You often see The Maldives and Dubai advertised in the Sunday papers by mainstream holiday companies as a classic “two centre” holiday. The two destinations are frequently bundled together because Emirates operate a large percentage of the flights to the Maldives and happen to fly via Dubai. I recently took a holiday in the Maldives and with a toddler in tow decided that a stopover would make the journey more comfortable; the cheapest flights were with Emirates so we decided to stop in Dubai. This left me pondering the question of whether the two destinations make a good combination and should it be one that Experience Travel offer to its customers.
The Maldives and Dubai are strictly Islamic with a history of British governance and they are both hot with beaches and some of the world’s best hotels, but beyond those similarities it’s the stark differences that make the destinations an interesting combination. The Maldives is geographically stunning, a chain of beautiful atolls formed by the subsidence of oceanic volcanoes. Tourism has developed because people want to experience this true natural beauty first hand and explore the marine life of the surrounding turquoise waters. Conversely Dubai’s attractions are predominantly man made and sometimes so elaborate that you wonder if de
velopers are playing a crafty game of one up man ship that has got completely out of hand! Where once was just an arid desert is no
w a sprawling city most of which was recently constructed as part of a successful master plan to attract tourism. I found an interesting fact that I think sums up this particular contrast; The Maldives has the worlds lowest natural high point (2.4 m) whilst Dubai has the words tallest man made building (828 m).
Despite their fundamental difference, hotel accommodation is the
zone in which both destinations excel and this brings consistency to them as a holiday combination. There are few places in the world where I have come across resorts as exquisite as found in the Maldives or Dubai. There are a handful of hotels in the Maldives with features as obscure as the snow domes and palm shaped islands of Dubai but gimmicks aside there is real quality to be experienced and hotels where great care has been taken to preserve the surrounding coral and marine life.
So as a combination I think they work pretty well, especially for families and honeymooners and as such we’ll be working on some Maldives/Dubai itineraries for our website over the forthcoming months. Relax in paradise and take in the beauty of the Maldives, there are no shops, water parks, or ski resorts, nightlife is minimal, marine life is abundant and it’s a great place for quality time in paradise. But why not stop in Dubai, its brilliant fun with every type of restaurant, hotel, shop, water slide and crazy construction you could ever dream of and beyond all that, the journey is much more comfortable when you break it up.
Experience Travel are currently crafting a handful of Maldives holidays with Dubai stopovers, call us for up to date details or visit our page for multi centre holidays in The Maldives and Dubai.