubai, the Dubai Marathon, the Festival of Taste and the National Day Festival.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Dubai?

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Why do British students love visiting Dubai?

Besides escaping the unpredictable British weather for year-round sunshine? Well they’ll be in great company and Dubai is home to thousands of fellow international students, it’s a chance to experience an entirely new culture, plus there is a lot to experience on a student budget. And it’s not all shopping malls, we promise.


Dubai universities and campuses

Dubai universities and campuses

There are more than 65 colleges and universities in Dubai, as well as a lot of excellent student facilities courtesy of the Dubai International Academic City. All which make Dubai a great choice for those wishing to study abroad. Classes that are based on the UK curriculum will be taught in English, but students who are not of Arab heritage must take Arabic language classes.


Dubai lifestyle and culture

Dubai lifestyle and culture

The lifestyle and culture in Dubai may be very different to what you’ve come to know in the UK. One important thing to note is that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, so please respect the religion, traditionas and customes at all times whilst in Dubai. Do take note of the laws too, as these (as well as the penalties) will be different than back home. In terms of language barrier, this shouldn’t be a problem. Despite the fact that Arabic is the language of the UAE, English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai.


Exploring Dubai on a student budget

Exploring Dubai on a student budget

You may know Dubai for its luxurious reputation; Ferraris on every street corner, and shopping bags full of designer brands on every arm. But it’s actually possible to explore Dubai on a student budget. Spend some time wandering around the historic Al Fahidi District, which is full of traditional spice bazaars, art galleries, cafes and quirky souvenir shops. Do some window shopping in one of the many malls or take a journey up to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the UK to Dubai

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